Like many of you, I spend… too much time on Twitter. If you do too, these tips and resources will probably be nothing new to you. If, however, you’re just starting out, or are a casual user, hopefully you’ll learn something new. I really like Twitter- there’s a ton of spam, creepers, scammers, and shills, but if you stay focused and find some awesome people, it can still be a delightful and exciting experience. As with most of my “Tech Tips”, these are essentially general purpose tips, but with an increased focus on security, privacy, and promotion. I’m not a marketer, though, so you should look for that info elsewhere…

On to the list!

Geolocation

Don’t use it. Go to your account settings and make sure the Locations setting is NOT clicked. If you’ve had it enabled at any point in the past, use the “Delete all location information” button to remove any geolocation data from previous posts. Make sure it’s disabled in the settings of your mobile apps as well.

Replies

@ Replies are actually a big complicated. Here’s how they work:

Your followers will only see @replies in their timeline if they are following you and the person you’re replying to.

To see what was being replied to, click on the tweet. It will show the history of the conversation

If you want to make sure all your followers see your reply, put a period before the @. So, instead of “@maxwren Duh. I knew that already!” it would be “.@maxwren Duh. I knew that already!”

If you have protected tweets, which I’m not a big fan of, you can only reply to approved followers.

More Free Twitter Tools!

Here are some more tools I like to use:

Twit Cleaner – An excellent tool to see which followers are inactive, spammers, boring, or just plain sketchy. They make the unfollowing process fair and easy. They’ll also rate your profile to let you know how if you are showing up in reports of others, and give you tips on how to improve.

Peer Index – A neat tool that shows who you influence, and what you’re influential about. Essentially just another analytics tool.

I like to end these posts with an expert tip. So, let’s see… Oh! Ok, so this is kind of a Twitter Tip, but uses Bitly as the tool to do it. Let’s say you wanted to share all the free Twitter tools I’ve posted so far on this blog. You have 2 options. The first would be linking to all 3 posts. The easier option, at least from a follower perspective, would be to create 1 link bundle that would contain all of the links I’ve posted to far. To do this, follow these steps:

1) If you haven’t already, go to bit.ly and create a bitly account by linking it to your Twitter account.

2) Once you’ve linked your Twitter account, go to Bundles and create a new Bundle. The “Public” Bundle option should be selected by default.

3) Add your links to the bundle using the “Add another bitmark” button.

4) When you’re done, you can tweet a link the the bundle using the little orange bird at the top of the page!

There’s more to come. Some day I might even do a post about a social medium other than Twitter!

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