In my post Who to Follow on Twitter During a Campaign I recommended you find and follow those associated with your opponent’s campaign on Twitter. It is important to monitoring Twitter accounts because people often Tweet things they wouldn’t think of saying in other mediums. Many Twitter users believe no one beyond their friends and family have any interest in what they say on Twitter. Just following these accounts will work but if the campaign becomes aware someone is “listening” they will caution staff about their posts reducing the effectiveness of the tool.
The solution is to monitor the Tweeter accounts anonymously using Twitter’s List feature. The following steps will help you setup monitoring lists.
- From your Twitter Home Screen click the Settings Button on the top right and select Lists.
- From the Lists Page click the Create new list Button on the right.
- Name the list, mark it as Private, and save it.
- From the search box on the top right enter the names or key words to find those you want to monitor.
- When you find a Tweet from someone you want to monitor click the name to display their Profile summary.
- Do Not Click Follow, click the Settings Button next to the Follow Button and select Add or remove from lists…
- A box displaying all your lists will appear. Add this account by placing a check in the box for the list you created to monitor the campaign. There is no save button, to close this dialogue box click the X in the upper right corner.
- After your done adding accounts to the new monitoring list go back to you Home page, click on the Settings Button, select Lists and click on your monitoring list. It will contain Tweets from the accounts you added.
- To double check you are not following the account you added to the monitoring list go to your Home page and click Following to verify the account is not present.