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fireman's hose split into three outletsTwitter can be difficult to consume if you follow more than a handful of people. Instead of trying to sip from Twitter’s mighty firehose, you can enjoy the different flavours from several different taps, using Twitter lists.

Curate content with Twitter lists

It’s impossible to read every tweet from everyone that you follow on Twitter. We can use Twitter lists to filter content by topic. For example, I’ve created lists for Australia News, World News. free music, South Australian wineries, Adelaide Pubs, and many more.

Create a Twitter list for an event

If you know of an event coming up build a Twitter list before the event. The list can be made private for you own use or it can be made public and you can promote it and encourage others to use it during the event.

Be aware that when building a public list each person added will be notified, but accounts added to a private list will not be notified.

Use this to your advantage.

Create Twitter lists related to your business

Two private Twitter lists that every business should create and regularly monitor are:

  • one of all your clients
  • one of all your competitors

The first one is obvious, it’s important to support your clients online. But the need to monitor competitors is one that sometimes gets overlooked. By keeping a close eye on others in my field I am more able to compete with them, and in many cases, they can become collaborators or even clients.

Some public lists that you could create to benefit your business are a list of your supporters or customers, a list of thought leaders in your field, or a list of local venues or people. See the end of this post for some more examples of my local lists.

How to create a Twitter list

Twitter Lists are a practical way of filtering this torrent of information. In the example below I show you how to create a list called “Tech News”:

  1. Tap on the cog
  2. Tap on ‘View lists’
  3. Tap on the + sign to create a new list
  4. Enter a name & description of the list
  5. Tap ‘Save’

You can use this new list when ever you want to learn the latest in technology news. But first, you’ll need to add some quality sources to it to make it a useful list.

How to add someone to your new Twitter list

Now that we’ve created a Tech News Twitter list let’s add someone to it. I find the best way to do this is to slowly build it up, adding people to the list one by one as I discover people that I think would be good to have on my list. Once I’ve found someone worth adding, like technology journalist @Adam_Turner in this case, I do the following:

  1. Tap on the cog
  2. Tap on ‘Add/remove from lists’
  3. Tap on the list you want to add them to
  4. Tap ‘Done’

Now I can enjoy a stream of the latest technology news by visiting this list instead of my main Twitter stream. If you look at the Tech News stream now, you’ll see that I have added many more technology news sources, making it a valuable source of filtered, focused content:

You don’t have to do all the work!

The main reason a lot of people don’t use lists is because it takes time and effort to find and collect all the good sources. More general lists such as this one, Tech News, most likely already exist, having been created by someone else. It might be wiser to first search for existing lists and subscribe to them before creating your own lists on general topics.

The flipside of this is that by curating such useful lists yourself you can create something of value that others will also want to use. Being the owner of a popular list with many subscribers can raise your profile, so it pays to then promote your list regularly.

An important point to be mindful of is that you don’t have to be following people in order to add them to a list.

Vintuitive’s Twitter lists

Here are some more unique Twitter lists that I prepared earlier. Notice that they are quite small, local niche topics but are quite popular as a result, most of the subscribers probably being locals:
Aussie Live Streamers
South Australian Foodies
South Australian Wineries
Adelaide Pubs

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Six Second Tech is a weekly series of short how-to video tutorials to help you be more productive with your time and your technology.

How-to videos on YouTube are too long

Let’s say you need to find out how to zoom in on Snapchat, how to take a screenshot on a Mac, or how to turn off Twitter notifications.  You might go straight to YouTube to search for these kinds of instructional videos. But tutorials and how-to videos on YouTube can often be anywhere from a couple of minutes to half an hour, or more!

What if you could consume this information much more quickly, in just a few seconds?

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Conversations with Siri on Periscope

A new live-streaming app called Periscope popped up a couple of months ago and it has already created ripples in the world of social media that have the potential to turn into a tidal wave!

