If you've ever been jealous of twitterati who post complicated tweets then I have good news for you. There's a new Chrome extension by the name of Bedazzle which adds the rich text editing features that Twitter currently lacks.
Bedazzle works by adding new options to the compose window onTwitter.com. When you select a word in your tweet and choose a formatting option, it replaces the characters with their unicode equivalents.
Or at least that is how it is supposed to work. I've been fiddling with it for a few minutes and I can report that this is a definitely a 1.0 product.
For one thing, I had to restart Chrome before the options appeared. I restart Chrome about once every other week (memory issues), so that was a relatively minor issue, but once I rebooted I found that I could not do much.
I just counted, and I am missing half of the 24 formatting options. The button labels only show as square boxes, and if I select one that's what it does to my tweet. What's more, a couple of the available options are less than completely functional; they don't convert all of the characters.
And that is a shame, because it forces me to look elsewhere for my secret weapon to use in my evil plan to destroy Twitter. (If half of Twitter used this plugin, it would drive the other half away, right? Bwahaha *twirls mustache*)
But in spite of its shortcomings, it is a fun tool and it will probably cost you at least a few minutes today to play with it.
Have you tried it yet?