One of the biggest struggles for people when they start using Twitter is keeping up with the conversations.
Many people when they start using Twitter will follow everyone and monitor their entire Twitter experience from the newsfeed. This is a sure fire way to overwhelm yourself. There are tricks you can use to follow conversations and keep track of what is being talked about.
I follow nearly 3000 people on my primary Twitter account. Yes, I said primary. Between all of my Twitter accounts I follow roughly 13,000 people. There is no way I could read everything being tweeted.
Tips for Following Conversations
Make Lists: Lists are a great way to manage your twitter following. This is a free tool on Twitter. You can create a list for anything and you can create as many as you like. I have lists for friends, topics, interests and even a random list that is my catch-all for interesting tweeties.
Go to Twitter, create a list and then add the people you follow to these lists.
Why is this easier? Because you can then view your list like your newsfeed. You can see all the tweets from the people on this list, and only the people on this list. This makes reading your Twitter feed much more manageable. Plus the lists help you view your tweeties by topic.
Follow Hashtags: Following hashtags are a great way to follow what is being said about a specific topic or trend. It is super easy to follow any hashtag. All you have to do is click the tag in a tweet and it will pull up every person who is tweeting and using that tag.
You can also run a search for hashtags or keyword and it will pull up search results that show people using those tags and keyword.
Show Conversation: When you really start talking to a lot of people and tweeting frequently, it is easy to get lost in conversations. Especially if a fair amount of time (like an hour) since you tweeted and they commented. Twitter allows you to see the conversation between people. If you click on the tweet, Twitter will open up the conversation surrounding that tweet. This will let you see what they were commenting on or responding too. Essentially allowing you to view your conversation and get a reminder of what was being said.
Using lists, hashtags and show conversation will make it much easier to manage your Twitter conversations. But the old adage, “practice makes perfect”, definitely applies. The more you tweet the easier keeping track of the conversations will be.
Ultimately we keep track of many conversations in our head all the time, we just don’t think about it. We talk to friends and family on the phone. We talk to people in person. When we see someone it is not uncommon to resume a conversation from months ago. Socially we have trained ourselves to compartmentalize these conversations in our head and hold them for indefinite periods of time.
Conversations in social media are much the same. Now it is a matter of socializing your brain for another set of conversations.