When we started designing and developing our innovative social media hub Twimbow we had in mind, since day one, that it had to be very different from other similar solutions out there. This is, probably, the reason why some blogs called Twimbow the “Apple of Social Media Dashboards”, since it offers a completely new approach in the way people interact with their Twitter friends and consume new content and interesting news they discover.
Today I would like to use this space to tell you something about four Twimbow features not many users heard of or actually tried out (yet).
Did you know you can change the way Twimbow looks like? You actually have a few options. First of all, you can choose whether to use a compact view (two columns) or a full view (three columns). You can choose that from settings, just turn “Compact Mode” ON from the second settings tab (called “layout settings”).
Secondly, if you don’t like the default dark grey skin, you can activate the “light” one. Same tabe as above, just click on “Light”.
Third element you can configure is the font size. The default one could be small if you use a big screen. Just select “medium” or “big” (this option is in the 2nd tab as well).
Last but not least, you can change the appearance of the main top bar. First of all, you can choose between a large one or a small one. Secondly, you have 8 different skins to choose from. Personally, I like the orange one and the black one. What do you think?
2) Rich Tags
On Twimbow, every single piece of content people share looks better. It’s not only about the color, it’s about stuff that, on Twimbow, can turn into something cool Examples? Rich tags. Some tags, in Twimbow, are shown with a small icon you can click on to “generate” a new event. What do I mean?
For example, try the followings and let me know (leave your comments below):
#rainbow #cloud #angrybirds #sunny #ilovetwimbow #rain #xmas
Moreover, we support many different “event tags” that are related to tech/social media events and that give you an overview about an event, location, dates and a photo stream about the ongoing or past event. Here is an example from the recent Mashable Media Summit (you can see how the tweet looks like in Twimbow and what you can see if you click on the Mashable logo):
3) Filters, Filters, Filters
Too much noise? Too much stuff you don’t care of? Just filter it. On Twimbow, filtering is very easy and powerful. There are three main ways to do that:
it’s the third tab on the settings pane. You can simply create “sets” of keywords you want to filter and enable / disable each of those set. You can see an example in the image below. Any tweet containing one of the keywords / phrases in the set will be filtered out and you won’t see it.
you can enable it for each of the Twitter accounts you are managing on Twimbow. It will filter out all the mentions you receive by Twitter users with 0 followers / following and containing a link only.
muting one ore more users is very easy. Just create a new colored label called “Mute”, assign that label to the users you want to mute and uncheck it from the home buzz. Easy right?
4) Visual and Audio Notifications
If you use Twimbow on Chrome, you will be able to get visual and audio notifications for various types of messages. Mentions, Direct Messages and for any user/keyword/tag/list you are tracking in the monitor. You can easily enable them from settings and, one by one, by clicking on the red “speaker” for the monitor you want to get alerts from. In the example below, by clicking on the red speaker I will activate audio and visual desktop notifications for any new tweet by @thenextweb (and the speaker will turn green).
This is an exclusive bonus for the readers of this blog: it’s not really a hidden features, but in two weeks, Twimbow will turn into a realtime social media hub. We will enable the so-called Twitter “sitestreams” for every user so that any type of message will hit your Twimbow account in realtime. This is just the first of the many new cool features we will introduce before the end of the year, something that will make Twimbow very different from what you can see now. Curious? Just sign up and start using it, making sure to follow @twimbow and @filos on Twitter
Hope you enjoy Twimbow, for any question, don’t hesitate to drop me a tweet.