Given Twitter’s recent history of slowly locking down its service for developers and third-party apps, you may be looking for a way around using a special app to send out a Tweet from your Mac that doesn’t include logging into your web browser, logging in to Twitter, then adding your message. Maybe you want to just send out a quick tweet about something, but want to avoid the hassle of launching Tweetbot or the official Twitter app. Either way, you can send out tweets from Notification Center in OS X Mountain Lion.
You need to enable it, first, though. Here’s how.
If you use Safari and have upgraded to Mountain Lion, you may already have done this. Apparently, when you visit the Twitter website using Apple’s built-in browser and log in, Safari will ask you if you want to allow other applications to use your Twitter account.
If you’re not a Safari user, or would rather not use it to log in to Twitter, simple head into your System Preferences, and click on Mail, Contacts & Calendars to get to that preference pane. Click on the Twitter logo on the right hand side and enter your Twitter credentials, including your @ username for the service and your Twitter password.
Now drop into your Notification Center, either by clicking on the little icon in the upper right corner of your screen, or using a hot key shortcut. A Click to Tweet button should show up there, so you can send a quick tweet without having to launch a browser or use a specific app to do so. There’ll need to be at least one notification in there to see the Click to Tweet button, however, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see it right away.
Now all we have to do is wait for Facebook integration, which should be coming “this fall.”
- Via Mac OS X Tips