I have to tell you, finding people to follow on Twitter who share my interests is about driving me nuts! (smile). There are lots of ways to do this, and we will discuss a few of them, but all seem to fall short from my perceived perfect solution. Of course, there are only like a gazillion Twitter apps out there that are designed to help you find people to follow so this means that either that there is one out there that I have not yet found or one will be developed soon enough.
I do have specific criteria. I want to:
- Find people easily and comprehensively that share my interests
- Be able to follow them quickly and easily
Today, I tried three methods and my search variables combine the words “networking” and “groups”:
TweetDeck: It is very easy to set up a search column on TweetDeck and have it search Tweets, not users, for these two words. And, it will go out and find Tweets that meet this criteria. What’s good about this is that I know that these people are talking about something that is of interest to me. What’s also good is that I can hover over their avatar and choose to follow them right then and there. EZ BRZY (smile). What is not good is that this may be the only Tweet that person has ever sent out where they talked about this specific subject. Still, I did follow probably about 20 folks and will evaluate their Tweets from there.
Twitter Search: You can do a Twitter People Search using either or both of those words but keep in mind that it is looking for accounts that have one or two of those words in their actual user name. “Networking groups” yielded no results. “Networking” yielded multiple pages and, you can roll down the list clicking “follow” “follow”. This is good. In a Twitter Word Search you can look for Tweets that incorporate one of these words. In Twitter Advanced Search you can use multiple words or other advanced options. Now, please remember that I am pulling up Tweets vs. Tweeple and there is no easy way to follow. You will need to go to that person’s profile page and choose to follow from there. Bummer. (more…)