Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
There are plenty of places online to get tips for using Twitter effectively. (I’ve given you some links at the end of this post.)
But today I’m going to give you just ONE tip. I think it’s the first and most important thing you can do to make your Twitter experience manageable, effective, and even fun. Here it is:
Hootsuite is a third-party app that allows you to organize all the people you’re following into easy-to-read columns. In the photo above, you can see a few of the columns on my Hootsuite. The first is “Mentions” so I can easily see who mentions me, and respond to them. My next column is called “Important” and it’s where I have the business and publishing Tweeters that I want to keep an eye on. If I only have a couple of minutes, I only need to look at this column and I can ignore the rest.
I have several more columns. One is Literary Agents, where I follow about 80 other agents. Another column is “Simplicity” because there are a handful of minimalism/simplicity bloggers that I follow. I have a separate column for my clients, and another for publishers. You can set up your columns any way you like to make it easier for you.
Hootsuite automatically shortens links, and it also allows you to easily pre-schedule tweets.
Why Hootsuite and not Tweetdeck?
I used Tweetdeck for three years and was a huge fan. But I switched to Hootsuite this year for two major reasons:
• You can add other social networks to your Hootsuite display, thereby managing Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc., all in one place.
• Most importantly, Hootsuite has well-functioning mobile apps. My Hootsuite account stays synced across my laptop, iPhone and iPad. This is an incredibly useful function. Tweetdeck has announced that it is pulling the plug on all its mobile apps this May.
If you’re not using Hootsuite (or at least Tweetdeck), you may be having a hard time getting the most out of Twitter, and there’s a good chance you’re completely flummoxed by it. Hootsuite makes it easy and efficient.
What app do you use for Twitter? What recommendations do you have for the rest of us?
The Single Best Tip for Using Twitter… so says @Rachelle Gardner. Click to Tweet.
If you’re not using Hootsuite, you may not get the most out of Twitter. Click to Tweet.
Here are some links to Twitter tips:
A whole treasure trove of articles – from Author Media
The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter – from Michael Hyatt
How to Become a Twitter Ninja in less than 30 Minutes a Day – from Michael Hyatt
How to Use Twitter – Tips for Bloggers – from Problogger
9 Top Twitter Tips You Can Start Using Today – from Forbes