1. Set a goal
Determine what the goal(s) are for using the network. Once you have determined your goals you can then begin to make sense of the noise for personal or professional use.
2. Create lists
Using just the home feed is possibly the least effective way to use Twitter. Use a twitter list tool to categorize Twitter users into specific groups and monitor the activities of each. (For example, you could create a 'Drupal' list and include Drupal programmers, companies, marketing firms, etc…) Having lists allows you maximize the time you spend engaging with quality content and networking with influential Twitter users.
3. Advanced search
When you are using Twitter to find the latest information/news about a topic, maybe you're following a busy hashtag conversation. Maybe you want to find great content links. Maybe you want to look at pictures. Twitter has great search functionality that addresses these problems. So, if you're following the Drupal hashtag conversation and want to find an article with links, just put into the search bar:
This search term allows you to only see tweets containing the hashtag #Drupal that have an attached link. Or, if you're looking for pictures, try searching with the following query:
"pic.twitter.com" OR "instagr.am" #Drupal
This search term will allow you to see all photos Twitter and Instagram based photos tweeted within the specific hashtag.
By using the 3 simple techniques above you are now able to follow and join the conversation of categorised Twitter groups, source quality tweets containing links and find relevant photos about any specific hashtag all while reducing the Twitter noise.