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Alexa Skill of the Week: Tweet Bot

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.

This week’s skill: Tweet Bot

Description: Tweet Bot is an Unofficial Twitter client built to support the simple use case of tweeting.

Real world use: OK, now things get real! I’m an avid Twitter user and have been for years. This skill doesn’t give you advanced usage for Twitter, but just the ability to send a simple tweet. However, even this simple task is hugely valuable when you’re just sharing a thought. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take into account capital letters or punctuation, but it gets the job done. Here’s an example of me using Tweet Bot to send a message to Twitter:

Tweeting with Alexa

This skill requires that you link and authorize your Twitter account, but when you enable the skill it walks you through the process. Once enabled, you just say…

“Alexa, tell Tweet Bot to tweet <your message>”

Alexa will confirm your message and ask if it’s OK to send and you have to say “Yes” before it happens. So, there’s a chance for you to fix the message if Alexa doesn’t hear you right the first time, or for those who like to Tweet will under the influence – it gives you one last chance to rethink your actions.

Additionally, you can also only link one Twitter account, i.e., be careful who you let tweet using your connected account. I can’t imagine what might get tweeted from an angry spouse.

I suspect with something like this now available, it won’t be long before we see skills linking to other social networks like Facebook.

Where to get it: You can locate the Tweet Bot Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Tweet Bot

 


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