Tweetdeck leverages the true power and ease (yes, I said ease) of Twitter. If Tweetdeck didn't exist, I would not be using Twitter. I know there are other ways to manage Twitter, but I've found the ease of Tweetdeck to fit my non-techy status.
When I first joined Twitter last summer, I knew I wanted to keep my Twitter account strictly professional. So, aside from following a few personal friends, I just followed other teachers and a few education groups. After following about 50 people/groups, I realized some tweeted way more than others. In fact, two or three people were dominating my Twitter feed. These were great educators, but I didn't need to read all 500 of their tweets each day. I figured there had to be a different way. I found others I wanted to follow, but didn't know how I'd see their tweets in the massive sea of tweets I was now seeing in my Twitter feed. I did not want to constantly read my single column Twitter feed in hopes of finding those gems from the education gurus I so admired. I simply didn't have the time. So, I gave up for a bit.
Then, I found Tweetdeck. I don't remember how I found it or who showed it to me, but I am so happy I discovered its power! Tweetdeck allowed me to pick and choose which Tweets I'd see. It's arranged in multiple side-by-side columns as opposed to one single feed of everything. I customized it according to my interests and needs. At the top of each column is either a list or hashtag that I want to follow. Sometimes, I'll follow one person or one group if I'm at a conference or on a Twitter education chat. Columns in Tweetdeck can be changed, deleted, added, or rearranged at any time. At first, I started with just three columns. Currently, I have 14 columns I casually glance at throughout the day. I now never miss anything I want to see, and I rarely see Tweets that aren't relevant to my needs.
I went from this, hoping to see good Tweets occasionally:
|A screenshot of my current Twitter feed. I now rarely visit this site. With Tweetdeck, I really have no need for it.|
To this, a more organized view of all the Tweets I don't want to miss (notice the headings in each column):
Obviously, as my headings indicate, my main use for Twitter is to stay up to date with the latest literacy education happenings, methods, news, conferences, etc. I also have a news column to remain informed of all happenings in the world. Also, I like to keep up to date with my favorite Bay Area educators and the great edu-leaders on #caedchat, a weekly Sunday night California teacher chat.
Since I am not the most techy of all the techy teachers out there, I am in no place to give anyone a Tweetdeck tutorial. So, I found info here: Simple Tweetdeck how-to directions from Twitter There are also a ton of tutorials on YouTube.
I hope this helps some of you who are Twitter lurkers or skeptics. I was once there, and Tweetdeck changed everything for me. Happy Tweeting!