Twitter for the geographically-challenged outsiders

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To continue on my previous post on how to survive 8727km from the Silicon Valley, here are a couple of practical tips on how to get the most out of Twitter.

Search for relevant keywords

Twitter’s Advanced Search is great tool for finding interesting people and topics serendipitously. Define the keywords you are interested in, run the search  and subscribe to the RSS feed. My search terms are “Jussi Laakkonen”, “social games”, “casual games”, “funware” and “virtual goods”. See who tweet about the topics you are interested in and what the discussion is.

Trawl thru the following lists

This tip comes from @mitch_olson of Small Worlds, who trawled thru my following list to find new people to follow. If you find an interesting person to follow, check out who they follow to find more interesting folks.

Add yourself to WeFollow

Simply tweet “@wefollow #yourtag #yourtag #yourtag” to classify yourself to make yourself more foundable. First, checkout the most popular tags on WeFollow. To find more interesting people to follow check the WeFollow lists on the tags you classify yourself with.

Re-tweet and see who re-tweet you

Re-tweeting is about sharing something valuable. You are doing a service to the person who you are retweeting as well as to the people who follow you. See who re-tweet you for more interesting people.

See who they are conversing with

Often you follow a particular person, and they are chatting away with @ replies with  somebody you are not yet following . See who that other is, perhaps she will be worth a follow.

Establish a tweeting style & reinforce it at your profile

I personally use Twitter for business and tend not to share personal stuff or tweet funny jokes. Your followers will expect consistentency, so when they check your profile, they’ll decide at an instant if they want to follow you or not.  Your latest ten tweets and secondarily your 160 char description play a huge role on who follow you.

Check before you follow

The corollary to the above is to check the profile before you follow someone. I’m picky about who I follow people to avoid cluttering my stream (if only Tweetdeck had a longer backlog of tweets ;-)).

Hashtags

Hashtags make some sense out of Twitter, especially during conferences like SXSW. Tweetdeck nicely supports hashtags by integrating to the Twitter Search. It’s a godsend for tracking topics especially when I’m 7-10 timezones away and top discussions take place in the middle of the night (for me).

Tweetdeck

Some prefer Thwirl, but Tweetdeck is the way to go ;-)

Read Guy’s advice

Guy Kawasaki has further advice on How to use twitter as twool.

If you have more advice for geographically-challenged Twitter users, please share it in the comments!

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5 Comments on “Twitter for the geographically-challenged outsiders”

  1. Violet Says:

    I prefer Spaz over tweetdeck any day… sure I can’t make groups, but I like Spaz’s tweet notifications, layout, function buttons, and the fact you can customize it using CSS.

    Get Spaz’d

  2. Ching Ya Says:

    I’ve heard about how useful TweetDeck is about organizing thousands of followers, that might be my pick when the time comes, for now still using Twhirl. Although I do agree on the search terms, recently I’m very keen on finding out the apps on the web, and did an analysis on 15 killer apps for finding relevant twitterers, the results have been encouraging.

    Thanks for sharing your Twitter experience, at times I’m between whether ‘follow’ or ‘not follow’ certain people. it’s a bit of a dilemma, but maybe because I’m still in the earlier stage when cluttering is yet to come. ^^

  3. molesworth_1 Says:

    Thanks for the tip about searching hash-tags & other trending topics. Still have to go to twitterfall to see what’s happening & then ‘cut & paste’ terms into a tweetdeck search. If only you could embed the twitterfall trend list into tweetdeck control panel.

  4. letmeveg Says:

    I just joined over the weekend and I am totally addicted already.


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