View and filter your Twitter feed in Safari

If you like to keep an eye on the activity in your Twitter feed and you are running Safari on OS X Yosemite, you can open a sidebar to show the latest tweets. You don’t need to go to the Twitter website, you don’t need to leave the current web page and you can easily filter and search for information.

OS X on the Apple mac lets you use Twitter without going to the website or stopping what you are doing. The latest tweets from the people you follow are always on the screen and when you want to post a tweet yourself, you can do so from Notification Center.

You should already have set up your Twitter account in OS X, but if you have not or if you want to check that it is OK, go to the Apple menu in the top left corner and select System Preferences. Click Internet Accounts and it lists everything you have signed up to on the left. On the right are accounts you can add. If Twitter is not on the left, click it on the right to add it. Just enter the name and password you use at the Twitter website.

Now open Safari and if the left panel is not visible, go to the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select the @ tab to view all the tweets from your Twitter contacts. This does not change the website and page you are currently viewing.

If you do not see any tweets, it could be because your Twitter account is not enabled in Safari. Click the Subscriptions button at the bottom of the sidebar and make sure that your account is ticked.

Safari

Safari performs some filtering on the Twitter feed by default and it shows tweets that contain links. The idea is that you can click the links to view the web page linked to in Safari.

View your Twitter feed in Safari

You can search and filter the tweets in the feed so that only the information you are interested in is shown. There is a search box at the top of the Twitter feed (use the slider bar to go right to the top if you cannot see it).

Enter a word into the search box, such as APPLE (upper or lowercase will do), and only those tweets that contain the word. It acts like a filter reducing the huge volume of tweets to a small list of just the subject you are interested in.

Filter Twitter feed in Safari

The Twitter feed updates every few minutes and you can leave the word in the search box. You will only see new tweets that contain the word.

Unfortunately it does not seem to recognise AND, OR and NOT, so you cannot filter tweets with ‘Apple OR Google’ for example. That’s a shame.

Suppose you want to post a tweet yourself? Click the Notification Center icon in the top right corner of the screen and a panel slides out on the right. If the Social section is not displayed, click the Edit button at the bottom and add it from the items listed on the right.

Notification Center in OS X

You can now click the Twitter (bird) button and type in a tweet. This saves you having to open the Twitter website in Safari or use a separate program to post tweets. You have the Twitter feed on the left in Safari and can post tweets on the right in Notification Center.

Notification Center in OS X

 

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