Twitter has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity over the last few years. It now has over 100 million active users and is an easy way for people across the world to communicate and share information. However, to a newcomer Twitter can seem a little daunting. To the untrained eye it can appear to be a bit chaotic and confusing but with a little help you could be Tweeting away with the masses in no time. There are also many Twitter users who are not getting all that they could from it. Below are 3 simple ways in which you could get more out of Twitter.
You may use Twitter for a variety of reasons. Many will follow different types of people, from comedians to politicians, sportsmen and women to industry experts. Pretty soon you will have a timeline that is so mixed up with different subjects that it is hard to keep track of what is going on. This is why the lists function is available.
You can setup groups for the different types of people that you follow and then, depending on what you are looking for, you can view timelines in a more organised way. If you have logged on to Twitter to see what your favourite celebrities are up to then you can select your celebrity list and it won’t be diluted by any other types of tweets. If you then decide that you’d like to get an idea of what the politicians that you follow are talking about, then you can switch to show only these tweets. You will quickly find that you take notice of a lot more tweets that you may have previously missed.
TweetDeck is another fantastic organisational tool for Twitter. It is an app that can be downloaded to your desktop or mobile phone. This app allows you to arrange your feeds into different columns across the page. You can have your general timeline in one column, your @ mentions in the next column, any search terms and many more. You can also schedule tweets, so if you have an idea or link that you’d like to share but it’s early in the morning and you don’t think many people will see it, then you can write it and choose the specific time that it actually gets tweeted later in the day.
This is an online tool that can help you find the right people to follow. Manually searching for relevant users in Twitter can be an effort, especially if you’re following a lot of people. With Followerwonkyou can search for specific keywords in people’s bios. It will then return all the users with that term in their bios, and then sort them in order of their follower count, how many people they are following or how many times they have tweeted.
Followerwonk can also be used for analysing other users compared to your own Twitter account. You can find out things like how many followers (on average) you get per day, average tweets per week etc. Another interesting resource is that you are able to compare who you follow with other Twitter users. You can then see who they follow that you currently don’t. This can lead to you finding and following a bunch of people that you may not have known about prior to this.