The best tool I know to become a Twitter power user is Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is an application for Mac and available for PC users via the web. Tweetdeck, when you first look at it looks daunting. But, in this post I show you how to organize Tweetdeck for Twitter so you can use Twitter to the fullest.
All it takes is a little bit of work in the beginning. Once set up, Tweetdeck for Twitter will be your best social media friend. Read on to find out how to use Tweetdeck the best!
What is Tweetdeck?
Tweetdeck for Twitter is an application that lets you manage multiple Twitter accounts, post tweets, schedule Tweets for later, and keep track of various conversations on Twitter via search columns. There are more features of Tweetdeck for Twitter that I’ll explore here too. If you have not started on Twitter, this post will get you started.
First, add all your Twitter accounts
If you have multiple Twitter accounts, collect all of them and add them to your Tweetdeck accounts. Click Accounts in the sidebar, then add your other accounts. In the picture below, my personal Twitter account, @jdgaby is the primary account. @SummitSocialco is a secondary account. You can add more accounts depending on what you need to do. Mostly though, you probably will only have one.
In setting up your accounts, you can add a step to confirm the Tweet before you send out the Tweet. This step can help you avoid mistakes like typos, make sure the Tweet is good, and other things. Having this check will help you avoid gaffs and embarrassment. Of all the accounts you have, choose one to make the default.
Next, configure your Tweetdeck settings
In Tweetdeck’s settings, you have three areas to configure:
- General – for appearance and behavior
- Link Shortening – for custom link shortening for URLs you tweet
- Mute – if you want to limit your feed to exclude words or phrases and even accounts
There are several options you can check on or off:
- Get Tweets in Realtime – The second a tweet is sent from one you follow, you will receive it. If you have a high volume of Twitter accounts you follow, you may want to turn this off.
- Show Notifications in Startup – Any notifications, like followers, likes, etc. will be shown on startup.
- Display sensitive content – This most likely is adult content or things people would find objectionable.
- Autoplay GIFs – Gifs (animated pictures) will play automatically in the feed. Otherwise you may click them to play.
Then, there is how Tweetdeck looks. You can have Tweetdeck look lighter or darker, with narrow, medium, or wide columns, and different size font.
If you were to copy and paste a link from a blog post or website, people would see the unshortened link which would be quite long and unattractive. Rather than that, shorten that link with a shortener.
Currently, you can use Twitter’s shortener or if you have a fancy custom URL shortener through Bit.ly, you can use that for Tweetdeck.
Muting is when you remove phrases or words or even Twitter users from your timeline. You can block Tweets with words or phrases and even individual accounts if you like.
Sometimes, you just can’t stand that one guy you follow but don’t want to hurt their feelings by unfollowing. You can change this at any time.
Finally, organize your columns
Tweetdeck’s power is that, along with it’s features you can control above, it also helps you add columns to organize your Twitter stream.
Need to know what people are saying about Wine in a certain language? You can create a column for that. Need to know when someone follows someone else? Yep, you can do that too.
Your basic columns are first:
- Home – Tweets from all the Twitter accounts you follow
- User – Tweets from a certain user that you set (Defaults to your default account)
- Notifications – this shows you when an account follows you, likes a Tweet you’ve sent, or mentions you on Twitter.
- Search – If you are searching for a specific term you can create a search column here.
More advanced columns are next:
- List – If you’ve created a list or want to create a list of users to follow, do it here.
- Activity – This column will show you when people you follow follow other accounts, like tweets, etc.
- Likes – whenever an account likes a tweet it will show up in this column.
- Messages – Twitter users can direct message each other if the settings are right. Your messages will appear in this column.
- Mentions – Only mentions of a certain account will be in this column.
- Followers – Only when someone follows you will it go in this column.
- Scheduled – If you have Tweets scheduled, those Tweets will be queued up in this column.
- Messages (all accounts) – If you have more than one account configured, you can add this column to get all direct messages in one column. A major saver of app real estate if you have multiple accounts to manage.
- Mentions (all accounts) – If you have more than one account configured, you can add this column so that all mentions show up in just one column, instead of many.
- Trending – conversations on Twitter can be very popular and you may want to get in on the action. This column will show you what those trends are.
While you don’t have to use all the columns available to you, you can create your own custom Tweetdeck environment. Think through what you want to track and set up your columns accordingly.
Twitter is only as good as the tools you use to manage it. Tweetdeck for Twitter with the many features it has will make your Tweeting into power Tweeting!
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