How to create and deliver tweetstorms the easy way

I love Twitter and its 140-character limit, but sometimes I have far more to say than can fit in the space of a few sentences. For those times, I usually turn to Facebook, write a blog post, or yell at my plants. As an alternative, some employ the infamous “tweetstorm” as popularized by venture capitalist and web browser pioneer Marc Andreesen. Tweetstorms are basically multiple tweets that go together to complete a single thought and are usually numbered.

Typing tweetstorms into Twitter’s web interface or your typical mobile client is a pain since you can only type out one tweet at a time. That’s why it’s handy to know about two free web apps that make tweetstorming easier.

Like anything else that uses Twitter, both of these web apps require you to login with your Twitter account via OAuth.

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Easily share a web page on your next tech support call with Shove for Chrome

No matter how little you think you know about computers, if you read tech news sites you inevitably become somebody’s PC support line. The worst calls are the remote ones where a family member on the other side of the country regularly needs help. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, here’s a tool you can install on your friend or family member’s PC to make remote help easier.

Shove for Chrome is a simple extension that allows you to share a webpage with other people. It doesn’t send it via email or put it in a text message—Shove delivers it front-and-center on your friend or family member’s display. It’s mostly meant as a social app for swapping interesting articles, jokes, or the occasional still-hilarious RickRoll. Nevertheless, it can be an effective tech support tool as well.

If you need someone to visit a specific webpage to start a remote login session or to download a program, it can be a massive pain. Does this conversation sound familiar? “No, no you don’t need to type ‘www’ just g-o-o-g-l-e, no ‘g,’ G’!”

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This Chrome extension banishes Twitter's new hearts and brings back the stars

Earlier this week, a tragedy befell the Internet that drastically changed how we interact with one of the most beloved social networks in the world. Yes, I’m talking about Twitter’s radical shift from representing favorites with a star icon to representing likes with a heart. And shortly I’ll explain how you can get your stars back and hold back the winds of change.

Twitter said in a blog post that it decided to go with the heart because it is a “universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones.” Twitter even went so far as to say that in their tests “people loved it.”

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Twitter’s new heart icon in action.

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How to use a gorgeous Bing images slideshow on your Windows 10 lock screen

I spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about how my lock screen and background images can look better. That’s why I was happy to hear about the Windows Spotlight feature for Windows 10 a few months ago.

Spotlight is a feature specific to Windows 10 Home that displays Bing's gorgeous daily images as a slideshow on your lock screen (pictured above) and within some Windows apps. You can enable it by heading to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen and selecting Windows Spotlight in the "Background" drop-down menu.

Unfortunately, Windows Pro users are left out of the loop. But there is a DIY way to at least get Bing images as a rotating slideshow on your lock screen. It takes a little bit of clicking and one desktop program. But if you’re a fan of Bing images, like I am, the few minutes of effort will be worth it.

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Three desktop tools for ultra-private encrypted chats

Many people like the idea of increasing their privacy with encryption and anonymity tools for sharing files, web browsing and messaging. The trouble is finding tools for the job that aren’t overly complex.

Today’s tip will take a look at how easily you can use current privacy tools to chat with your friends in privacy and security.

Cryptocat

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How to hold Skype chats with people who aren't Skype users

Recently, Microsoft added a new feature to Skype that lets anyone join a conversation even if you aren’t a Skype user. Personally, I’d be hard pressed to find someone I know without a Skype account. Nevertheless, it’s a good feature to have ready just in case.

The new Skype feature is available now for U.S. users, but you have to activate it first. There may be a more official way to get it working, but here’s how I did it.

These instructions are for the Windows desktop version of Skype but will work similarly on Skype for the web.

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This website helps you find cheap items to get free Amazon shipping

Here’s a tip you’ll want to keep in mind if you’ve got any plans to visit Amazon anytime soon. The online retailer is a great place to shop, but it’s easy to fall short of the site’s $35 free-shipping requirement. The choice between spending another two bucks or forking over more for full-cost shipping is a no-brainer.

The company tries to assist with some suggestions, but if you’re looking for an alternative, check out Amazon Filler Item Finder, which surfaced on Reddit earlier this week.

This site is very basic and simple to use.

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