How to use Twitter Connect

Browsing Through Tweets

Twitter Connect is a powerful feature which can be used as a way to find out exactly what journalists are thinking and to better pitch to them, armed with this information. 

To find Twitter Connect, click on the search button on the left hand side of your screen. Once the search page loads, click on the twitter icon to the right of the page.

Here you will see journalists’ tweets from the past two weeks. You see the latest tweets first. You can scroll down to browse through the tweets and set the amount of tweets you see on one page to 25, 50 or 100. 

You can interact with a tweet the same way you can on twitter, by replying, retweeting or favouriting it. Pressing these buttons as well as on the tweet itself, follow and tweet will take you to Twitter on another tab.

To view the contact’s MediaHQ profile rather than their twitter profile press the expand button

Here you can see the journalist’s biography, to view their full MediaHQ profile click on their name in grey, their profile will open in a new tab.

Filtering through Tweets

There are two ways to filter and search through the tweets, the first one is by using the search box at the top of the page. Simply type a subject you’d like to see journalist’s thoughts on. For example ‘environment’. Click search and you’ll be able to see all journalists who are currently talking about the environment even if they may not be environmental journalists.

If you want to filter this search term more use the Twitter search tools on the right hand side of the page.

  • Journalists tweets are what you will see by default. These are tweets from irish journalists which may or may not be specifically about their work.
  • Organisations will allow you to see tweets from organisation twitter accounts, such as Virgin Media or the Irish Times, rather than individual journalists. These tweets tend to contain more links to articles and news rather than personal opinions. 
  • Tweet Content is your default setting, you are searching within the content of the tweet itself. So your results are tweets which have the word ‘environment’ in them. 
  • Account names, tags and biographies allows you to search for tweets from accounts who have an interest in the environment but may not have the word ‘environment’ in their tweet. Remember, tweets are shown from newest to oldest, even when filtered. You can also use this filter to search for specific accounts. 
  • Media Type allows you to only see tweets from certain types of journalists or organisations, for example only show me tweets from radio stations.
  • National or Regional allows you to narrow tweets down by coverage type of the account tweeting.
  • Audience Location lets you decide where exactly the accounts tweeting have a focus. This allows you to find more specific, local tweets.

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