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How to Streamline Twitter with TweetDeck

I’m a dedicated user of TweetDeck and have been for years, so when some Bloggiesta participants asked for a tutorial, I willingly jumped at the opportunity to convert. Nearly everything about the site is customizable, so it can take some tinkering to get things right, but once you get your bearings it’s almost impossible to go back.

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The first thing you have to do is get yourself signed in through TweetDeck (http://tweetdeck.twitter.com) and set up your account. If you have more than one Twitter account, you can login with all of them and keep track of different actions in one place.

Unlike Twitter.com’s single feed, TweetDeck makes it possible to customize your viewing space with the Twitter content you want to see through the use of columns. These columns can change as little or as often as you want, and are the core of getting TweetDeck to work for you. You’ll start with Home, which is basically the single feed from Twitter, and have the option to change from there. To add a column, click the plus sign on the left bar, which will bring up a panel of choices.

TweetDeck NotificationsThere are a ton of options here, so your columns will vary greatly depending on how you use Twitter. For me, the Notifications column is essential. As with Twitter’s site, we all need a place to see who’s tapping on our shoulder. One thing I love about TweetDeck is the deeper customization of each column once it’s added, which is done by clicking on the bars at the top right.

For example, with Notifications, you are free to customize exactly which notifications show up in your column. If you care about Favorites but aren’t concerned with Lists, your options can reflect that. You can also get very specific when it comes to which users, content, and words you want (or don’t want!) reflected in your Notifications.

TweetDeck is also pretty invaluable for following major events or hashtags using the Search column. Simply search for a term you want to follow (like Bloggiesta) and add it as a column to keep track of what’s going on during that event. When the event is over, you can just delete the column from your dashboard.

A few other features

  • If you miss the threaded conversations of the native Twitter site, they’re not gone in TweetDeck, just hidden. Click on any tweet that starts with an @reply and you’ll see the entire conversation it stemmed from.
  • The muting features on TweetDeck are pretty fabulous, especially if you’re trying to avoid a specific hashtag or word for a time. Under the settings you’re able to mute by content, user, or source.
  • When you compose a new tweet, TweetDeck gives you several options, including which account to tweet from and when to tweet it. You can schedule tweets well ahead of time and create a column to keep track of what you have scheduled (or edit/delete later).
  • TweetDeck doesn’t have a mobile app, which is pretty heartbreaking. As an Android user, I’d been looking for something comparable for years and finally found it in Fenix, which I can’t recommend enough. If anyone is a regular user of TweetDeck and has a comparable app for the iPhone, please share!

Your Bloggiesta challenge is to set up TweetDeck and give it a try. If you’re frustrated at first, try tinkering with some of the customizations before giving up and you can always tweet me (@rivercityreadng) for some help.

Do you use TweetDeck or do you stick to Twitter’s site? Are there other tips and tricks you’d like to share for TweetDeck users?

 

  • I like Tweetdeck but I do most of my Twitter reading on my iPad and after a while it tends to crash on me. I still use it for Twitter chats though. I’ve switched to using lists in the Twitter app for regular reading.

    • TweetDeck definitely helps for the chats! It can get a little fast when there are a ton of people, but I think that’s the case with most apps.

  • Thanks so much, this is just what I needed! I’ve set up TweetDeck but then abandoned it because I didn’t know how to customize it.

    • It’s kind of hard to give customization details since there is SO much you can do, but if you get stuck definitely let me know and I should be able to help!

      • OK, here’s one question: where are the mute settings? I can’t find those…

        • If you click on the little gear down at the bottom left of your dashboard, you’ll go to the settings, where you’ll see the word Mute. When you click on Mute, there will be options for you to mute by text, user, or source.

          You can also mute users by clicking on any user’s name – when their profile box pops up, click on the dropdown menu to the left of the Follow/Unfollow button and there will be an option to mute the user.

  • If I set this up, I’m afraid I might never close Twitter again! Thanks for the awesome tutorial—I’ll be checking this out posthaste.

    • This definitely fuels a Twitter addiction, but also makes it a little more productive, I suppose…so there’s that ;)

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  • I used TweetDeck religiously a few years ago when I frequented Twitter. I can’t remember why I stopped using it because it was great for organizing my notifications and seeing everything in one glance. I might give it a go, again.

  • Amanda

    I just tried to sign into TweetDeck yesterday – and couldn’t go through because I couldn’t remember my twitter password. For shame. I will definitely use your expertise once I get my act all together!

  • I currently use hootsuite which has many of the same features and I like but I may try tweet deck to compare. Thanks for the info.

    • I know a ton of people like Hootsuite, too! I think they’re pretty similar, I think I liked the simplicity of TweetDeck compared to Hootsuite when I tried it, but it’s possible I didn’t give Hootsuite a fair shake ;)

  • Sarah Says Read

    Tweetdeck is the BEST. I have to try out Fenix though, I have Tweetcaster on my phone and Kindle Fire and it’s not great. Love this!!

    • I hope Fenix is working out okay! I’ve gone through SO many Twitter apps and it’s really the best I’ve run into.

  • I didnt know about TD so I will need to educate myself a bit more on it. thanks

  • Have never used TweetDeck, but I know a lot of people swear by it. I’ll try it out one of these days!

  • This is great, Shannon; very helpful information. I’ve not tried TweetDeck, but have often wondered about its functionality; I’ll have to play around with this soon. Thanks so much!

  • Thanks so much for this tutorial. I’ve created an account and so far it seems loads easier to manage than Twitter itself.

  • I love TweetDeck. I will not use anything else if I am at home on my computer. I even have the extension for Chrome so it automatically opens for me with the click of a button. I love having all the columns. It really helps me see so much more at a glance. I hope others follow your tutorial and make the switch!

    • It drives me crazy if I have to open the native Twitter site for some reason – I can’t even imagine having to go back to using it regularly!

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  • nikk Karlovsky

    Thanks for this Shannon. I hadn’t used TweetDeck before have found it really handy especially with Bloggiesta this weekend. Thank you for introducing me to it :-)

  • I currently use Hootsuite. Have you tried it for comparison? TweetDeck looks similar enough to me that I’m not sure it’s worth trying it out unless I find a problem with Hootsuite.

    • I tried Hootsuite for a bit, but found that I wasn’t able to customize it as much as I like with TweetDeck. It could be that I didn’t stick with it long enough, though.