How to: best man­age Twit­ter

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TWIT­TER is a unique and use­ful so­cial net­work. With­out close at­ten­tion, how­ever, it can quickly be­come an un­man­age­able mess ar­riv­ing 140 char­ac­ters at a time. Fol­low­ing the right peo­ple, or­gan­is­ing tweet­ing top­ics and avoid­ing spam­mers are the keys to Twit­ter’s use­ful­ness.

RE­FINE YOUR FOL­LOW­ING

Not ev­ery­one makes a good twiti­zen and there are ser­vices to avoid the quiet, lurk­ing types or those who tweet too much. Man­ageFlit­ter.com is a web ser­vice that analy­ses your fol­low­ers and can show who is not fol­low­ing you back, who is quiet or in­ac­tive, who is too chatty, and even users with no avatar up­loaded. Users can se­lect up to 100 users to un­fol­low each day for free or up to 2000 if they fol­low the com­pany’s Twit­ter ac­count.

FIND WHO’S DUMPED YOU

There are sev­eral ser­vices that let you find out who has re­cently un­fol­lowed you (and may, per­haps, de­serve the same treat­ment). One in­ge­nious ser­vice is called Un­fol­lowr. By fol­low­ing its Twit­ter ac­count (@Un­fol­lowr), the ser­vice will send you a Twit­ter Di­rect Mes­sage when some­one dumps you from their fol­low­ing.

OR­GAN­ISE TWEEPS

Twit­ter in­tro­duced a fea­ture called Lists to the ser­vice back in 2009 and it’s a handy way of or­gan­is­ing your favourite tweeps by topic or so­cial circle. To cre­ate a list, users can go to their Twit­ter pro­file page, se­lect Cre­ate List, give it a name and search for peo­ple to in­clude. Twit­ter lists can be pub­lic or pri­vate, with pub­lic lists avail­able for other users to read.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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