How to: best manage Twitter
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.
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.