Find Out If Someone Is Following You On Twitter

Oh the weirdness of . You need external services to find if people have unfollowed you, use services to find when someone favorites your tweets, send multiple DMs and what not. Likewise, Twitter also misses another basic functionality, that is to know whether or not someone you are following is following you back.

Agreed that there is the follower and following list, but if you have 1000s of followers, it is really hard to sift through the entire list to just figure this out for one person.

Does Someone Follow You on Twitter?

However, like always there are several Twitter apps and services built around Twitter, to solve problem Twitter provides users with. So if you are looking to find out if someone is following you on twitter and don’t want to sift through a huge list, head over to DoesFollow.com and enter the twitter handles and your question, whether someone follows you or not will be answered in a few seconds.

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To make use of DoesFollow, just enter the Twitter handles and click on the Check button, that’s it, you will be answered with either a yup or a nope. So the next time you want to figure out if someone is following you or not quickly, head over to DoesFollow.com.

Verified Twitter Lists Make Fan-life Easier

If you frequent Twitter to keep track of your favorite famous people, you know that the real celebs are those who have a Verified Account badge in their profile. This appears in only one place (top right corner above the Name of the user) and will click-through to this page. This is a beta feature from Twitter to prevent identity theft and confusion. Indian film-stars like Priyanka Chopra and Genelia D’Souza have verified Twitter accounts. But in the variety of Twitter users and usernames, it is hard to find verified accounts of your favorite kind of celebrity.

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However, in a bid to make fans’ lives easier, the folks at Twitter have made an account that follows and lists all the Twitter Verified Accounts in one place. This account, aptly named verifiedis itself a Verified Account and has quite a few lists of Verified Accounts. From Olympians to Soccer to Technology to Entertainment, there is a list for mostly everything that would make a person famous. Wonderfully useful, following any of these lists allows you to see the updates in real time.

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Many Indian celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bacchan do not have a Verified Account because this feature is still in Beta. However, that will change in the near future. Nevertheless, the list for cricket caught my eye (mostly because it was following a single person). It seems that IPL Chairman Lalit K Modi is on Twitter, and is pretty active!

Of course, if you have forgotten what Twitter lists are, or how to create one, Techie Buzz is at your service!

Send Direct Messages to Multiple Users in Twitter

Direct messages in are a good way to send out message to people away from the public timeline. However, the problem with direct messages in Twitter is that it only allows you to send a DM to one user at a time. This creates a problem when you want to send out the same direct message to several users, say for example thanking people for wishing you a Happy Birthday.

However, like with everything else, there is a Twitter app called TweetGuru, which allows users to send out direct messages to multiple recipients at once in Twitter.

To send out direct messages to multiple users follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Head over to TweetGuru and click on the "Sign in with Twitter" button and grant TweetGuru access to your account.

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Step 2: Once you have authorized Tweet Guru, you will be redirected back to the MultiDM page. To send out DMs to multiple recipients, just enter their Twitter handles separated by a comma.

Step 3: Click on the "Sent Multi DM" button to send out the direct messages to multiple recipients.

Techie Buzz Verdict

MultiDM is definitely a very useful application and will definitely come in handy to send out mass DMs to your followers.  However, right now the number of recipients is limited to 12, but you you can contact the developer to increase the number of recipients to a larger number. Thanks Amit.

Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

Import Twitter Contacts into Google Buzz With Tw2buzz [Invites]

Google Buzz has been making waves ever since it was launched. Love it, hate it, but you simply can’t ignore it. In fact, Google Buzz is still trending on Twitter.

Thanks to tight integration with Gmail, Google Buzz already has a huge user base and most Buzz users are already following dozens of users. However, you can further increase your Buzz reach by tapping into Twitter.

Google allows you to connect your Google Profile with Twitter, but doesn’t offer any way to directly import your Twitter contacts. This is where Tw2buzz comes in.

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Tw2buzz is a simple service, which cross-references your Twitter Followers list with Google Profiles and automatically builds a list of tweeples you may want to follow in Buzz.

