Using Seesmic Desktop to Manage Streams of Information

This week, our #u30pro chat is on “managing your information streams” so I figured I’d share a little bit about how I manage my twitter streams to consume, and share content.

Whether you’re a casual twitter user, or you tweet more than you speak, I highly recommend trying out a desktop client like Seesmic Desktop (the app I use) or the other big option, Tweetdeck.

I never really grasped the value in twitter until I started using some 3rd Party Apps. If you don’t want to download a client, try out Hootsuite.  I use it to schedule my tweets.

My stream is bigger than your stream.

I currently have 5 accounts that I manage using Seesmic:

  1. My personal twitter account.
  2. My personal facebook account.
  3. The Scribnia twitter account.
  4. The Scribnia facebook page.
  5. The #u30pro twitter account.

So any time I post a message, I can check off any number of these accounts, and the message will go out to each one I check off.

As you can see from the scroll bar at the bottom of that image, I have quite a few columns in there.  Let me go through them:

1. The Basics

The first 2 columns are where I view all the basic tweets. I’ll use the first column to click through the home feeds for each account and my direct messages.  The second column is where I see all my replies (for all accounts).

2. The Groups

Ok you caught me, I don’t keep a close eye on all 1000 people that I follow.  I do check up on each feed several times a day, but there are some people I want to make sure I don’t miss.

I have 4 groups:

  1. Focus. These are people that I don’t know too well yet, but I want to interact with them more often and get to know them better.  I keep this group to 20 or less people to make sure I am in fact, focusing on them.
  2. Twitter’s Finest. I’ve maintained this group for well over a year now.  It’s the people I know, and trust.  The people I don’t want to miss.
  3. Blogging Tips. This is a feed of people that share a lot of blogging tip content.  I use this group to find good content to share with the Scribnia community.
  4. Scribnia Community. These people are Scribnia’s most active and supportive members.  I use this group to be sure to I’m interacting with the people who have helped us grow.

3. The Searches

I won’t get too into detail for these ones because they tend to change pretty often.  A few keywords that I keep all the time:

  • Scribnia: to keep an eye out for mentions.
  • #u30pro: to see what content our community is sharing throughout the week
  • #blogchat: my other favorite chat that provides some solid content throughout the week

I keep a number of search columns open.  I experiment with different keywords such as “looking for new blogs” or “help blogging” that will allow me to find people in Scribnia’s potential audience to help on twitter.

I’ll also keep tabs on mentions of competitors, and random chats that I come across.

So…

That’s how I organize my streams of information.

How do you organize your streams of information? If you’re around, please join us tomorrow night (8pm est) for a #u30pro chat on managing your streams of information, on (and off) the clock.

5 thoughts on “Using Seesmic Desktop to Manage Streams of Information

  1. Thanks for laying this out – Similar to you, I wasn’t really grasping the value of Twitter until I got into 3rd party apps. I went with TweetDeck over Seesmic, but either can get the job done.

    My Groups:
    Usual Suspects – 250+ people I consider friends on Twitter. We talk about common interests and business pretty regularly.

    The Network – ~75-100 people (always changing) I learn from daily on a professional level. People I want to get to know better.

    Local – Pretty self-explanatory. People in my city, cities I’ve lived in, or cities I might want to live in. Great for a guy in the Midwest… maybe more difficult for larger markets.

    Searches are always changing and I use Hootsuite for the business accounts I run – No chance to accidentally send personal tweets from corporate accounts and scheduling tweets has been around in Hootsuite for awhile longer than TweetDeck.

    Looking forward to more at #u30pro tonight. Gathering articles/blog posts is a major hurdle in controlling information flow and consumption.

  2. Hey guys,

    I use seesmic as well and love all of the columns. Great for consuming and reaching out. Good breakdown David.

    Honestly, now that I work at Gist I realize that behind every tweet is a person and I use Gist a lot more than I used too. I now send tweets and reach out from Gist since I can easily know not only what tweets someone is sending but I can see everything about them.

    I use a few different tools and Seesmic is my twitter whore tool for just ranting to everyone while Gist is my real networking tool for truly connecting and sharing good content quickly across all networks.

    -Shane Mac

  3. At this point, I really can’t see any reason NOT to use a third-party app. It’s funny too, because if you look at the functionality of Twitter vs. what you can do with these apps… it’s truly astounding.

    Where else have you seen something like this? Twitter has an offering that is SO limited in capability, is very reluctant to change, yet is still so widely used. The innovation is taking place in these apps and not by the originator.

    I find this very interesting.

    Since I manage a corporate account as well, the only issue I have experienced is sending out tweets from the wrong account on accident. This has only happened a few times, and since TweetDeck defaults to my personal, it’s not the end of the world. But chilling nonetheless.

  4. Great post, and these look like great tools! I’ve been looking for a desktop client for Twitter, facebook and linkedin all together, like Hootsuite, just ON my computer, but I haven’t found anyone I liked yet.
    But I’m trying TweetDeck right now, their mac app looks a little better than the other.

    Thanks for the great tips!

  5. During the general day by day, I use Twhirl – it’s small and compact and saves me on desktop space. I try not to get too distracted by what’s going on and I make it a point to respond to my @ replies.

    When there’s an event going on however (an actual conference or a community chat), that’s when I turn to something like Seesmic to take advantage of the multiple columns and information that’s being shared from all over the place.

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