Digital Spring Cleaning : Tackling Twitter

So has everyone been keeping their email boxes clean? I am proud to admit that I have kept them spare for two weeks now. I am definitely missing less: birthdays are being remembered and Groupons are being used.

Now to handle my other internet time suck: Twitter. I sing the gospel of Twitter like I was born again when I found it. For communication, networking, outreach, and just plain conversation there is no better platform out there. However, it can quickly become overwhelming.

When I first started Twitter, I vowed I would always respond to @’s and follows as soon as possible. 2700 followers later and multiple accounts later, I have eaten my words. It just gets to be too much to keep up with. So here’s what I implemented to keep myself accountable and Twitter manageable.

First I got a client. There are many Twitter clients out there but I only really looked at the most highly recommended ones: Tweetdeck and HootSuite. Here’s a blog post comparing the two. For me, I liked the simplicity of the HootSuite application and the fact that I didn’t have to download anything (I’m a cloud girl.)

With the Hootsuite client I can use multiple Twitter accounts including my personal, my blogs’, and the accounts of any clients I am working with. I can also see my Facebook account and the Facebook pages I manage. Since I have to manually click the account I want to post from, it acts as a safeguard against tweeting from the wrong account. I also only have to keep one tab open instead of two.

It also means I can add a column for each of the lists and any searches I frequently check. If you’re not using using the built in list function on Twitter, you’re missing out. I use it to keep up with my friends, clients, city, and even my favorite celebrities and brands. By saving hashtag searches I am able to filter Twitter into topic focused conversations. And I also make sure I don’t miss any breaking information about the things I care about (like politics and BlogHer parties.)

Onto one of the most controversial Twitter topics: following. I personally see Twitter as a conversation rather than a broadcast so, with a few exceptions, I only follow people who follow me back. To keep track of this, every few weeks I use Friend or Follow. It shows me who I follow who is not following me and who follows me that I don’t follow. Twitter has a weird way of randomly unfollowing people (it’s even unfollowed my husband for me), so make sure you check the second screen.

Ready to step it up a level? Check out Social Media Examiner’s 5 New Twitter Tools Worth Exploring. Feeling overwhelmed by this post? Check out this post on how to engage on Twitter which does a great job of breaking down Twitter.

And any questions? Feel free to ask. I love talking Twitter.

Comments

  1. I agree with the conversation part and people who don’t follow back. Don’t want to conversate? Don’t ask me to follow you! Geesh.

  2. I find twitter so overwhelming. Especially when I see people announcing that they are going somewhere and will be back later (and other such declarations of absence). I feel like if I don’t tweet 100 times a day I’ll be behind. I can’t handle something I need to be part of 24/7. Do you think tweeting only occasionally is bad for a new blogger like myself?

    • For a new blogger I think reading and commenting on other people’s blogs is much more important than engaging people on twitter. I think the commenting/reading leads to deeper relationships. It’s also the thing I am worst at.

      As for Twitter, feel free to jump in when you want. I don’t think it’s important to update frequently/constantly be on it.

  3. For some reason I have always been confused by the list function, but I think I’ll give it a try now. Love Twitter!

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