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Once your Twitter account gets up to a couple thousand followers, it can be difficult to manage. Unless you’re rich and don’t have anything better to do, you can’t really sit around all day and do nothing but read tweets. However, checking out what the people you follow are saying is sort-of the whole point of Twitter’s existence.

A program for organizing your account so you can keep up with those you find interesting or useful is TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a client side program that presents your Twitter information in an efficient, organized way using columns. By default, the tweets from all of your friends are listed in a column on the left-hand side of the screen (although columns can be moved around however you want). The next column lists tweets that mention your user name. The third column lists direct messages. The last column, by default, shows TweetDeck recommendations, which I found to be a waste of space. I use that column to build out groups.

If you take the steps to build up a large list of people you follow (and who follow you), there are going to be many people that you’re really not that interested in reading. Likewise, there are going to be some people who you really want to keep up with. The way to account for this is to place those you really want to read into groups.

I have several groups set up in my account – one for those who post about legal marketing, one for those who post about affiliate marketing, etc. This lets me track posts on specific subjects from specific users, rather than having to dig through thousands of tweets that I really don’t care about.

You may choose to use groups differently, instead just grouping anyone you find interesting regardless of their line of work or the nature of their tweets. That is fine. The main thing is just to find SOME way to keep up with your most followees, rather than just having a big unorganized mess.