In the previous lesson I covered how to create lists and how useful they are in keeping organized.

In this next lesson we'll discuss keyboard shortcuts and how they can make using Twitter more efficient. Since this is a short one, I'll quickly cover the Help section as well.

What Are Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts?

Twitter keyboard shortcuts are special commands that are performed when you press a specific key or combination of keys which can save you precious seconds from you life. Keyboard shortcuts have been popular everywhere including word processors, online games, and other social media sites. So what Twitter keyboard shortcuts are there? Let's find out.


Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

Actions

There are a variety of actions you can perform by using keyboard shortcuts.

n - New Tweet: Pressing the "n" key a pop up box will appear that allows you to compose a new tweet

l - Like: Pressing the "l" key, that's lower case L, you can like a tweet if you are in a tweet

r - Reply: Pressing the "r" key pops up the reply text box when you are in a tweet

t - Retweet: Pressing the "t" key pops up the retweet textbox when you are in a tweet

m - Direct Message: Pressing the "m" key will pop up the direct message box

u - Mute User: Mute user; Stops you from getting any tweets from the user on your timeline

b - Block User: Block user; Stops you from getting anything from the user including tweets and messages.

Enter - Open tweet details: Opens tweet details when tweet is highlighted by navigation shortcuts

o - Expand photo: Expands photo in highlighted tweet

/ - Search: Focuses your cursor on the search bar

Ctrl + Enter - Send tweet: Send a tweet when you are composing a tweet


Navigation

? (SHIFT + /): Pressing ?, which is actually SHIFT + /, will pop up the keyboard shortcut menu

j - Next tweet: highlight next tweet (press enter to see the tweet details)

k - Previous tweet: highlight previous tweet (press enter to see the tweet details)

Space - Page down: scrolls the page down

. - Load new tweets: the period key loads any new tweets that are available


Timelines

These actions can be done on any page and will load the associated pages when holding "g" along with the helper letter. Just think of "g" as "Go to". So basically g + h is telling Twitter to "Go to Home".

g + h: Home

g + o: Moments

g + n: Notifications

g+ r: Mentions

g + p: Profile

g + l: Likes

g + i: Lists

g + m: Messages

g + s: Settings

g + u: Go to user


Getting Help

If you ever need help or want to learn more about Twitter's features, they have a help section under your profile menu.

You'll be taken to the Help Center where you can search your issue.

Or you can take a look at common questions and answers by category. Within those categories there are a bunch of common questions which you can click into to get more information. If that still doesn't solve your issue there's a Contact Support link at the bottom of the help document. I also left the link HERE so you can access it directly instead of fishing around for it in the site.


Review

So today you learned:

  • What are Twitter keyboard shortcuts
  • How to use them
  • Getting Help

Hopefully you now know how use the handy keyboard shortcuts and are able to quickly navigate through Twitter as well as know how to get help when you need it.

Do you know of any other useful shortcuts or neat Twitter features? Let me know.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

In the next lesson we'll learn about searching and how to find accounts to follow.

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rachelannie Premium
I'm so grateful for this tutorial, I was really stressed about how to get it to look professional, and now it's set! I am worried that my stuff won't go viral, because I'm super fun but my personal stuff never goes viral, so how can I get my business stuff to? I would appreciate any and all advice! Thank you!
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yakitori Premium
I'm glad you found this tutorial useful. There isn't really a set way to make your tweets go viral because it depends on a variety of factors like when you tweet, if you use trending hashtags, and of course you need a captivating headline with image or video. Doesn't hurt to ask to be retweeted once in awhile as well as stats show that something as simple as asking gets you more retweets.

Here's an article about getting your tweets to go viral
https://blog.bufferapp.com/3-ways-to-easily-go-viral-on-twitter
but I think I pretty much covered it in my Lesson 8: Building Your Network section. You can also search for trending tags and see if you can take advantage of them.
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rachelannie Premium
awesome thank you so much!!!
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peterma Premium
Hi Andy, I'm really enjoying this course, just starting lesson 8. Question...when I look for followers, do I want to follow competitors and get all of their links on my page...or should I follow other interests like famous quotes or a self help topic or something else? Thanks again for the training.
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yakitori Premium
Yes, you'll want to follow competitors so you can monitor what they're up to. I talk about it a bit in the "Lists" course. Just because they're on your timeline doesn't mean you have to read all of them. Lists help organize and categorize accounts so it's easier to know what you're looking at. You should follow accounts related to your niche and accounts that are talking about your niche.

