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Written by: Eileen Lonergan
Are you addicted to Twitter? I am. I love having all of these super smart people out there in the wild curating excellent content and queuing it up for me to read! You may not have known this about me, but back in the day (you know, the 90′s) I was a voracious consumer of magazines. I loved them all. I was a media buyer, so I got millions of free subscriptions and I would look through everything. I would then rip out articles and MAIL them to my friends around the country with little post it notes and message slapped on. Now I can just Tweet them something….I really could be the reason the US Postal Service is loosing money.
Truthfully, Twitter was a little hard for me to get the hang of. If you have read even one paragraph I have ever written you know that I would never have just one well chosen word when there are about 2K good ones. So narrowing prose into 140 characters isn’t really my thaaing as they say.
Okay, enough. I have recently been working with a really fun new client (more on that later) and we are working on a Twitter strategy. For this we are using TweetDeck. This is cool because it allows you to set up columns and then monitor what is going on with regards to your feed or manage multiple accounts. You are able to set the account up into columns, which gives you a nice broad view of your feed, interactions, mentions, etc. I have included a cheat below so you can see the types of columns and what they display.
I meet a lot of Twitter neophytes so I wanted to share these Twitter handy references:
Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:
- People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
- Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
- Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
Using @ to mention (reference) someone:
- A mention is any Twitter update that contains “@username” anywhere in the body of the Tweet. (Yes, this means that @replies are also considered mentions.)
- Twitter collects these messages, as well as all your @replies, in the Mentions tab on the Connect page.
- If you include more than one person’s name in your Tweet and you use the @username format, all of those people will see the Tweet in their Mentions tab.
Types of TweetDeck columns and what they display:
- Timeline: Home timeline for a specific account (any account)
- Interactions: Interactions for a specific account, including when the account’s Tweets are retweeted, favorited, or mentioned, and also includes when users follow the account
- Mentions: Only includes when users mention a specific account
- Followers: Follow activity for a specific account
- Messages: Direct messages for a specific account
- Search: A column for a specific search term
- Lists: Assign or create a list to be displayed within a column
- Tweets: Tweets from a specific account
- Favorites: Tweets marked as favorites from a specific account
- Trends: A column dedicated to specific worldwide trends
- Activity: What’s happening with the accounts you follow
- Inbox: Direct messages from all your authorized accounts in aggregate
- Scheduled: Your scheduled Tweets
I recently wrote a post that shows you how to embed Tweets into your WordPress blog posts.
I do share some great stuff on Twitter, so please, follow me and I will follow you back! If you have a favorite tool around Twitter let me know. Also, share in the comments who you enjoy following and I will check them out. Thank you!