20 Terrific Twitter Tips

11. Pick the right people to follow

You can invite your friends to join Twitter by going to your profile drop-down menu and selecting Who To Follow, then selecting the Find friends tab and connecting with your e-mail account address book. Or, from the Browse Interests tab, you can check out the top draws in various categories, such as Charity, News, and Technology. Also, Twitter has improved its recommendations, and can offer you suggestions based on who you already follow. These appear on your home profile page on the right. The third-party service Listorious can also help you find followers. This site offers a keyword-searchable database of more than 2 million top Twitter users. Check out the Top 140 Lists or the 140 Most Followed People. You can also try registering on Listorious to encourage more people to follow you.

12. Make your account private

If you tweet things of a personal nature, you can lock down your tweets so only people you approve can read them. To do so, click on your account icon on the top right. Select Settings from the drop-down menu. Check off Protect My Tweets > Save. Note: Previously tweeted items may still be publicly visible.

13. Make Twitter lists

A great way to organize your followers and help other users find content you like is to make Lists. Within Twitter, click on the Lists tab, and select Create A List. Here you can also see lists you’ve been included in or lists you’ve already created.

14. Create a book of your favorite Twitter updates

By signing in to your Twitter account from tweetbook.in, you can generate a PDF eBook of your latest tweets and your favorites. You can then share that book with friends.

15. Recognize your followers

Every Friday, an international event storms Twitter; Follow Friday. It started as a way to help your followers find new people to follow and it has become a way to recognize your followers. The etiquette is to look at who has followed you during the previous week or two, and then, on Friday, to add those people’s handles to a tweet and to say something like “thanks for following me.” Then add #FF at the beginning or end of the tweet.

16. Check your connections

Go to your account drop-down menu and select Settings. Click the Connections tab. Here you’ll see the services and third-party applications that you’ve given permission to access your account. You can then revoke access for any account you’re no longer using. Check this area regularly to be sure no one has authorized your account to a service you don’t want to use.

17. Use advanced search

Just like in a browser, you can narrow your search in Twitter by using what are known as operators. For instance, to search a specific geographic area of tweets add Near: and Within: to your search string. So to search for all tweets within 30 miles of Portland, you’d enter “near:Portland within:30mi”.

To search for tweets that were posted since a specific date, add a Since: to your search. So to find all tweets about the iPad 2 that were posted since Jan. 1, 2011, you’d enter “iPad 2 since:2011-1-1”.

You can even search by the tone of a tweet by using emoticons. Adding :( to your search string with bring up related tweets that were sent with a negative attitude.

18. Report spam

Malicious links to malware sites, mass following or unfollowing to get attention, posting unwanted messages to users, exclusively sending messages on trending topics to grab eyeballs, repeatedly posting duplicate updates; all of these offenses constitute Twitter spam. To report a spammer, go to that account’s profile and click the drop-down menu. Then click Report @username For Spam. Twitter will then block the offending user from following you or replying to you, and that account will get reviewed by the Twitter Trust and Safety Team.

19. Scan for junk accounts

The third-party app TwitBlock will scan your followers for signs of spam and accounts that could be junk. Simply go to Twitblock.org and link your Twitter account. The service will automatically scan your followers and offer up a percentage of certainty indicating whether or not a user has spam-like behavior.

20. Keyboard shortcuts on Twitter.com

f – Favorite

r – reply

t – retweet

m – direct message

n – new status update

j - next tweet

k – previous tweet

spacebar –  page down

/ –  search

. refresh tweets and back to the top

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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