Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Create a Twitter ticker for your office using DEXTR

I have an older Mac Mini that I use for recording my podcast, Quicken, iTunes and other typical uses, but lately I have taken to working on my Macbook Pro while ensconced in my easy chair. I figured I could make better use of the screen on the Mac Mini so I went looking for possibilities.

When I first saw mention of DEXTR, I thought it might finally provide an easy way to get the "lean back" Twitter ticker I always wanted. I can't always have my Twitter client in the foreground. (I have to work SOMETIME (LAUGH)), so DEXTR provides a great way to casually monitor and consume my Twitter feed while I doing other work. It is especially great for monitoring when breaking news is happening and I like it a lot better than leaving the TV tuned to CNN as the news I find in Twitter is directly related to me.

Using DEXTR as Twitter ticker

Even better, DEXTR requires no software downloads or install. It runs in your favorite browser. To try it out, visit http://dextr.riglondon.com, login to your Twitter account using OAuth (so DEXTR doesn't need your actual password) and resize the window as large as you wish. In my case, it runs full screen so I can read it from across the room. If I really want to geek out, the Mac Mini is also connected to my big screen TV, so I can make it big enough to read from the Moon (well, almost).

I find that DEXTR can run for hours on end with no crashes of the browser or slowing of the computer -- something that can't be said for some Mac apps, or even some Flash-based web sites.

How do you consume your social media? Do you use tools like this to make it easier? Let me know in the comments.

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