How I Manage Twitter


So, I was on Twitter the other day (as I usually am, most days), and in the course of hearing/tweeting about people posting Queen of Shadows spoilers (DON’T DO IT, GUYS), I mentioned muting all things QoS-related. “Muting? How?”

💥😱 Cue my brain exploding. 😱💥

I am addicted to Twitter, yes, but I’m addicted only because I’m able to manage Twitter in a way that works really well for me. This includes muting things I don’t want to see (like spoilers!), and keeping my timeline and people I follow super organized. How do I do this?

I use TweetDeck.

My exploding-brain the other day just served to remind me that a lot of people don’t know about — or just don’t utilize — TweetDeck. If you don’t follow many people, I guess the main Twitter timeline is probably adequate for you? Maybe you like the Twitter homepage. I don’t know. I can’t handle it, for many reasons. So, this is my setup for Twitter when I’m on my computer:

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The first and most important reason this works for me?

All the lovely columns! 😍

I could not survive without these columns — or rather, the Twitter lists that I use to populate those columns.

Making a Twitter List

You can make lists yourself by going to:[your Twitter username here]/lists, and adding users as part of the list-setup process; or, once the list is created, you can add people to it by clicking the gear icon next to the Follow/Following button on their profile page. You can organize these lists by whatever method you want; they can be public or private; and you don’t have to be following a user to add them to a list.

Adding a List as a Column in TweetDeck


My Columns:

Column 1 | My Mentions! Every time someone @’s me, it shows up here.

Column 2 | My “Main Timeline” — not to be confused with TweetDeck’s default “Timeline,” which is made up of every person you follow. My “Main Timeline” is a private Twitter list that I manage independently of the people whom I straight-up follow. In this “Main Timeline”, I include all the people whose updates I really really really want to see constantly. I am very picky about whom I include on this list — the number of users in my “Main Timeline” is much less than the number of users I actually follow.

Column 3 | My “Bloggy Goodness” list. This list includes sooooooo many bloggers. Like, seriously, all the bloggers. I may not have them in my main timeline, but if they’re not there, they’re probably here.

Column 4 | My “Authors/Publishers” list. Every single author/publisher/publishing professional whose updates I am interested in (even remotely) goes on this list/in this column. Some of my very favorite authors/etc are also in my “Main Timeline” list, but everyone else is here.

Column 5 | My Direct Messages. Exactly what it says on the tin. (I keep this on the far right because I don’t want it getting confused w/ Mentions… idk, I’m paranoid like that, heh.)

Column 6 | My Scheduled Tweets. In TweetDeck, you can actually schedule tweets to be posted at whatever future date/time you want. This column shows all the scheduled tweets so you can keep track of them. (Currently empty because, obviously, I have no scheduled tweets.)

The other reason TweetDeck is the best thing ever?

The mute feature! 😍

In addition to being able to set up lists as columns, TweetDeck has an amazing mute function (which can be accessed by clicking the little gear icon in the bottom left of the screenshot above). Twitter can mute users, but TweetDeck can mute users, hashtags, and any string of characters your heart desires.


This functionality is essential when I need to stay safe from spoilers. In the lead-up to Queen of Shadows, I had the following terms (that I can remember off the top of my head) muted: QoS, Queen of Shadows, Maas, Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, Aedion, Rowan, Aelin, Galathynius, Ashryver, Havilliard, Chaolaena, Manon, and Abraxos. I saw nothing. And it was glorious.

What about you?
How do you keep Twitter organized?
Do you think you’ll give TweetDeck a whirl?
Let me know in the comments! I hope this explanation of my organization might be helpful for people who get overwhelmed with Twitter!

PS. TweetDeck is a web-only application (well… there used to be an app… is there still an app? I quit using the app), but when I’m on my phone, I use TweetBot, which lets me replace the default timeline with my own Main Timeline list. It, too, has a very powerful mute feature.

22 thoughts on “How I Manage Twitter

  1. Nikki. My life is changed.


    I’ve always heard about Tweetdeck but never really bothered to check it out because it looked intimidating and the regular Twitter newsfeed was fine and it worked. BUT NOW. But now. OH my goodness. Thank you so so much for breaking it down step-by-step for us Tweetdeck newbies! Now I just wish Tweetdeck could somehow be used on mobile apps..

    – Jen

  2. You can use Tweetdeck in mobile browsers. They did away with the app but it works pretty well in Chrome on my iPad. I’m always surprised when people don’t know about Tweetdeck, I’ve been using it as long as I’ve been on Twitter (over six years now).

  3. YES Tweetdeck is the best! I actually do have my first column set up as the default twitter timeline in case I have some time to waste, but being able to utilize list=WONDERFUL. And you don’t have to click around to get to your mentions or DMs!(I’m so glad I’m not the only one who keeps those far away from each other. I’m always afraid of mixing them up too).

  4. Ahhh this is amazing! THANKS NIKKI. :D I actually like how this is a web-only app (I don’t really like downloading apps and software on my phone/computer) and it appeals to my multitasking tendencies, haha.

  5. I LOVE tweetdeck. I think I’ve used this feature since I first started using twitter in general a few years ago, back when it was a desktop feature. Of course, it has since evolved on multiple occasions. It’s definitely a lifesaver because I get so annoyed of the regular twitter homepage. Plus, I can have both of my twitter accounts open together rather than logging in and out constantly. The mute feature is definitely a positive in our times of need. :D

  6. I love this post so much – I can’t wait to start using TweetDeck! This seems like such an organized way to use Twitter and never miss things from people you don’t want to miss things from. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  7. I used to use Tweetdeck! But honestly I don’t really mind NOT staying organized on Twitter hahaha, and I didn’t see any spoilers because I’m following pretty awesome people. Plus I just haven’t been on that much.

    I think my problem with Tweetdeck is that there’s a lot of things going on! I don’t know, maybe I will use it again? Maybe :) Awesome and informative post. Especially with the muting!

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  10. Love how you have your columns organized! I use tweetdeck to schedule my tweets but for some reason I just can’t do it to use twitter on a normal basis! I can see how it’d be super helpful though. Maybe I’ll try it out one day!

  11. THANK YOU for posting this. It prompted me to get TweetBot and it’s only been a couple of days but I adore it. ADORE. IT. There are some discussion hashtags that drive me CRAZY and I can’t block them on the Twitter app, but now? *spins around embracing freedom*

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  13. Oh my goodness, thank you for this!! I’ve only used TweetDeck for chats, but I’m seriously considering using it regularly. But ugh, I have a problem and a question. So in order to create columns with SPECIFIC people, I have to make lists on Twitter first? But when you create a list, everyone knows when they’re added, right? I haven’t wanted to create them because they won’t be private when I make them, and I’m very weird about people being able to see if I add them to a list. So, I don’t know. I’m kinda at a dilemma here (unless I’m wrong, in which case PLEASE LET ME KNOW!). But I would eventually like to start using TweekDeck more, ESPECIALLY in light of The Raven King coming out. I will murder anyone who spoils me (jk jk but I will unfollow them so fast and probably think of them in a negative light for all eternity).

  14. Omg, you’ve inspired me, I need to use Tweet Deck more often. I’ve always used it in the past for Twitter chats, because those are super fast, but now looking at your lists, I can think of a few lists that I definitely need to make. I seriously need this because I always miss so many things given the ridiculous number of people (bands/artists) that I follow. Thanks for the great post<3

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