StockTwits, a Twitter-like network for talking stocks, attracts a variety of traders and investors. Those who are well-versed on the subject will know which contributors to follow, but what about the rest of us? On Tuesday, StockTwits unveiled a redesigned site with some curating tools that might also help the newbies find informed opinions on the hottest stocks.
To make the most of the new site:
- Check your profile page to see your interests and activities, including the stocks that you write about the most, as well as other people who have similar interests.
- Personalize your stream by what’s trending and what’s recommended, or by the kinds of stocks you’re interested in.
- Follow people or companies, or create a “watch list” to follow individual stocks.
- If you don’t know anyone by name, there’s a “top” filter that brings the top commentary from the most trusted members surrounding a particular stock to the top of the page.
- You can also see who’s trending on the “signals” page, which is also where the “heat map” is. More on that feature here.
- If you want to share an idea, there’s a message box icon on the top bar that you can hit to send a message no matter where you are on the site. (You can also pull it up by typing Alt+n.) This is a good way to reach out to new people.
You’ll be dealing in dollar signs instead of hashtags, but the process is very similar to building a network on Twitter. And just like the other microblogging site, you’ll get a lot more out of StockTwits once you’ve curated your stream. For more tips, check out the company’s blog.
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