Pruning your twitter garden
@halifaxﬁlmgal & @bitdepth
Presented at Podcamp Halifax on January 19, 2014.
Kendra tweets a lot about films with pithy insights and analysis along with some snark.
Chris is a teacher and filmmaker who has been using Twitter since 2006. He tweets about oatmeal and coffee in the morning and films sometimes.
Kendra and Chris met when Chris was explaining Twitter to a friend at a coffee shop.
After the explanation Kendra told Chris that he explained it well and they started following each other on Twitter and became friends.
Building it up
How do you build Twitter for you?
9-10% of Twitter
Rest of the world
accounts are spambots
1 million new Twitter
users per day
Kendra uses her tablet for Twitter and uses Twitter for Android and Echofon for Android.
Chris uses Twitterrific for iOS on his iPhone and iPad, and Twitterrific for Mac on his MacBook Pro.
Who to follow?
can only follow up to 2000 when
can only follow 1000/day
Figuring out who to follow is a challenge on Twitter.
Keeping your timeline organized is a challenge.
#stop #hashtagging #every
Hashtags are a great way to find topics that you are interested in and the people who are tweeting them. It's important to not overuse hashtags.
You can see what is trending in hashtags with services like Trendmap and Topsy.
public vs. private
keeping track of things without
Lists are a great way to stay organized and keep track of what people are saying without needing to follow them. You don't have to be following someone
to add them to a list. Lists can also be private or public.
1.3 : 1
It can be important to keep track of the ratio of the number of people who follow you compared to the number of people you follow. If more people
follow you than you follow, some people would call you a "Twitter snob".
(what we call “favourites” in
curation by favourites
Favorites are a way to let people know you like something and some people use it as a form of bookmarking tweets.
Cutting it down
Sometimes you need to control how you use Twitter and prune that garden.
Muting or Muffling
Some Twitter clients allow you to mute (or muffle) certain people or hashtags without unfollowing them.
Kendra uses ManageFlitter and Follower Wonk to keep track of various statistics about who she follows and who follows her.
“data is a representation of real
life. It’s not just a bucket of
numbers. There are stories in
that bucket. There’s meaning,
truth, and beauty.””
– Nathan Yau
ThinkUp is a new analytics site that just launched that Chris uses to find out interesting and positive information to make your social media experience
you need to request it
you download the tweets
Twitter only makes your last 3200 tweets available. If you want to go back further you need to request your Twitter archive on your settings page.
Chris uses Manton Reece's iOS app called Tweet Library that lets you organize your Twitter archive as well as create collections of tweets. You can also use
his web-based service Watermark to do similar things.
Create in Tweetdeck
Share tweets in a custom
timeline that you can embed
Another way that you can organize tweets is by creating custom timelines in Tweetdeck (with either the app or online).