Day 8 – 31 Days of Social Media {Twitter Tools}

Me In Time

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Besides losing weight, better time management/organization is one of the most desired New Years resolution. We, humans, are ‘yes’ addicts. Learning to say ‘no’ to the right things is hard to do. Now we find ourselves with too many plates spinning and yet we think (or feel like we have to) add a few more every year.

Rabbit Trail: Saying ‘no’ can be the most liberating word to learn. There is a balance, and priorities can help you make boundaries around your family and yourself.

Social media is one of those areas that you can quickly find yourself drowning in. However, with the right tools, it can be as fun and interactive as it should be.  I’m going to take a few days and discuss some of my favorites. I am lost without my iPad. I realize not everyone has this toy tool, but from time to time I will highlight some apps that make my personal and business life so much easier.

Out of all the social media platforms, Twitter is my vice. I started 4 years ago and quickly became addicted. With the new Twitter.com webpage, they have made it easier to navigate, however there are still certain features I don’t like. For example, if I want to retweet something someone has sent out, I like to add my thoughts to that retweet. With Twitter.com, it doesn’t automatically allow that. I have to spend time copying and pasting. Thankfully there are some great Twitter tools that allow me to keep track of everyone I follow, conversations, favorite tweeters, and private messages (DMs).

I used to be a loyal fan of TweetDeck. It is a great tool and they continue to make it better; however, with my job (social media strategist), I have to manage quite a number of accounts, so basically I outgrew TweetDeck. If you don’t need it for multiple accounts, TweetDeck is simple to understand and I highly recommend it.

I have several colleagues that use SocialOomph and they swear by it, but I actually prefer to use Hootsuite. It’s absolutely fabulous (and their app for the iPad is just as fab!). I can manage accounts, lists, even my Facebook account.

Keep in mind, picking a platform to manage your twitter account(s) is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. Some swear by OldNavy’s Flirt jeans and others wouldn’t wear anything but Lee’s…it’s all in the feel of the user. The point of these platforms is to help you manage/organize your time on twitter.

Sometimes in the process of managing your time, there are moments where creating a shortcut is attractive, but you want to be very careful with that.  I’ll talk about that on Monday.

Please remember to take some time for yourself and your family today…enjoy the moment of now.

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Be sure to check out the other blog­gers of 31 Days of Min­istry Online:

Lisa Boyd — 31 Days of WordPress
Karen Lewis — 31 Days of Praise
A Martha Heart — 31 Days of Prayer
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