You can already do a lot with your Amazon Echo, but now you can have Alexa read tweets from your Twitter timeline and more. Here’s how to use Twitter on Amazon Echo.
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Twitter now has an Alexa skill called Twitter Reader that you can use to have your Amazon Echo read tweets in your timeline, or even mention and get replies. You can also ask Alexa to read the top trending tweets and even narrow them down to a specific location, like the top tweets in Chicago or New York.
Since this is a third party Alexa skill, you will need to manually install it from the Alexa app on your phone. You can read our guide on installing Alexa skills, but you just select «Skills» from the sidebar and then look for «Twitter Reader». From there, click «Enable Skill» and log into your Twitter account to link it.
So what can you do with the Twitter Reader skill? Here are some Alexa commands you can say:
«Alexa, ask on Twitter what’s going on.» This will read the latest tweets from your timeline by the Twitter users you follow.
«Alexa, ask on Twitter for trends.» This will read Twitter trends that are trending near your location. You can also request a specific location by adding «in Chicago» (or any other city) at the end of the command. You can also select a specific trend by saying «tell me more about number four» (or any trend on the list).
«Alexa, ask on Twitter for my mentions.» This team will read your latest mentions and replies.
“Alexa, ask on Twitter, has anyone retweeted me?” This is self-explanatory, but it will tell you who retweeted you and which tweet was retweeted.
«Alexa, ask on Twitter for tweets I like.» Alexa will read the latest tweets you liked or liked.
«Alexa, ask on Twitter for my own tweets.» If you can’t stop talking about your latest joke you told on Twitter, you can ask Alexa to read it to you.
It’s probably not the best way to navigate Twitter and read tweets, but if you’re busy and your hands are busy with housework, this is at least an option you can use if you really want to know what’s going on on Twitter.