Twitter Favorites

Hi Friends-

This is a very random post…but you’ll have that sometimes. So you know the “favorite” button on twitter? I’m sure a lot of you are probably familiar with it. What you may not be familiar with is the proper way to use it.

Well, I’m not here to tell you that. Quite honestly, I have no idea exactly how you’re supposed to use it.

What I am going to tell you is a funny little story. Ever since I signed up for Twitter, I have been occasionally favoriting tweets. Some people use the “favorite” button similar to the way they use the “like” button on facebook. I don’t. I’ve been using mine more like an on-the-go bookmark. For the past year and a half I’ve been occasionally favoriting tweets with links to aritcles/posts/etc that I wanted to read but couldn’t read at that moment for whatever reason.

The sad part? I never actually went back and read them. Until now. Last week, I accidentally clicked on the favorites tab while on twitter on my computer and this HUGE list of favorites came up. As I started scrolling through them, I realized just how many things I had favorite but never read. So I started going through them.

I thought it’d be fun to share some of them with you guys. Some of these posts are OLD. Like from last year. Some are relatively new. It’s a nice little mix for ya. I by now means expect you to sit here and read all of these, but I’m sharing just in case you see something that grabs your attention!

So here’s the totally random list of things I’ve favorited over the past year or so:

Diet 101: The Paleo Diet via Healthy Eats
16 Ways I blew my marriage via Single Dad Laughing
How do sponsored bloggers maintain credibility via All Things Social
6 Tips for marketing your small business on instagram via Jeff Bullas
How to write the perfect sponsorship pitch letter via Mama Dweeb
63 Best Health and Fitness Apps via Greatist
Doctors learn to cook healthy food via The New York Times
Body Weight HIIT Workout via Banana Oats
5 ways to find your first CSA via Fed Up WIth Lunch
A veggie burger my husband will eat via Danielle Omar
6 must-have plugins for your wordpress blog via convince and convert
a great etsy shop for food bloggers– DomesticCharm
protein powder Q & A via Today’s Dietitian
HIIT workout via Blonde Ponytail
What is tabata training via Fit Sugar
Blogger responsibility via Health Happiness and Skinny Jeans
Chock full of nuts grain free granola via Mind Your Bees and Trees
Baked Lemon Donuts via Barbara Bakes
Manual photography cheat sheet via Living in the Stills
Figure 8 Workout via Angry Trainer Fitness
Lessons in photography via Running to the Kitchen
24 Vegetarian snack ideas via No Meat Athlete
Make weight lifting interesting via Best Body Fitness
How to work with brands via Family Fresh Cooking
Tidbits about Beans via Edible Perspective
What i wish i knew via Crazy Running Legs
How to track your SEO succes via She Owns It

So there you have it. Now that I’m all caught up, I’ve decided that the “favorite” button is my new favorite. It’s a great way for me to mark things I want to go back and read while i’m quickly scrolling through my twitter feed on the shuttle in to work or on my lunch break. It takes no time at all during my busy day, and gives me the freedom to go back and read them when I have time.

And I promised myself I wouldn’t wait another year before playing catchup :)

Let’s chat: How do you use the “favorite” button?



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. oh cool! Thank you for featuring my pitch letter post! I hope it helps you out a bit. I found some seriously awesome posts in there I want to read – like the What is Tabata training one. I honestly don’t know what a tabata is :)
    Annie recently posted..WW ~ Spooky Annie

  2. I used it to ‘save for later’ and never understood if there was ‘supposed’ to be a bigger meaning behind it?!
    Miz recently posted..Im moving…

  3. Haha! I have done the same thing where I randomly favorite things expecting to go back and read them or share them in some way, but never do. I wonder what’s in my “favorites store”. And thanks for the love!
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..10 Random Questions for Halloween

  4. That is how I use the favorite button as well. I remember to go through and check them once or twice a week. I like the making weight lifting interesting link a lot. Thanks for sharing!
    Hollie recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  5. I use it as a bookmark too -especially when I’m tweeting from my phone and don’t feel like reading a whole article. It shocked me when I realized people were using the “favorite” button as a “like” button. I couldn’t figure out why people were favoriting some of my tweets. LOL!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..YO-RUN-GA and One Chore a Day

  6. Yep, I use that favorite button too, and rarely go back to read them again. But, I usually only favorite things that I’ve read. I have a “favorite tweets” widget on my blog, so I favorite things so they show up there!
    Now, I need to go read that Today’s Dietitian article about protein powder…I don’t think I’ve read that!
    The Candid RD recently posted..Clean Eating’s Panko and Sage-Crusted Pork Cutlets

  7. I’m with you! I just use it to bookmark. I say save the “liking” for Facebook–it creates too many notifications for me!!! I feel like if you’ve liked what I’ve said THAT much, retweet it!!! 😀 And these are great bookmarks–I’ll have to check ’em out tonight
    Cherie @ Cherie Runs This recently posted..Foodie Penpals: October box from Lindsey

  8. I’ve always wondered why some people ‘favorite’ tweets – now I know! Tweet Hoarder 😉
    Erica { } recently posted..Conquering the Spaghetti Squash

