Monday, April 12, 2010

TweetMonkey allows you to tweet from any page on the web - latest Google Chrome version has been released

TweetMonkey is a web browser tool that allows you to post messages on Twitter from any web page on the spot. Tweeting has never been easier!
(NOTE: This article is obsolete. Please refer to this post for a newer version of TweetMonkey Chrome extension / August 21, 2011)


TweetMonkey allows you to tweet from any page on the web

TweetMonkey for Google Chrome

I have just created a TweetMonkey for the latest version of Google Chrome.
(Actually, the old version of TweetMonkey no longer works on the latest Chrome)

All you need should be the latest version of Google Chrome. Mine is version 4.1.249.
(There's a report that one user successfully uses it on Mac, too)

How to install
Installation got much easier than before with the official version of Google Chrome extension.
(It used to be a beta version)

Download TweetMonkey

Clicking on the above link will allow you to install the extension automatically.

How to use
Right-click TweetMonkey icon in the right top corner of Chrome and choose "Option". Once an option screen shows up, you should enter and save your Twitter account and password. (I take advantage of a HTML 5 feature called local storage here)

You left-click on the same TweetMonkey icon and will see a pop up show up. Enter a text and click on "Update" button to tweet. You can also enter a shorten URL of the active tab by clicking on the chain icon.

Enjoy it!

Tutorial: Getting Started (Hello, World!) - Google Chrome Extensions - Google Code

Google's tutorial and API descriptions. Very easy to understand. I guess these people are so smart.

Tutorial: Debugging - Google Chrome Extensions - Google Code

Especially, debugging has never been easy like this on web brower extentions. Google rocks.

Source code
You can get a file called tweet_monkey.crx from the download link above. This is the extension file but it is merely a zipped file. Once you unzip it, you can have a look at source code of this software.

I am devoting more and more time to Twitter recently. Twitter is such a great social media that it can even transform the world ... maybe. At least, I love it.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The sun will set soon

Hello, my dear readers.

I have been away from this blog for a few months...not for specific reasons. Well, maybe, part of the reason would be the fact that my Japanese blog got popular recently and I was busy with updating that blog. Since a number of people read a new entry on my blog once I post it, I can't update it casually like before any more. This is a side effect of getting popularity on my Japanese blog.

Contrarily, no attention is paid to this English blog. Nobody really cares what I write here. This fact gives me some relief.

I also tweet. But I don't tweet in English that much any more because most of my followers are Japanese speakers and perhaps many of them are not good at reading English. So I am also exposed under pressure to write in Japan there, too.

Now I am not in the mood of updating my Japanese blog. I have been thinking of how to revive Japan's economy. But I feel more and more depressed when I think of the current gloomy political situation in Japan. Many thoughtful people point out the fundamental problems of Japan's economy. Solutions to address them are also actively suggested among the intellectuals. However, nothing changes. These radical reforms are not supported by the public of Japan.

Lawmakers from the coalition show off their populist policies, which deeply disappoint me. But that's exactly what the public wants. The lawmakers are just doing their job. If the majority so wish, how can I object to it?

As The Economist puts, the economic situation of Japan won't be sustainable soon or later. If the catastrophe is inevitable, what's the use of worrying about it? This kind of resignation is a Japanese way of thinking when coping with a serious disaster(I suspect that it has to do with the fact that big earth quakes regularly destroy everything on the ground in Japan) Anyway, thinking of Japan is too depressing now.

Yeah, surely, we need a "big bang" in the Japanese society to break the ice. But it's a long way to go, though.