Twitter has quickly established itself as a powerful and widespread social network. It is used extensively by individuals and more importantly by organisations to quickly communicate with large amounts of people. Although Twitter limits posts to 140 characters per message it is a valued service.
These tweets as they are called by the micro-blogging service are created in their millions by its millions of users every day.
How To Segment Your Twitter Followers
A high proportion of Twitter users follow a lot of other users. This can result in their Twitter feed becoming hard to follow. A lot of tweets funnelled into a single page or stream, as it is termed, is confusing and difficult to read.
The best route to solve this problem is to use the Twitter segment or list feature. This allows you to segment the Twitter users you follow into categorised groups. Once a group is created it will only display the tweets of the segmented users. These smaller streams or feeds that are created are much more manageable and easy to read.
It is a straightforward process, which is outlined below, please be aware that these instructions apply to the standard Twitter interface, not any third party application.
1. View the profile page of a user you want to list or segment.
2. Located on the users profile is a “profile” icon. Click this and select “Create a List.”
3. Complete the areas “List Name” and “Description” with details created by you.
4. Then Select either “Public” or “Private.”
5. Finally click “Save List.”
All that then needs to be done is to choose another user, which can then be added to an existing list or create a new list as above.
Repeat until all the Twitter users you follow are in a list; your Twitter users are then segmented.
When used to its full potential this feature enhances the effectiveness of Twitter for an individual or business.
Typical examples for an individual are that you can easily keep track of friends as you group them by location or relationship.
A company can use separate lists for employees, customers or competitors they follow and monitor or interact accordingly.
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