Conversations with Siri: Review Preview

Discovering Periscope

Shortly after Periscope launched I jumped in and started showing my herb garden off, talking about the different herbs and their properties along with gardening techniques, accompanied by the ever present Bilbo the cat. I then started doing broadcasts of me playing the guitar and also giving short tutorials and tips on using the iPad.

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Google Maps, FourSquare, Twitter and Google Search on a map of AdelaideGet your business on the map by taking advantage of local events with Twitter.

Adelaide is a happening place this time of year. We’ve already had the Fringe Festival, Tour Down Under, the Adelaide Festival, Soundwave, Womadelaide, Adelaide Food & Wine Festival, and there are many more events to come. Such events often draw many tourists from interstate and overseas and these visitors can benefit from your goods and services, if they are aware of you.

Be a part of the conversation

Even though your business may not be directly involved in these events you can still jump in and participate on social media as a neighbourhood authority. Your own local knowledge can benefit others who are wanting to find information about the area. Mingling with others online who are talking about the event raises awareness of your goods and services with these visitors and introduces them to your business.

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Running iOS 8.2 on an iPad 2

Are you wondering if your old iPad 2 will run the latest operating system from Apple, iOS 8.2?
I stopped upgrading my iPad 2 at iOS 7.1 fearing that the iPad 2’s hardware was not up to running the more modern versions of iOS as they became more demanding. After reading that iOS 8.2 was running smoothly for many others who had an iPad 2, and not finding many negative reviews, I went and did it, I updated.

I’m very surprised by how well iOS 8.2 does run so I wanted to tell all of you who have an old iPad to try it out. Here’s a video demonstrating how there is no lag or delay when using iOS 8.2 on the iPad 2:

Don’t hesitate go and update now!

Do you like my Australian accent in the video and would like to give your iPad an Aussie accent? Check this video with Sarah Lane featuring a tip from Vintuitive on iPad Today!

Keep Calm, Keep Cool Adelaide

Keep Calm Keep Cool posterThe year has commenced with a scorching start! Today in Adelaide it will reach 42 degrees and will remain in the 40s most of the day, even until as late as 6pm!

How to stay cool

The hot weather can make some people very lethargic, others get uptight and agitated. In either case it’s not easy to work in such conditions. It’s important on these hot days to take measures to keep the fluids up and stay cool. Your health and wellbeing are integral to getting your work done. Dehydration and over heating is a very real threat to your heath and can result in cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home or office there are other methods to keep calm and remain cool and in control. SA Health has some good tips of dealing with extreme heat on days like these and you can find their Guide to coping and staying healthy in the heat online.

Here’s a tip I picked up while in Queensland – the Frozen Towel Technique:
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I want it all, and I want it easily and effortlessly. And you can have it all, with this simple keyboard shortcut.

Select All with this swift Keyboard Kung Fu move

As we saw with cutting, copying and pasting, using a keyboard shortcut is often much easier and more productive when completing common tasks.

How do you currently go about selecting all the files in a folder, or all the text on a page? Do you click and drag diagonally across the files or text? Or do you right-click and then choose ‘Select All’?

Use the Command-A keyboard shortcut to achieve the same result with very little effort:

A = select all

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Using the Select All keyboard shortcut with files

As mentioned above, this nifty little move works with both files and with text. If you find yourself needing to move all the files in a folder, Command-A will enable you to select all the files in any given folder very quickly and effortlessly.

Here’s an example of how Command-A could be used with a previous lesson, Send To Trash to select all the files in a folder and to trash them:

A then delete = select all those files and send them straight to the trash

Using the Select All keyboard shortcut with text

It can also be useful when editing large slabs of text. Command-A to highlight all the text and then copy or cut or adjust the font size, colour, etc.

Here’s an example of how Command-A could be used with a previous lesson Make Your Make Speak to select all the text on a page and trigger the text-to-speach feature to have the Mac read it out loud to you:

A then S = select all the text and have the Mac speak all the text on a page.

It really is such a simple tip but it’s power is great.

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