Lisa, i know tweetdeck might be more useful for you if you categorize things into "frequent tweeters" and "infrequent tweeters"
...but you might also need to learn to scan more. I know that I have gotten really good at scanning - not reading - and not being consumed with 'keeping up'...because you can't. No one can anymore. There is a lot of noise on twitter and that won't be changing. That's what I realized after I took a moratorium from twitter. There IS NO keeping up. :-)
I have learned to use the search function for updates on specific topics, like seeing who is tweeting about RunPee (my hubby's application), for example. Or I could search Yoga, or Wines, or Chihuahuas, or a movie title.
Other than that, I just scan for items of interest and have stopped worrying about what everyone is doing. Twitter has pretty much grown beyond the point where anyone can do that very well, unless they have endless time on their hands.
It's like how RSS feed readers started out...I checked mine frequently at first...eventually I could no longer keep up with that either, not with the amount of blogs i had tried to keep up with. There is just too much informationout there now, too much noise in social media.
For actual "keeping in touch" I use FaceBook...and even there, I have learned to scan. :-) I use the "like" button a lot, so people know i am at least noticing them, even if I don't have time to comment on every thing they've posted.
How have people adapted to the increasing noise on twitter and other social media?
Last edited by Jilly; 07/05/09 12:18 AM.