Twitter offers only one way to organize my timeline–chronological order. I have no good way to make sure I don’t miss tweets from certain people.
My options are to make a Twitter List, which is cumbersome at best, or search for people one-by-one. Neither of these is easy or effective, so the reality is that I’m drowning in the noise of my timeline. Tons of great stuff, but a lot of stuff that I am missing as well.
What I want is a simple filtering system, a way to organize my timeline into groups so that I can always see what I want, when I want it.
For example, I’d put my Family into one group, Industry News into another, and my favorite Comedians into a third. When I want to see what my son is tweeting from college, I’d dip into Family. Or if I want to keep up on tech blogs, I’d bounce into my Industry News group.
You might say that’s what Twitter Lists are for, and yes I use them. They are a part of the solution. In fact, OneLouder created SmartLists in TweetCaster to be a fantastic list management tool, well beyond the alternatives I have used.
That being said, Twitter Lists are not enough. And judging by how few people use them, it seems I’m not the only one.
I want to create groups for my timeline, bookmark things that matter to me…..and yes…..utilize lists in creative ways.
What about you? Would you be interested in a filtering your timeline? Let us know in the comments. And take a look at what we’re doing about it.
This is the second in a series of blog posts about Twitter. Evan Conway is the President of OneLouder Apps. He has been at Handmark/OneLouder since 2008. Evan’s passions include guitars, soccer, and all things mobile and social.