How to Be a Badass Twitter Ninja

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Twitter Ninja

Ninjas are badass fighters who can dispose of their enemies at high speed. We can all dream on, right?

Or perhaps we can turn our desire for martial arts mastery to social media?

Want to scroll through tweets faster than a lightening flash? Rapid-fire reply to questions from your followers? Block tweeters who annoy you faster than you can say “block”?

There is a way, but you’ve got to promise not to tell anyone. It’s top secret. Well, it was until we got hold of it. We just can’t keep our mouths shut.

When we see a shiny we have to share. So if you like this, you gotta share too.

That’s the deal.

Read on, and we’ll take it as hand shaken.

Way back in the mists of time, Twitter developers tucked away morsels of ninja code into the Twitter software.

The ninja code morphed and warped until it got out of control. It held Twitter to ransom. The Twitter interface was about the explode. The only way the developers could beat the monster they’d created was by keeping Twitter occupied sending out Tweets while they sneaked round the back and disarmed the malicious code.

They needed a way to send out Tweets fast.

It was Jonny the Ping Pong King who finally cracked it.

Keyboard shortcuts.

Using keyboard shortcuts, they could send out rapidfire Tweets and defeat the malicious code.

The Twitter developers won, and today we still have Twitter. With built in keyboard shortcuts. Which you can use to be a badass Twitter ninja.

(Disclaimer: All of the above is fiction. At least, we think it is.)

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for. The bona fide Ninja shortcuts.


  • j go to the next tweet
  • k go to the previous tweet
  • space page down
  • shift+space page up
  • / move curser to search box
  • . page refresh (show new tweets)
  • enter open tweet details


  • f favorite tweet
  • r reply to tweet
  • t retweet
  • m send direct message
  • b block user
  • u unblock user


  • g then h to go to the homepage
  • g then r to view @replies
  • g then c to view mentions, retweets and replies
  • g then p to go to your profile
  • g then f to see your favorites
  • g then m to view direct messages
  • g then u then username to search for any user’s timeline
  • g then s to change your user settings

Lori R Taylor is the founder and executive editor of Social Caffeine. In 2009 she started her own direct response focused social media agency, REV Media Marketing LLC, coining the phrase given by her young son, “You bring the rain, we’ll make it pour.” Follow Lori on Twitter.

David is our acting editor. He’s British, but we don’t hold that against him.

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