Using the service itself is pretty simple. Make sure that you are logged into your Google account and authorize the app to connect with your Twitter profile. Tw2buzz will automatically parse and analyze your followers and prepare a list of Google Profiles. Due to the lack of a Google Buzz API, Tw2buzz doesn’t implement bulk follow. Instead you will have to open each user’s Google Profile page and follow them individually.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Tw2buzz is a handy service, if you are looking to grow your Google Buzz social circle. The lack of a mass follow option is disappointing, but as they say, something is better than nothing. At least Tw2buzz helps you in identifying Google Profiles of your followers. Another aspect, which may irk some users, is that Tw2buzz refers to your Followers list (instead of Following list). It is just a personal opinion, but I would be more interested in connecting with the people I follow rather than people who follow me.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

Invites

Tw2Buzz is currently in private beta phase and requires an invitation code to signup. We have 250 invites to give away. Simply click here or enter the invitation code “T3cH!3BuzZ” while signing up.

Astronaut Tweets Amazing Pictures of Earth From Space

A few weeks ago we had told you about how a NASA Astronaut created history by tweeting from Space. However, it looks like we need to write another chapter in the history books. Why? Well because an Astronaut has tweeted some images of planet Earth from Space and shared it with us mere mortals who can only keep gazing into the sky.

Here are the pictures which were tweeted by the Astronaut from Space, thanks to IO9 and Mashable.

Maldives Island from Space

Maldives Island from Space

Mt. Kilmanjaro from Space

Mt. Kilmanjaro from Space

Earth and Moon from Space

Earth and Moon from Space

Golden Gate Bridge From Space

Golden Gate Bridge From Space

International Space Station

International Space Station

Some of these pictures are truly amazing, and to imagine that they were taken 100s of miles away from Earth make them even prettier. Technology has definitely advanced and being able to communicate and send images from space back to Earth is definitely exciting. Not that it was not being done before, but using a social medium to allow other’s to view them is definitely a big step ahead.

Aren’t these pictures truly amazing? What do you think about them? Let me know through your comments.

Update: To view more beautiful images of Earth from the ISS, visit the Twitpic account of Astronaut Soichi.

Tweetz.Tv: Find and Watch Videos Shared On Twitter

With thousands of links being shared on Twitter everyday, it is hard to identify images from websites and songs from videos. If all you are interested in are videos, Tweetz.tv is a great place to start. It filters out the videos mentioned on Twitter and let you play them all from a single web page.

Once you sign in to Tweetz.tv using your Twitter credentials, you will be able to watch videos mentioned on Twitter through three different channels. The My Tv channel allows you watch videos shared by your friends and he Public TV channel indexes videos that have recently been shared on Twitter. Another option is to search for videos using a keyword. Each video listing includes the actual tweet and lets you play or retweet the video with a single click.

Currently, the tool only works with YouTube videos but promises to add support for Vimeo and DailyMotion soon. It is a great tool to filter the thousands of shortened URLs and see which ones of them are videos. A couple of things that would make the tool even better are the ability to filter videos for a particular user and the option to display more than 3 videos at a time.

Twitter HoverCards: Preview a User Profile Without Leaving Your Timeline

Even though a lot of people prefer using third-party apps in comparison to the actual Twitter website, the Twitter team is bent on enhancing the user experience at Twitter.com. The latest in a series of efforts is a new feature announced recently by Twitter Spokesperson Jenna Sampson, called hovercards. As the name pretty much suggests, hovercards are virtual cards that pop-up when you hover your mouse over a Twitter handle.

The hovercard includes a preview of the user’s profile including the profile picture and location. The hovercard also tells you if you are following the person or lets you follow them from within the hovercard. More information about the user can also be seen through an expanded version of the hovercard. Moreover, they will also allow you to send direct messages to your Twitter friends without leaving your timeline.

In short, this feature will add a lot more interactivity to the Twitter website and will allow you to do almost everything without going to different web pages. The feature is being rolled out in stages so don’t worry if you don’t see it for a few days. However, do tell us what you think about this feature. Do you think some of the recent features introduced at Twitter.com might lure you to ditch your favorite third-party app for Twitter.com?

