Ninth Day of #ARU10DoT: Managing Information

If you’re choosing who to follow effectively, then your Twitter feed should be full of interesting tweets and links to webpages etc. which you might want to follow up on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, lose track of it all, miss things and mislay things!

Twitter itself has a few features which can help you stay on top of all the information.

Likes

If you see a tweet which interests you and which you’d like to come back to later, you can ‘like’ it and it will be stored for you to return to. To ‘like’, simply click on the Heart icon:Likes

When you want to look at your liked tweets, you will see them marked in your Twitter stream, but it’s easier to see them all together. If you click on the top tab with the profile icon and ‘Me’ you will see your ‘likes’ as well as your tweets, followers and following. Click on ‘Likes’ to view. When you like a tweet, the person who tweeted it is notified, which may help to gain you an extra follower, but it also gives them feedback on what others are finding useful.Likes

If you set up a Tweetdeck account yesterday, you can also add a column for your ‘liked’ tweets.

Search

You can also search for tweets, by username, hashtag or just by a keyword. The search box is at the top of the screen in the right hand corner. You can also organise the search results by top (most popular) topics, all results, or limit the results just to the people you follow. Once you have searched, a small ‘settings’ cog icon will appear next to the ‘search’ box (not the main cog icon at the top right of the screen!). If this is a search you might repeat regularly, click on this, and you can save the search so you don’t need to keep performing it – useful if you’re following a hastagged discussion. You could also perform an advanced search using this icon- you can narrow down the tweets you’re looking for by word or by the person sending or receiving it, or by location.

Trending

In the left hand column, Twitter will also show you what hashtags are popular at the moment. This may or may not be of much use to you! You can narrow the trends down by location, by clicking on ‘Change’ in this box, but if you are networking at a national or international level, this may not be very helpful.

Curated Timeline Content

Whereas traditionally, Tweets appeared in your timeline in reverse chronological order (i.e. with the most recent at the top), Twitter now decides which Tweets you will find most important. Twitter will select ‘Tweets you are likely to care about most will show up first in your timeline. We choose them based on accounts you interact with most, Tweets you engage with, and much more’.

Should you wish to disable this feature, you can do so by removing the ‘tick’ in the appropriate option in Settings:Curated timeline

MomentsMoments

Moments are, according to Twitter, the best stories on Twitter. In essence they are headlines grouped by theme: Today | News | Sports | Entertainment | Fun.

However, the Moments are a blend of trending hashtags plus sponsored content from selected ‘partners’ (including Bleacher Report, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Fox News, Getty Images, Mashable, MLB, NASA, New York Times, Vogue and the Washington Post).

Extras

If you’re keen to explore further, you might look at the following tips, or you might return to them later on, when you’ve been using Twitter for a while:

Third party applications

If you’re feeling more adventurous again today, here are a few more third party apps which will help you curate all the links which people are tweeting about.

Tweetdeck

If you explored Tweetdeck yesterday, you may not have realised that not only can you add columns for lists of people, you can also add columns to follow hashtags. Click on ‘Add column’, and then choose ‘Search’. If you perform a search for a hashtag, you can add a new column to your Tweetdeck which will now display all the tweets using that hashtag, whether you follow the people using it or not. This might be useful if you are following a conference hashtag or chat such as #AngliaLTA but don’t want to follow all of the people tweeting with this hashtag.

Pocket

Pocket is an application which saves any webpage for you to look at in more detail later, when you have time. It is a bookmarking tool – if you find a webpage via a link in Twitter (or anywhere else), you can save it to Pocket, and then return to it and the other things you’ve saved later on. Pocket is a web browser based service, meaning you can access it from anywhere and any device or computer. To create an account, you’ll simply need an email address, username and password. On your desktop computer, you can download and install it into your browser, so you can simply hit a button in your toolbar to save a webpage (how to install it depends on which browser you prefer to use, but Pocket will take you through the steps – it’s easy!). When you use Twitter in a browser with Pocket installed (and also if you have installed the Pocket app on your smartphone or iPad), then a ‘Pocket’ option appears alongside the other options of ‘reply’, ‘retweet’, ‘favourite’ etc. when you hover over a tweet containing a link, so you can save it right from the tweet instead of having to open the link and add it to Pocket from there. You can also access Pocket on the web, if you’re on a computer which isn’t yours, or where you can’t install it into the browser.

Flipboard

If you use a smartphone or tablet such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you could download an app which curates content from your Twitter feed, such as Flipboard. Once you have downloaded the app, you can connect it with your Twitter account (or other social media) and it will draw in the links that people share with you and display them for you. To find out more about Flipboard, and how to set up an account, see instructions in its ‘support’ section.

News.me

If you don’t have a tablet device, you can set up an account with news.me, which will deliver the main stories shared by the people you follow on Twitter in an email. To sign up, you’ll need to add your email address, and then connect it with your Twitter (or Facebook) account by clicking on the request to authorise this. That’s it!

