I use TweetDeck when I am participating in #edchat, #ndedchat or other active Twitter Chats. I set up multiple columns, each with a specific purpose.
The main column is searching for all Tweets that contain the hashtag for the Twitter Chat.
A second column is set to search for the same hashtag, but I use it to find secondary words. It might be "Q1" because I missed the first question by joining late, or it might have passed by without my seeing it. It might be "A1" to find all the (correctly tagged) answers to a specific question. It might be a term you want to search for to follow a side conversation, such as "common core" or "genius time."
A third column is set up with a list of people whose Tweets I want to pull out of the Twitter stream. In my example, two of the people in my list are the organizers of #ndedchat
There are times when I might have even more columns open, each devoted to a specific search term that I want to pull out of the stream.
I always have at least one column open and devoted to the specific hashtags I want to follow, such as #edchat, #commoncore, #mathchat, or #edtech.
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