One of Twitter’s iconic features is the reverse-chronological display of all the tweets by people you’re following. There’s no fancy algorithm, like Facebook – everything posted is displayed.
If you follow a handful of people, that’s fantastic. If you follow several thousand, however, it starts to get a bit complicated.
One feature utilised by many to tackle the tweet-overload is Twitter lists. But what are they and how do you use them?
You’re sat at the computer. Your Twitter account has been created. Username chosen. About section carefully worded. Images cropped and uploaded. First few accounts followed. Maybe even your first follower has signed up.
You pause, nervous.
These next few keystrokes could make a big difference to your online experience. You’re about to tweet for the very first time.
Twitter is currently testing a new design which is reminiscent of some sort of Facebook-Google+ hybrid. For the first time since Twitter started, it is getting rid of the signature vertical Twitter feed layout, and moving to a variable-sized box display with multiple columns, as used on Pinterest and Google+.
It’s not as simple as typing “RT”.
If you use Twitter, chances are you’ve seen a tweet that looks like this:
If you aren’t following me (which, by the way, you should be) you may have been confused about why you were seeing a tweet from a random person. However, the eagle-eyed among you will have spotted the line underneath: “Retweeted by GUTS Fighting Cancer”. This is a classic example of a retweet.