There are many launchers out there, but my favorite by far is SlickRun. Here’s how to post a twitter status update straight from SlickRun. This way even without a web browser open or a dashboard app, you can always do a quick little tweet.
- Get SlickRun & cURL (a little cmd app to send HTTP requests)
- "setup" from SlickRun
- Add an entry called "tweet"…
- Filename or URL = path to curl.exe (I put mine in a directory referenced by the tools environment variable)
- Parameters = -u <username>:<password> -d "status=$W$" http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/update.xml
Of course there are some real drawbacks to doing this, such as no notification if the post didn’t go through (too long, no connection, or invalid characters).
Combing with Take Command
For a more robust solution, if you have Take Command (formally 4NT), I’d recommend wrapping the call in a simple Take Command shell script to report success or an error. Download tweetbtm.zip (which contains tweet.btm), then the SlickRun setup would be:
Filename or URL = %comspec%
Parameters = /c %batch%\tweet.btm `$W$`
Where comspec is an environment variable pointing to tcc.exe (Take Command Console) and batch is an environment variable containing your batch scripts.