Posted: Aug 23, 2012 8:00 AM
Overwhelmed by Twitter? Learn how to use lists to organize your friends and other accounts you follow so you don’t miss what’s really important to you. Find out what accounts can help you find the news you need.

Twitter moves at what seems like the speed of light, and if you don't stay organized, you can easily lose track of the things you actually want to know. Use Twitter lists, searches and strategic follows to streamline your Twitter experience, so you never miss an important update.

Get your news

Want a quick news fix? Try following your local news stations. Accounts run by anchors and behind the scenes news professionals keep you abreast of local stories that matter to you. Try creating a Twitter list that includes a few accounts, run by local stations as well as major news sources -- such as Breaking News or your favorite news network. If you use Twitter on your phone, you can easily access this list to find out what's happening in your area. Don't forget accounts that update you with forecasts and weather alerts.

Streamline your commute

Tired of waiting for the radio or your local television news update to fill you in on traffic alerts? Follow Twitter accounts that update followers with local accidents and traffic situations. You may have to do some strategic googling to find out whom to follow, but it's worth the effort. For a clue, visit the websites of your local radio stations for information on the traffic anchors. With traffic updates just a tweet away, you'll never be stuck wondering how long you'll be on the road.

Don't miss your closest friends

Whether you follow 100 people or 4000 people, it's easy to miss updates from your closest friends and family. Create Twitter lists that allow you to quickly access the latest tweets by a specific selection of users. Try organizing by groups such as those in your local area, celebrities, your college buddies, your coworkers and your family.

Stay on top of important trends

If you've never used Twitter's search function, you're missing a chance to stay on top of trends and current events. Take some time to play with the search, which gives you real time results from what people are currently talking about. Whether it's your favorite TV show, your favorite author or even your personal brand, you can find out what people have to say with a simple search for a word or phrase.

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