Miss Mussel is pleased to discover that many people and even arts organizations are joining Twitter to participate in this competition. Perhaps she should take a moment to buy some stock….wait….scratch that. The company is not yet public and virtual stocks are going for $1,475 each. Thanks a lot Oprah.
Reader Danny wrote in with a question that I’m sure many of you have even if you’ve been floating around the Twitterverse for a while.
“So isn’t there some page I can go where I can see all the entries as they come in? I can’t for the life of me figure it out, or even if my entry went through ok. I’d like to follow (metaphorically) what’s going on, and what other entries are coming in.”
Not to worry Danny. There are three very simple ways to manage everything. But first a video.
The first one is to go search.twitter.com and enter #operaplot in the search box. That will return any tweet with that hashtag.
If you use a feedreader, you may find the #operaplot feed to be the most efficient way to follow whats happening. Simply click on this link or paste http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?lang=en&q=%23operaplot into your reader’s add box.
The third method is to use a desktop client to help manage everything. This is much more useful that going back to the website all the time. It updates automatically every minute but unobstrusively with a nice little box in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Most email programs show updates in this fashion as well. Miss Mussel has done a bit of experimenting and is torn between Tweetie and Tweetdeck. If you’re on PC, it’s an easy choice because Tweetie is Mac only.
For organization and following several different hashtags at once, Tweetdeck is fantastic. Here’s a screenshot:
All you need to do is click on the magnifying glass in the top row of icons, enter the search term #operaplot and watch the entries come in while you…ahem…”do other work.”
#Operaplot On The Move
You can also keep track of #operaplot and other Twitter goings on using your mobile. It’s convenient because it means that if you have step away from your desk for a moment you won’t be debilitated by #operaplot withdrawal. The following video reviews two popular mobile Twitter apps. Believe it or not, it’s leaps and bounds more coherent than most people’s efforts.
Here endeth the lesson.