Services To Find If Someone Favorites Your Tweets on Twitter

Favorites on are similar to the Likes on and Friendfeed, however, unlike Facebook and Friendfeed, Twitter does not provide any easy way to find out when one of your tweets is marked as their favorite by someone.

Quite sometime back I had written a tutorial on how you can find out when someone favorites your tweets, however, it has been a long time since then and several new Twitter services have cropped up which make the task a lot more easier. Here are some of the services you can use to find out when someone favorites your tweets.

Favstar

Favorite Tweets Tracked by Favstar

One of my favorites from the lot, Favstar.fm is a service which will allow you to keep track of who has added your tweets as favorites. Favstar will allow you to track favorited tweets for any Twitter user. It provides users with the most popular favorited tweets, most recent favorited tweets and also the tweets which are added as favorites by a particular user.

Favstar also provides users with an option to register so that you can favorite and retweet tweets from your Favstar.fm account.

Twitfave

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Twitfave is another interesting service which provides users with an option to track who favorites their tweets. Though it is not as advanced as Favstar, it does provide users with an option to subscribe to the a RSS feed to track when someone favorites your tweets.

Though I did find other options to search when users favorite your tweets, I believe that these two are the best out there and do the job. If you think that there are any other better options for the task, feel free to let me know through your comments.

Want more on Twitter? Check out some of our earlier articles.

Live Coverage of Apple Event

Its here! Its finally here! The Apple event is finally going to begin in less than half an hour now. All the gadget freaks must be eagerly awaiting the launch of a new revolutionaryproduct from Apple. In the past, all the products from Apple have changed the whole technology industry. Even after 3 years of the launch of iPhone, all the major phone companies have been unable to come up with an iPhone killer. The rumors suggest Apple launching a tablet based touch screen device. The Apple iTablet device has been hogging all the limelight in all the popular tech blogs for nearly the whole of the month of January. Looking at the leaked screenshots of the iPad/iTablet, iPhone OS 4.0, everyone can be sure that Apple won’t be letting us down today.

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Readers can read our article on the round-up of all the rumors around the Apple iTablet/iPad. It will be interesting to see whether all these rumors turn out to be true or not. Earlier today, we posted pictures of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where the Apple event will be held. Things looked calm in the morning, but by now there must be a huge hurdle of news reporters outside the Center. The effect of the event can already be seen on Twitter. 4 out of the top 10 trends in Twitter this morning were regarding the Apple event only. Twitter is also working slow right now, so the impact of the event can be clearly felt now.

Techie-Buzz will be covering the event live, so readers can check back this post for live updates about the event.

Live Updates -:

9:58 AM: The event will start is just a couple of minutes now.10:00 AM: The event has started!

10:01 AM: Steve Jobs enters *applauds*

10:10 AM: Steve Jobs wishes everyone a good morning and gives a small introduction about Apple and its background.

10:11 AM: Ladies and gentlemen! The rumors have turned out to be true! It is the iPad! A touchscreen tablet based device for browsing the web on the go.

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10:12 AM: Steve Jobs now explaining all the features of the iPad one by one.

10:20 AM: The homescreen of the iPad can be extensively customized. Steve says that typing emails thanks to the large on-screen keyboard is an awesome experience. It’s a dream to type on.Steve Jobs.

10:30 AM: The UI of the iPad is quite different from that of the iPhone and OS X. It features a 9.7inch IPS display. There is a Two-pane view for Email, along with Photo Scrubber bar with Fast, Smooth Transitions

10:35AM: The iPad runs on a custom Apple 1Ghz A4 Chip. It features all the usual Compass, Accelerometer sensors. Also onboard is 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset. The device has got a staggering battery life of 10 hours and a standby battery life of 30 days!

10:40 AM: Steve demoed few games on the iPad. They looked beautiful, but were a bit sluggish. The developers only got 2 weeks of time to create something for the iPad so I guess the game is still not polished. Also there is a native newspaper reading app which captures the essence of a newspaper, but it’s so much more.There is also inline video clips for Newspaper applications.

10:45 AM: Steve now demonstrating an art browser and painting application for the iPad named Brushes.

10:47 AM: Now Steve is demonstrating Need For Shift for the iPad by Electronic Arts.

