Getting More Out of Twitter

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Lately I’ve become slightly addicted to Twitter, a microblogging tool that gives you 140 characters in which to update your status, send a message, network with like-minded people, post a link, or pontificate. (For more on using Twitter for business, check out How to Use Twitter for Business.)

Twhirl
I had been on Twitter for a while but found it pretty static. I’d be at Twitter.com and see 20 or so of the latest "tweets" from me and the people I follow. I might respond to one, and every once in a while I’d hit refresh, but it just wasn’t very engaging.

If this is how you view Twitter as well, and feel like you’re missing out on the party, I’d recommend downloading one of the other Twitter clients. My personal desktop favorite is twhirl, although others use Twitterfeed, Twitterific, or Tweetdeck.  Each has unique features, but all basically let you use Twitter outside of Twitter.com.

Twhirl is a desktop application (outside a Web browser) that pings the Twitter servers every few minutes, returning new posts. I’ve configured it so that it alerts me with an alert if any of the tweets are to @the_rich_brooks (my handle) either as replies or direct (private) messages.

In this way I can have Twitter running in the background (so I can ignore it and get some work done), but I still don’t miss any important messages.

Yes, it’s true! Some people use Twitter to communicate with me. In fact, now that I only check emails a couple/few times a day, Twitter and Skype are often the best ways to get my immediate attention. (Shoot. Maybe I should have kept this secret.)

In any case, I recommend setting up a Twitter account and downloading one of the clients for your desktop (and for your iPhone or other mobile device) and trying it out. It turns a very static Web page into an interactive experience.

Rich Brooks
Twitterholic

  • http://twitter.com/BlogSquad Denise aka The Blog Squad

    My preferred Twitter desktop app is TweetDeck http://www.tweetdeck.com

    What I like about it is that I can set up groups of people to follow so I don't have to scan thru thousands of tweets to see what's going on. I have groups for my mastermind partners, class participants and other colleagues, also a group for my handle @BlogSquad in case I miss tweets that include it. This way I can see at a glance what's going on with influencers in my niche and respond faster. TweetDeck also has alerts for replies and direct messages.

    See you @ Blog World in Vegas next month!

    Blog on!

  • http://twitter.com/BlogSquad Denise aka The Blog Squad

    My preferred Twitter desktop app is TweetDeck http://www.tweetdeck.com

    What I like about it is that I can set up groups of people to follow so I don't have to scan thru thousands of tweets to see what's going on. I have groups for my mastermind partners, class participants and other colleagues, also a group for my handle @BlogSquad in case I miss tweets that include it. This way I can see at a glance what's going on with influencers in my niche and respond faster. TweetDeck also has alerts for replies and direct messages.

    See you @ Blog World in Vegas next month!

    Blog on!

  • http://twitter.com/BlogSquad Denise aka The Blog Squad

    My preferred Twitter desktop app is TweetDeck http://www.tweetdeck.com

    What I like about it is that I can set up groups of people to follow so I don't have to scan thru thousands of tweets to see what's going on. I have groups for my mastermind partners, class participants and other colleagues, also a group for my handle @BlogSquad in case I miss tweets that include it. This way I can see at a glance what's going on with influencers in my niche and respond faster. TweetDeck also has alerts for replies and direct messages.

    See you @ Blog World in Vegas next month!

    Blog on!

  • Jonathan

    Perhaps I live too much in the past and future, and not enough in the now, but I was really disappointed to realize recently that some of my most cherished tweets were not archived by Twitter – at least not for easy access.

    I started tweeting in January (I think) in the spirit of a journal that I could reflect on someday when I finally get to the bottom of my email bin and have nothing left to do (2048 by my estimates).

    The best solution I found was to subscribe to your own tweets and have a custom Google page archive the feed.

  • Jonathan

    Perhaps I live too much in the past and future, and not enough in the now, but I was really disappointed to realize recently that some of my most cherished tweets were not archived by Twitter – at least not for easy access.

    I started tweeting in January (I think) in the spirit of a journal that I could reflect on someday when I finally get to the bottom of my email bin and have nothing left to do (2048 by my estimates).

    The best solution I found was to subscribe to your own tweets and have a custom Google page archive the feed.

  • Jonathan

    Perhaps I live too much in the past and future, and not enough in the now, but I was really disappointed to realize recently that some of my most cherished tweets were not archived by Twitter – at least not for easy access.

    I started tweeting in January (I think) in the spirit of a journal that I could reflect on someday when I finally get to the bottom of my email bin and have nothing left to do (2048 by my estimates).

    The best solution I found was to subscribe to your own tweets and have a custom Google page archive the feed.

  • http://www.medlawplus.com jjray

    Here is an idea on how to promote your websites with twitter using the "TwitThis" code–
    http://www.jjraymond.com/misc/twitthiscode.html

  • http://www.medlawplus.com jjray

    Here is an idea on how to promote your websites with twitter using the "TwitThis" code–
    http://www.jjraymond.com/misc/twitthiscode.html

  • http://www.medlawplus.com jjray

    Here is an idea on how to promote your websites with twitter using the "TwitThis" code–
    http://www.jjraymond.com/misc/twitthiscode.html

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