Day 9 of #YSJ10DoT: Managing Information
Yesterday, we looked at some useful ways of filtering out the ‘noise’ on Twitter by tailoring what you see on your feed. Today, we’ll go a step further with managing Twitter content and introduce some tools that can be used in conjunction with Twitter to help you get the most from it. If you’re brand new to tweeting, don’t worry about experimenting with all of these today. This is probably the most advanced post of the series, so you can always come back to it when you have mastered the basics and ready to branch out, perhaps in a few weeks’ time.
Twitter now allows you to ‘pin’ one tweet to the top of your timeline on your profile page. This keeps the tweet at the top of your profile and stops it moving down your feed as you add new tweets. It’s a great feature if you want to draw people’s attention to a particular tweet and it means that this tweet won’t get lost among the fast moving moving dynamic content on twitter. To pin a tweet to the top of your profile page, click the dots “…” icon underneath the tweet and select ‘Pin to your profile page’. You may need to refresh your profile page in order to see your pinned tweet.
To unpin a tweet follow the same process, only this time select ‘Unpin from profile page’ from the menu that appears after clicking the ‘dots’ icon.
You can search for tweets by username, hashtag or just by a keyword. The search box is at the top of the screen in the right hand corner. Twitter allows you to organise the search results by the most popular tweets (Top) or all results (Live). Additional options to filter the search content are available by selecting the ‘More’ option from the menu tab above the results feed. You can filter by People, Photos, Videos, News and Timelines and also by people you follow and people near you. You can copy the URL (link) from your search results page to share that search with someone.
If you find yourself repeating a search regularly, you can save it so you don’t have to keep performing it. To save a search, select ‘More’ in the top right-hand corner of the timeline after you have performed it, and choose ‘Save this Search’. The next time you want to search for this topic (hashtag, person, location) it should automatically appear in a drop-down menu when you select the search box.
Finally, you could also perform an advanced search – this allows you to narrow down the tweets you’re looking for by words, by the person sending or receiving it, by location and by a date range. The advanced search feature can also be found in the ‘More Options’ area that appears at the top of the page after you’ve conducted an initial, basic search.
Tweet activity dashboard
The Tweet activity dashboard is a tool you can use to learn more about your Tweets and how they resonate with your audience.
To get started, log in to analytics.twitter.com with your Twitter username and password to turn analytics on for your account.
To access your Tweet activity:
- On a desktop or laptop computer, visit analytics.twitter.com and click on Tweets.
- In the Twitter app for iOS or Android, tap the analytics icon visible in your Tweets.
Click into an individual Tweet to see specific data for that Tweet:
Managing multiple accounts with Tweetdeck
Tweetdeck is owned by Twitter and is a good way to manage more than one account, if you have more than one (e.g. separate personal/professional ones, or perhaps an individual one and an official one on behalf of an institution). You can also use Tweetdeck to split your different Twitter feeds into several columns which display together on one screen.
You will need to create an account, with an email address and password. Once you have set up an account, you can connect your Twitter account(s). You can use it as a web-based application to access from anywhere, or you can download the Tweetdeck app to your computer (there is no app for smartphones or tablets).
You can do everything we’ve covered in Twitter on Tweetdeck, including shortening URLs, retweeting, creating lists etc. Tweetdeck is organised into a number of columns, and gives you a number of columns automatically, such as your timeline, your own tweets or your @mentions (tweets that mention you), and you can add new columns for the lists you create. If you perform a search for a hashtag, you can add a new column to your Tweetdeck to display all the tweets using that hashtag, whether you follow the people using it or not. This might be useful if you are following a conference hashtag or chat such as #PhDChat but don’t want to follow all of the people tweeting with this hashtag.
Deleting, archiving and scheduling Tweets
Twitter is ephemeral. Tweets are short, throwaway observations, which capture the present moment, flow past quickly and are succeeded by more recent and relevant ones. We’ve looked at a way to favourite tweets, but once you’ve done this, why would you want to keep a tweet? Why would you want to tweet in advance?
There’s quite a bit there to play with! Don’t worry if you’re still catching up – so are others, and hopefully the conversation will be continuing on #YSJ10DoT for quite some time!
- Twitter: Using Twitter Search
- Twitter: Using Advanced Search
- Twitter: Saving Searches
- Twitter: Pin a Tweet to your Profile
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Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.
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