How to Manage Your Twitter Firehose

Here’s a nice post at SmallBusiness.com on how you can use Twitter’s list function to drink out of the Twitter firehose without drowning.

Here’s the hype: Get a Twitter account and you can follow what is being said by all your favorite friends, companies, organizations, news sources, etc.

Here’s the reality: Once you follow more than a few other users of Twitter, you will see only a fraction of what they have to say.

There are two reasons for this: (1) You will ignore lots of what you receive when you aren’t actively monitoring Twitter and (2) When your Twitter timeline reaches a certain (and mysterious) velocity of incoming tweets (you either follow too many or the ones you follow tweet a lot), Twitter’s New Orleans-based department of voodoo technologies, will start filtering your incoming tweets to keep you from melting down like the Wicked Witch of the West.

The rest of the post is a quick step-by-step tutorial that will help make Twitter an effective tool for you and your business.