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How to Manage and Filter Your Twitter Feeds

One of the biggest complaints I get when I’m teaching people how to use Twitter is that they have trouble following everything that’s going on. There is so much information coming at them, it’s overwhelming and they can’t keep it all straight. Even for seasoned pros, the more peeps you’re following, the longer and more cluttered your feeds can be. How do you streamline everything?

One of these ought to help:

1. ManageFlitter

Similar to Social Oomph, it allows you to track who you’re following and who hasn’t followed you back. It also shows you the inactive accounts you’re following and allows you to search within your Twitter stream so you can find what you want quickly and easily. The layout and navigation is great for those that want things straightforward and simple.

2. Twalala

Why spend time reading junk when there’s so much good content out there? Put a bodyguard in front of your Twitter account and only allow in what you choose. I love that you can absolutely control what you do and don’t see. If you’re sick of seeing messages about car racing or kittens, you can filter those out. If you don’t want to read certain people’s tweets, mute ‘em. Now that’s more like it!

3. Destroy Twitter

The name is a little harsh, but boy is this little number something. You can not only filter out someone or their event hashtag (how many times have you thought, if only there were a way to get rid of that damn event), but if those folks checking in on Foursquare drive you crazy, filter those too. There are also tons of ways to personalize the experience – change the font and notification sound, for example. Take back your feeds and how much time you’re spending in front of the screen.

Honourable Mentions:

Refynr

Allowing you to “Tweet, Retweet, Reply, Direct Message (DM), learn more about users, follow/unfollow, click links, shorten links, click on #hashTags, Like and Comment on Facebook” is wicked enough. But it doesn’t stop there – preview expand links before clicking them, search for content quickly all within one page and set up and look through your filter lists.

Slipstre.am

Hide the messages you don’t want to see when you’re using Twitter.com to read your feeds. Note: It only works with Chrome and Safari right now.

Tweetdeck

You can organize your tweets into groups, so suddenly all of the subjects you’re interested in – pottery, bicycles and shoelaces – can be easily read and understood.

The important thing to remember here is that you CAN control the information coming to – and at – you. You just have to find something that works for the way you work. I find it helpful to have things visually separated – that way I don’t have to spend the time and energy doing it. You however, might want something less charted and more organic.  Either way, read only what you want to. Life’s too short to read bad tweets.

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