One of the most common questions that I’m asked by fellow Twitter users is how I manage the large number of people that I follow and am followed by on Twitter.
I always struggle to answer that question because to be quite honest there are days that I don’t think I do particularly well with the task and where it can all seem a little overwhelming.
However…. one of the tools that has helped me incredibly to manage the task is TweetDeck. TweetDeck has a lot of great tools designed to help Twitter users with a variety of tasks – some of which are simply indispensable to those trying to connect with large numbers of people.
Yesterday I stumbled upon a great video by Jesse Newhart which shows a few of the features of TweetDeck that he uses to stay engaging with over 15,000 followers. In the video Jesse talks about his API settings and how he uses Filtering to find people to engage with and interesting information.
To be honest I’ve not previously used the filtering feature very much (I do outline one way that is different to Jesse below) – however now that I see how Jesse uses it I think it could become quite useful.
Here’s the video. Below it I share 3 more techniques that I use with TweetDeck.
There are three other ways that I use features in TweetDeck that have helped me to follow thousands of people on Twitter more effectively are:
One of the challenges with following ten thousand plus people on Twitter is that it gets quite difficult to track key people specifically. Perhaps its your wife, perhaps its your boss (or a potential boss), perhaps it is that A-list blogger that you want to connect with, perhaps its someone who just keeps producing great tweets, perhaps its a good friend….. whoever it is – we all have someone that we don’t want to miss a tweet from. Here’s where ‘Groups’ on TweetDeck come into their own.
All you have to do is to set up a ‘Group’ – add those you want to follow and TweetDeck produces a pane/window which only shows the tweets of those people.
Many people using Twitter focus their tweeting on a particular niche. I personally focus upon the topics of blogging, Twitter and Social Media. As a result I have a particular interest in engaging with people talking about these issues. TweetDeck allows users to set up a ’search’ pane/window to track all tweets that use specific words. You need to be a little careful about what words you use (some are used by many thousands of people a day) but if you choose them carefully you can be presented with many people with a similar interest to you to engage with, answer questions for and be useful to.
I also set up a ’search’ pane for my own name. While this might sound a little vane I find it quite useful as every day there are people who tweet my name without using @problogger in their tweets. Sometimes they are people talking about me and hoping I won’t see, other times they are new to Twitter and don’t know they need to use an @problogger to be seen in my replies etc – whatever the reason they are opportunities to engage.
Filtering OUT words
Jesse talks in his video about using filtering to find words that others are using (in a similar way to the way I use ’search’). However I have used filtering to filter OUT words. I find that my ‘replies’ pane gets a lot of RTs. While I love being retweeted it can at times clutter your reply window as every RT contains your user name meaning you see them all. It can be useful to see them all in order to measure what connected with people – but at times RT’s can take over and mean you miss other replies.
Next to the ‘filter’ window on TweetDeck is a little “+” character. When you see this it means that when you add a word you’ll be only seeing tweets with that word in the window above. However if you click the “+” you’ll then see a “-”. When you see this if you add a word to the filter you’ll then remove whatever word you add. So if I add “RT @problogger” to that window I see a lot of the RT’s disappear – leaving mainly other replies.