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Social Media Tips: Managing Your Twitter Tweeting Schedule

Posted by raj on January 14th, 2010.

Flickr credit: gadl (used by CC license)

Flickr credit: gadl (used by CC license)


Last week we talked about how YourVersion can help you be a more productive Twitter Maven.

If you’re not a regular user of Twitter, is it because it takes too much effort? (If so, read our productive Twitter Maven article.) If you are a regular Twitter user, every once in a while you probably grow tired of tweeting your great web links and sage advice. The Bit Rebels website has some good tips for avoiding Twitter burnount, summarized here:

  1. Build relationships with the right people.
  2. Don’t feel obligated.
  3. Manage your time.
  4. Filter your tweets.
  5. Be genuine.
  6. Don’t make Twitter a contest.

Let’s discuss a few of these tips obliquely.

Know Why You Tweet
It’s worth stepping back and looking at why you tweet, not just what you tweet. Don’t forget why you tweet. Your reason is probably different than the next person’s, but it probably includes growing your social network. Your social media schedule should include network-building tasks. When you’re not in the mood to tweet, use your “Twitter time” to prune your network of spammers and “Follow” relevant people to (likely in hopes that they’ll eventually follow you back). Hunt down articles that list “people to follow in Industry/ Niche X.” If there’s a “Twitter list”, you can use the URL at TweepML.org to follow everyone in just a few clicks.

Filter Tweets by Keyword or Hashtag
By adding people to Follow, you are of course increasing the number of tweets that’ll appear in your Twitter public timeline. This contributes to potential information overload — were you to try browsing all the tweets of everyone you’re following. Using Twitter’s search feature (or that of a Twitter client such as TweetDeck, Seesmic Desktop, etc.), you can filter tweets on topics of interest.

Note that there’s also a practice on Twitter of using the hash symbol (”#”) in front of select keywords, abbreviations and acronyms. Any “word” preceded by a “#” is called a “hashtag”. For example, a tweeter might use the hashtag “#web20″ (without quotes) instead of the phrase “web 2.0″ in their tweet. Twitter automatically links a hashtag you use to a generated timeline showing the latest tweets also using that same hashtag. The more people use relevant hashtags, the easier it is to find tweets on a subject you’re interested in, since you can search hashtags on Twitter.

Filter Tweets by Person
As well, Twitter’s relatively new “Lists” feature lets you view a slice of your public timeline, showing the recent tweets of the people in a list. Create your own list by niche, industry, organization, locale, etc. Just keep in mind that you’re only going to see the latest tweets by the people in your list. If you’re looking for more than the freshest tweets, you might have to go back to filtering by keyword or hashtag.

One important tip that’s easy to forget is to take sufficient breaks. Try spending 2-3 hours straight doing some work. Then try taking a 5-10 minute break at the end of each hour. Were you any less productive? Probably not, and you’ve prevented fatigue, maybe also boredom.

These are just a few tips to improve your Twitter usage experience. Feel free to add your own here in the comments, or tweet about them.

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