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Eight Tweetdeck tricks that you should try today

Mon 28th Jul 2014
By Todd

Tweetdeck tips from Spaghetti Agency I’ve always loved Tweetdeck. It’s been around for a long time now and has been through a lot of changes. Before the days of social media management I was a big advocate of Tweetdeck over alternatives like Hootsuite. But since we started running other people’s accounts and needing to send reports and update LinkedIn and Google+ Pages too, that’s changed slightly. Nevertheless, I still love Tweetdeck and we still use it as a tool for Twitter accounts.

 

Tweetdeck was bought out by Twitter a while back and many of the purists could argue that this ruined it. For example, you can no longer update Facebook from Tweetdeck as Twitter shut down the API to any other network other than their own. But the best part of Tweetdeck for me was always how it presented Twitter – so I’m not bitter, and I’m still using it.

 

There’s more to Tweetdeck than just scheduling Tweets!

We no longer use the scheduling feature in Tweetdeck as it’s clunky, time-consuming and started to fail us. The poor calendar scheduling pop-ups and other buggy problems got us irritated for a while. So we use Buffer for scheduling tweets now and you can read why that’s awesome here.

So if we don’t schedule (the only thing most people do with Tweetdeck) what do we do?

 

Here are our eight Tweetdeck power tips that you can implement today:

 

Powertip #1. Use Tweetdeck in place of Twitter.com

Here’s a suggestion based on our experience.

Twitter.com (the official website) just doesn’t cut it for us. It’s now too “we’re copying Faceboook”.

I’ve never liked it, and then they made it even less about the conversation and more about the design of it. Here’s the deal. Twitter is about conversation. Tweetdeck makes this happen far better. It streams better, it searches (and more importantly saves those searches) better than Twitter.com.

The simple columns on Tweetdeck update in real time and the columns of different searches, hashtags, mentions and other areas of Twitter are there, right in front of your eyes. Twitter.com has one screen and you have to keep flicking around to see stuff. Mentions get missed, follows aren’t obvious and it’s not very social at all!

You can’t even add a comment when you share someone else’s content as there’s no ‘Quote RT’ button.

I spend all my desktop tweeting time on Tweetdeck. It’s a far better experience and as a social media manager it looks, feels and works better than the standard Twitter website.

 

Powertip #2. Search for your brand name

Tweetdeck power tips - search | Spaghetti AgencyThis is simple. If you’re a brand (even a small one) you should be searching and watching for mentions of your brand name on Twitter. To do this in Tweetdeck is simple. Go to the left hand side and type your brand name into the magnifying glass. Save that search and you have a column with tweets only mentioning your brand. You may want another column with different variations of your brand too.

Take away: Watch your brand mentions – not everyone will use your @name or Twitter handle.

 

Powertip #3. If you manage more than one account, have more than one ‘home’

Tweetdeck power tips from Spaghetti AgencyAs standard you’ll get a home timeline for your main account. This is the account that you logged in with or the account you’ve set to be the default account. This is the account that will be automatically set when you compose a new tweet. To change this (if you need to) just go to settings>account>click ‘make default’ next to your desired account.

If you look after lots of accounts then your timelines will be different too because those accounts will follow lots of different people. To replicate this in Tweetdeck just add a home column for each account (add column>home>select account). Bingo. Now you have the home timeline for that account and can interact with all the tweeters that accounts follows.

 

Takeaway: Have a home timeline per account for more focused interaction.

 

Powertip #4. Add a list

Tweetdeck power tips - lists on Twitter | Spaghetti AgencyLists on Twitter are so underused. Clean up your timelime by adding the most important people into a list. Why not put all your customers into a list? Then you can pay them special attention and easily keep up with their activity on Twitter. You’ll need to create the list and add people to it in Twitter.com but you can add a column in Tweetdeck (add column>list>select the correct list) All your account’s lists will be there to chose from so it’s really simple!

 

Takeaway: Have your lists as columns so you get a really clean stream to keep an eye on.

