Ever sign in to Twitter and look at the pages of tweets you need to trawl through? Well here’s a possible solution to this problem.
This is one piece of software I really like. TweetDeck is a free download from http://tweetdeck.com that will help keep you up to date with all those tweets that are coming in. TweetDeck will receive tweets from Twitter and you don’t even have to be in your browser! It alerts you as they come in. Another feature is that you can have more than one twitter account. Perhaps you have an account for home and one for work? You can even receive your friends status updates from Facebook.
What about posting? You can post to Twitter or Facebook from TweetDeck. In fact you can post to them both at the same time! It will let you know how many of your 140 characters you have remaining AND it has a URL shortener for those long web addresses.
You can upload a photo if you like, or TweetShrink your post (get it down to 140 characters automatically). You are even able to translate it!
Well, as you can see I’m a fan of TweetDeck. It really is a great piece of software for keeping yourself up to date! Try it out!
What is Twitter?
You’ve heard of blogging? Twitter is microblogging. It’s like a blog, but you’re limited to 140 characters to say your piece. This is less than a txt on a cell phone! It’s a way to let people know what you’re doing, or what is happening. It’s like Facebook but with only the status updates!
How does it work?
A user posts tweets which his followers can read. On the users homepage they can read the tweets that the people they are following have written.
It’s a good way to let people know what you’re doing. It’s also a good way to catch up on what your friends (or others) are doing. You can follow news sources such as BBC or Time Magazine, even NZ news is available! I use Twitter to find out more about ICT and education!
Tips for Tweeters
1. Post something relevant and regularly. Once a month is not regularly. You probably will want to tweet at least once a week, probably every couple of days. Some tweeters tweet several times a day.
2. It may be a good idea to tweet about a certain topic (eg. I have recently started tweeting and this is mostly about teaching and ICT).
3. Choose who you follow carefully. The tweets for everyone you follow will come up on your homepage when you login. You may not want to read through 5000 tweets!
4. You don’t have to allow everyone access. There are privacy settings available.
5. There are heaps of applications for your browser to do with twitter. Just search for them!
6. Have fun – and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter if you enjoy the blog!