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10:48 AM: The game is both touch and motion controlled. Users need to tap the mirror on the screen to look behind.

10:50 AM: The Amazon Kindle has some competition here. Steve introduces a new application for the iPad called iBooks. There is also an online book store to go along with it. Users can directly purchase ebooks from the iBook store, and start reading them on your iPad.

10:56 AM: Steve demos the iBook store along with the iBook application. Tap left or right to change pages or just drag the page. Neat! There is also an iWorkfor the iPad. Good Job Steve!

10:59 AM: The whole of the UI of iWork has been reworked for the iPad. Steve is now demoing iWork for the iPad. First up is Keynote.

11:01 AM: Phill shows off a demo of how Keynote works on the iPad version of the iWork.

11:03 AM: Oops! Apple stock value is down by nearly 2%.

11:04 AM: Phill is now showing Numbers on the iWork by doing some typical speard sheet tasks.

11:06 AM: So what are we going to charge for applications like this? We’re gong to charge just $9.99 each.9.99$ for keynotes, Numbers etcetera.

11:08 AM: Steve’s back! The iPad syncs over USB just like an iPod Touch/iPhone via iTunes. Here sync includes everything from your Music, Movies, Photos to Calendar and Applications.

11:10 AM: There will be few models of the iPad with 3G modems built-in.

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11:15AM: 14.99$ per month with a data limit of up to 250MB is great for casual use. There is also an unlimited plan for 29.99$. AT&T is again the network provider here. AT&T is also providing access to free Wi-Fi hotspots. Good move here considering the poor 3G network of AT&T.

11:17 AM: Steve then gives a small review of the iPad and gives a quick rundown of all its features. Then he announces the pricing of the iPad. The prices of the iPad starts from only 499$ for the base model with 16GB on board storage. The 32Gb will set you back by another 100$. The 3G models cost an additional 130$.

11:20 AM: There are some accessories for the iPad as well. First up is a Keyboard Dockaccessory. The size of the keyboard is roughly the same as that of a Laptop.

11:25 AM: A video being shown of the iPad. Pretty impressive I must say!

11:27 AM: There is only a 30 pin connector on the iPad. No USB port, no SD card slot, no Camera. Disappointing!

11:31 AM: Time for a another video We think we’ve got the goods. We think we’ve done it. Another thing we’re excited about is that there’s already 75m people who know how to use this because of how many iPhones and iPod touches we’ve shipped.

11:33 AM: This is a magical device, at a breakthrough price. We’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts — we want to make the best tech, but have them be intuitive. It’s the combination of these two things that have let us make the iPad.

11:34 AM: Apple’s the one place we can do this: we built battery tech, chip tech, software — we bring all those things together in a way no one else can do.As the video ends, Steve comes back on stage.

11:36 AM: The official site for iPad is now up! There are also some videos of the iPad on the site. Check it out!

That’s it folks! The event has ended.

NASA Creates History: Astronauts Live Tweet from International Space Station

Don’t get surprised the next time you open your Science textbooks to read that Timothy Creamer was the first person to tweet from Space. In a first for Twitter and social networking in general, a NASA astronomer updated someone other than his NASA boss by sending out a tweet from space to everyone.

Here is what the historical tweet read:

Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s

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Timothy Creamer, the astronaut who tweeted the first Tweet from I.S.S, says that the team is trying to tweet from the orbit as well.

Internet Network in Space is not a Joke

Tweeting from space station was possible due to a software upgrade by NASA which allowed the astronauts to connect to the Internet. But a question can arise in your mind – How can a computer network exist in space? NASA has an answer which says that the network used is the “ultimate wireless network connection”.

This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment.

You can read more about the nasa report here or follow the tweets from space station.

Acording the New York Times, the space station is equipped with 68 IBM ThinkPad A31 laptops and 32 Lenovo ThinkPad T61p devices. The laptops are all connected via Wi-Fi access points, and there’s also a dedicated IP phone for phone calls and some limited video-conferencing abilities if astronauts need to see their families.

The historical tweet from space marks a new era in the developement and reach of technology in our lives. Want to follow more NASA Tweeples? Check out NASA Collaborate..