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Using Tweepler to Organize Your Tweeps

Does this title have you shaking your head? I confess, a few months ago I probably would have done the same. However, since I started using Twitter, my vocabulary is full of strange new words beginning with the letters TW.

Twitter is of course the very popular social networking and micro-blogging service. (If you've never tried it, you'll probably get more out of this post if you first read my series on Twitter Basics which appeared on my personal blog.) Tweets are the brief messages sent out via Twitter, and Tweeps are the people who send them. For more Twitter lingo, check out the Twictionary!

When you first use Twitter, unless you're a celebrity of some sorts, it will take you a while to attract followers. If you check a certain box in your profile, you'll receive an email to notify you when someone begins to follow you. You can then check out their profile and decide whether you want to follow them back, and it's a fairly quick process. I was doing this once or twice a week, but once I started getting several new followers per day, instead of being fun, it became just one more chore. I was therefore really pleased to learn about Tweepler, a service that streamlines this function.

When you log into Tweepler, it brings up a detailed list of all the people who are following you. In addition to their screen name and real name (if they've entered it on their profile), the list includes the picture, web link and brief bio that appear on their Twitter profile. In some cases, that may be all you need to see to decide whether you want to follow them as well. If you need more information, you can view their average number of Tweets per day (I prefer not to follow people who tweet excessively) and their total number of Tweets; the current number of people they follow, number of followers, and the ratio; and their last three Tweets. If you're still on the fence, you can click on a link to their profile to see even more Tweets and/or their website.

If you decide to follow that person, you simply click on the left arrow to add them to your Following list. If not, you can click on the right arrow to add them to your Ignore list. The Ignore list is available to you at any time, so it's easy enough to review those followers again if you wish. Just a few seconds per Tweep, and you're done!

By the way, there are people who say that it's proper etiquette to always follow back, but I am not one of those people. There are many reasons for and against, but that's beyond the scope of this article. Only you can decide what is best for you and the way you use Twitter.

If you found this interesting, you just might want to follow me on Twitter!

posted on: 3/12/2009 8:30:00 AM by Janet Barclay
category: Business

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by Cory Schop on 4/26/2009 2:38:40 PM:

Hi Janet. I am one of the founders of Tweepler and I just wanted to thank you for a well written article and for your support. Tweepler has been well embraced as a Twitter follower management tool and we think as Twitter grows people will begin having more and more followers and will slowly gravitate away from the auto follow and this is where we believe Tweepler will flourish. Keep up the great posts! @coryschop and @tweepler on Twitter :)

by Janet Barclay on 4/27/2009 6:35:17 AM:

Thanks Cory! I'm now following you. :)

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