1. View Activity Feed
Check out the activity feed to see how the people you follow are interacting on Twitter (besides their tweets). Click Discover > Activity to see a stream of actions by those you’re following, including favorites, follows and more. It’ll remind you of Facebook’s News Feed, and it’s a great way to discover new content and users to follow.
2. Favorite Related Tweets
It’s a safe bet that most Twitter users would like more followers. To help the process, you should search for keywords that are relevant to your interests (and, if you’re a journalist or other content producer, links to your content). Then, favorite tweets that mention something you like — those tweeters may just follow you back.
3. View Verified Users’ Replies
When Twitter users are verified, their replies and mentions don’t show up in their default feed. Go to their profile pages and click “All” above their tweets to view more of their interactions.
4. Add and Subscribe to Lists
Making lists is an easy way to keep track of tweets when you’re following a large number of people. Go to Me > Lists to categorize the users you follow in any way you want. You can also subscribe to other users’ lists by going to that particular user’s profile and clicking Lists, then Subscribe. In apps like TweetDeck, you can make each list a separate column.
Would you like to see someone’s tweets without following them in your main feed? Add them to a list, but note: They can see the lists to which they’ve been added.
5. Create User Widgets
Create a user widget for your website by going to the Gear Icon > Settings > Widgets > Create New. The widget will display your tweets, and you can customize how it looks.
You can also create widgets of other users’ tweets, which is handy if you’d like a publication or company’s stream on your website. Go to a specific user, click the icon with a person’s silhouette (next to Follow/Following) and choose “Embed this Profile.”
6. Choose Themes With Themeleon
Twitter integrates its profile design settings with Themeleon, a theme designer by COLOURlovers. If you’re bored with the default backgrounds and don’t have any of your own photos to use, use Themeleon to find something that pops with your personality.
Go to Gear Icon > Settings > Design > “Check out Themeleon.”
7. Advanced Search
8. Keyboard Shortcuts
Use more than 20 keyboard shortcuts to make your Twitter experience quicker and more efficient. Shortcuts include “G H” for returning to the homescreen, “R” for reply and “G U” to go to a specific user.
Find all of the shortcuts by going to the Gear Icon > Keyboard Shortcuts.
9. Use Pocket
Pocket, the service that allows you to save web content and read it later offline, has a unique integration with Twitter. By downloading the extension for your web browser, you can pocket pages directly from tweets. Just hover over an individual tweet and choose “Pocket.”
10. Change Trends
Twitter trends help you stay updated on what people are talking about around the web. You can change the list to reflect trends in your own country or state, worldwide and even trends tailored to your interests and those you follow.
On the bottom-left of your screen, go to the Trends box and click “Change.”
11. Find Friends in Email Contacts
Not sure which of your friends are tweeting? Combine Twitter with your email contacts to discover more friends and business contacts who are using the social network.
Go to Discover > Find Friends > Search your address book for friends.
12. Add Multiple Accounts in Mobile
You can tweet from multiple accounts in Twitter mobile. On your profile page, tap the button with the silhouettes, then tap the plus sign in the top-right. Enter your second username and password, and now you can toggle between the two accounts.
13. Tailor Suggestions Based on Web Browsing
Twitter can use information from your web searches to give you a more personalized experience. Click on the Gear Icon > Settings > Account > Personalization, then check “Tailor Twitter based on my recent website visits.”
For example, if you visit sports websites, Twitter will suggest various athletes and teams followed by other Twitter users who visit the same sites.
14. Download Twitter Archive
In late 2012, Twitter launched the option to download an archive of your tweets, starting from your very first tweet. Your tweets download as an offline HTML web file. You can search through them, see graphs of your activity and click on various dates.
Go to Gear Icon > Settings > Account > Your Twitter Archive > Request Your Archive. Note: You won’t get the archive immediately, but you’ll be notified when it’s available for download.
Rushing to your gate and making your flight, it’s easy to forget just how you got there. But, the next time you’re on your way to the airport, take a look around you. You might find that some of the most high-end and cutting-edge technology is taking you right to your destination.
