Use social media for business? Or just spend too long on Twitter, Facebook et al. because they’re so addictive? Either way, your wrists will thank you for using these nifty keyboard shortcuts that we at MSA were pretty thrilled to discover.
Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts
Lots of people now do social media management as part of their work – and for corporate social media, keyboard shortcuts bring much-needed efficiency.
The shortcuts below seem to work best in Chrome, Opera and Safari. Firefox has it’s own set of keyboard shortcuts already, so you’ll need to add shift before each combination to make it Facebook-specific if using Firefox. For Internet Explorer, you’d need to press enter after each shortcut.
So for Mac users, for the below you’ll need to add Ctrl+Option+ to each of the below. If you’re using Firefox on a Mac, its’ Function+Ctrl.
Alt+m: Compose a new message
Alt+1: Home page
Alt+2: Your profile page
Alt+3: Friend requests
Alt+4: Your messages
Alt+6: Account page
Alt+8: Facebook’s Facebook page
Alt+9: Facebook Terms/Agreement
Alt+0: Facebook help center
Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts
Quick and snappy by essence, Twitter is the social media platform most suited to keyboard shortcut mastery. A tip to start with – just press “?” to bring up a keyboard shortcut index.
j/k to move between the next and previous tweets
Enter to drill down into or close a selected tweet
space to page down
Shift+space to page up
/ to jump to the search box
. to refresh and jump back to the top
g then h to go home
g then r to go to your replies/mentions
g then p to go to your profile
g then f to go to your favourites
g then m to go to your direct messages
g then u then search to view any user’s timeline
Actions for Individual Tweets
f to favourite a tweet
r to reply to a tweet
t to retweet
m to send a direct message
n to compose a new tweet
Escape to cancel a compose window, dismiss the help window
And the rest… Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr and Google+
For Pinterest, social media’s visual bookmarking phenomenon, there’s a Chrome app you can add. Just press Ctrl+Alt+P to pin an image.
YouTube has a handy list that lets you use your keyboard like a traditional set of play, stop, rewind and fast forward buttons:
Spacebar : Play or pause a video
Left Arrow: Rewind
Right Arrow: Fast forward
Up Arrow: Increase volume
Down arrow: Decrease volume
F : Full screen view
Esc: Exit full screen
And for Google+ keyboard shortcuts, here’s a useful table