The Ultimate Twitter Guide – Part 2

Segment Your Twitter Feed With Lists

If you’re following more than a couple hundred people (and you are, right?), it can become virtually impossible to keep track of the content you want to see. Enter Twitter Lists, which allow you to create custom feeds of groups like influencers, customers, leads, or prospects—so you can engage appropriately with each important group.

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How to do it on Twitter:

For instructions for iOS or Android, visit the Twitter Help Center.

  1. Click on your profile icon to show the drop-down menu
  2. Then Click on Lists
  3. Click Create a new list
  4. Select a name for your list and a short description of the list. Then select if you want the list to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list)
  5. Click Save list
  6. To see the Tweets in your lists on Twitter, go to your profile page, click the Lists tab and click the name of the list

How to do it in Hootsuite:

  1. In your Hootsuite dashboard, click Add Stream
  2. Choose Twitter from the social network list on the left-hand side
  3. Click on the Lists tab
  4. Select your desired Twitter profile
  5. Check the bubble marked Create a new list
  6. Enter a name for your list and, if you like, a description
  7. Choose whether you’d like your list to be Public or Private
  8. Click the Add Stream button to create your list
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Find Out Whose Lists You’re On In Twitter

Find out whose lists you’re on in Twitter
Find out whose lists you’re on in Twitter

Knowing what lists you’re on helps give you a sense of how people perceive your account and helps you find potential new contacts who have not yet followed you.

How to do it:

Note—you can only find out whose lists you’re on using the iOS and web interfaces. There’s no option to do so in the Android app.

  1. From your profile page, go to your Lists tab
  2. Click Member of

Let Siri(Or Other Personal mobile Assistants) Tweet For You

If inspiration strikes, while you’re walking, driving, or in any other situation where handling your phone, isn’t an option, your device’s mobile assistant can Tweet for you, hands-free.

How to do it on iOS:

  1. Activate Siri (say “Hey Siri” or hold down the home button)
  2. Say “Send a Tweet”
  3. Speak the text of your Tweet
  4. Confirm to send

How to do it on Android:

  1. Activate Google Now (say “OK Google”)
  2. Say “Post to Twitter”
  3. Speak the text of your Tweet

Exclude Tweets With Links From Search Results

When you’re looking for engaged Twitter users to interact with, you may want to exclude Tweets with links from your search. Why? Tweets without links indicate Twitter users are actively engaged on the network itself, rather than simply funneling traffic to other locations online. This can be particularly useful if you’re following Tweets from a Twitter chat or live event and want to avoid links that pull you away from the conversation at hand.

How to do it:

When typing your search term in the Twitter search box, add “-HTTP”
When you’re looking for engaged Twitter users to interact with, you may want to exclude Tweets with links from your search. Why? Tweets without links indicate Twitter users are actively engaged on the network itself, rather than simply funneling traffic to other locations online. This can be particularly useful if you’re following Tweets from a Twitter chat or live event and want to avoid links that pull you away from the conversation at hand.

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Request Your Archive Of Tweets

Request your archive of Tweets
Request your archive of Tweets

Upon request, Twitter will provide you with a full archive of all your Twitter activity, right from your very first Tweet.

How to get it:

  1. From your Twitter profile, click the profile icon (a small profile picture in the top bar), and select Settings
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Request your archive
  3. Wait: It may take up to a few days for Twitter to process the request

 

  1. Watch for an email from Twitter. When you receive it, click Go now to download your archive as a .zip file
  2. Unzip the file, then open index.html

Send A Promoted Tweet To A Target Audience(And Exclude Existing Followers)

You probably already know that choosing the right target audience is an important part of maximizing your Twitter ad budget, but you may not have considered the option to hide a promoted Tweet from your followers. Excluding your followers allows you to create an ad that speaks to a new audience using statements that might seem way too obvious—or even annoying—to your existing fans, or to create an offer that’s most appropriate for people who have never interacted with your brand before.

How to do it:

  1. Go to the Twitter ads dashboard and select your objective (followers, engagement, video views, clicks, app installs, or lead generation)
  2. Click Create Campaign
  3. In the “Select your audience” section, under “Select additional audience features,” click Add followers
  4. Uncheck the box that says “Also target your followers”

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Upload Up To Four Images Per Tweet On Twitter

Twitter no longer counts images toward your Tweet’s character count, so you can add an image without taking space away from the text of your Tweet. And there’s no need to stick with just one—you can attach up to four images to any Tweet (excluding animated GIFs… each Tweet can only have one of those). You don’t want to go overboard and upload multiple images with every Tweet, but this can be a great idea when posting from an event, destination, or product launch, for example.

How to do it:

  1. When composing your Tweet, click or tap the camera button
  2. Select up to four images to attach
  3. Click Tweet

Twitter: Add Emoji From Your Desktop

Add emoji from your desktop
Add emoji from your desktop

When you’re working with 280 characters, emoji can save valuable space. They’re easy to use on a mobile device, but can be a pain to access on a desktop. Fortunately, if you use a Mac, there’s a keyboard shortcut to bring up the emoji character set.

How to do it:

  1. Place your cursor in any text field
  2. Press the control, command, and spacebar keys

Use Twitter Search Operators To Narrow Your Search

What’s a search operator? It’s simply a character or combination of characters used to search more precisely online. In the example above, “-“ is a search operator that tells Twitter not to include Tweets that include “http.”

How to do it:

There are a number of useful search operators. For example, since:[yyyy-mm-dd] will allow you to search Tweets sent after a specific date. So, typing Twitter hacks and tricks since 2016-10-01 in the search bar will only deliver Tweets containing “Twitter hacks and tricks” that were sent after October 1, 2016.

You can use search operators in combination. Check out Twitter’s full list by clicking operators on the Twitter search page.

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