Twitter’s reputation for being a place is not unfounded where reports about one’s breakfast go to death. Nor its notoriety for being a place where the heat subsides shortly before the evening news ends.
But there’s still a use for Twitter, even if you don’t like arguing with Internet strangers or rummaging through memes and endless jokes. In fact, it can save you time and headaches when used judiciously. This way.
1) Better Customer Service
Check out replies to a company’s tweets to see if it has an active presence on Twitter — and how attentive the responses are.
Few things bother (or provoke anger) as shoddy customer service. When contacting a company by chat or phone isn’t connecting you with someone who can help, try Twitter instead.
It’s easy to reach all types of businesses through Twitter, including banks and some utilities. You should first check replies to a company’s tweets to see if it responds to customer inquiries (and how quickly), but most do these days. Some corporations even have dedicated Twitter accounts for customer service.
There are two benefits to getting customer support this way: First, you’ll save time. You can @-reply or direct message the company, then go about your life as you wait to hear back. The reactions are generally quite rapid. The human on the other end will often use direct language rather than following a script that also addresses your concern.
Plus, Twitter-based support teams have more leeway to help with a problem more often than not. Even if you’ve already given the phone system or online chat a shot, reaching out to Twitter may completely solve your problem.
A note on security and privacy: For some businesses (such as airlines, cell phone companies and banks), you may be asked to confirm your identity by verifying account details over direct message. As always, treat that information with caution—you’re not obligated to share anything that makes you uncomfortable. If that prevents a representative from helping you further, ask for a more direct phone service line, or if you have a more complex issue, a way to contact higher levels of support.
2) News Updates
Traffic and public transportation in your area are likely to have similar sources for updates.
Twitter is a great tool for staying up to date—and not only with breaking news, but daily commute information, progress in your areas or topics of interest, and with public figures.
There is a fine line between speculation and real news, so choose the accounts you follow wisely. Local news agencies are a great place to start, as they provide updates on the hottest national news in your area. You can follow several outlets to get the kind of coverage you want. Even radio stations have a Twitter presence—KCBS, for example, is one of the SF Bay Area’s best sources for regular updates on traffic and public transportation. Tweets your valuable alerts,
Of course, you can hear the latest straight from the horse’s mouth on Twitter, too. Continuing with the topic of news and traffic in our state of California Highway Patrol Posts information about traffic conditions, with specific accounts for different regions.
When selecting accounts to follow, make sure you have an official account by looking for a verified sign next to the name. (It’s a small checkmark inside a circle with scalloped edges.) Parody and duplicate accounts sometimes exist, so looking for that symbol ensures you’ve found the right agency or person, especially if you Journalists and notable figures start living with individuals such as science or medicine.
3) Bargain Hunting
Some people make it their livelihood to help you find the best deals and hard-to-find items. For example, Wario64 is an excellent source for PS5 and Xbox console availability.
There are many resources for finding the lowest prices on accessories and gear—websites, forums, email newsletters, Reddit, Discord, and more—and you can add Twitter to that list as well.
All types of accounts are dedicated to detecting and broadcasting deals to the public. The platform aggregates a variety of sources: deal websites staffed by dozens of people, crowdsourced deal sites, individuals who always have the inside scoop. They are all gathered in this one place. Businesses sometimes also advertise coupon codes and special promos through their Twitter accounts.
The best strategy for deal hunting on Twitter is to stay organized. at least, use Twitter Lists, so that you don’t get blasted by firehose of information nonstop. pair with tweetdeckA desktop-based interface that lets you view multiple lists at once, and you’ll be able to view the information very easily.
You can also enable push notifications for select accounts if you want instant notification of every tweet (aka bargain), but this can be spammy – this strategy is best paired with a service like IFTTT , which you can use to filter for keywords and push only. Tweets that match those terms.
Twitter Lists and Tweetdeck
A small sample of what Tweetdeck might look like when populated with your Twitter lists.
As explained in the Bargain Hunting section, you can prevent Twitter from becoming an information overload through the use of certain service features: Twitter Lists And tweetdeck,
Twitter Lists allow you to group select accounts for one curated view. You can have more (or fewer) accounts in a list – and throw them all together. If you want to be tech reporters who cover CPU and even share funny cat memes, do it.
Tweetdeck then makes it possible to view multiple lists at the same time. This desktop interface, available through a browser or the macOS app, lets you add lists and sort them in any order. You can then see several different tweets at a glance, making it easy to skim through for notable people.
For select accounts that don’t tweet often—or that constantly tweet the information you want to be on top of—you can enable push notifications only for that account. To do this, first enable push notifications in your Twitter account’s settings. Then go to the account you want them for, and click on the bell icon. You don’t need to follow an account to receive notifications of its tweets.