Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Getting Started with Happy Friends

This doc shows you how to get started in a few simple steps.

  1. Go to the Happy Friends web page.

  2. In the right corner of the menu bar, you'll see a blue Twitter icon say says Sign on here. Click, a menu drops down. Choose the last command, Sign on Twitter.

  3. You're transported to Twitter, where you can give Happy Friends permission to access your account. It won't post on your behalf or read any private messages. You're just giving the app permission to ask Twitter, on your behalf, for the updates of the users you specify.

  4. When you come back, the first thing to do is to give Happy Friends a few people to watch. To do that, choose Add Friend in the Friends menu. Enter the Twitter handle of a user, and click OK.

  5. If you want to add a few people quickly, choose Add Suggested Friends from the Friends menu.

  6. When you want to see what's new, double-click on any of the friends to see their most recent tweets.

  7. When you put your cursor on a tweet, the full Twitter rendering of the tweet appears in the right margin, with pictures, videos, cards.

  8. There are icons in the left margin of the page

  9. When a name goes bold, that means there are new items underneath it. Happy Friends is checking periodically to see if there are updates.

At the simplest level, that's all there is to Happy Friends. But you can do much more with it.

The icons

Here's a screen shot of the Happy Friends app taken on shipping day. You'll see a set of icons in the left margin. Some will be familiar, the recycle symbol for Retweet, the left arrow for Reply, the star for Favorite.

The first icon, an up-pointing arrow in a circle will archive the tweet you're pointing at. It moves it from its current location to a calendar structure it creates at the top of the outline. When you see a tweet that you want to keep, you should archive it.

The last icon, the eye, takes you to the Twitter website to view whatever the cursor is pointing at. If it's pointing at a person, you go to the person's profile page. If it's pointing at a tweet, you go to the tweet in its full context, on twitter.com.

It's an outliner

You can organize it any way you want. The people don't have to be at the top level. You can create groups of friends. You can move the archive to the bottom of the outline. Outliners are tools for editing organization. This is the same outliner as in Fargo so it's a pretty good one, and is fairly complete.

We have an outliner how-to document that gives the basics of how the outliner works.

If you forget any of the commands, choose the Outliner Cribsheet from the Docs menu in Happy Friends.

Delete tweets when you've read them

It's a good idea to keep the lists under each person short. Archive the ones you want to keep around.

Where do we go from here?

Lots of places. That depends on the response to the product. I'll be listening carefully and watching what people do with it. I've really enjoyed making htis product. I hope you like using it!


Last built: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

By Dave Winer, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM. Still diggin!