Thanks to everyone who came to the Top Twitter Tips session! I hope it was useful. There have been some follow-up tweets of things I forgot to say, so please check out my Twitter account @TanyaLibrarian and feel free to follow!
If there are any further follow-up questions, please leave a comment here.
If a conference has a Twitter account (e.g. @BrilliantConference2015) and an associated hashtag (e.g. #BrilliantConference2015) what’s the best way to tweet about the conference? It’s probably best to use the hashtag so that the organisers and other delegates can easily pull together all tweets related to the conference by searching the hashtag. It will make your tweets more visible. If you mention the account using the @ username your tweets will also be visible, and would show up in a keyword search. If you use the @ username at the start of your tweet (as you would in reply to that account) the tweet will only appear in the conference account’s mentions timeline, so other delegates would miss it, unless the conference account retweeted it.
Is there a quick way of finding someone’s username? Search in Twitter and check profile and picture if there is more than one person. However people may not use their name, or may tweet from multiple accounts, or have a common name, so you might need to do Google search for them.
Can you have private lists for a group of people? Yes you can! When you set up the list, you can choose Private. I believe that people are not notified when you add them to a private list (I couldn’t see the definitive answer to this on Twitter’s own page, but I believe Wired), so technically you could create a list of rivals, or job prospects, and no-one else would know!
Twitter’s Help centre is a really useful place to learn more about how Twitter works, and the advanced features. There are also tons of apps which can enhance how you use Twitter, but perhaps that’s for another time…