It’s easy to shrug off Automated Transit Systems (known colloquially as “people movers”) as robots that specialize in getting from point A to point B, but there’s plenty of exciting technology happening in that very field. Companies are working hard to not only develop products that work as well in Toronto as they do in Buenos Aires, but also to remain mindful of individual needs within cities and airports.
“One of the advantages of having the broadest portfolio in the rail industry is that it allows us to tailor solutions to whatever customers need,” says Lorenzo Reffreger, Head of Sales Americas at Bombardier Transportation Systems. “We are certainly at the forefront of establishing sustainable mobility.”
Mashable spoke with Reffreger about the emerging trends in people movers, and what we can expect from the unsung transportation technology in the future.
How It Comes Together
Bombardier, the only international transport group to operate in both plane and train systems, works on people mover technology all across the country. From the latest high speed rail in China to airport transport in Denver International Airport, Reffreger says that one of the challenges of creating a smart people mover system is adapting the product to fit the particular needs of each city or airport.
“We’re constantly keeping up to meet the demands of our customers, the demands of the environment, and the demands of the government,” Reffreger explains. “We not only decide the vehicles, but we decide the guideways that they run on, and we try to make as small of a footprint as possible to make sure it has minimal impact.”
Bombardier’s people mover product, the Innovia APM, boasts several important characteristics to conform to different environments. The modular system, which is developed with lightweight and recyclable aluminum, is able to run up to six train cars coupled together in one system and programmable to fit any size and shape route. The benefits of maintaining a driverless vehicle for these routes is simple: Computers do a better job at maintaining efficiency.
“Our automatic train control optimizes energy: The vehicle accelerates at the same rate and breaks at the same rate, and that saves energy as opposed to a human driver,” Reffreger says.
One of Bombardier’s latest installations of its Innovia system opened in April, at Phoenix SkyHarbor Airport. The system, called aptly the “SkyTrain,” joined up the Phoenix Metro’s airport stop to the east with an economy parking lot and Terminal 4. Phoenix riders are able to then take advantage of a car-less ride to the airport, which not only saves on the airport’s traffic and congestion but leads to less emissions overall in the area (something that airports, with their plane fumes, would naturally remained concerned about). The plan is to expand the system through to more terminals, which Reffreger notes is easy to expand given the modular nature of the product.
“You’re constrained by what I call, ‘The limits of your envelope,’” Reffreger explains. “It’s all about the structure buildings and cities have already put in place.”
Steps Toward the Future
So what can we expect in the future from people movers? Reffreger says that Bombardier’s focus, which is in line with the industry as a whole, is on maintaining a product that has minimal impact on the environment and can eventually be dismantled and recycled to make room for an even more advanced system down the line.
“The evolution is going to be focused on sustainability of vehicles and you’ll see more efficient vehicles,” Reffreger adds. “We remain at the forefront of incorporating our structures into the urban environment.”
In addition, the company is working on scalability, providing a comprehensive system for major airports that see millions of people in traffic daily such as LAX. Simply providing a means to handle traffic isn’t just on their radar, though. Reffreger says that Bombardier is constantly planning on ways to “future-proof” their systems by consistently looking ahead at possible technologies to include and ensuring that they’re never using old tricks in a new system.
“We strive to have the latest and greatest. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we want to plan ahead to make sure our vehicles are ready for the future.”
Steve Wilhite, father of the Graphics Interchange Format, has ended the heated debate on how to pronounce “GIF.”
Wilhite, then working at CompuServe, debuted the file format in June 1987. He accepted a lifetime achievement award Tuesday at the Webby Awards for his creation.
Instead of giving a vocal acceptance speech, he flashed a GIF on the big screens:
“It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF,” read his acceptance speech, which adhered to the ceremony’s five-word speech limit.
The invite to Kim K’s June 2nd bash — sent to a guest close to Kanye West — arrived as a fully functional music box, complete with a spinning ballerina … dancing to a lullaby version of Kanye’s “Hey Mama.”
Not only is the invite playing the baby daddy’s tune, but the ballerina bears a striking resemblance to Kim herself — just in case anyone forgets who this party is REALLY celebrating.
According to the invites, Kris Jenner, Shelli Azoff (wife of uber-manager Irving Azoff), Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are hosting the party. Recommended attire … garden chic. We think that’s rich people speak for casual.