As a blogger or business owner, you already know the power of Twitter (and if you don’t, you may be doing it wrong), but there’s no denying that it can be hard to cut through the constant stream of tweets that come through on a daily basis. Twitter gets 140 million tweets a day and although you won’t have to deal with that many, having a manageable feed will make for a better Twitter experience. Just by doing these two things, you can manage your feed so you see more of what you want and less of what you don’t.
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1. Use the mute option.
You’re probably following more than a few chatterboxes on Twitter. If they’re tweeting about topics you are interested in, that’s great – but if not, you have the option of muting their tweets. This is a good alternative to having to unfollow them. Muting them stops all their tweets from coming through your feed – without them finding out.
You can mute someone on their profile, or when one of their tweets comes through your feed. To do it from their profile. click the small gear or the three dots near one of their tweets and choose the mute option. Use the same three dots when a tweet comes through your feed.
Go to Settings >>> Muted accounts, to unmute someone and view your list of muted accounts.
This is my daughter’s account. No Jacqueline, I’m not muting you – lol.
2. Use your lists!
This is the best feature Twitter ever added! The ability to group accounts together and view tweets from those accounts is the best way to use Twitter more efficiently. You can find your current lists on your profile, or by clicking the thumbnail of your profile photo in the upper right corner.
You can create or add someone to a list by clicking the small gear on their profile. Check the photo above and you’ll see it right under the cover photo.
Lists can be public or private. Public lists are great because other people can actually subscribe to them, but there might be times you want to be discreet. For those instances, private lists are a great option.
Another great thing about lists is you don’t have to be following someone to add them to a list! Use lists when you want to want to keep up with someone on Twitter but don’t want to actually follow them.
Just by doing those two things, you can manage your twitter feed and be able to easily find tweets you want to see.
Alicia Taylor says
I have a question about muting tweeters. If you mute someone’s account, will you still see their interactions with you? Such as if they tag you or RT your material?
A muted account can still send you a direct message and you will still get notifications if they reply or @mention you. When you mute someone it removes their activity from your feed. So the answer is yes, you will still be able to see if the comment or retweet in your notifications.
That’s one of my biggest issues with Twitter – the noise! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday! Hope to see you back tomorrow!
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Thanks so much for the useful tips! Twitter can definitely feel overwhelming at times, I’ll be trying these tips out ASAP!
These are great tips! Twitter can be a powerhouse for growth, but it can also be pure chaos! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!
Thanks for the tips – so much to learn so this makes this much easier. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes
Janeane Davis says
Lists are one of my favorite things about Twitter. Lists help me figure out who to read and when. They make everything easier to use and manage.
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Alice Megan says
I love using lists on twitter! I also use tweetdeck and hootsuite to stay on top of everything
I use the list feature (a lot) but I don’t think I’ve muted anyone… I tend to block people, which I know isn’t the nicest!
I totally get this. I am just starting to learn more about twitter myself, and at first I hate to admit I hated it. I am more becoming of it now. I am trying to tweet more, thanks for telling me about the mute button
Thank you for sharing this! I will definitely be using this.
This is seriously amazing! There are so many things I want to filter on twitter.
I love List! I just started using them and I keep up with different topic this way.
Twitter lists are the best!
I am new to twitter and have been at a loss as to how to manage my feed. Thanks for the tips!
Nina Lewis says
I wasn’t aware that I could mute someone on Twitter. Thank you SO MUCH for this information!! There’s one or two people that I am definitely going to mute! Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas link up.
Lowanda J says
This was very helpful. I never knew you could mute postings so I’m so glad for your posting. Thanks for sharing with the blogosphere.
maria @ close to home says
I have never used the mute button but I think I need to . Thanks for sharing your Twitter tips
Lists are the best thing ever! To keep track of people I have regular contact with, I add everyone who retweets me or I swap comments with to their own seperate list, brill!
This is great, my Twitter is crazy right now! Thank you for linking up to the Merry Monday link party!
Jessica Harlow says
These are such good tips on how to manage Twitter! I despised using Twitter at first with all it’s hashtags and constant streaming. But, now that I’ve got a better handle on it, I actually really like it! I’m headed over to check out your post on Twitter Lists now! Thank you!
Great tips about muting people. I get a lot of sponsored tweets and would love to mute a few.
Lois Alter Mark says
These are great tips. I had no idea about the mute option and I need to get better about making lists. Twitter can definitely be overwhelming.
Sue at Book By Book says
Great tips! I knew about lists and set up a few when I first started using Twitter, but I haven’t been using them regularly. And I never knew there was a mute option!
Thanks for the tips! I found you through Small Victories Sunday link-up.
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Great points! I have been neglecting Twitter lately. I’ve pinned this for reference.
Hi Joanne, I am excited to see you on Fridays #BlogBoosterParty. This is such a helpful post that will help all our other readers. I did not understand either of those points that you elaborate on. I am just so happy to learn them.
Thanks so much,
Lisa Nolan says
I did not know about the mute option! (OK, knew but never considered it to streamline my Twitter feed, doh! I have a lot of muting to do! You’ll be happy to know I’m NOT muting you, LOL!)
lol – When I was writing the post I was thinking “Uh oh, I hope nobody mutes me!!” lol
This is helpful. I will have to try to the lists.
Terri Webster Schrandt says
This looks like great info! I need to check out how to use lists! Thanks for the info #Fridaysblogbooster
I’m a twitter novice, and i get overwhelmed easily by the tweets that appear in my feed. Thanks for sharing this! Popping over from mom blog party 🙂 Veronika @ Tickled Pink Confetti
Natasha in Oz says
Great advice-lists are definitely essential when using twitter!
I use the lists to my advantage, but I forget that there is a mute option. Thanks for sharing.