Over the past few years, twitter has risen to become one of the most popular social networking sites. It is now full of people who are ever sending, reading and replying tweets. This has forced most organizations, especially schools, to block the usage of twitter on their networks. If you are a twitter enthusiast, the good news is that there are several ways of bypassing these restrictions. Here is a look at some of the tips on how to unblock twitter at school.
Using browser add-ons
Most schools block access to twitter and other social networking sites by creating restrictions on the web browsers. This means that you will get an “access restricted” message every time you type in twitter’s URL on your browser. One way to bypass these restrictions is by making use of browser add-ons that will give you access of twitter from your browser’s toolbar. Such add-ons include Twitzer and Friendbar.
Using third party apps
Making use of third party apps is another great way of bypassing network restrictions while at school. However, chances are that the network administrator might be aware of these apps and placed restrictions on them as well. As an alternative, you can use some of the less popular apps that are not likely to attract any attention, for example, gTwit and Twimply.
Using the IP address of twitter directly
When most network administrators are placing restrictions on sites like twitter, they usually use the URL to block access. You can bypass this by typing the IP address of twitter on your browser instead of its URL. You can easily find twitter’s IP address by running the command “ping www.twitter.com” on your computers “cmd” or by searching for the IP address online.
Using free proxy servers
While the above tips on how to unblock twitter at school are effective, most of them are time consuming, while others become common knowledge to the network admin and end up being blocked. Using free proxy servers to bypass network restrictions is however easier and more effective. Here is a look at how you can use free proxy servers to unblock twitter at school:
1) Find a free proxy website
Begin by finding a reliable web proxy that you can use. You can do this by using any internet search engine, where you will get an endless list of proxy websites. When finding a proxy website to use, it is good to not that most network administrators also place restrictions on them. However, new proxies are opened daily and you can be sure that you will never run out of one to use.
2) Open the proxy website on your browser
After you have chosen a proxy site to use, the next step is to open that website on your browser. Click on its URL or copy and paste it on your browser. This will direct you to the site, which you can then use to gain access to twitter.
3) Enter twitter’s URL
After you have opened the proxy website, type in twitter’s URL in the space provided and click enter. The website will redirect you to twitter where you can send, read or reply your tweets. It does this by creating an anonymous connection, which hides your internet activity, allowing you to bypass any network restriction.
In case you get an “access restricted” message, try using different proxy websites until you can gain access.