Hot to Be More Productive With Your Tweets


Social Media: Hot to Be More Productive With Your Tweets

Jennifer Van Grove, associate editor of Mashable, recently posted an article on “How to Get the Most Out of Status Updates” for microblog services like Twitter.  Here are some highlights…

Some studies show that 11 percent of online adults are using status updates, but if you think about the history of the status message and its roots in instant messaging, that number actually seems pretty small.

Even though we predict big things to come from these short status updates, the reality is that the present day status update has the potential to make you more productive in and outside of Twitter (Twitter reviews), help you extend your reach, improve your visibility, and of course have a little fun. So, we can all look to the future for even more innovation, but we’ll show you how to do more with your status updates right now.

How to get productive with your tweets

There are a myriad of amazing ways to use your tweets for an entirely different purpose than your typical tweeting behavior. For Remember The Milk (Remember The Milk (RTM) reviews) you can use twitter commands to jot down mental to-dos. Plus, you can direct message @timer to create a Twitter timer or alarm, track time via Harvest, or DM @gcal to add meetings or events to your Google Calendar.


When it comes to Twitter, you can even use a status message to help you collect survey data using twtpoll, manage the guest list for your next event using twtvite, create and disseminate your gift registry with ease via twtwlst, and offer exclusive Twitter coupons via twtQpon. All of these twtapps could be big time savers, and since they tap into your Twitter network, your status has never been so flexible.

Short-form messaging on other services

There’s a whole host of other productive things you can do with your status independent of Twitter. If Facebook status is more your thing, you can kill two birds with one stone and use Xoopit (Xoopit reviews) to view and update Facebook status messages while checking your Gmail (Gmail reviews) account. Plus, since Facebook just opened up the Facebook Status API in February, we’re likely to see more functional applications that help us use our Facebook status for a myriad of purposes.


If you’re a browser-based person, Ubiquity (Ubiquity reviews) for Firefox (Firefox reviews) is a short-form in-browser messaging utility for doing more than meets the eye. Ubiquity can be pretty intimidating to first time users, but once you learn a few commands you’ll be hooked.

Say, for example, you’re a Gmail user and you find a note-worthy passage you want to email to a friend, just select the text, launch Ubiquity (Alt or Ctrl + Space Bar), and type the command “email (insert optional text) to” Ubiquity will automatically add a link to the page you were on, and open up Gmail with your pre-constructed message. All you need to do is hit send.

In addition to the built-in commands, developers are also busy making super short-form friendly custom commands that you can subscribe to to make Ubiquity even cooler. Just search the Herd for the community generated commands you want. There’s quick commands for everything from URL shorteners to commands for updating your status (and finding friends) on all the popular social media sites. You can even search, get a weather forecast, and search Google (Google reviews) (g + search term), Twitter (tsearch + search term), or Wikipedia (Wikipedia reviews) (wiki + search term).

How to extend your reach

Depending on your social presence, you’re likely to have networks of friends and contacts across a variety of social sites. That’s where sites like and HelloTxt come into the picture. Whether you’re updating your status from the web, via SMS, email, or a third-party application, these services can help you spread your updates with zero effort. Of course, definitely show some restraint in this department and create special commands in to ensure that you’re not double posting messages on the same site.



A bonus feature for bloggers looking to leverage status updates to syndicate their new blog posts is’s brand new integration with, the alerts friendly site. Now you can use to input your feed URLs (a là Twitterfeed), add include and exclude features, and then use to automatically spit out, in almost real-time, your feed as a status update to selected networks. It’s pretty nifty in practice.

How to increase visibility


Part of being able to extend the network effect of your status update is having the right desktop client for broadcasting updates as well as keeping a lookout on relevant updates from other users. Though we believe the perfect desktop client is unique to each user, we highly recommend the new Seesmic Desktop for managing multiple accounts and tracking custom search results. TweetDeck (TweetDeck reviews), which is now more stable, is better if updating and viewing Facebook and 12seconds status messages and videos are also priorities.

Nambu and EventBox are also getting a lot of well deserved love from the Mac community, and are worth a nice long look for managing, updating, and tracking multiple social accounts on your desktop.

Business users, or people with shared Twitter accounts, should turn to CoTweet for web-based Twitter CRM. The application is hands down the most efficient way to make your company’s multi-user Twitter status updates work for you. Since you can assign follow-up actions to users of a shared account, view a host of Twitter stats on users, create and save custom searches, and add notes to follow up on tasks and Twitter users, it’s the key to staying sane when status updates have a professional focus.

Just for fun

Sure, improving your visibility and reach, and multitasking via status update are great, but if you just want pure entertainment there’s always these 6 Twitter games to make tweeting fun. Plus, Foursquare’s location-aware mobile application has a game baked right in, so every time you check-in you gain points that earn you badges and unlock features.


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