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.

Switch to Seesmic Desktop…Now.

Seesmic DesktopFor the longest time, Tweetdeck was my Twitter application of choice. Those days are now long gone. With my new job, I realized I was going to need a service that allowed me to maintain multiple accounts. I was disappointed since I was under the impression that no other apps compared to tweetdeck, but it was a sacrifice I was going to have to make.

I decided to try out Seesmic Desktop as I was a follower of @loic for some time and heard some good things about the app. Goodbye Tweetdeck.

Seesmic offers everything that Tweedeck offers and then some. Here are a few things that have made me a Seesmic Desktop evangelist

  1. Customer Service.  First and foremost, the @askseesmic twitter account was enough to make me switch.  I would constantly have issues with Tweetdeck, complain about it on Twitter (naturally) and the only responses I would get were from other people facing similar issues.  When starting to use Seesmic Desktop, I had a lot of questions, and a couple issues.  Not a minute after I said something on Twitter @askseesmic responded and answered my questions.  Afterwards, any time I had a question, I sent a reply to @askseesmic and received a prompt, helpful response.  This, to me, is invaluable.
  2. Prompt Updates.  I don’t know if the Tweetdeck creators have been listening at all, but there is an array of issues with the application that have gone unfixed for months…where are the updates?  Since starting to use Seesmic Desktop less than a month ago, there have already been updates fixing issues and adding features that customers have been asking for. Is it perfect yet? No…but I guarantee you that they will constantly be working to make it better.
  3. Functionality. Aside from basic things actually working, like adding people to groups, there are a number of features that makes Seesmic Desktop my favorite Twitter app.  Danny Brown lists a bunch here.  For me, the big ones are multiple accounts, smoother/easily organized columns, ability to save searches and a few more of “the little things”.

Unless Tweetdeck starts listening and responding accordingly, they are going to lose all of their momentum.  Seesmic has already begun to cut away at it.  Until Tweetdeck does something, switch to Seesmic Desktop…now. You’ll thank me later.

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