It has been a long time since I have not used a twitter client to handle my twitter use. In fact, I rarely go to my own twitter page to do anything on twitter. For the most part, the twitter client I have been using the last few months is TweetDeck. And now that you can handle multiple accounts on it and the fact they have an iPhone app, I don’t see any reason to use another twitter client.
What I love about TweetDeck is the way you can organize the people you follow into groups and then into columns. Below is a screenshot of my entire desktop with TweetDeck on it. I am using a 22″ flat panel display while I am in the office for twitter and TweetDeck.
Organizing the people you follow on twitter
With TweetDeck, I have two main columns/groups for organizing those I follow. I have a Group A-List and a Group Hot List. There is no way I could keep up with all of the people I follow without doing this. And lets be honest, I don’t try to follow the conversations taking place between over 4000 people on twitter. This does not mean I don’t interact with a lot of them however.
These two groups are people who I don’t want to miss what they say on twitter. And I also don’t want to miss it when they post a new blog post. Remember, I use twitter as one of my main RSS feeds and I put those I follow and who I want to read their blog post in one of these groups.
As you can see from the screenshot, on the right hand side are columns I use for DM’s from other accounts I have. That way I get the DM’s people might send me from a couple of other accounts I use. I also use a column for a search of different terms I want to keep track of.
Some of the functions of TweetDeck
TweetDeck has some handy features that make life even easier on twitter.
First of all you can do things with “Users” and “Tweets.” Once you click on “Tweet” you get the drop down below.
This is a quick to do all those activities with a Tweet. The one feature that is just pretty darn handy is the “Email Tweet” function.
And when you click on User, you get this drop down.
Here you can follow, add to a group, blog and unfollow. This feature can save you a lot of time when you are checking twitter.
There are other twitter desktop clients you can use. And I have tried most, if not all of them. I have found TweetDeck to work best for me. But keep in mind, what works for one person, may not work for another. That is why there are as many twitter clients as there are.
Leave you comments to this post and let us know what twitter desktop client you are using. Let’s keep the conversation going.
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