Ten Twitter Tips and Tricks

Twitter Tips and Tricks

Even if you’ve been on Twitter since its launch in 2006, you probably don’t know about many of these secret tips and tricks. That's why we're here to help you out! Stay tuned to figure out a whole lot of Twitter tips that will make your life on the social media platform that much easier.

1. Keyboard Shortcuts

There are a lot of mouse-free ways to get around your Twitter feed. Try typing in a few of these shortcuts to move from page to page or reach out to your followers:

  • “GH” travels to the main feed.
  • “GR” shows your Mentions.
  • “N” lets you compose a new Tweet.
  • “M” opens a direct message on another person’s page.

2. Find Exactly What You're Looking For

If you’re looking for Twitter users who are looking for the products and/or services that you are selling in your area, end your search terms in a colon and enter your city in quotation marks like this: Great coffee: “Dallas.”

Maybe it’s easy to find people who Tweet about your services, but it’s difficult to find users who feel positively about them. Type a smiley face after your search term—coffee :)—and this should pull up the kind of Tweets you were looking for.

3. Create Follow Lists

Separating the users you Follow by topic or network-type ensures that you stay involved with them. You can create these lists right within your Twitter feed- simply click your icon in the corner and then select "Lists." After creating the lists, you can watch several feeds at once.

4. Check Out the Activity Feed

On your home bar, you should see “#Discover” between “Notifications” and “Me.” In the left-hand column, directly under “Tweets,” click “Activity.” Monitor this feed to see Favorited Tweets, who your Followers are Following, and more.

5. Download Your Tweets

Downloading your Tweets allows you to easily search your past Tweets and view graphs of your activity on Twitter form your very first Tweet. On your home bar, click the gear icon to the right of your Direct Message envelope. Click “Settings,” and you’ll come to your “Account” tab automatically. At the bottom of the page, above the “Save Changes” button, click “Request Your Archive.” When your archive is available, your Tweets will show up in an HTML web file.

6. Time Your Mobile Alerts

There’s nothing more annoying than dozing off and then being jolted awake by the buzzing of your cellphone. Never lose sleep again: Turn off your Twitter alerts during specific times. Sign on to Twitter on your lap- or desktop, go to “Settings,” and click “Mobile” in the left-hand column. Add your phone number, and then select the times that you would like to silence your alerts.

7. Use Third-Party Apps

There are a lot of third-party Twitter applications to help you navigate Twitter more effectively, but here are a few that deserve honorable mentions in our book:

  • Qwitter. Sign up for this service to receive an email any time someone Unfollows you. This service will even suggest which of your recent Tweets may have caused your former Follower’s disinterest.
  • WeFollow. This is a directory of prominent people categorized by interests like politics, finance, and pop culture. The app allows you add your Twitter handle to a list of users by tags you find interesting. This is great for finding people you’re most likely to be interested in following, as well as helping other users find you.
  • TweetDeck. This Twitter app allows you to schedule your Tweets in advance, so your Tweets aren’t getting lost in your Followers’ feeds.

8. View User Replies

Your main Twitter feed will only display original Tweets and Retweets, leaving out replies and Mentions. To view these conversations, go to a specific user’s profile and click “Tweets and replies” to the right of “Tweets.”

9. Create a Twitter Widget

Having a widget on your business site or blog for Twitter lets visitors see what you’re Tweeting, making it more likely for them to Follow you on Twitter. To create a widget, go to “Settings,” then “Widgets” in the left-hand column, and then click “Create New.”

10. Choose a Unique Theme with Themeleon

With only 19 premade themes available for you to use on Twitter, your profile could get lost in the crowd. Creating a unique theme on Themeleon, a theme designer by COLOURlovers, will let your profile stand out and stick in any viewer’s mind.

These are just a few of the MANY Twitter tips that there are out there. Be sure to do some of your own research if you ever have a need that you would like Twitter to take care of. Chances are, there is something to help you out! If you'd like help with your marketing efforts on Twitter, we're here for you! Simply visit us at www.SocialCentiv.com or Tweet us: @SocialCentiv.