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How To Use Twitter Lists

By on Nov 4, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

Are you using the #NewTwitter? Click here to read an this article for #NewTwitter users. Twitter users can organize users they follow (or users that they don’t) into groups, or “lists”. This article will help you get started with some lists basics and hopefully get you ready to make your own! Before we get started, it should be noted that following a user is not a requirement to add someone to a list; if you want to add a user but not necessarily regularly follow them, lists allow you to do that. Creating a List There are a few ways to create a new list, the easiest way is by clicking “New list” on the twitter sidebar. Clicking on this link will pop up a box, as shown above. Here you can name your list. You can also make the list public (everyone can see it) or private (only you can see it). Current limits are: 20 lists per account List names cannot begin with a numerical character Adding or Removing People From Your Lists You can add users (including yourself!) from most places on Twitter where profiles are listed. This includes the following: “Find people” searches. Profile pages (including your own). Yours and other users followers and following lists. Just keep an eye out for the “lists” button next to any profile. Click the list menu button as shown below and add them to your existing lists with one click. You can remove users from a list in the same fashion as you added them; just uncheck the box. Checking out your Lists stats On your Twitter home page, clicking on the “listed” number (which is next to your “followers” number) will bring up a page all about what lists you are on. Click it to see yours! The Lists Page: Editing and Deleting Lists To edit any of your lists, click on the list itself. At the top right of the page, you’ll see a small link to “View List Page.” Click this, as shown below. On the next page, you’ll see who is in your list, with a button on the top right to delete or edit the list. Click edit to change details about your list. (To add or remove people from your list, click their profile. Then click the list button next to their name, as shown above under “Adding or Removing People From Your Lists.”) Note: Renaming a list will break any links you’ve posted to that list. Subscribing/Following Lists Following a list is as simple as following any other Twitter user. Simply navigate to the list page and click on “Follow”, underneath the name of the list. You can quickly view your subscribed lists, as well as your own, on the sidebar. You can also consequently remove yourself from a list by blocking the creator of the list. Note: If the owner of a list that you’re following includes a public user that you’ve blocked, you will still see the updates of the blocked user. This behavior is similar to visiting the profile page of a public user that you’ve blocked: you’re still able to read their...

How to Post a Tweet #NewTwitter

By on Nov 2, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

Twitter always asks the question “What’s happening?” Each answer to that question is considered a Twitter update, or what people often call a “Tweet.” Each update is 140 characters or less. To Post Your Tweet via the Web: Log in to your Twitter account Type your Tweet into the “What’s happening?” box at the top of your screen (shown below). Make sure your update is fewer than 140 characters. We’ll count the characters for you! Remaining characters show up as a number below the box. Click the Tweet button to post the Tweet to your profile. You will immediately see your Tweet in the timeline on your homepage, as shown...

What are Top Tweets?

By on Oct 30, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

What are Top Tweets? Top Tweets are popular Tweets that have caught the attention of other Twitter users. When you search for a popular term, you will likely see three “Top Tweet” results, marked with a small icon as shown below. You can use Top Tweets to quickly find the updates that other users are finding interesting, insightful, and helpful at this very moment! If you’d like to learn more, you can see and follow Top Tweets at www.twitter.com/TopTweets How are these Tweets selected? Twitter have built an algorithm that finds the Tweets that have caught the attention of other users. Top Tweets will refresh automatically and are surfaced for popularly-retweeted subjects based on this algorithm. They think that showing the Tweets that other users have retweeted, shared, and interacted with can help you find new and helpful information more easily. Why don’t I see the Tweets I like on Top Tweets? Top Tweets are Tweets that lots of people are interacting with and sharing via retweets, replies, and more. If Tweet you love aren’t showing up as Top Tweets, it means those Tweets may not be part of widespread conversation as much as the Tweets that are Top Tweets for any given search...

Suggestions For You – Discover Who to Follow on Twitter

By on Oct 28, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

Twitter has lots of ways to help you find who to follow — browsing by interest, finding friends and colleagues via your address book or social networks, and searching directly for users. But sometimes you may want to find more users without having to go look. Once you are following a few accounts on Twitter using the methods above, the Suggestions For You feature can help you by directly recommending new users to follow. There are multiple ways to get started with Suggestions: From your home timeline From another user’s profile page From your own profile page From your home timeline: On your home timeline, just beneath your followers/following counts, you should see a few recommendations of accounts we think you might find interesting, based on the types of accounts you’re already following and who they follow. Click “follow” if you like the recommendation and would like to start receiving the user’s Tweets. Click the X if you would not like to follow them at this time, and our system will record that it should not recommend that person to you again. From another user’s profile page: The Suggestions feature also lets you know which users are similar to a user whose profile you are viewing. If you’re interested in these accounts, click the ‘Follow’ link to follow them. If not, you can refresh the page for more suggestions. From your own profile page: Just as you see similar users when visiting the profile page of someone you follow, you’ll be shown suggestions of users we think are similar to you when you visit your own profile. Our recommendations for users similar to you will appear just below the tiled list of people you follow. You can click the Follow link next to someone’s name to begin following them immediately. If you disagree with a recommendation, just mouse over the recommendation and click the X next to it to indicate that you’re not like that user, and our system will note not to show that user as similar to you in the future. Where do you get these Suggestions from? I need more followers, how do I get you to suggest me to other users? Twitter’s staff does not editorialize which users show up in Suggestions for you or similar accounts. Twitter search uses an algorithm that determines highly personalized suggestions based on the accounts you currently follow, the accounts followed by the users you have chosen to follow, and how other users express interest in Tweets made from these accounts. This should help you find the information you want to know (and some information that may surprise you)...

