21 May 2012

Most Useful Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts

Not everyone uses keyboard shortcuts, and not everyone will find them any more useful than manual navigation. But it is always helpful to at least know what they are, and you might find yourself growing accustomed to using them. You may also  be surprised to discover how useful they can really be.

Not only does every program have these, but so do many websites. Each social media site has their own set of shortcuts, which can be found on their FAQ pages. Or, you can check them out here for the three main social media sites.


Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

You should start by knowing how to bring up a list of all the keywords. You don’t have to go searching for them. If you use the ? meta key, it will bring up a list of all of the other shortcuts, so you always have them on hand. It is a handy little way of providing it.

The Full List

Basic Navigation:

Shift+Space Moves the page up.
Space Moves the page down.
Enter Closes a specified tweet.
J/K Moves from one tweet to the next one without scrolling.
. Refresh the page or go back to the top of the page.
/ Takes you to the search box without scrolling.

Tweeting and Features:

N Compose a new tweet.
R Reply to a tweet.
F Favorite a tweet.
T Retweet any post.
M Send a private message.
Escape Cancel any window.

‘G’ Timeline Navigation:

G and P Go to your profile page.
G and H  Go to the home page.
G and M Go to your message inbox.
G and R Go to your notifications page.
G and F Go to your favorites
G and U View a user’s timeline through the search box.

Print out the cheatsheet: Twitter keyboard shortcuts


Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Unlike Twitter, Facebook bases their shortcuts (which are very basic) on the type of browser you are using. So Chrome users will have different main shortcuts than those using Firefox or Internet Explorer. But the map keys are the same for all of them, as are the basic navigation keys for your account rather than the main page.

IE FF Chrome Safari
Mac Alt + #, then Enter  Ctrl + #  Ctrl + Alt + #  Ctrl + #
PC Shift + Alt + #  Ctrl + Alt + #

Map:

0 Help
1 Home
2 Profile (Timeline)
3 Friends
4 Inbox
5 Notifications
6 Account Settings
7 Privacy
8 About
9 Terms

Profile and Account Navigation:

Alt+?  Main site search.
 Alt+m Compose a new private message.
 Alt+1 Go back to the main page.
Alt+2 Go to your Timeline.
Alt+3 See all friend requests.
Alt+4 See your message inbox.
Alt+5 See your notifications.
Alt+6 Go to your account settings.
Alt+7 Go to your privacy settings.
Alt+8 Go to Facebook’s profile page.
Alt+9 See Facebook’s Terms and Agreements.
Alt+0 Go to Facebook’s help center page.

Print out the cheatsheet: Facebook keyboard shortcuts


Google Plus Keyboard Shortcuts

Google Plus Keyboard Shortcuts

Google’s social networking site uses many of the same navigation shortcuts that their other services do. But they also sometimes change, so if something isn’t working, check their FAQ’s to see if it has been updated.

k Go to the previous item in your stream.
j Go to the next item in your stream.
qq Search for people to chat with.
Space Scroll down.
Shift+Space Scroll Up
Enter Start new comment
Enter+Tab End new comment
@ OR + Tag someone in a post

Print out the cheatsheet: Google Plus keyboard shortcuts


Conclusion

As you can see, it isn’t that difficult to use these shortcuts, and not even to memorize them. So if you want to cut down on the time spent navigating different pages and just give it all a kind of flow, take some time to get used to these shortcuts.