Too many tweets, too little time?

3 ideas to keep up with all the discussion on Twitter, and not go mad.

It was bad enough when I first started on Twitter, lots of noise every time I looked at the screen, I couldn’t see what was going on.

Then I got more followers, followed more people and it got worse…..

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It’s like trying to listen to everybody at a party.
You can’t do it and you go deaf or mad trying (perhaps both). That quickly leads to the issue that many people talk about regarding Twitter – not enough time, or “Twitter ate my day”.

You will always find me in the kitchen at parties (No, don’t start singing that song). That’s because the people I most like tend to congregate there. Sometimes I’ll move to another room, if I want to listen to a different conversation; what do you do?

Save Twitter time, focus on the right people
Twitter allows you to do the same, choose which conversation you want to listen to at any one time.

If you have a group of people that often talk about social media, or there is a group of people that you are very interested in (potential clients, good referrers, friends, etc) then create lists for them.

You can make a list of trading programs that are successful before choosing the right one for your needs, the one that you want to use. There are many programs proclaiming an automated trading system, but when you go through the list and their reviews then you will be able to distinguish the best one. That is the one for you. Similarly,

Create a list on Twitter
Twitter allows you to create as different groups of people, then watch each one when you like.

I have a list for people I am very interested in, one for local people, one for people who talk about great marketing stuff, etc.

I don’t look at each list every time I go on Twitter. In fact some are called things like “W Rvw: Interesting people”, to remind me to review them weekly.

You can set Tweetdeck, Hootsuite etc, to view your lists as well. Start just listening to the conversations you want to.

Update lists automatically
Once you get the power of lists it gets even easier! You can create some lists and update them automatically. My list of local people is created (and updated) for me. I also have a list of people that RT me most often, again it’s automatic.

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Lists can be private or public, choose which you want (both have advantages).

Don’t name your lists things like “Unimportant people” if it is a public list, people will get upset if they’re on it. Yes, it has been done! You can make your lists private, so nobody can see them.

And finally…
1: Decide which lists make sense for you – requires planning, oh no, not a strategy 🙁
2: Read different lists at different times
3: Automate some of the lists.

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