  9. girl i do the same! its good to have these around, as resources to fall back on. Love my favorite button!
    lindsay recently posted..Vegan Healthy Bite: It’s So Good It’s Scary

  10. haha that’s really funny! sometimes i use that button to bookmark something i want to go back (which I never do) or i use it to “thank” a fellow tweeter for a comment they made or an rt or something like that
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..A St. Louis Giveaway

  11. I mostly use it by accident. :-) I think this is a great idea.
    Coco recently posted..Top Five Reasons I Don’t Comment On Your Blog

  12. Love this list! What a great idea for a blog post! My bookmarks bar looks so similar to this! I have a ton of blog posts and articles in there that I need to catch up on! It seems to just be growing and growing!!!
    Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness recently posted..Fall Vegetable Soup

  13. Love this! I did the same once with my Google Reader when I was subscribed to a bagillion and a half blogs, haha
    Paige @ Your Trainer Paige recently posted..The Doom of DOMS

  14. HA! This makes me laugh because I think the only time I hit the “favorite” button was on accident. I realized that I didn’t know what it was for and that if I used it at all, I’d never remember to go back…
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..#thankfulfor

  15. Haha, I love that you did that! So you favourite them, and I instead will email myself the twitter link…and then never look at them again. Because most of the time I browse twitter on my phone, so when I do see a tweet with a link that I know I’ll like, I figure, might as well email myself so when I’m actually on my computer, I’ll go to that link there. Who are we kidding?! lol
    char eats greens recently posted..thursday things in new november

  16. I use it as a “like” and as a go back and read later thing. But I have to say, I don’t use it all to often just because I was never sure it’s actual purpose! 😉
    Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual recently posted..Upcoming Races

  17. hahah AMAZING!! What a great list of posts too!
    Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) recently posted..Strong is Sexy Challenge

  18. haha I just starting using it too!
    purelymichelle recently posted..homemade coconut butter + individual pumpkin fudge + chocolate covered pumpkin fudge

  19. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever used the favorite button! I just got into using twitter and had no idea what it was for, so I just avoided it. Ha ha. I guess now I know;)
    Lisa recently posted..October Favorites

  20. Ahh I do this all the time. Favorite it to read/refer to later and then…. whoops. Thanks for the reminder!

    And thanks for all these links – some interesting reads ahead.
    Meredith @ DareYouTo recently posted..Make It Paleo

  21. I haven’t used the favorite button too much. I like the idea of using it as a bookmark. Thanks for favoriting one of my posts!
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes recently posted..Tropical Magic Bar Cookies

  22. Awesome list! Thanks for sharing! 😀 I actually am sort of new to twitter and didn’t even know about the favorite option until someone favorited one of my tweets. I then did a quick google search about what favoriting a tweet means. lol. I still haven’t used this feature myself, but I love your idea of how to use the favorite feature!
    Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit recently posted..Spiritual Practices Series Part I: Gratitude

  23. Thanks for the info! I rarely use that button myself! But, now maybe I will use it more frequently….
    Ali recently posted..Yoga A Day

  24. I am the same way!! I totally use the favorite button as a “bookmark!” I usually read them on my phone in bed at night :)

  25. I didn’t know how to use it at first either. Only recently have I clued in a little as to its …perhaps…real purpose lol
    Kierston recently posted..WIAW: Competition Day Eats and Tasty Balls!

  26. I use it similarly… I favorite posts that I want to refer back to for a variety of reasons… giveaways to check on, thanks to offer, post I want to RT later, and so on.
    Elle recently posted..Happy Spooky Wordless Wednesday!

  27. That’s hilarious. I’ve done the same thing – save to read later and then I never go back to them! Now, I’ve been emailing myself tweets that I want to read later and using favorites to save special tweets or ones that I like.
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..9 states plus DC. 1300+ miles. 23 hours. Home.

  28. I use it that way, too and then sometimes I use it as sort of a “thank you for the note, I saw it but don’t have a moment to respond” to other tweets. But I should go back and read all the links I favorited too.. it would be interesting to see what’s in there!
    Laura recently posted..An apple a day won’t keep the doctor away

  29. I don’t use the favorite button because I’m not sure what to do with it. I like your idea though. I love building lists though. It helps me get to certain types of people quickly.
    Carli recently posted..Practicing the Presence of Jesus by Wally Armstrong

  30. Love this post! I always wondered what the “favorite” button was for too, but I love how you use it!!
    Lydia recently posted..Goal Setting

  31. i didn’t even knwo what the favorites button did hahaahah. thankss !( :
    Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife recently posted..KLUTCHclub and Giveaway

  32. I’m so glad to know that other people use their Favorites button this way. It is now officially normal. :-)
    Marilyn recently posted..October outings {wrap-up}

  33. elle | nutritionella says:

    I use it the same exact way – also to remind me to visit a person’s blog to subscribe, follow etc. :) Great minds think alike! Can’t wait to check these out!
    elle | nutritionella recently’s over!

  34. Thank you for linking to me a) tons of people “stalked” by and b) I completely forgot that I wrote that post (and I reread it and it made me cry)!

    That said – I really need to start doing this — what a great way to track great posts!
    Michelle recently posted..Thankful Friday


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