Twittergadget: Twitter From Within Gmail

Twittergadget logo

Twittergadget logo

Steve Rubel makes a good point about the Twittergadget for Gmail, the gmail app that works like a Thwirl in your inbox (kinda). I remember testing the app when it first came out a couple month ago. The main inconvenience was its size and its lack of functionality.

Well it seems that since December, the product has matured into something exciting enough for the Micro Persuasion blogger to talk about it with an enthusiast tone on his blog.

While I won’t bother paraphrasing his post, and would invite you to read the full article instead, here are the main new features that make Twittergadget more attractive then ever before:

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Integrated Twitter search
  • Label Twittergadget in gmail and open it with a keyboard command.

Steve Rubel always blogs about stuff we know, but he somehow always brings it a step farther. Web magnifier indeed!

Productivity Tip: Save Your Gmail Filters


These past two days, we’ve heard a lot about two new features in the Gmail Lab: The Picasa, Youtube, Yelp and Flickr previews in your email body, and the undo sent email. Both are nice, but I really don’t see why these news climbed all the way up Techmeme’s headlines.

There is one feature that went live about two weeks ago and that I find way more important than the two above: The import/export filters feature. As I mentioned in a previous post, filters are a great way to turn your Gmail inbox into your social media cockpit. For example, in my gmail account, I have about 30 filters, and this is far from being enough!

gmail filters import-export

The same way that it is good to have a Foxmarks account to make sure that your Firefox experience never disappoints you, it’s a good call to also export your filters once in a while. Whatever the reason, you could need to open a new Gmail account, and resetting dozens of filters can be painful in this situation.

Twittergadget is so close!


I am already using services that syndicate my Twitter activity in my gmail. However, it is kind of a geeky set up, and when I heard about Twittergadget, I thought this would be the perfect solution for my clients who hire me because they are NOT geeks.

So I did what I every geek does, I tested it.

To start Twittergadget, you need to have access to gmail labs, and enable ‘Add a Gadget by URL’. That’s really the only geeky part there is to it. All the installation info is detailed on the Twittergadget homepage.

The application is very complete: it gives access to your stream, replies, DMs, all. They also made it easy to reply to someone by simply clicking on his/her handle.

Twittergadget’s main inconvenience, as you can see above, is its size. Too small. Also, it doesn’t sit on top of the sidebar’s tabs, so scrolling down to view this tiny Twitter window is no time saver.

However, the application is really close to kicking ass. I sent a feedback to the team saying that I would love to pop Twittergadget up the same way I can pop up gtalk discussion windows. This way, when I feel like interfacing with the Twitter community, I just pop Twittergadget up, and keep browsing the Web with the Twitter window on the side.

(via Mashable)