How to enter the twitter labyrinth

So you have just joined the Twitter family but after a few hours or even days of fruitless meandering, you have as few followers as the England football team at present and you have no idea what all the fuss is about. To you, Twitter seems like a labyrinth from which there is no entry, let alone escape. Yet by using a few simple search tips, you can discover a whole new world that you never knew existed. Once you have uncovered the power of Twitter, there is no going back.

Twitter is one of the world’s best sites for keeping up to date with everything once you know the ropes. For example, if you want to stay in touch with all the social networking news, simply put “social media” in inverted commas. This will transport you to all the social media links available and does not include re-tweets.

If you’re just paranoid or else you use Twitter to promote your company, you will want to know how to find people who are talking about you but are not speaking with you directly. To do this, simply go to BackTweets to find everyone who links to you. To discover how your rivals are faring on Twitter in terms of how people are responding to them, simply type in from:[their name] OR to:[their name].

You may have people whom you follow that post all sorts of links, but also have enormous amounts of text on their page, making it hard to find what you’re looking for. And as much as you find their relevant links interesting, you really don’t need to hear about their friend’s antics in a Shrewsbury alleyway. So to eliminate such potentially sordid chat, simply type from:[their name] filter:links in the search box. This only gives you that person’s links on their page.

Usually, hashtags are used to filter out specific topics. While this is very useful, you are still left with the problem of re-tweets which can complicate matters. So to find say Vauxhall Motors minus any re-tweets just type “vauxhallmotors” -rt -via in the search box.

To find pictures about a certain topic, all you have to do is go to Twicsy which is a dedicated site that can help you follow all the pictures taken from any event you desire or else type “[event name] twitpic in the search box. These are just some of the many ways in which you can turn your Twitter experience into an illuminating one.

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