A lot of folks I talk to don’t want to get on Twitter because they don’t understand the full potential of what Twitter has to offer. I’ve admitted it before that I’m a Twitter addict. I love it. It’s where I get my news, where revolutions happen and where the conversation is happening whether you are there or not.
I can understand if you don’t want to get on Twitter because you think you have nothing to say and therefore, you won’t have very many followers. And who wants to hear their tweet echo in an empty Twitter-verse? No one. However, there are ways to gain more followers and once you do, you’ll need to filter out the noise. By noise, I mean the mundane stuff that people tweet about that you don’t want to hear about, but you are interested in their tweets about a specific topic/industry.
How? Create a list. You don’t have to follow someone to put them on a list.
- A list can be all tweets with a specific hashtag or keyword.
- A list can also be a list of people that you manually add to a list.
- A list can be public or private.
I’m more a fan of #1 than #2 because sometimes people tweet a lot in one time period and it clogs the feed and I can’t get anything really valuable out of it. What can I say, I want variety in my news.
The hashtag can get out of hand if that hashtag is used in a tweetchat, so be careful of when you set that up.
And lastly, regarding #3, you can make your lists private or public. For example, if you want to monitor what the competition is doing, you can set up a list and mark it private so that only YOU see the list.