10 Browser Extensions That Will Improve Twitter
No matter how you use Twitter, whether it’s to catch up on world events, stay in touch with friends, or do anything else, you don’t have to settle for its basic default features. If you’re using the site in your browser, there are dozens of third-party extensions available that will add more functionality, change the Twitter interface, and improve your tweet.
We’ve rounded up some of the best, focusing on those that work with Google Chrome (and Microsoft Edge, as they share the same code), but some will work in other browsers as well.
Buffer, to schedule tweets
You don’t necessarily want all of your tweets lumped together during the hours you’re actually on Twitter, and that’s where Buffer comes in. It lets you queue tweets to be sent at regular intervals and gives you access to analytics and other tools too. You can schedule up to 10 tweets at a time for free, then pricing starts at $5 per month.
Dewey, for managing bookmarks
If you use the Twitter bookmark feature To save tweets you want to come back to later (the option is in the share menu, if you haven’t found it), the free Dewey extension is well worth a look. Its main features include organizing bookmarks into categories, adding tags and annotations, exporting your saved tweets to other services and publishing them on the web.
Twitter View Original Images, to get full size photos
Depending on your browser and the size of your tabs, Twitter may not display photos at their full resolution when you scroll. The free Twitter View Original Images extension solves this problem, letting you see full-size images with a click. It is a simple, but useful add-on.
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Minimal theme, to reduce clutter
The free minimal theme for Twitter is perfect for limiting distractions and focusing only on the tweets in front of you. You can collapse the options in the navigation bar; hide the tweet button; hide the number of retweets, replies and likes; and delete promoted posts, for example. The extension also lets you choose the width of the Twitter feed in your browser tab.
Twemex drops into a new sidebar on the right side of the Twitter interface, promising to bring you the “most interesting insights” from the day’s tweets. These can include tweets posted on the same day in your network’s popular tweets history. The extension will remain free while it’s in beta, but its developer plans to charge a monthly fee eventually.
If you see photos and videos on your Twitter timeline that you’d like to keep, Twitter Media Downloader makes backing them up really easy. The free extension adds a new download button to the Twitter interface, positioned just below the tweets, and it will easily manage one or more media files.
Superpowers for Twitter, for mass and automated actions
Superpowers for Twitter is free and automates certain actions in the Twitter interface. You can use it to bulk follow all accounts on a page (maybe you’re viewing a Twitter list) or like every tweet on a particular page (like a search page), to name a few tasks that you will allow to do. This is all handled by a few subtle extra buttons that appear on the interface.
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Plaintweet, for extreme simplicity
If you want an even more sparse interface than offered by the minimal theme (above), try Plaintweet. This free add-on focuses on the text of tweets, hiding additional props such as likes, retweets, mentions, image previews, quote tweets, and profile pictures. You also have the option of using a light or dark theme.
Scroll Portal is free to install and encourages users to take a more targeted approach to Twitter. You do this by setting a scrolling “speed limit” that you must stick to, which will prevent you from rushing through your timeline too quickly. The extension will also count the number of tweets you have browsed, encouraging you to take more time to read them.
Browsing through someone’s Twitter archive can be time-consuming, but not with the free Social Scroll for Twitter installed. Once in place, it adds a new navigation bar to the right when you’re viewing someone else’s profile, so you can dig into all their historical tweets with just a few clicks.