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:
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: twitter.com/[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
SUPER EASY CLICK HERE
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.