Paper.li

Paper.li is an application which curates content from social media streams which you use (in this case, Twitter, but also Facebook, Google+ etc.). It then presents the links it’s found in an easy to read magazine form. You can share this with others (and it will tweet automatically on your behalf, but it is not recommended that you ‘spam’ your followers in this way!) but you can just use it to pick up the links you might have missed on Twitter by adding Twitter as a source.

You can create an account and log in to Paper.li using either Twitter or Facebook. Use Twitter in this instance, of course! After that, follow the instructions given by Paper.li.

So there are a range of ways to stay on top of all the information that’s being shared with you by the people you follow.


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Activity: Today’s Digital Badge activity is to choose one of the applications we have discussed above, and experiment with it –  post below to let us know your thoughts and findings in the comments section.

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22 thoughts on “Ninth Day of #ARU10DoT: Managing Information

  1. I love the trending function of twitter- from up to date news to light hearted information- todays (under fun section) was “When the office microwave is an apocalyptical wasteland!!

  2. As a Windows Phone user, I constantly miss out on third party apps as there is never an available app for me! So I have looked into Pocket on my internet browser (first I tried ie but it didn’t gel well with me or the browser, before trying it on Chrome and having a better time!). I like how easy it is to pocket anything on the web (this includes videos and images, alongside tweets which I have just successfully done). The layers of organisation tools within pocket means that I can favourite and archive the items that I have pocketed so that will help me manage and locate information much more easily!

  3. Have previously used Flipboard a bit to follow things that I am interested in as it came installed on some of my devices. Didn’t know about linking to my Twitter interests though. Have linked it to my Twitter account and it seems to work well keeping me up to date with all of my interests.

  4. I decided to use Pocket as it sounds very useful. I am always coming across articles I wish I could read later but never remember where they were so this will be very handy. I am also hoping to download Flipboard on my phone later. Thanks for all the useful tips!

  5. 9th day of #ARU10DoT
    Just experimented with Pocket and found it quite useful. Although it works in the same manner as bookmarks/favourites but it is handy to keep your social media bookmarks separate to your normal bookmarks.

    Happy days 🙂

  6. Thanks for this blog. You mentioned being able to separate out hashtags on Tweetdeck – you can also do this on Hootsuite too! I have used it for the #ARUCareers that @AREmployability are currently using for their ‘What’s Your Next Move’ campaign aimed at Final Year students. We have also used this streaming to follow various conferences and careers events too!

  7. Thanks for the useful info. I currently use Tweetdeck and will use it to follow the twitter conversations at the conference I am organising later this year.
    I have also downloaded Pocket onto my phone – this looks useful and will make it much easier to store and access the articles that I find whilst researching topics.

  8. I’ve used Pocket – gives you access to some great articles relating to careers advice on CVs, interviews which is really useful to our students, and a great way to store any websites found on twitter in a central place!
    I’ll have to download the app and see what other parts are waiting to be explored!

  9. So far I’ve tried Pocket. Not only can you save websites you find, but it has some really useful articles relatable to careers advice, cv’s etc which is very useful to our students.

  10. Thanks much for including Paper.li in your list of apps to follow news using Twitter. Our service is a powerful way to pull in content shared on twitter (as well as other services) based on hashtags, keywords, or even curated twitter lists. We welcome all to come try us out for free. 🙂

    -Julia Customer Care at Paper.li

  11. Been a bit slow getting through Day-Nine, no internet yesterday because of a carrier change, excuses!
    Also, you mention ‘cogs’ a LOT in this post and I don’t get cogs, spent a while looking for them. Looks as if the ‘big cog’ is actually a little picture of me and the ‘little cog’ is a vertical ellipsis. I could not find a ‘likes’ tab until I realised that I didn’t like anything; once I liked something the tab appeared – result!!
    Well any way.
    I have spent a great deal of time since joining the Android world trying to delete Flipboard, it’s currently festering in my list of disabled but undeletable apps.
    Had a look at Pocket, it looks very like the other bookmarking apps like OneNote and Evernote but the integration into Twitter looks as if it has possibilities.

  12. I have used flipboard in the past, but not linked it to my twitter account. I think it will make it more focussed

  13. I’ve been exploring the ‘Explore’ section on the Twitter app on my phone – this contains the ‘trending now’ section and ‘today’s moments’. I feel like I could be exploring it for hours! Without looking at trending now on Twitter I may never have found out that it is World Poetry Day today!

  14. As the main user of our research institute’s twitter account, I see the tweets from the people we follow. However, they are usually more relevant to my academic colleagues none of whom use Twitter. I’ve been looking for a way to share the relevant tweets with my colleagues other than emailing links to them. I’ve tried some of these tools that you have identified but I think the simplest method is to ‘like’ any tweets that I feel are relevant and then prompting my colleagues to look at the list of ‘likes’. I wondered if you had any other suggestions?

  15. I tried using Tweetdeck on my PC. I usually use Twitter on my iPad so it was disappointing that there isn’t a Tweetdeck app yet for that. Have used Storify in the past when using a Twitter feed in teaching, and it was a good way of capturing the comments of the students.

  16. I checked Paper.li and it seems like a great tool to put all the different social media outputs together. I’m still trying it so I can’t say it actually works for me.

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