Using Hootsuite & Twitter to Stay on Top of the Subjects That Mean the Most

I’ve been reading a lot of negative things about Twitter lately and every article I read leads me to believe that the author really has not captured the true value of what Twitter brings to the table in regards to its power as a search tool.  If set up properly Twitter can not only deliver instant and real time information, but it can drastically change the way you search for that information.  Instead of a proactive search method, Twitter can deliver a passive way to collect information on the subjects that mean the most to you.  Think of it as a ‘keyword based, real time RSS feed” delivering only the content that you desire, you just have to know how to set it up.

The way I have set up my interaction with Twitter all started back to my own doubts of Twitter’s importance.  Even after gaining 10,000+ Twitter followers the last time I checked, I still fought with the value of what I could use it for.  So one evening I decided I was going to figure out how I could use this globally popular service to enhance my day-to-day perusing activities.

I started playing with Twitter Search, keying in terms that I was interested in such as ‘bookmarklets’, ‘link building tips’, and ‘Google Chrome’.  I suddenly realized that the results I was looking at were basically the latest and most current information on the subjects I was seeking to learn more about.  So that gave me a few ideas.

I first opened up my new Hootsuite account, which I thought was so cool but just couldn’t figure out any good uses for, and created an Application Shortcut in Google Chrome (my new favorite browser, Beta 5 of course).  Then I set up tabs for each subject I was interested in staying on top of.  After that I assigned a few keyword terms to each tab and voila!, I had a real time, passive search portal that allowed me to follow everything I am interested in with out searching each day.  I now keep it open all day every day and truly stay on top of what’s happening each day in my industry.  This technique also works great with Tweetdeck.  Good luck!

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  • aa.dashwood

    Thanks a lot for a great review. This is the very first time I'm learning about hootsuite and I am definitely interested. Thanks a for sharing this…

  • Wow, what a wonderful idea! I just did the same thing and absolutely love it

  • This is just what I've found in my first few weeks using the application, and I am not what anyone would call a power user or a Twitter expert by any stretch. I do, however, have multiple Twitter and Face book accounts set up in my Hoot suite dashboard, and one of the Twitter accounts has multiple editors. I have used all of the features described here, and I will edit this review as I get even more familiar with the app or as new functionality is added.