Tender handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.
- Aaron Hill, English Dramatist (1685-1750)
You ever wish you could blast out a tweet with mentions to everyone who follows you on Twitter? Well now you can with Tweet Your Peeps, my newest app for Windows. Not only does Tweet Your Peeps turn a single tweet into a batch of tweets mentioning all your followers, but through the magic of AutoHotkeys, you can automate the sending of the entire batch through TweetDeck!
As I was testing this program out last night, tweeting to all my followers, “Testing app 2 auto-tweet ALL your followers. Details tomorrow.” I found in the replies an equal share of people curious and thinking it would be something they could make use of and an equal share of people who felt that anything that automated the process of tweeting was some form of sacrilege. (My favorite response from the latter group was mommy blogger Jessica Gotlieb tweeting, “noooooooooo”.)
When you send out a tweet, most of your followers are following enough people that their stream of tweets moves fast and if they don’t catch it within minutes of you tweeting it, your tweet is water under their bridge, out of sight before they ever had a chance to read it. The way I see it, if it’s a tweet you think your followers wouldn’t want to miss, it’s a good idea to mention them in your tweets so they’re much more likely to catch it. Everyone likes hearing their name mentioned, right? I think of it as a courtesy to make mention of your followers, and if a few of them get bent out of shape over it, ah . . . no big loss.
As far as the program itself goes, I designed it so that you’ll never have to crack open a help file (I hate help files!) and it should be self-explanatory right on the face of it when you first run the program, five steps spelled out right on the interface. If I did my job right, that interface should be all the explanation you need. (And please do let me know if I’m missing something that I need to further clarify.)
Give the program a try, Internet Explorer flags it because it’s brand new to the Internet, but it’s totally clean (I’m not going to send something bad out to the world with my name on it, scan it for viruses if you must) it’s very lightweight and it’s kind of fun to just kick back and watch the script you generate allow AutoHotkey to do it’s thing with TweetDeck.