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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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Twitter Stops Asking What You're Doing

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Twitter has finally acknowledged something that I've been complaining about since the early days - constant status updates in response to the "What are you doing?" question are generally boring. In my first mention of Twitter (see "Visions of the Sublime and the Inane," 18 June 2007), I wrote:

Twitter defines itself well as "A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: 'What are you doing?'" You've heard of solutions looking for a problem? Twitter is thousands of answers looking for a question that no one cares about.

I've suggested elsewhere that Twitter's question should be "What are you thinking about?" but given the widespread use of Twitter for sharing interesting links, talking about current events, reporting on clever comments by one's kids, and more, Twitter has now changed its question to "What's happening?"


And while I think it would be fun if Twitter changed the question occasionally - how about "What's up, Doc?" - asking "What's happening?" is fine, since it will encourage new Twitter users to post more interesting and useful bits of information. Anything that raises the level of discourse is a good thing.

To be fair, I suspect most serious Twitter users rely on a client like TweetDeck or Twitterrific and haven't seen the Twitter Web site with its question for quite some time, but as Twitter has improved its Web interface, I could see more people sticking with it for longer before jumping ship for a more-capable client.

 

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Comments about Twitter Stops Asking What You're Doing
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I can't hear "What's happening" without it sounding like Bill Lumbergh is speaking.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-01 05:05
That's why I suggested "What's up, Doc?" - I'd hear Bugs Bunny saying it every time I saw it!
Michael Kupietz  2009-11-30 16:50
Well, it's better than Facebook's "What's on your mind?" Makes me feel like Facebook always thinks I'm troubled about something.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-01 05:07
Wait, they could hook Eliza up to it, keying off your status messages! "How do you feel about..."
Ted Stoffers  2009-11-30 20:08
They should use a database like Flickr uses to greet you. If they asked the Twittersphere I'm sure they could wind up with a couple hundred in a week easily.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-01 05:08
Or a couple hundred thousand. :-) They could even have a Twitter account to submit greeting questions.