Saturday, April 7, 2012

Using Tweetdeck to manage Twitter Hashtags

Last night I had the chance to help my mom with her webinar covering news from the 1940 Census release. I was moderating comments/questions coming in through twitter using #DearMYRTLE. (The "#" is called a hashtag and allows you to follow certain keywords). Tweetdeck made it easy for me to keep up to date on any new questions asked during the webinar.

If you don't have a twitter account, go sign up for one at www.twitter.com. It's free & it's easy. You will be able to find resources & connections to help you in your genealogy research.

What is tweetdeck? Tweetdeck is an application that you can put on your computer, tablet or mobile device. You can arrange your feed and focus on what really matters to you.

How to I get started? Download the app from www.tweetdeck.com or directly from your mobile device (i.e. search "tweetdeck" under the App Store on your iPhone). Once installed, follow the guide to linking to your twitter account. (You can add multiple social media sources here as well).

How to I start using these Hashtags?
1. From tweetdeck, click on the little plus sign on the upper left menu 

     2. Type the exact words you want to search for, in the case we are entering, "#DearMYRTLE"

     3. You have now added a new column which will display all tweets that are sent with #DearMYRTLE
    If you look closely above, I have three different searches going on at the same time, "#1940Census," "#Genealogy," and "#DearMYRTLE."

    What columns have you added to tweetdeck?

    Carrie Keele
    (a.k.a. "DearMYRTLE's daughter)
    www.NotYourMothersGenealogy.com

    11 comments:

    1. I have one for #WDYTYA to monitor comments from my Twitter friends and anyone else who is watching NBC's Who Do You Think You ARE? television show.

      Then I have #Quilt -- so it picks up quilt, quilts and quilting.

      Mr. Myrt has one on #woodworking

      :)

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      1. More & more, people & businesses are using this to create awesome conversations. On my health/fitness blog, I'm participating in an "A to Z Blogging Challenge" and so I use #AtoZChallenge to follow along with everyone else. It's a great way to connect with those who are actively participating and see what they are posting about.

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    2. Along with #genealogy, I have #familyhistory, #WDYTYA, #1940census, #ancestry, #Colorado and #Nebraska (2 of my primary areas of research) and was using #rootstech. Very helpful indeed! Some repeats, but its nice to catch everything.

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      1. Thanks for visiting! And I need to go add #familyhistory. I have #genealogy but I think I need both. :)

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    3. Carrie,

      You did a great job last night.

      Also, I can tell you have the 'technology' teaching trait from your mom !!! Way cool.

      Russ

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      1. Thanks for both compliments Russ!

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    4. Great post! I use TweetDeck using the Chrome app on my desktop. The columns I have are #genealogy, #pocgenealogy, #1940census, #dearmyrtle, and #wordpress.

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    5. I'm going to try this out. Thanks!
      Theresa (Tangled Trees)

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      1. Did you have a chance to try it? What did you think?

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    6. Thank you so much for this information! I usually miss many tweets that I would like to read. Now I can be sure to catch the ones that are of special interest to me. This is great!! Thank you again!

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