If you’re getting around now to jailbreaking your iPhone and love social media, think about adding qTweeter to your app arsenal.
There are plenty of awesome Twitter and Facebook iPhone apps, but Cult of Mac finds qTweeter a must-have because you can broadcast social media updates just by pulling the app down from the status bar, and, say, vent about your co-worker while reading a particularly annoying email (not that we would, of course), rave about a new band you’re listening to the track or ask the peanut gallery what you should have for dinner by sending them a link to a take-out menu from a web page.
This $4.99 app has been one of our favorites since it launched in 2009. Here’s Cult of Mac’s quick guide to getting you started with it.
What you’ll need:
- A jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch with Cydia installed.
- Wi-Fi and Internet access on the device.
- qTweeter Cydia application worth $4.99
2. After Cydia is done refreshing, choose the ‘Sections’ tab and then select the
3. Open the qTweeter package and choose the ‘Purchase package’ option. Complete the purchase and begin downloading and installation.
4. Open the qTweeter app on your iPhone and choose ‘Setup’ when prompted with the welcome message.
5. To add a Twitter account, select ‘Add Account’ and select ‘Twitter’ from the account type. Now it will prompt you for your Twitter login details. Once you’ve added them, it will prompt you to allow the app access to your social media account. Choose your preferred photo and video uploading services for the Twitter account before exiting the menu. You can add multiple Twitter accounts by repeating the above process.
6. To add a Facebook account, the process is similar. Go back to ‘Add Account’ and select ‘Facebook’ from the account type. It will now prompt you to OK Facebook connect, then type your login details and choose ‘Allow Publishing’ when asked for Extended Permission. You can add multiple Twitter accounts by repeating the above process.
7. You can also customize standard qTweeter settings — including assigning a sound for every update published or a background image for the drop-down menu, or choosing a photo from your existing library or using the iPhone’s camera to snap something new.
8. To update your Facebook or Twitter account, just pull down the qTweeter icon from the iPhone status bar. You’ll be given a choice of which accounts you want to update. To update using plain text, just type and hit ‘Update Status.’
9. There are also a few other interesting features like tweeting about the song currently playing by opening qTweeter with the iPod (or Music) application and selecting the musical note icon. From Safari, you can use the app to tweet or update Facebook about the page you’re browsing and qTweeter will add a link to that page. If you’re worried about being too quick on the trigger, there is a ‘Cancel’ icon to delete.
10. To send photos or videos directly from camera or iPhone library, select the photo/ video button. You’ll be able to rotate or remove the selected photo, too.
11. You can also Geotag your tweets, post a map of your location or even update your profile with your current GPS coordinates or text using the bull’s eye icon. To update your profile, select the profile button from sub-menu and then choose either ‘GPS co-ordinates’ or ‘Custom Text’ from the options.
12. Another cool feature: you can @reply to any person that you follow by tapping the @button and choosing them from the list.
13. You can also save drafts, paste pictures and instantly reach settings using the list button or delete older drafts by choosing ‘drafts’ from the menu and deleting anything you’ve decided is better kept to yourself.