For a such simple feature, twitter favorites can be a little confusing. Marking a tweet as a favorite is simple. The confusing part is figuring out the reason for marking a tweet as a favorite and what to do with your favorites.
An easy way to think about this is to view them as bookmarks that you can use as inputs and outputs.
Use favorites as a way to bookmark tweets that you may need later (for – blog posts, conversations, learning, research). Here are some of the ways that I use favorites as inputs:
Read later – when I see a post that I’d like to read and I am using my phone (I use Tweetie), I mark the post as a favorite. Then, I read the post later when I’m at my computer (I don’t read many posts from my phone).
Follow up – if I see a conversation that I’d like to contribute to but don’t have the time or information at that moment, I mark as a favorite and return later.
Short term recall - posts that I want to reference in the near future (1-2 weeks), I mark as a favorite. This is one of the methods I use for collecting my Friday’s Fives.
Rare – if you don’t think you’ll use the favorite feature much, then try using it to just save the greatest tweets that you read so that you can find them easily.
Use favorites as a way to share tweets that you find interesting with others. Here are some of the ways that you can use favorites as outputs:
Mari Smith provides several creative ways to use favorites, such as:
- Create a widget of your favorites for your blog using Faves Widget
- Make an eBook out of your favorites using tweetbook
What About You?
- Do you find favorites useful? Why/why not?
- What other ways are you using favorites?
- How do you think of favorites?