A while back I discovered a great way to manage the noise on Twitter by using Device Updates on Twitter.
Now that I’m following a few hundred people, I’ve learned to manage the noise even better. However, Twitter turned off the IM device update service that I’ve relied on. I know they are going through some growing pains and need to turn off some things, but I think it would be nice to get an ETA on them turning it back on.
Anyway, assuming it’s turned back on, I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned about managing the noise of Twitter. What I had to do was decide to be comfortable with the idea of following a lot of people but only catching some of what they say. Then I found a way to get my attention when someone I want to not miss writes or when anyone writes to me.
- Install and run Twhirl. It’s easy to use and gives you a lot of features for interacting on Twitter. What I’ve done is often keep it open on the left side of my screen. When it grabs updates, it flows like a river down the the side of my screen. If I catch something interesting then great. If I don’t, it just keeps flowing by.
- Use Twitter IM Device Updates. Geeze it bugs that they turned this off. The main reason is because now that I’m following and engaging with hundreds of people, there are a few that I want to make sure I read. Some are breaking news, a couple of friends, and my wife. When the IM is working, my gTalk window pops up just like I got an IM with their twitter update.
- Subscribe to Twitter Search. This is something I’ve just recently started. What I did was do a search for “@orangejack” then subscribe to the RSS of the search results (example). Now I’m sure to receive in my RSS reader notification if someone writes me directly in Twitter.
The system works great (when Twitter works fully). As a backup I’ve subscribed to some of my friend’s twitter RSS feeds but it’s not very reliable either. One thing I have discovered is I could subscribe to a search feed (like in step 3) for their name without the ‘@’. But honestly, I’d rather wait until Twitter turns IM back on. Or at least let me know when they plan to.
You can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/orangejack