Are you tired of clicking on link after link in your Twitter stream, and having to view those links in a new tab or window? Do you wish there was a way for you to do everything on a single page: read tweets and view links? Well, there are already some options for you, but how about an extra one?
I’m referring to an online Twitter reader called LiteFeed.
LiteFeed is an all-in-one Twitter tool that allows you to “see through short URLs.” With LiteFeed, you can not only view photos and videos inline, but you can also view link contents inline. This saves you time because you won’t have to open links in a new tab, navigate to them, read the contents and then go back to Twitter. Instead, LiteFeed shows all tweet contents all in a single stream – no clicking necessary.
LiteFeed supports content from: YouTube, Vimeo, Yfrog, Plixi, Img.ly, Ow.ly, Foursquare and Prostopleer. Although it has been around for a couple of years and may not be under regular development anymore, LiteFeed still serves its purpose. It beautifies your Twitter stream, saves you time and is easy to navigate.
LiteFeed uses Twitter OAuth to log you in, so you’ll need to give it permission to access your account. There’s no other setup required after doing this; your Twitter feed will be displayed and you’re ready to read.
Your Twitter stream in LiteFeed is set up much like an RSS feed, with the addition of your Twitter lists displayed above the stream (see screenshot below). This is so that you can easy switch between them and read those tweets instead of your Twitter home stream.
By default, all tweets are expanded, but you can easily contract any tweet that is already read or if you just don’t want to see it. This is done by clicking on the expand/contract button at the top right of each tweet.
Each tweet will have a Facebook like button at the bottom of it. This is a nice touch because it allows you to easily share any tweet on your Facebook timeline.
Next to the Facebook like button is a “report problem page” button, in case you have an issue with a URL displaying or anything related. Once you click on it, you won’t have to verify that you want to report the page – it will immediately report it. So be sure that it’s indeed a page that you’re having an issue with so that it’s not wrongly reported (like I did to see how it works).
One thing that I’m not too fond of with LiteFeed, is the fact that you can’t reply to tweets or favorite a tweet. However, you can retweet by clicking on the retweet icon underneath the users Twitter name. You can’t edit the tweet before you retweet it either, but it’s still nice that you can at least retweet it pretty easily.
What’s Twitter without a way to interact with the people you follow? I guess this truly proves that Litefeed is meant to be just a reader and not a way to engage with people on Twitter. That’s fine for a lot of Twitter users since there seems to be less interaction going on now, but is it fine for you?
LiteFeed is pretty basic, but it gets the job done. If you’re only looking to quickly skim through your tweets and the links shared and you’re Twitter stream, it’s perfect.
What do you think? Do you use LiteFeed or something like it or do you prefer to use another app?
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.