 

 

Powertip #5. Add a notifications column for follows and RT

Tweetdeck power tips - Activity on Twitter | Spaghetti AgencyTwitter is all about interaction. You’ll get retweets, follows, mentions and favourites. I like to know who’s giving me love on Twitter so I have an interactions column. It’s simple to add (add column>activity) and the all the greatness that you create is there to see. I like to follow back useful people who favourite and thank people who RT. This gives me a really simple way to do it as well as not letting them go unnoticed.

 

Takeaway: Add an interaction column and show your gratitude to your Twitter fans.

 

 

Powertip #6. Add a column for your favourite hashtags or searches

Tweetdeck power tips - Hashtags on Twitter Hashtags on Twitter rock! I love a good hashtag and live events are awesome when they integrate Twitter with a conversation on a hashtag. Going to an event? Organising one? Maybe you have a company hashtag? Keep an eye on it by creating a hashtag column (add column>search>type your #hashtag>add column). I like to keep an eye on the variations of a hashtag too – so if there could be more than one way to type it, search for those.

 

Takeaway: Track your hashtags by having a column just for them.

 

Powertip #7. Add a column with a user in – keep an eye on people

Tweetdeck power tips - users on TwitterDid you know that you can have just one tweeter in a column? Well you can. Just add a user column (add column>user) and you can see all the tweets from an account that you have linked to Tweetdeck.

Maybe you have a competitor that you want to keep an eye on, or a favourite tweeter you want to access. Add a column with just their tweets in (add column>user>search for them in the search box above your other accounts). Now you have them in their own column to spy on and they won’t even know it.

 

Takeway: Add a column for a specific user to keep their tweets in your view.

 

Powertip #8. Search for your URL

Tweetdeck power tips - Search URLs on TwitterI love blogging (I hope you like reading them too) and I like to share these blogs on Twitter. It’s a great way to get people to read them. But I’m not the only one who shares my blogs and that’s brilliant. I like to find the people who share my blogs but like the brand search, not everyone will @mention you when they do it.

Simple solution. Add a search for your URL. To do this well just add a column with the root of your URL (add column>search>www.EXAMPLE.co.uk). By only adding the root, Tweetdeck will show every link shared from your website in this search – even if the links are shortened or in bit.ly links!

Takeaway: add a column for your website’s domain so you can see all the shares of your website content, including blogs.

 

Tweetdeck log | Tweetdeck tips from Spaghetti Agency

 

Tweetdeck is so much more than scheduling – unleash the power!

I love Tweetdeck even though I don’t even schedule from it anymore. Having the ability to organise your Twitter (and other accounts that age) make Tweetdeck a powerful tool and something that not everyone is using to its potential.

 

I hope that you can use these powertips to power on through Twitter like a social media train of influence.

 

Now it’s your turn…

Tweetdeck is customisable – what do you do with it? What’s your favourite column or hidden trick in Tweetdeck? Please share your tips in the comments below.

 


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19 comments on this article

  • Maha at 10:36am on September 24th 2014

    I’ve never even tried anything else. I tried tweetdeck first, liked it, check online for reviews and comparisons and decided to stick with it. I use most of the tips and would like to thank you for a couple of new ideas. By biggest complaint is not being able to tweet longer, especially when I have to quote/retweet with comments :( . I’d most interested in knowing what you do for that. Thanks in advance

    1. Todd at 10:43am on September 24th 2014

      Hi Maha.

      I don’t tweet longer as I’m a Twitter purist. I like to get my point across in 140 characters as intended by the idea behind Twitter. I’ve not come across a way to do this on Twittedeck other than modifying the ‘Quote RT’ that you mentioned and changing RT to MT (modified tweet) and then I have space to add my comment.

      Thanks for reading,

      Hope that helps.

  • Maha at 13:10pm on September 24th 2014

    hmmm perhaps not that I am back tweeting I should look up something about tweeting etiquette so that I don’t offend anyone while trying to quote/edit their tweets. Thank you so much for your prompt reply :)

  • AndriaD at 19:19pm on April 16th 2015

    What I’d really like to know is: 1) what happened to “add to Tweetdeck” in Chrome browser’s right-click menum, and 2) how I can get it back — it’s absolutely a PAIN to not have it, I’ve gotten so used to it.

    1. Todd at 18:59pm on April 20th 2015

      Hey Andria.

