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The Twitter platform is an awesome way to stay current, that is, if you don’t use the standard client and feed. There’s just too much data coming at you to capture. It can be overwhelming, noisy, and often not even chronological.
Say hello to the Twitter list. A way to organize your interests in stand-alone silos of information. Initially, I started out by subscribing to existing lists. Finding good ones however, proved to be difficult. This is what led me to start making my own curated Twitter lists.
Lists are ideal for content consumption, they make it trivial to stay current in various fields. More importantly, they provide you with contextual search.
This might also provide you with some insight into how I appear to be omnipresent.
Twitter Advanced Search Operators 🐝
You were probably aware of the search feature, but are you using Twitter’s advanced search operators to your advantage? This, combined with curated lists, gives you superpowers!
Operators I use daily are
min_faves. For a complete list you should check out this handy advanced search operators GitHub repository.
I’ll provide you with a couple of actionable examples that I’ve used personally.
Use-case #1 - Bug bounty 🐝
Saw someone mention a shiny new tool but forgot what it was? Seeing that it’s a bug bounty tool, it’s probably on GitHub, so we can use
list:securibee/bounty url:github.comto find it.
Use-case #2 - Web Developer 🐝
- Don’t have much time but want to stay on top of the latest? Let’s filter my web developer list and only display “popular” content,
list:securibee/devs min_retweets:100 min_faves:100.
- Want a list of popular articles from the current week? We can use the query
list:securibee/devs filter:links within_time:7d min_retweets:50.
My preferred way of using Twitter is the TweetDeck client. In fact, I might not even be using Twitter if it wasn’t for this wonderful tool.
The way it works is quite simple, it provides you with multiple vertical columns that you can use as you see fit. As you might be able to tell, this layout provides you with an unparalleled overview, paired with infinite customization options.
Now we’re cooking with gas. 
My daily setup 🐝
My setup consists of eight TweetDeck columns, covering all of my interests.
- Unfiltered bug bounty — A constant flow of bug bounty tweets. Unfiltered, but always using the
- Bug bounty — Another bug bounty column, except this time we only display popular tweets. Great for skimming when you don’t have a lot of time,
- Bug bounty platforms — Again we focus on bug bounty. This time it’s the platforms. To keep it digestible I filter out replies,
(from:hacker0x01 OR from:bugcrowd OR from:intigriti) -filter:replies.
- Infosec — This column doesn’t need much explanation. Popular infosec tweets,
- Web development — To keep up with web development, I use a similar ‘most popular’ query
- OSINT — Again we use the same filter, but this time it’s for Open Source Intelligence
- Doers — For lack of a better name, I named this list “Doers”. It consists of people I admire, that get things done.
- Free Search — I dedicate this column to “free search”. When I’m researching a topic or when I have a question, I’ll use this one. My last query was
from:levelsio min_faves:200 how, as I was curious how Pieter formats his Tweets.
These should give you some ideas of how to set up your own instance of TweetDeck.
If a list query responds with the error message: “Something went wrong.”, you can try using the list param
For example my Doers Twitter list,
list:securibee/doers, is the same as
Twitter lists 🐝
- Bug bounty Twitter list
- Web development Twitter list
- Doers Twitter list
- Osint Twitter list
- Security Twitter list
As with anything, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. TweetDeck lacks some of the features Twitter provides, such as replying with GIFs. But fear not, the BetterTweetDeck browser extension has got you covered. Of course, it does far more than just add that one feature, so I urge you to check it out.
- If you’d like to continue using people you follow as your feed then you can use this query
filter:follows within_time:7dtweeted by Jane.
- I initially discovered the Advanced Search Operators, by IgorBrigadir, through a tweet by @notdan back in January.
- Jason Haddix, whose bounty list gave me the inspiration to start my own.
- The term “cooking with gas” I heard on Big Daddy Kane: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.
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