It’s 2010 and I’m sitting at my computer in my bedroom. On a whim, I decide to check out Twitter. I create an account and mentally cheer myself on as Twitter notifies me that my registration is successful. I then create my very first tweet, something along the lines of “my first tweet yay.” I then stare at Twitter blankly for a few minutes and then exit out.
That was my very first experience with Twitter. I joined because I was curious and I knew that it was a social media platform like Facebook. But at the time, I didn’t know how much of an impact it would have on me today.
Today, I’ve come to love and appreciate Twitter for what it is. It is a social media platform which allows its users to connect and share concise messaging. We can use Twitter to read and share news, promote and market our brand, and even keep tabs on celebrities and politicians. We can use Twitter to share about our day and our lives.
A lot has changed since 2010 when I first opened my account. Now, Twitter has made it easier and more convenient to use this platform for all of our needs. In this article, I will list five features of Twitter that you may know about but have never used.
In the left hand sidebar, you can click on “Lists.” Lists are a handy feature that allows you to group Twitter accounts by category. You can create as many lists as you like about any topic, and then start adding the users to them. You can make the lists private or public. You can even pin the lists to the top for easier access.
What I like most about this feature is how I can easily access tweets by certain people. For example, I created a list called “Bloggers.” Whenever I seek some blog reads or blogging inspiration, I can just head on over to this list and start scrolling through the tweets.
Another thing I like about this feature is that I can see whose lists I’m on. After clicking “lists,” I then click on the three dots in the top right part of the page, and then click on the “Lists you’re on” tab that pops up. This will show me which lists I’m in. This is a great way to help me connect with other users who have similar interests.
Above “Lists,” you can click on the “Bookmarks.” You can use this feature to bookmark tweets. Let’s be honest, with millions (billions!) of tweets out there, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Sure, you can always search for it. Another option would be to save it. You can save any tweet, written by anyone, and then place it quickly and easily in this folder. You can bookmark any tweet by clicking on the up arrow icon located at the bottom of every tweet.
I love to use it to keep track of tweets that I’ve written and know that I want to be able to access it later. For example, if I created a poll and want to keep track of the results, I can bookmark it so that I can view it later. Or, if I saw a witty and clever saying, I can bookmark it, in addition to retweeting and liking it of course. It’s a really handy tool for writers, or anyone really, who like to create a space for all things they can seek inspiration from.
You can make some fun moments on Twitter. You can access it by clicking on the “More” in the left hand sidebar, and then clicking on “Moments” once a tab pops up. Twitter Moments are like Instagram Stories. You can create a story consisting of tweets, complete with a picture to wrap it up nice and pretty.
I personally have only used this feature once, a few years ago. I created some tweets about, well, me. That is, I wrote various, random facts about me.
In the future, I plan to use Twitter Moments to highlight inspirational writing advice or the best blog posts. Another way to use Twitter Moments would be to ask a question to the Twitter community and then make a story with the answers that you receive. There’s a lot you can do using Moments to get the community talking about your brand.
It’s common knowledge that the tweets that you see in your homepage are the tweets that you follow. Well, twitter has a way that you can personalize these tweets and even ads further.
You can choose to follow certain topics that you are interested in or not interested in. For example, you can follow the “Books” topic or the “Health & Wellness” topic and you will see tweets in those niches. Or, you can choose to not follow those topics and you will stop seeing book related or health & wellness related topics in your feed.
I think this feature can help to make your twitter feed truly your own. You aren’t just seeing tweets that your followers post but specifically tweets that you have an interest in.
Which feature on Twitter is your favorite?