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How to Use Twitter on Amazon Echo

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, September 30, 2016

There are a lot of things you can do already with your Amazon Echo; however, you can now make Alexa read out tweets from your Twitter timeline and more. We’ll explain how you use Twitter on the Amazon Echo.


Twitter has created an Alexa skill called Twitter Reader which you can use to make your Amazon Echo read back tweets in your Twitter timeline and even mentions and replies that you have. With this, you can also make Alexa read top tweets from trends and even confine it to a specific location, like top tweets in Chicago or New York City.


Given that this is a third-party Alexa skill, you’ll have to manually install it within the Alexa app on your phone. You can read also our guide on how to install Alexa skills. But you easily do this by selecting “Skills” from the sidebar menu, and then search for “Twitter Reader”. Tap on “Enable Skill” and then sign in to your Twitter account to connect it.


So what are the commands you can use with the Twitter Reader skill? Here are some of Alexa commands that you can say:



“Alexa, ask Twitter what is happening.” Saying this will read the latest tweets from your timeline by Twitter users that you follow. 

 “Alexa, ask Twitter for Trends.” Saying this will read Twitter trends that are trending near your location. You can ask for a specific location by adding “in Chicago” (or any city) to the end of the command also. You can as well select an exact trend by saying “tell me more about The Flash” (or any trend within the list).

“Alexa, ask Twitter for my mentions.” Saying this command will read your latest mentions and replies. 

“Alexa, ask Twitter has anyone retweeted me?” Actually this is self-explanatory command, but it will tell you who retweeted you and what tweet were retweeted. 

“Alexa, ask Twitter for tweets I liked.” Alexa will read the latest tweets that you liked. 

 “Alexa, ask Twitter for my own tweets.” This will read back the tweets you tweeted on Twitter.

This may perhaps not the best way to surf Twitter and read through tweets, it helps a lot in case you’re busy and your hands are not free due to doing chores around the house. This will be at least an option that you can use if you really want to know what’s happening on Twitter.


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