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Twitter for Dummies Part 2

May 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I posted Twitter for Dummies.  This is the second part in that series.  If you are new to Twitter and have not read that post, you may want to read it prior to this one.

Now that you have setup your Twitter account and know a few basic commands, it is time to expand that knowledge and make the most of your Twitter experience.  To make the most of the experience, we will review some advanced Twitter setup options and some other applications that can be used in conjunction with your Twitter account.

SMS Messaging on Twitter

Set Time Limits on When to Receive Messages

While it is fun to receive and send tweets from your phone, you do not want someone waking you up in the middle of the night with tweets.  Well, maybe if you are a glutton for punishment, you do.  Otherwise, you will want to set time limits on when to receive tweets on your phone.

  • From your Twitter Home Page, click Add Devices or from Settings click the Devices tab.
  • Click the check box for “Turn off updates during these hours.”
  • Select the times you do not want to receive updates.
  • Click Save.

How to Turn Tweets Off and On from Your Cell Phone

Sometimes, you may not want to allow tweets to come to your phone at all but you are not near your computer.  In this case, you can turn off the messages that are sent to your phone.

Simply send the message “off” to twitter and you will stop receiving tweets on your phone.  To turn it back on, send the message “on”.

Add Twitter Feed to Facebook Statuses

In Facebook, go to Applications.  Search for Twitter.  Install the Twitter application.  Enable Status Updates.  Now, when you tweet an update, it will update your status in Facebook.

Twhirl and Other Desktop Applications

Give Twhirl a whirl.  Twhirl is a desktop application that queries Twitter every few seconds for updates from your followers.  You may also post updates to Twitter with this application.  It is a much cleaner and neater way to follow twitter than Twitter’s homepage.  It truly makes following conversations much simpler.  Download Twhirl and install it. 

Once you do, you can use the same Twitter commands to send messages.  Another useful aspect of Twhirl is that you can hover your mouse over a user’s avatar to select 1 of 4 Twitter commands:  send reply, send direct message, favor tweet, and retweet.  Other things you can do easily with Twhirl include:  using a mouse to send replies and direct messages, view your archive, favorites, and friends/followers, lookup users, search Twitter, shorten urls, and filter what tweets you are viewing.  It is a very user-friendly application. 

While I have not personally used the following applications, here are 5 other desktop applications to use with Twitter:  Twitteriffic, Snitter, Tweetr, Twitteroo.

Search Twitter & Find Conversations You Might Like

Twitter’s site is a bit notorious for crashing.  Hey, you get what you pay for and Twitter is a free service.  Occasionally, the polling between Twhirl and Twitter does not work. Sometimes, you just do not see the messages that arrive that are addressed to you.  When you are unsure as to whether or not you saw all your messages, Tweetscan comes in real handy.  From Tweetscan’s home page, you can search for your user name.  It will show all of the tweets associated with your username.  You can also search for other subjects, for instance, if you wanted to see what was tweeted about the recent Colorado tornadoes, type tornado or thunderstorm.

Other Twitter search engines include:  Terraminds, Summize, and Quotably.

Tweet2Tweet shows conversations between two Twitter users.  To see an example of how Tweet2Tweet shows conversations, type jenuinejen and typeamom and press View Conversation.  You can see the conversations between TypeAMom and me.

Tweet Photos

Twitpic allows you to add pictures and photos to your Twitter stream.  You can sign up to add your own photos or your can view the public timeline to see what photos others are adding.

Twitter Statistics

Tweetstats analyzes your Twitter stream to determine how many tweets you send per day, to whom you reply the most, and when you are tweeting the most. 

Tweeterboard is another application that analyzes your tweets.  I think I prefer Tweeterboard over Tweetstats because it gives more numbers and fewer graphs.  But, that is just me.  Tweeterboard also shows the top 100 twitterers.

Tweetclouds is an application that shows what the most popular topics a particular Twitterer tweets.  The cloud is much like a tag cloud on a blog.  Your Twitter stream must be public to take advantage of this application.  Tweetclouds gives you an idea of what the most common things you (or someone else) tweet are.  Click to view my tweetcloud

Interested in seeing who uses Twitter the most?  Twitterholic Is an application that allows you to see who the top Twitterers are. 

Looking for More People to Follow?

Looking for people to follow who live near by or in a certain geographic location?  Look no further, TwitterLocal has what you want.  You enter your city and state or a zip code to find Twitterers in that area.

I posted about Twubble in the first part of this series.  You can read Twitter for Dummies to learn more about Twubble.

Twits Like Me gives suggestions of twitterers who probably share your interests based on what you have tweeted. 

Twitter Blocks graphically displays who you are following and who those people are following.  It is an interesting application and a way to drill down to find new followers.

Twistori a Miscellaneous Application and Other Twitter Applications

Twistori gives you a running time line of tweets that have one of the following phrases in them:  love, hate, think, believe, feel, and wish.  The application is not especially useful to me but it is a bit interesting to check out.

To find more Twitter applications, go to the Twitter Fan Wiki

What Twitter apps have you found most useful?  Have you tried Twhirl or another desktop app yet to make your Twitter experience even more fun?  Leave a comment to let me know what you think.  If you have not yet left your Twitter id on my blog, feel free to do so in the comments so I can follow you.  Finally, be sure to check out Shannon’s site for other Works for Me Wednesday participants.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mmog37 // May 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Another good post. I haven’t tried out all of the other fun twitter apps or twirl, I have been doing all of my twitter psoting through Disgby which also allows me to keep track of my emails and do all of my instant messaging and monitor my other social network sites such as facebook and myspace. A few post back I blogged about how a twitter glitch found placed me on the hot seat :) Thanks for sharing this

  • 2 Jane @ What About Mom? // May 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Jen,

    This is an amazing two posts — all I could ever need to know about Twitter.

    I had to go back and re-read your first post to make sure my comment would make sense. Now that you’ve covered all the how-to stuff, how about a post about what makes for a good tweet? Also, what are your feelings on how often one should tweet? I find that if someone tweets over 5 a day, I get twitter fatigue. Unless they’re just STUPENDOUSLY fascinating.

    Jane @ What About Mom?s last blog post..Man Laundry

  • 3 Daltonsbriefs // Dec 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Good 2nd level stuff for twitterers that stay with it and really start to engage. My ultimate goal with the series I’m writing is not only micro-blogging, but also to introduce conservatives to full length blogging, facebook groups, RSS, RSS sharing, cross posting and link building, and other fun and exciting ways to gather and propel message

    Daltonsbriefss last blog post..The 3rd Party Conundrum

  • 4 Millionaire Mommy Next Door // Jan 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Very informative! I had no idea there were so many ways to twitter. Thanks for telling me about your series!

    Millionaire Mommy Next Doors last blog post..How To Revolutionize Your Spending Habits