All About You on TweetDeck

I<3 Tweetdeck. I couldn’t manage on Twitter without it.

This post is going to be about how/why I use it and a specific column to add, but to get the basics out of the way, TweetDeck is a desktop application (or you can download other versions for portable stuff) that helps you manage your TwitLife. If you don’t use it and you want to get started, here’s a nice tutorial video. TweetDeck organizes the tweets in your stream into columns so you can concentrate on one thing at a time, so now that I’m going to talk about columns, you can have an idea what I’m talking about.

My favorite columns that I display where I can watch them are:

  • Favs
  • #amwriting
  • All Friends
  • Mentions
  • Susan Bischoff

Favs is a must. I auto-follow. I got to a point where it just seemed like having to read bios and go to Twitter to click follow every time someone added me was just taking up too much of my time. It’s not like I’m innundated with followers, people, but those little bits of time add up. That does mean I end up following a bunch of people I’m not actually interested in following, but with TweetDeck this is absolutely not problem.

I maintain a list of people who interact with me and whom I actually want to follow. You can do this by clicking the + (Add Column) button in the upper left and choosing Groups/Lists in the box that pops up. TweetDeck will then show you all the people you follow and you can choose the ones to add to this list. Save it when you’re done. This way, you never have to exclude someone by not following them back. (You never know when someone who tweets about their business is a reader interested in you and your writing!) And when you feel like you need to cull some followers, you can cull them from your list and not lose someone awesome because they’re just learning or they’re away for a while.

I don’t go around keeping track of who follows me and who doesn’t, and I don’t un-follow people just because they don’t follow me, BUT it does really irritate me when I go to send a DM to help out someone I’ve talked to several times and feel friendly with, only to find out I can’t because they don’t follow me. WTF? But it’s probably just a result of a limited follow policy they’ve made to keep things under control. But possibly possibly alienating people in this way doesn’t need to happen and I think lists are a better way to go.

I edit this column regularly, whenever I need to add someone new because I feel like we made a connection and I need to watch for their tweets. Once the column is on your screen, hovering around the top of it will make an edit button appear.

#amwriting is good example of a hashtag conversation. Trying to follow one of these can have its annoying moments because not everyone thinks of hashtags in this way and will drop a lot of junk into the conversation. Adding a column and putting #amwriting or another hashtag into the search box causes a new column to pop up that will be updated anytime someone uses the hashtag. TweetDeck is awesome for this. I’ve found a lot of interesting links via #amwriting, and I like to send out the occasional random tweet to a writer I don’t know who needs encouragement or deserves a pat on the back.

All Friends is where I have all those tweets scrolling by from everyone, so fast that I would certainly miss everything if this was all I had to go by. I try to glance at this every once in a while to discover awesome people I’m already following so I can follow them more closely on my Favs list.

Mentions is pretty obvious, but that’s a column that updates when a tweet contains @susan_bischoff. It’s important to keep track of when people are speaking to you directly or going out of their way to mention you in a way they know you’ll see. That’s why this is one of the columns TweetDeck makes for you automatically.

Susan Bischoff is the one I really planned to talk about today. Sometimes people just talk about me. Either they don’t want to point out to me that they’re talking about me by using @, or maybe they don’t even know I’m on Twitter. In this column I find things like “I just read Hush Money by Susan Bischoff and it was awesome!” or when people link to my blog, it pops up in this column, I guess because my name gets embedded in the link somehow? I don’t know, but it happens. When people use Goodreads’ auto-tweet feature, I get links to reviews or reading updates.

Links to my books for sale on some sites pop up in this column too, and that’s why this column has been on my mind as an important thing to talk about. Because the two times I’ve found someone selling my book illegally, it’s been via this column. It’s not like they’re going to tweet, “Hey, I’m selling @susan_bischoff’s book, come check it out!” But they do use my name to sell my book, so I sometimes see it on TweetDeck before I get it from Google Alerts.

I know a lot of this is will be old-hat for a lot of you, but I hope it’s useful for someone.


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25 responses to “All About You on TweetDeck

  1. Claire

    This is SO helpful. I’ve been considering moving over to TweetDeck, but I hadn’t yet taken the time to familiarize myself with it, or if it was even worth using. Thank you so much for this intro! šŸ˜€

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  3. I haven’t been able to figure out how to add people to my lists through TweetDeck. I have been having to go to twitter and do it there. When I click on the edit column in TweetDeck, I only get the sound options and to remove the column. How do you do this, oh wise one? šŸ˜‰

    • Angeline, when I hover over the headings list columns, an edit button appears next to it. If I click on the heading itself, a list of four buttons pops up and one is an Edit List button. If you can get either of those to come up and click it, another box should pop up to allow you to move names on and off the list.

