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How to Add Classic RTs to the Mac Twitter App

I don’t like the way the official Twitter app for the Mac currently handles retweets. You’re given two options, to use Twitter’s baked-in retweet feature, or to quote a tweet.

If you choose the quote option, the app does just that, it generates a new tweet that simply wraps the tweet you want to reference in quotes like so:

This, however, is far from ideal for all sorts of reasons having to do with everything from conventions to readability to aesthetics. Classic style retweets are the way to go.

Thankfully, there is a way to get classic style retweets in the Mac Twitter app.

  1. Quit the Twitter app and open up the Terminal.
  2. Copy and paste the following line into the Terminal and hit return.
    defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac DebugMode -bool true
  3. Re-open the Twitter app and open up Preferences. You should see a new preference pane called “Secret.”
  4. Enter “RT @{USERNAME}: {TEXT}” in the Quote Syntax field.
  5. To make this stick, click back on “General” and then back on “Secret” before closing Preferences.
  6. Now, when you choose “Quote Tweet…” the app should generate a classic style retweet.

Two Tiny Mac Programs

Inspired by Michael Leddy’s “Two useful bookmarklets” post, here are two tiny Mac programs I find invaluable:

  • Caffeine: “a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back.”
  • Freedom: “an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal.”

Caffeine prevents your Mac from going to sleep when, say, you’re giving a Keynote presentation, but I find myself using it anytime I want my Mac to remain at the ready.

Freedom – developed by a PhD student, natch – might help you combat your Internet addiction disorder (IAD), even if you have to use the Internet to download it first.

When used together, who knows, you may actually get some things done.