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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
On Twitter, I started out with a few followers and following a few people. It was manageable. But it eventually got to the point where I am now following over 1000 people and close to 1000 are following me. I couldn’t keep up with all the tweets!
I heard about TweetDeck when I started twittering and thought, “Oh, I don’t need that. I’ll never have that many people to keep track of.” But I do now, and TweetDeck has made it possible.
TweetDeck is a tool that allows you to break Twitter down into bite-sized chunks. It has columns you can see at all times… your @ replies and your Direct Messages are two examples of columns you can have open, all at the same time as watching the tweets refresh in real time. So I don’t miss replies or Direct Messages anymore.
I also have two more columns open. You can create “groups” columns as well. One of my groups is “People I Like” and I added people whose tweets I do not want to miss to this group. This breaks down the whole stream into a smaller stream where I can keep up with my friends more easily. Just the tweets from this group of people I have selected show up in this column. This allows me to reply more often to people I have built relationships with. It’s also useful for building new relationships as I add more people to this group.
My last column is comprised of all the members of the Etsy Twitter Team. So now I don’t miss out on what my team is doing, and I can help promote them better.
So if your Twitter is starting to feel out of control with keeping up with certain people or groups of people, try TweetDeck. It is easy to use, customizable, and fun!