Twitter launched seven years ago as a microblogging platform that published status updates nearly the length of SMS text messages. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most popular social networking sites the world over, still using the 140-character limit.
Twitter now caters to more than 200 million active users every month. If you are a social media enthusiast, it is highly likely that you own a Twitter account.
Average users on the platform often use it to tweet and retweet content whenever they have, or read, something worthy of sharing. But these users are not taking advantage of Twitter and are not getting the most out of what it has to offer.
Then we have the power users who, whenever possible, exploit Twitter and try to reach its fullest potential.
In line with this, Social Barrel has come up with 12 easy-to-follow tips and tricks for Twitter power users and for those who want to be a power user.
1. Check the Activity feed to monitor not only tweets, but also interactions and activities of people you follow on Twitter. Go to Discover > Activity, where a stream of user interactions, such as favorites and follows, will appear from people on your Following list. It is the Twitter equivalent of the Facebook News Feed.
2. Find relevant keywords to your interests, add links with keywords to your content, and favorite tweets that mention something of interest to you. Some Twitter users will follow users who favorite their tweets.
3. Read the replies from verified Twitter users because these tweets do not appear in their feed. Go to the verified user’s profile page and click All, found above their tweets, to read more of their activities on the platform.
4. Make, add, and subscribe to lists to track tweets even if you follow multitudes of people on Twitter. Go to Me > Lists to group users you follow in categories. You may subscribe to lists created by other users by clicking Lists on another user’s profile and Subscribe. Also, if you like to view tweets from a user you do not want to follow, add him or her to a list. The user will see the list where his or her name was added unless it is marked as Private.
5. Do an advanced search on Twitter by clicking this advanced search link. It allows users to search for exact words and phrases, specific locations, sentiments, and more. For more information about the operators you may use with a search query, go here.
6. Learn and memorize more than 20 keyboard shortcuts to speed up navigation on Twitter and make it more efficient. Click the gear icon and then Keyboard Shortcuts to see all allowable keyboard shortcuts on Twitter. For example, you may return to the home screen by typing G then H, reply to tweets with R, and visit another user’s page with G then U.
7. Change the Trends list to show only the trends in your country and select cities, or custom trends based on your interests or on people you follow. It helps you keep up-to-date with happenings on the Internet. Go to the Trends box at the bottom-left of the home page and click Change.
8. Find or import friends and contacts from your email address and combine it with Twitter. It allows you to find more friends and business contacts who use Twitter. Go to Discover > Find Friends, where you can choose preconfigured email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL. Click Search contacts to scan your email’s contacts for friends.
9. Create a custom user widget to show your tweets. Click the gear iconand then click Settings > Widgets > Create New. You may create widgets that show other users’ tweets. Go to the user’s page, and click Embed this Profile on the drop-down list with a human silhouette.
10. Use Twitter apps for mobile devices to add and switch between multiple accounts from a phone or a tablet. Go to your profile page, tap the button with a silhouette, tap the plus sign at the top-right corner, and enter the second account credentials. You may now easily switch between your two Twitter accounts.
11. Customize what Twitter suggests to you based on you searches and web browsing. Click the gear icon, click Settings > Account > Personalization, and then tick the check box to tailor Twitter based on your recent visits.
12. Back up your tweets by downloading your Twitter archive. Click the gear icon and then click Settings > Account > Your Twitter Archive > Request Your Archive. Twitter will prepare the archive, an offline HTML file, and inform you if it is available for download. The archive will display graphs of your activities from previous dates, starting from the very first tweet.