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How to organize your tweets in custom timelines

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If you manage a twitter account you’ve probably heard of this new feature called custom timelines. According to Twitters’ official blog custom timelines were introduced to give you more control over how Tweets are organized and delivered on the platform.

To make a long story short, it’s a new type of timeline, one that you can create, name, describe and organize.



How it works?

Twitters’ new custom timelines can only be created through TweetDeck. If you’re new to this, TweetDeck is an app, a Twitter's client, that helps you manage your Twitter account and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Google Chrome or on the web.


So, once you sign in TweetDeck the app itself will inform you that you can now manage custom timelines. You will see an available option on the sidebar, by clicking it you will be able to create a new custom timeline, and later on choose from the ones you’ve already created.


If you choose to create a custom timeline, you will be asked to give a title, for example “photography”, and a short description. The next step is to choose which of your tweets should be added to this custom timeline according to its subject.


You will be able to drag your tweets by clicking on the crossed arrows at the bottom of your tweets or by clicking on the "more" icon on a user's tweet within TweetDeck. This is an example of how it looks.



On your custom timelines you can choose which tweets would show, for example the ones with pictures or the ones matching with a certain keyword and exclude or include retweets or specific words from showing up.

You will also be able to select the size of your pictures in your tweets and if you want to be alerted for new interactions.

You can share your custom timelines by embedding them to your site, sharing them through tweets or posting a link that only TweetDeck can give you. You will be able to find custom timelines of other users by clicking on their Twitter card within TweetDeck, and selecting the "Custom Timelines" button below their profile picture.




What’s their use?

Custom timelines are for the time being available only through TweetDeck, but this will probably change in the near future. They are very useful if you want to short out your tweets and keep only the important ones, especially if you’re using Twitter for professional purposes and want to keep your timeline informative. The embedding option is great for businesses, especially during events, when timelines become chaotic.

Keep in mind that each timeline you create is public.

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