Twitter. Some people love it, others hate it.
Me? I’ve been on the fence for awhile. But one day I realized I had few hundred folks who have chosen to follow me there, and so I better do something about it!
Today, I thought I’d share with you how I use Twitter. Whether you are a reader of blogs or a blogger yourself, I hope you’ll find what I share to be helpful.
Step One. Finding a Twitter Client. The big revelation I had a few months ago was how helpful it is to have what’s known as a “Twitter Client.” This is basically an interface that allow you to organize your various conversations on Twitter, and sometimes, other social media platforms as well. After doing a little reading, I chose HootSuite. It’s free.
Step Two. Creating and/or Finding Twitter Lists. What do you do when you follow hundreds (or even thousands) of folks on Twitter? I think a little organization is in order! So here is what I recently learned: lists are a GOOD thing. Here’s how I created one for PNW Bloggers recently.
From your Twitter home page, find the button to create a list. You should see a drop down. Click on “Create a List.”
When I follow someone on Twitter, I look for the small “list” icon next to their name and I can easily add them to my list!
From your HootSuite home page, you can add as many tabs as you please, and name them.
Then, you can add “streams” under each tab. Under a couple of my tabs, I might have about 2-4 different related streams. If Twitter is a busy party with a bunch of conversations happening across the room, a stream is a single conversation that you want to be a part of. Managing the streams means you now hear what a few people are saying at a time versus the steady stream of noise Twitter produces! It has made interacting on Twitter much more enjoyable for me.
When you click on the “Add Stream” tab, here is what you’ll see:
Viola! Here is how the NW-Bargain-Bloggers list I created looks like in my HootSuite stream.
When I created my NW Bargain Bloggers list last week, I made it public! This means I’ve already done some work in finding bloggers to add to this list. If you’re on Twitter and enjoy keeping up with local deals and coupons, please follow the list. You can also follow me on Twitter. (And if you are a PNW Blogger, please leave a comment below with your Twitter handle so I can add you!)
Another local blogger who has put together some fabulous public lists on Twitter is Jen from Thrifty NW Mom. I encourage you to check those out, too.
I hope that this post helps you make sense a little bit more of Twitter! It’s a great way to get “quick” information. I’m also still navigating it myself, and would love any tips you might have today on using Twitter and in particular, finding great deals on Twitter!