3 Tips for Making Sense of Twitter

Due to its fast-paced nature, near real-time conversations and character limitations, Twitter is often the social media platform the average person has the most difficulty grasping. Along with advice on how to talk with others on Twitter, here are 3 more tips to getting a solid handle on this popular social media platform.

  • Create Twitter Lists Organizing those you follow – and their tweets – into smaller, more manageable groups is key to staying on top of your Twitter relationships, especially as your Twitter Following count grows.
  • Use Columns Moving away from Twitter.com to a Twitter management tool like TweetDeck, Hootsuite and SproutSocial provides you with the ability to view Twitter activity in columns instead of one massive “All Friends” stream (or needing to toggle your view between lists). With something like TweetDeck, you can set up columns for All Friends, @ Mentions, New Followers, Direct Messages, your Twitter lists (one list in each column) and columns filtered by hashtags. You can see all these columns in one view.
  • View Conversations This is a function that is helpful even for the most seasoned of Twitter pros. If you’ve ever received a tweet response and have no clue what it is in reference to, check out the “conversation” view. From Twitter.com, you need to click on the View conversation link.


On TweetDeck, click on “in reply to” at the bottom right corner of the tweet.


At that point, a window will open showing the Twitter conversation. This will help provide context for the @ reply.


Taking steps like these will help you to organize your Twitter activity and followers, and make maximizing the engagement opportunities and community building that comes with Twitter a breeze.

1 Comment

  1. DJ Thistle

    I go back and forth between Hootsuite and Tweetdeck but lately I’ve been leaning more towards Hootsuite. 🙂 Either way using a Twitter management tool is a must! I would be lost if I just had to use Twitter.com. Appreciate the Tweetdeck tips. 🙂


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