How to Enable & Use Twitter Integration in OS X Mountain Lion
Twitter is deeply integrated in OS X now that Mountain Lion has arrived, and you can send tweets from just about anywhere once it’s set up and configured. If you went to System Preferences hoping to find a panel to set it up and walked away confused, don’t worry because enabling Twitter is just tucked into a general services panel, and configuring it will only take a minute or two:
- Sign up for a free Twitter account if you haven’t done so yet
- Open System Preferences from the Apple menu and click on “Mail, Contacts & Calendars”
- Choose “Twitter” and enter the Twitter login information before clicking “Sign In”
- Close out of System Preferences
Now you can use Twitter integration in a few different ways from all over Mac OS X, here are three places most people will probably send tweets from most often; Quick Look, Notification Center, and Safari:
- Open Notification Center and click the “Click to Tweet” button to send out a tweet
- From Safari, click the ShareSheet icon and choose “Twitter” to share the current website URL you are visiting
- Quick Look a file by hitting Spacebar from the OS X Finder, then click the ShareSheet icon [>] and choose “Twitter” to send out a picture
Once you’ve setup Twitter you may want to go back to the “Mail, Contacts & Calendars” preference panel to configure other social accounts and social features like Vimeo and Flickr, and also add your Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook mail accounts if you haven’t done so yet.
Deeper Twitter integration is coming to iOS 6 as well, so getting accustomed to using the service is a good idea if you haven’t been active with it before. Even if you don’t share much yourself, it can still be a great source of following news and information, though you’ll ultimately want to download a Twitter app to use it for that purpose.