chaosA friend forwarded me this article from The Guardian. I’ll save you from reading it: Some people find Twitter overwhelming and hard to use.

I agree the platform can be a little intimidating. When I first started tweeting in 2007 I had to learn its lingo (RT and DM and so forth) and its idiosyncrasies (the 140-character limit, for example – which might soon change).

In some ways, Twitter is even more complex today, with the introduction of hashtags and other features.

However, there are two starkly straightforward ways to make Twitter easier to use:

  1. Stop visiting Twitter.com. Instead, install Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, which will help you to organize your Twitter feeds and make sense of your stream. You can see the most important content right away, without chaotic clutter.
  2. Learn to use Twitter Lists to organize the key individuals and groups you want to follow.

When I lead my Twitter workshops, you can hear the audible sighs of relief when participants discover the beauty of dashboards like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite, along with the use of Twitter lists.

Tweetdeck screenshot
Using Tweetdeck makes it much easier to follow people on Twitter.

What are your tips for making the most of Twitter?

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