      That’s a great question and I don’t really know the answer. I would hazard a guess at it being somthing Twitter dropped when they bought the platform from the orginial developers. I remember the browser extension…

      Have you tried Buffer? It will do that for you and it the article to Buffer instead. It’s a superb tool and I use it for all my automation now.

  • Barbara Balkin at 3:43am on July 30th 2015

    I’m new to tweeting (and honestly pretty new to the whole social marketing world for my business). I was happy to discover Tweetdeck for managing, and thrilled to read your post and finally ‘get it’! Thank you! I’m having trouble getting the answer to this though: how do I edit a scheduled tweet? I’ve spent the evening trying to find the answer. Thanks again for explain it all so well for this newbie.

    1. Todd at 10:43am on August 3rd 2015

      Hey Barbara!

      Thanks for your comment. I’m so pleased the blog helped.

      “Editing a scheduled post”

      Create a column with ‘Scheduled tweets’ in.
      – Go to + (Add Column)
      – Select ‘Scheduled’

      Now you can go to that column and edit/delete any scheduled posts!

      Hope that helps.

      1. @Lee_in_Iowa at 19:55pm on October 13th 2015

        Nope. Because my schedule column only offers me DELETE, not EDIT. Where is EDIT hiding??
        Thanks

        1. Joachim at 14:05pm on October 22nd 2015

          I also only see the Delete button. In my case, it is a tweet with a picture, if it makes a difference.

          1. Todd at 14:23pm on October 22nd 2015

            What browser and machine are you using?

        2. Todd at 10:05am on October 15th 2015

          Howdy Lee.

          My edit option is right next to my delete option right there in the colummn. I’m on Mac so not sure if it’s exactly the same? Maybe you need to update your version?

  • Matt at 18:52pm on October 3rd 2016

    Hi Todd,
    If you’re still out there… I also don’t see an option to edit in my scheduled column. I’m at work using a windows computer. What would updating your version look like, as in how does one do that?
    Cheers,
    Matt

    1. Todd at 19:59pm on October 3rd 2016

      Tweetdeck

      Hey Matt. I go to schedule tweets in the scheduled tweets column and edit is right there at the bottom (Chrome on Mac)

      1. MarkC at 23:07pm on November 14th 2016

        If you have an image attached to a scheduled tweet, there doesn’t appear to be a way to edit the tweet in Tweetdeck. You just see DELETE. If there is no image attached, then you will see both EDIT and DELETE.

        You used to be able to go to ads.twitter.com to edit scheduled tweets with images, but that also no longer seems to be an option. Any other workarounds?

        1. Todd at 15:10pm on November 24th 2016

          Yes we noticed this too. I think it’s a bug as you used to be able to edit it. Frustrating!

  • Chantelle at 17:24pm on October 28th 2016

    Hi,

    I’m trying to add a home column to my tweetdeck with a specific user but when I add home column and try to search for someone the search bar isn’t there. Can you help?

    Thanks

    1. Todd at 9:53am on November 3rd 2016

      Howdy. I think this is because you need to add the account first. Add an account from the bottom left an the ‘accounts’ tab and then when you add a ‘Home’ column the account should show up there.

  • JerseyBoy41 at 22:22pm on February 18th 2017

    Hi Todd, I scheduled a tweet for this Monday and I need to change the image and the tweet. Who to I make a change to a scheduled tweet or find it to delete it. I have a scheduled column but it does not shoe up there. Is that where it is to be listed?

    Also when I created it there was not enter or schedule button to click… so I am not sure it was even entered? While I am at it, on another note, is there a way to do a masse tweet or re-tweet to groups of 20 or 30 people at the same time? Or do I have to enter them one at a time?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated. I am a newbie to TweetDeck and I have not done much tweeting! Thanks JerseyBoy!

    1. Todd at 14:02pm on February 20th 2017

      Howdy JerseyBoy41.

      Tweets scheduled in Tweetdeck that have an image can’t be edited. It’s a big issue and something Twitter really need to sort. The online way is to delete and start again.

      If you scheduled it it will be in your scheduled column. So it sounds like it went out already. Go to your twitter and check your previously sent tweets to check.

      You can’t mass-tweet. Twitter hates that kinda stuff to be honest.

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