OS X Lion: Tweet from Any Native OS X App

One of the cool new features in OS X Lion is the ability to tweet from any Native OS X program.  Here’s how to set it up.

First launch the Mac App Store from the Dock – included in OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and up.

Apple App Store

Type: twitter in the search box, hit Enter and install the official OS X Twitter app.

Official OS X Twitter App

After installing it, click the Launchpad icon from the Dock.


Now click the Twitter icon and start the app.

Twitter App

Sign in with your username and password.

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Then you’ll see your Twitter timeline and can start tweeting from your desktop. It’s a groovy app for OS X – try it out.

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After you have the Twitter app installed and are signed into your account, restart your Mac.

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When it gets back, try out the new Tweet option. I started testing it by opening TextEdit. Type in some text, highlight it, right-click and select Tweet from the context menu.

Tweet Menu

The Twitter app comes up with the text you highlighted entered in. Click Tweet.

Twitter Screen

This feature works with any native OS X app. It comes in handy when surfing in Safari and tweeting an interesting URL.

Tweet URL Safari

Here’s another groovy thing to point out. You don’t need to have the Twitter app running to use it. Close out of the Twitter app.

Quit Twitter

Highlight some text, right-click it, and select Tweet from the context menu. Here I am using Tweet in Stickies.

Tweet from Stickies

The Twitter App opens up with your highlighted text already populated like before.

Post to Twitter

Then your Twitter Timeline comes up and you’ll see the message has been posted.

Twitter Timeline

If you want to tweet something cool you’re writing, or a URL from Safari – this feature makes it easy.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Jezz Dangles

    Yes this is a cool post but one thing that is very much overlooked is the fact that OSX can already do this direct from the menu bar, something called Services and it don’t just stop there.
    Services on the OSX can do all manner of tasks from tweeting to mailing contents of page or even adding to iTunes as spoken words.
    This post just shows the tip of the iceberg.

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