Twitter can be an excellent way to keep up with friends, find out the latest news as soon as it happens, and find out about the latest special events and offers in your city. The problem: all this information can get a bit overwhelming if you let it flow through your Twitter feed in an unorganized way. You might even miss something important amidst the barrage of information. Luckily, there are plenty of tools that can help you keep things organized so that you can get the information that you want without having the deal with a barrage of unnecessary tweets. In fact, there have been programs and apps that have helped people organize their Twitter experience since the early days of this social media giant. This means that programmers have more-or-less perfected a whole array of Twitter-centric tools that can be immensely useful.
Here are some of the highlights from the world of Twitter tools.
One of the most popular and proven third party tools is Tweet Deck. This muscular tool allows you to organize the Twitter feeds that you follow into columns, where you can then view them according to priority (or choose to ignore them completely). Not only can you put friends that you follow into columns, but you can also make columns for various hash-tags and trending topics. In short, you can really cut down on your Twitter time and still get all the info that you want. Another good aspect of Tweet Deck is that users can also use it to manage Facebook and FourSquare accounts, making it a true tool for overseeing all your social media activities in one place. Tweet Deck works on all major operating systems and can be accessed from smart-phones and tablets as well as desktops.
Twepe is a different kind of tool. It works by compiling an email that is basically a summary of all the activity that took place on your Twitter account over the past day. The stats include followers gained and lost and any mentions that you might have received. Yes, Twitter also offers email updates, but it sends updates for each action, so your inbox can get flooded if you have a busy day. Twepe combines everything into one daily email, so you don’t have to spend time reading many different reports throughout the day.
If you are looking for an all-in-one tool, SocialBro is a good option. This program is available as a Google Chrome add-on or as a stand-alone desktop app. It offers a huge amount of information and can prove an invaluable tool for social media mavens. Not only can you manage feeds with this application, you can also have access to a wealth of data including keyword analysis and hash-tag monitoring. You can even keep an eye on the feeds and the stats of your competition if you are tweeting for business. In short, this, along with Tweet Deck, is one of the most muscular Twitter management tools out there. Even if you think SocialBro is overkill, it is still worth considering because the tools can prove useful as your number of followers grows.
It is also possible to streamline your experience by using the tools that Twitter itself offers. Lists are one of the most underutilized features of Twitter. With lists you can organize your feed by category and the read them by priority, and peruse the rest only when you have extra time to burn. This can make it easier to manage the flow of tweets without even having to link your account to a third-party app or program. It is surprising that more people don’t take this simple step to manage their Twitter account.
With all these tools available, there is really no need to suffer from Twitter overload. You can easily organize the stream of information according to priority and still be connected to all the people you follow.