2 Creative Ways To Find Ready Made Twitter Lists

Twitter lists are a ‘must-have’ to filter out the noise, especially if you’re following lots of people.  Setting up your own lists should definitely be one of your ‘to-do’ things but to get started immediately how about following some ready made Twitter Lists?  Lists curated by other people!

Watch the video below to see 2 creative ways of finding Twitter lists that have already been created and curated by others.

Once you’ve watched it you’ll need to read my blog post on ‘Adding Yourself To Your Own Lists

Quick Twitter Tip: Expert Lists

Twitter TipsTwitter Lists are a very useful tool for curating tweets from topic experts.

For instance if you’re a personal trainer you might want to create a Twitter list called ‘Health Experts’.  You would then add Twitter accounts to your list of people who talk about health and fitness and give really great tips.  (Note:  you probably don’t want to include your direct competitors).

This does three things. Continue reading

Twitter Search: Are You Really Listening?

Twitter are you listening

Announcement:  My favourite social media site is TWITTER!

Let me tell you why …

I have a saved search set up for the words ‘can anyone recommend’ and I’ve set it to show me tweets with that phrase from people within 15 miles of my home town.  I do this because I want to help my local networking colleagues.

Last week I found two in one day.

One was asking for ‘can anyone recommend someone who supplies telephone systems’.  I replied recommending my friend who offers this service, and also included her @name in the tweet.  Within 5 minutes of picking that tweet up my friend had contacted the enquirer and set up an appointment to go and see her!

The other one was very similar, someone asking ‘can anyone recommend a painter and decorator’.  It just so happens my husband is a painter and decorator so of course I recommended him.  She gave me her phone number and my husband rang her, then called out yesterday to give her a quote.

Now at this moment in time I don’t know if either of those opportunities will turn into concrete business, but the point is that the opportunities were found in a couple of minutes by doing something really simple … listening.  How incredible is that?  And if they do turn into paid work then that’s even better 🙂

It’s all well and good tweeting and chatting to people on Twitter but you really should be listening too.  Twitter is the only social media site I know where listening in to conversations of millions of people around the world is so simple to do.

I’d love to hear your thoughts – have you found anything interesting by listening on Twitter?  Comment below!

Using Hootsuite Can Stop You Losing Followers!

I opened up my Twitter account this morning to tweet about a new update to Gmail which I thought was rather useful (they’ve added new tabs to organise your email), and when I opened up my Compose Tweet box I noticed something new and shiny!

Twitter tweet & track button

A Tweet & Track button.  When you click it, you get the option to sign into (or sign up for) your Hootsuite account allowing you to schedule the tweet rather than sending it out straight away.  (Which also means you can use Hootsuite’s analytics feature to track engagement and clicks).

But my amazement didn’t stop there.  (Okay I’m easily pleased).

When I hovered my cursor over a tweet in my tweet stream I noticed a new Hootsuite button.

Hootsuite in Tweet

Like the Tweet & Track button, when you click it, you get the option to sign into your Hootsuite account to schedule the tweet.

Note:  If you’re more of a Buffer person you’ll notice there’s a button there for you too.

So how does that stop you losing followers?

I regularly browse my tweet stream and my Twitter lists to find things to retweet that I think my followers will be interested in.  Up till now I’ve either retweeted each tweet there and then (which could mean 4 or 5 tweets one after the other) or I’d have to open up a new tab then login to my Hootsuite account, then find the tweet and then schedule it to retweet.

But now I can click Hootsuite right from within the tweet I want to share and schedule it immediately (and edit and add a comment if needed).

Hootsuite Send

This means I’m not bombarding my followers and filling up their tweet streams with tweet after tweet after tweet … so they’re less likely to get annoyed and unfollow me … do you follow?

What do you think?  Does that make your life easier or is it just me? 🙂

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