For example, my niche is earthquake preparedness so I do a Twitter search for "earthquake preparedness" and follow people who mention that. Since they already express some sort of interest since they tweeted about it, it increases the chance of them checking out your profile, visiting your website, or following you.
Hope that helps.
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peterma Premium
Thank you, it's a whole new world for me...feel like mr magoo in cyber space...it's getting clearer thanks again Andy. Have a super day.
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yakitori Premium
Awesome! I know it's a lot to take in at once but I'm sure if you follow some of my techniques you'll get more followers.
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laurenjean Premium
Oh my goodness... what a BRILLIANT training!! No wonder you couldn't wait to get started on training! You know your stuff & convey it superbly well. I love the lesson on Twitter Lingo. (Younger, hipper) people send me messages in Twitter-speak & I always have to ask for an interpretation or google it. Now I have a handy reference! Thank you!
I'll come back to this when I'm ready... it sounds very time consuming. I barely have enough time to add content to my sites. How many hours a day would you estimate you spend on twitter?
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yakitori Premium
Actually I maybe spend an hour in the morning for Twitter.
I talked about some good online tools that really help automating things in Lesson 8: Building Your Network.
I recycle my tweets with TweetJukeBox so it gets spread around without me having to manually tweet them.
I use CrowdFire to manage my list by adding back people who have interacted with me as well as removing those who have unfollowed me to maintain a good follow-follower ratio. You can also schedule your tweets with CrowdFire.
I use TraffUp to help get my tweets retweeted.

So everything is pretty automated. What I do in the morning is just check on my notifications in Twitter to respond to anyone interacting with me an add them if I don't already follow them. Then I do a search on Twitter for things related to my niche and retweet some of the interesting ones. Every time I have a new blog post, I will tweet it then I will add it to the TweetJukeBox queue so it'll get recycled automatically. Maybe if you don't have many tweets to recycle you should just manually do it for now but as you get a big list this definitely helps. Especially since you don't have to sit in front of the computer to post the tweet because it's scheduled automatically.
Read Lesson 8: Building Your Network for more info.
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Ultimateless Premium
I am stuck with finding that Trends box..I wonder if we have a different set up in Australia...can't imagine why. Where my profile picture on the left I don't see a trends box or in the photo top right, there dropdown box doesn't have it either. Am I missing something Yakitori?
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Jim-Bo Premium
I've also noticed differences based upon regional and time (meaning twitter or other stuff online revamps themselves) so a tutorial made about xyz might look and feel completely different depending on when and where you're watching it.

example when tey rolled out the video call feature in facebook about 5 years ago, they rolled it out regionally and gradually (to test it before just rolling it out world wide all at once.) it could be a similar thing!

here's an idea, try going through a proxy so your twitter account thinks you're in North america and therefore gives you the north american version?

use HOLA chrome extension for that....u can also watch tv from different countries with that...hulu, netflix, bbciplayer, anyone? lol

neat little extension that is! works a treat too!
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yakitori Premium
Yeah that is strange that you don't see it. Maybe the account is too new so it takes a few more follows before it can show relevant trends.
Here are some other resources where you can find Twitter trends for Australia:
http://trendsmap.com/local/australia
http://trends24.in/australia/
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks Yakitori. Just found out your name is Andi but I really like Yakitori, it sounds so commanding...respectful! :)
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yakitori Premium
haha it's actually Andy. Yakitori is actually a type of Japanese food, kind of like grilled pieces of chicken on a stick. It's very delicious and is one of my favorite foods.
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Ultimateless Premium
Just shows you the other person spelt your name incorrectly and I should have known better...:)
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yakitori Premium
Haha yeah I saw that too. No worries =)
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TomasB Premium
Same here,I couldn't find the Trends box as I went through the lesson logged on to my Twitter account.I live in Southern California.Really a minor issue though,Andy did a great job with this training.
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yakitori Premium
Oh that's really weird. Is your account brand new or did you have it for awhile already?
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Ultimateless Premium
I have had mine for years...
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Grandma1945 Premium
I enjoyed your training and found it very very thorough and useful. I have been on Twitter for a long time but never advertise with it. I primarily use Facebook for that. I tried to order once using WA banners and such. The ads were rejected by Twitter. The only thing missing from your tutorial was how to get around using WA without get it getting rejected. I know Pinterest will also reject if you use an actual WA link. I don't know why the ads were rejected as I wasn't really given complete information from Twitter. Just curious. Comments would be helpful.
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Ultimateless Premium
The links aren't rejected..I use them on twitter with a picture of my own choosing..
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Jim-Bo Premium
might be better to link to your site? that way round you are getting valuable visitors to your site and your site filters many of the tire kickers.
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yakitori Premium
I agree. That might be the best way to get around it.
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Jim-Bo Premium
I posted your tutorial (a link to it) on my blog today to get you some more reach!
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yakitori Premium
Wow thank! REALLY appreciate it!
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Jim-Bo Premium
you deserve it matey, you did a good thorough job...
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! Means a lot to me as it's my first tutorial
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