What is Retweet? #NewTwitter

By on Oct 27, 2010 in Twitter Tips | 1 comment

Like a Tweet? Retweet! Sometimes you come across a Tweet that you just have to share. Twitter’s retweet (otherwise known as “RT”) feature helps you and others quickly share that Tweet with all of your followers. How to Retweet: Hover over a Tweet Click the retweet link, highlighted below The Tweet will then be forwarded to all of your followers Where to Find Retweets: Click the “Retweets” tab on your homepage to to see what you’ve retweeted, what’s been retweeted by people you follow, and who retweeted your Tweets! The following items appear in a drop-down menu. Click one of them to see results. Retweets by others: read the retweets posted by people you follow under the first tab, ‘Retweets by others.’ Retweets by you: read your own retweets- it’s like the sent items in your email account. If others have also retweeted, you’ll see their profile icons listed. Your Tweets, retweeted: find out who retweets your tweets! Note: Please note that retweets, like regular tweets, from people you’ve blocked will not show up. How Can I see Who Retweeted my Tweets in new Twitter? Easy, just click on ‘Your Tweets, Retweeted’ in the Retweets tab, then click on the Tweet! The details pane will load to the right of the Tweet, complete with a tiled list of users who recently Retweeted your Tweet and the total number of times the Tweet has been Retweeted. Disabling Retweets: If a particular account that you follow retweets stuff that you don’t want to see in your home timeline, just visit their profile to turn off retweets from them. Here’s how: Open a user’s mini-profile by clicking their username anywhere on Twitter, or go to their full profile at http://www.twitter.com/username Next to the Following button, click the retweets icon as shown below. Grey = OFF, so anything that person retweets won’t show up in your timeline. To turn their retweets back on, click the button to turn it green. Green = ON. Keep in mind: If you see a new face in your timeline, it’s because someone you follow retweeted something they thought you should see. In the message, you’ll see the picture and username of the original user, who was retweeted by someone you follow. Turn off retweets for that person if you don’t like what they share. Turning on or off retweets is NOT retroactive, meaning that retweets from someone you follow will be delivered to your home timeline while the retweet button for them is green; retweets will not be delivered while the button is grey. Recognizing Retweets in Timelines and Profiles Retweets in all timelines and profiles are distinguished by the retweet icon followed by the name of the retweeter in the upper right-hand corner of the message. To credit a Tweet’s author, retweets show the profile picture, user name, and tweet of the original author, with “retweeted by” information appended at bottom. If you see a message from a stranger in your timeline, look for the retweet icon – the retweeter should be someone you follow. Frequently Asked Questions People often wonder: Can I turn off ALL retweets? Nope! You can unfollow a user who retweets things you don’t like, but you can’t turn off retweets completely. When people visit my profile, can they view my retweets in a tab, like favorites? Nope. People can view the retweets posted in your profile by scrolling through the your tweets and looking for the ones with retweet icons. Only you can see your retweet archives. What if I retweet from apps like Tweetie, twhirl, etc? Retweets, like regular tweets, will appear differently in different applications. All retweets from third party apps (like Tweetie and twhirl) will show up in your retweet tab IF they’re using Twitter’s retweet API. (Not sure? Try retweeting from your favorite app, and then check the “retweets by you” tab on the web.) Many apps have built in their own version of retweeting; retweets sent from apps that don’t use the official feature will not appear in your retweet tab. Are there limits on retweets? There’s no limit to the number of times a tweet can be retweeted, but Twitter will only show the most recent 100 retweeters for any public...

How To Find Friends and Colleagues on Twitter

By on Oct 25, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

Find Friends and Colleagues on Twitter Twitter is more interesting when you can share what’s happening and especially when you can hear what’s happening from the people you care about. They can check address books from Gmail, Yahoo!, and AOL to see if any of your contacts are currently using Twitter. They’ll show you who is on Twitter and you can choose to follow them if you want to get their Tweets. To import an address book, visit the Find People link at the top of your screen and click the “Find Friends” tab, shown below. If you are registered with a Gmail, Yahoo! or AOL address, your email should be pre-filled and the right tab selected. If you are not, but have an email address with one of those services, select that tab, type in your email and password to begin the contact import. Note: Twitter doesn’t save your email log in information, we only use it once to get permission to view your contacts list. Once the search is complete, you can choose to follow all users using the blue ‘Follow All’ button, or to follow users individually by clicking the grey ‘Follow’ button to the right of their name and user information. When the scan is complete, Twitter will show you a list of the friends and colleagues it found in your address book. You can choose to follow all of them by selecting the blue ‘Follow All’ button on the right hand side of the results, or if you’d like to see updates only from specific people, you can choose to follow your email contacts individually using the grey ‘follow’ button next to their information. Please note that if you click “Follow all”, you can still manually unfollow people on this screen or at any time in the future. Once you have selected the friends and colleagues you wish to follow, a confirmation message will appear. At this point, you’re done! You can navigate back to your Home timeline to view posts from your friends and colleagues, or select the invite by email option if you wish to follow friends who are not yet on...