Tangent — A Little More About Twitter in the Fine Art of Richard Armitage Watching

I’m not quite sure this is a tangent, since the point is ultimately about Richard Armitage watching, but it feels like a tangent. Hell, this whole blog feels like a tangent. Ahem.

Twitter is a great tool once you get used to it. Yeah, there’s a bunch of bs that goes on there, but it’s one of the quickest ways to find out information; however, you’re at a disadvantage if you’re only using Twitter to well, access your Twitter account. With the advent of Twitter, Facebook, et al, there had to be something on the scene to manage them easily. I use Hootsuite. The best thing about it for me is the ability to see several things at once. I can watch tweets on my account stream and also show streams for searches of which I can make a permanent stream or do one on the fly, like oh let’s say The Rover. Yes, I’ll explain a stream.

Here’s what my Hootsuite Dashboard looks like, and please don’t let it overwhelm you. It’s really a lifesaver, or maybe just a headache saver because you can get lost just navigating your Twitter pages without it.

Click on image to enlarge.

The first stream is my account stream or what I would see on the home page of my Twitter account. The tweets showing on that page are the ones I make and the ones made by people I follow. Since I can see all of their tweets, I know if they say something to me. But not everyone who tweets to me am I following, so for those I have the second stream which shows any tweets that contain @RAFrenzy. The third stream I created to show any ‘Richard Armitage’ or #RichardArmitage comments in someone’s tweet. That pulls in anything anyone says on Twitter that has either of those phrases in it. The second phrase with # sign is referred to as a hashtag. You can create any search you want, and I have several on my ‘Twitter 2nd’ Hootsuite page. It makes things really easy to find. The fourth stream is one of my lists, which are groups of users you can make in lieu of following those users. I made one of media outlets that might have something of interest concerning RA but not necessarily use his name. If I followed all of these, it would clutter up my home stream, and frankly, from time to time I quit following some users and put them on a list. What’s great is that you don’t even have to make your own list. You can follow someone else’s.

Hopefully, you’ll consider doing Twitter and even Hootsuite. Frankly, if you’re going to make the most out of being a ripple in the RA pond, you should. LOL! You just have to ponder it a bit, and there are plenty of us to help if your eyes get glazed over.:D

Just more of my public service to you. ;-)

Screencap courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com

P.S. I know there are other tools for managing Twitter. Feel free to share them, and perhaps about accessing from a phone. I just didn’t want to get into that in this post.

7 Comments

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Amir Ammar, RA Addict. RA Addict said: Tangent — A Little More About Twitter http://bit.ly/gwKchn in the fine art of #RichardArmitage watching. :D […]

  2. I might try Hootsuite – I do most of my twittering using an iPhone but occasionally I use a desktop..would be nice to find a decent Twitter client.

  3. Thanks for this post. I’ve wanted to try out an application to help with keeping track of tweets!

  4. I installed Tweetdeck because I have a friend who swears by it, but I’m just frustrated by it. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to work it, and just end up shrugging at it and continue to post through Twitterbar (a Firefox add-on allowing you to tweet straight from the address bar) and pop in to the site itself to check stuff. Hootsuite looks similar to Tweetdeck. Maybe I’ll have another look. :)

  5. Hootsuite is simliar to tweetdeck with one major difference. Hootsuite is fully in the cloud, No need to install on your system. That was the big perk for me. But then, it’s been over a year since I used tweetdeck. It might be better now.

  6. I still can’t make myself do this. Am I a total loser?

    Meanwhile, bloglines migrated to a different owner recently and I now hate both versions of the newsreader I’m using — the platform bloglines migrated to on its own, and Google Reader. Grrr. I had everything just the way I liked and now I’m going to have to spend hours rearranging things …

  7. Twitter is totally personal, but I think some people would benefit from it. For me it has been a means of connecting with some whom I would have never been able to speak to otherwise. My other twitter account led to a rewarding and ongoing conversation with a journalist in the UK. Doubtful this would have happened outside of Twitter.

    As for the RA stuff, it’s pure fluff, but sometimes I need that as a respite.


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