Monday, 4 August 2014

Review Your Twitter Settings + More...

Every now and then, it's a good idea to review your Twitter settings and, as there have been some major changes to Twitter this year, why not review your settings now?

Before you attempt to change your settings, make sure that you know your password because it will be required. Click on the cog (top right of your Twitter screen) and select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Under Account, you can be a responsible tweeter and mark your tweets as sensitive if, for example, you have a tendency to swear a lot or post adult content.

Security and Privacy is where you can check your settings for photo-tagging, location information and letting others find you by your email address. You can also switch off personalised suggestions and tailored promotional content (although you can't turn off all ads).

Skipping to Notifications... I have a plethora of spam emails to filter through each day and a number of remaining emails to deal with so I don't really want a ton of stuff from Twitter.

I manage my account with Web Notifications, which are all ticked with the 'by anyone' option selected. All the Email Notifications are un-ticked except for New Followers, Direct Messages and Performance Stats. This combination doesn't suit everyone but you should check the best options for your own use.

You may have noticed that the Profile photo you originally uploaded is a bit fuzzy now, as it has been stretched to fit Twitter's new format. Also your header image may need changing for the same reason.

Finally, you may be surprised at the number of Apps that you have allowed to access your Twitter account. I strongly suggest that you check these and disallow those you are unsure of - you can always re-allow them if you need to.

Bonus Info: Refining Your Use Of Twitter

If you are following a lot of accounts - really following and engaging with - you may find Twitter Lists useful as it can categorise them into, say, local, social, business, sports, family and friends. Accounts can be in more than one category, e.g. Hitchin football club could be in both local and sports. Lists are also essential if you have reached your Follow limit.

Muting Followers is an option to avoid offending someone by Un-following. Go to the cog icon on their profile or use the More button on one of their tweets and select the Mute option (you can always un-mute). Similarly, while you are on their profile, rather than Mute their tweets, you can elect to just stop receiving their re-tweets.

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