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Simplify using Twitter with Tweetdeck

Updated on June 17, 2015
Simplify using Twitter with Tweetdeck.
Simplify using Twitter with Tweetdeck. | Source

Simplify your Twitter experience using Tweetdeck

I was surprised to discover, thanks to a convenient website, that I have been using Twitter on my oldest account since 2006.

Tweetdeck makes it easy

And yet I can't remember when I last went to twitter.com. Over the years, I've run several accounts (I currently have 64!) but even with just one or two accounts, Tweetdeck is invaluable and will help you make the most of this social medium. You can see a screenshot of my own deck on the right.

Fast and free

Go to tweetdeck.com to find out more about this service which is completely free and easy to use. Below, I'll show you some of its features to help you make the most of it.

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Instructions:

1. I see Twitter updates constantly when I'm working online. Take a look at the image on the right and you'll see that I have Tweetdeck open in its own window, which is maximized.

You also see that I am working on the internet on the other, larger window. Because Tweetdeck updates in real time, I can see a steady stream of news.

2. Sending a message is simplicity itself.

In the image above, you'll see the blue 'quill' symbol.

Click it and the box you see on the right pops up.

If you have more than one account, select the account from which you are sending the message then simply type in what you want to say.

You'll see that you can also schedule your messages, you can add a photograph or you can tweet a message directly to another user.

Note the small counter on the right.

As you type, it will let you know how many characters you have left.

To make it easier for other people to retweet your message, be sure not to use the full 140 characters allowed.

3. Below the 'quill' icon, you'll see a magnifying glass that allows you to search Twitter.

Here, I've searched for Squidoo.

At the bottom of the pane is an option to add a column.

Would you like to permanently see messages that contain the word?

If so, simply click and that column will be added to your deck.

You can easily delete it later if you wish.

This is convenient if you want to follow an event, for example.

4. It's important to know who mentions you. This way,you can respond to their messages, retweet or thank them for mentioning you.

In this column, I have set it to show mentions of my most important accounts but you can set it to any user you wish.

This can be your own accounts or that of a single user or list.

5. This is another way to be sure that you don't miss anything when you're working online. You can configure the deck (under 'settings') to show a pop up box.

You can see in the image on the right that mine is set to appear in the bottom right hand side of my screen. You can choose where you'd prefer it to be.

The box will only appear for a few seconds (just long enough to read the message) and if you want to close it, just click the X.

6. I honestly don't know how many columns you can have on your deck. I've got many and have never run into a 'you have reached the maximum' problem.

You access your columns from the bottom scroll bar.

This screenshot shows another feature I like about this service, the photographs.

This shows one of my accounts (in its own column) that often features photographs.

When other users post images, I like to be able to see them in miniature before deciding to click and enlarge.

Note that you DO have to click to see Instagram photographs, which is one reason why I'm not using that service as much as I used to.

7. Here is a column showing messages that have the hashtag #squidoo. This means that at any time I can scroll to the column and see who has mentioned Squidoo in a tweet.

This can be useful if you are following a certain story, for example. Some years ago, there was a court case and commenters were using the hashtag #iamspartacus.

By adding a column which showed only messages including that tag, I could easily keep up to date with the news.

Once the case was over, the column was deleted. People often get confused by hashtags on Twitter (and that will probably be the subject of another article.)

But if you're concerned about them, know that there's absolutely no need to use them. They are often used badly and it's better not to use them at all.

8. Most of the photographs you see on your Tweetdeck won't need to be enlarged. This depends on the size of your screen,of course.

But if you do want to see a larger image, it will open right there on the deck without taking you to another page or service. This can be a good time-saver.

9. When you look at the Tweetdeck, there's more than meets the eye. Roll over any message and underneath, you'll see symbols offering you various options.

From left to right ... the arrow gives you the option to send a tweet to that user. By using the next symbol, you can retweet it, plus you have the option to edit the message or add your own comment.

Using the star favourites the message. The symbol on the right offers many options - see below.

10. Many options are available here. See the image on the right which demonstrates the things that you are able to do with that message - and that user.

You can see that a drop down box appears giving you many options. This is a good demonstration of how you can run one (or many) Twitter accounts from the one application in just moments a day.

Because almost every page you go to has a button that allows you to tweet that page, sending out messages is simplicity itself.

The Tweetdeck gives you all the tools you need to make the most of the Twitter service without taking up more than a few minutes a day - even if you have multiple accounts.

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Do ask me if you have any questions. If you'd like more information about using Twitter, take look at the books below.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @BarbRad: The only images that need to be clicked to view are those uploaded directly via Instagram - all others will be seen without clicking.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      @BritFlorida: So doing that will embed the image into the tweet itself so the reader won't have to follow a link to see it?

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Funnily enough, it's so long since I used Hootsuite that I can't remember either :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone1: I'm sure you'll like it, Dave.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @BarbRad: See the very top image. It at the top on the left hand side. To add an image, see point # 2 above. Right below the box in which you write your tweet is an 'add image' button. Press that to upload the image of your choice.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I must be blind, but I don't recognize a blue quill in any of the images. I'm also in the dark as to how to get an image to show in a tweet instead of just a link to one.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I like it and will try. Thank you, Jackie.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      I use Hootsuite, I tried TweetDeck, but didn't like the dark background, and at that time you had to download it onto your computer. Hootsuite was all web based so I could use it on any computer. I don't remember what TweetDeck can do that Hootsuite can't...I don't have as many accounts to manage as you, so the 5 limit on the free Hootsuite works for me for now.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Gypzeerose: And free :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Never heard of tweetdeck - seems useful.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @favored: You'll find that it really makes Twitter easy - and quick :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Donna Cook: I love anything that's free :)

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      I do use Twitter but not TweetDeck. Thanks for the introduction and, most of all, the instructions for using it!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DecoratingEvents: Give it a try - it's free :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elsie Hagley: Usually Pinterest is better. Twitter brings immediate hits but that's it usually. With Pinterest, I find that I get hits from thing I pinned years ago. So it's longer lasting.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: I like Hootsuite too and it's very similar. My only problem is that it has a limit to the accounts you can use.I seem to have six million :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This seems really useful, especially in responding to people. When it comes to my email most of the time it says it has failed so I have to try another way. I didn't realize you could have more than one account. That's how new to it I am. Appreciate this info. Tweeting it of course :)

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      Donna Cook 4 years ago

      Love Tweetdeck and Hootsuite! I upload tweets to post throughout the day. Best free advertising I've found. Great lens!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for this very detailed way to use Twitter. I don't use it very much, must do more with it, have all ready click your link, will investigate now. Do you find it gets better results than Pinterest?

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I use Hootsuite, tried Tweetdeck for a while but liked Hootsuite better, can't remember why at the time. But using a twitter management platform is really essential if you manage more than one twitter account. I have five (3 are personal) that I manage currently and already planning for a 6th targeted just for cooking, food and recipes.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Expat Mamasita: I'm sure it will. It helps me organise a lot of accounts so if you just have one or two, it's really easy.

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      Maybe this can help me to finally master twitter.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ColettaTeske: I think you'll like it :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Adventuretravels: You can always get in touch if you have any questions :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      I will check it out too - sometimes it takes me so long to master a new tool that I don't bother -but I need to get on top of Twitter - and this is very helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      Cool little tool! I will check it out. Thank you.

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