Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tips to Manage your Twitter Overload

When you are new to Twitter, you take a while to investigate the profile of users before you start following them. A little ways down the road, you would have accumulated a fairly decent list of people whom you follow and you begin to face information overload. This could become overwhelming and wasteful after some time; thus hampering your Twitter experience. Here are some tips to not just follow people, but also their tweets.

I. Don’t Follow back “everyone”:

Not everyone’s going to agree with me one this, but this is probably the best tip you’ll ever get. If you aren’t a huge figure/celebrity in your niche most of your followers are either bots or spammers. I follow back someone only after they start interacting with me. I also take a look at their profile to find out their usage patterns – this reveals whether they are a spammer.

 

II. Create Twitter lists:

Create a Twitter list with tweeters you care about the most, if you make the list public others will be able to see it. You can also follow public lists created by others. The idea of this is to reduce clutter on your timeline and to remove the need to follow someone to read their tweets. If you don’t quite understand the idea behind Twitter lists, this article might be helpful.

III. Use the “Jump to someone you follow” feature

Following

Jump to someone

Login to Twitter and click on ‘Following’ at the home page and click the ‘random’ icon at the right side of a page. Doing this takes you to a random person you follow and you can read all their tweets in peace. This option won’t disappear when you arrive on a profile and you can keep clicking it until you finish reading for the day.

 

IV. Frequently audit your Follow list

Take the time to audit the list of people you follow (at least once a month) with many of the 3rd party services available. If someone hasn’t tweeted in a long time or has been totally self-promotional/boring unfollow them. If you aren’t willing to hurt anyone’s feelings, apps like Slipstream should help in filtering unwanted stuff from your timeline.

Conclusion

Like I said before, merely “following” a person on Twitter isn’t helping anyone and you definitely need to do something and filter all that noise to make your Tweeting journey fruitful.

That is all I do to make sure I read most of the tweets from the people I follow. I’m sure this isn’t the best post on this topic, but some of these tips are bound to work. If you have techniques that you follow, do us a favour and tell us all about it in comments or write a similar blog post and share the link with us!