Twitter Tip: How to create effective #vip & #ff lists !
TweetDeck is the best tool I’ve found for creating effective #vip and #ff lists. We want to create these lists with people who we have been chatting with or are retweeting our messages. This is a great way to say thanks for being a #twitterfriend
TweetDeck loads all of the message that have been sent to you, when you click the reply button, like many other programs it put the user name in the text box. What is different with TweetDeck though is that it will let you click the next user and their name will appear next in the text box, but also keeps the last name.
Now scroll through all of your mentions and click every user that you wish to include in your #ff, don’t worry that the red bar comes up, just go through your complete list and collate all the names.
Now open up notepad, you should find this by clicking your windows menu button bottom left of your window, click all programs, click accessories, click notepad.
Now you have notepad open, copy all the user names from TweetDeck that you have just collated and paste them into notepad.
Create your #ff message to go with these user names.
To make it easier to know how far you can take each line, here is 130 characters just copy and paste this into the notepad window, then shrink your window to the 130 characters width, this way you know when you get to the edge of the page, you’ll a need new line.
Why 130? You will be getting people retweet your message, so make it easy for them to do this. Leaving space for the ‘RT’ & ‘your username’ makes it simple for people to get all your message in. If you have a longer username, then just make the message a bit shorter.
Now you can upload them to an auto tweet program to tweet out through the day.
Social Oomph is one I use http://bit.ly/mph00
TweetAdder you can also program tweets http://tiny.cc/ylh55
TweetSpinner is also good to do this http://bit.ly/0_ts
Hope it helps