      I should say that this only works for the lists that I’ve created in TweetDeck. It doesn’t work for the columns that were originally on TweetDeck at setup like Mentions. So if you had lists that you created at web based Twitter and those were imported into TweetDeck, it could be that those are not editable via TweetDeck. That’s just a guess–I’m not a technician at all. But if that’s the case, you may need to just start a new column, make a new list in TweetDeck, and then delete the old column or move it off to the side somewhere (I’ve got a bunch of columns off to the side–I’ve got no idea what’s over there).

  4. Hmmm, I wonder if mine is different. I use the TweetDeck app for Google Chrome browser. It doesn’t give me the option to even create lists in my version. I shall Google this and see what I can find.

    Are you using the version that you download on your PC?

    And thank you for your blog post today! I added the search lists with my name and book title. I didn’t even know that was possible. For some reason, my Google alerts seems to miss a lot of my mentions on the web. There have been blog posts that I KNOW mentioned me, but they never showed up in my Alerts. Weird.

    • Yes, the one for PC. I don’t know anything about Chrome.

      I think Google Alerts can be a little hit and miss. Mine are a little specific because there are other people with my name so I usually have my name plus something else like the title of my book or series. Maybe that helps? Dunno.

      Sorry I’m not terribly wise today!

  5. Oh, no! You were very helpful today! As always! Thank you! šŸ˜‰

  6. Sorry, one more question. How do you set Twitter to auto follow new followers?

    • This took some remembering before I realized I’ve done this through It’s probably all I’m using them for at this point, though it’s really good for scheduling tweets if you do that, like tweeting your blog post after you’ve gone to bed and such, although now you can do that with TweetDeck too.

  7. Heather Hildenbrand

    yay! awesome post with awesome ideas. I never even thought about setting a column for searching my name. I do love TweetDeck but mainly because it auto shorterns URL’s. I dont always use it because it doesn’t auto fill an @name when I start typing, like actual Twitter does. But otherwise, its great.

    • That’s totally weird because actual Twitter wouldn’t auto-fill an @ for me today and I was thinking how much I like that TweetDeck does that. Maybe there are things with have set differently. In TweetDeck in Settings, General, check the auto-complete for usernames option and see if that helps you.

  8. heather hildenbrand

    Huh. Ok I’ll try that. I just thought it was incapable. Of course it was operator error! Lol. Thanks!

  9. So very helpful! I didn’t know about putting my own name in a search to catch blog links, etc that don’t come up in mentions. Thanks!

  10. Almost as much info in the comments as in the post! Thanks for this. I’ve been wondering the best way to set TweetDeck up.

  11. Oh, that is soooo helpful. I’m already lost in tweets, and I have few connections until now. I get a lot of interesting tweets with links which I read and I want to re-tweet, so others can benefit too. And I end up with two browsers, each with 2-3 windows open, and each window with like 10 tabs each. I start going up and down on the list to find who tweeted the particular link and to mention that in the RT. Plus that when Twitter has too much traffic, it freezes all my open windows. And then I have to restart the browsers. Ouf :D.
    It worried me this morning, when I saw I can’t handle all the tweets. I wished that Twitter had a more easy way, beside the lists, to organize tweets.

    Thank you very much šŸ™‚

    • Bless your heart. Go, get TweetDeck, it should help. It’s too easy to let Twitter take up your whole day!

      • Hi again. I looked at the application. After reading the details, I came to a conclusion: It’s a security risk I’m not willing to take. I have very sensible information on my computers and a server, and Tweetdeck accesses a lot of info stored on one’s PC, even passwords for sites that you use. They admit it openly.
        I was reluctant about the Tweetdeck on my Desktop from the beginning, due to risk, so I looked also at the version for Google Chrome. There is an analysis of what info the app might get access to the computer.

        Additionally if you google in brackets “Tweetdeck”+risk, a number of articles will show, even in the Adobe forum (publisher of Tweetdeck) and by computer techs. I’m a computer geek for 27 years, and my computer is well guarded and difficult to be accessed. But Tweetdeck seems to be a great security risk.

        I just thought you might know about that. I’m not going to use it after all. šŸ™‚

  12. Thank you so much for this. Twitter by itself was driving me crazy. So I did download Tweetdeck, but wasn’t sure about what kinds of columns to make. This was very helpful!

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