Twitter is today one of the largest, most active and fastest growing social networks. It is essential that you know how to get the most out of twitter of you’re planing to have a good online presence with a large and active social network. You can do this the hard way to tweeting and tweeting but you can also use tools to make things work faster and more efficiently for you. This post covers the most essential tools currently available and focus on tools for building popularity and for managing your connections. (updated section on tweet adder)
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Update: I have added more tips under tweet adder and then I have added twitterfeed.com… I have used it for month and then I forgot to include it…!#%&# Great tool.
Tools for building your twitter popularity
This site provides information on the popularity of twitter hastags (words starting with a #). This is useful when you want to categorize your tweets to make it easier for others to find your them and improving the chance that you’re heard in the tweetsphere. This is important!
This is a simple service that makes it simple to update your entire social network in one place. It will update your status on most of the popular social networks you will be using. This tool is useful for making your life easier while building up online presence.
If you’re using ping.fm you should consider hootsuite as it connects to your ping.fm account and at the same time adds important features you want to have. First of all it works with the ow.ly link shortener which allows you to keep track of how effective your tweeted links are (essential if you’re a blogger). hootsuite also allow you to use a send later feature making it possible to record tweets that are sent through out the day (and when using ping.fm it will go to your entire network). hootsuite is a full twitter interface providing the tools you need. It also integrates with tools like wordpress allowing you to post from hootsuite to wordpress. If you are also looking for best WordPress themes then have a look.
Twitterfeed is a great automation tool focused on picking up updated to your blog feed and turning these into updates in your social network. twitterfeed was originally a twitter tool but today it also supports other social network services like fx. facebook and ping.fm. The tool gives you great configuration control and I have been very happy for it. Only sad thing about it is the lack of ow.ly support but there are several url shortening services to choose from.
Tweetdeck is one of the most popular twitter front ends and for a reason. Its based on Adobe Air and is looking great and then it makes working with twitter so easy. First of all it has a number of default columns showing you essential information, tweets from your friends, retweet of your tweets, new followers, Direct messages and then it allows you to create your own own columns. You may want to keep track on tweets that people categorize as #interesting and you can create a column showing the tweets as they roll in. TweetDeck is also linked up to facebook. You can set it up to use hootsuite for url shortening to keep track of your link popularity.
socialoomph has a lot of feature but they are not free all of them. It can connect to ping.fm like hootsuite but it will cost you money. What it does for free is allowing you to set up automated Direct Message delivery to new followers. This is a pretty useful feature, maybe it is not “social” but it is important to make the initial connection and say thank you for the follow. You can also for free set up auto follow and unfollow jobs. Going prof. will currently cost you $27 and I will bet my old hat that you will not be using all the features… there are MANY!
I have been using this tool for several month. It is not free ($55 one time payment for a single twitter profile and $74 for five profiles and so on…) but you get a lot of useful features for that. First of all You can manage more than one twitter profile. You can set up a multitude of tweets in the software, and allow the software to spread them out through out the day to keep you actively involved on twitter while you enjoy yourself with your free time. You can also Automate Direct Messages, auto Follow Twitter Users, Auto Unfollow Twitter Users, keeps track of people you have unfollowed so that you do not re-follow them, and much more. Take a look at the full feature list and try watching some of their videos. This tool can really help you build your twitter popularity!
Read my full review here: Tweet Adder – Put Twitter on Autopilot and Rapidly Grow Your Network of Followers
Update: I read somewhere this morning that users that are following many others are likely to have auto follow turned on. Still you may not be interested in hooking up with anyone and want to find targeted users. So I was playing around with tweet adder today and found it very useful for following targeted users that are likely to follow you back. On the Search tab there are several cool ways to search for tweets or user profiles that interest you. The picture below show you a search on User Profiles where the keywords photoshop and design is found. The result page is shown on the right. I have ordered the list after number of followers because I want to follow users with many followers (hoping to be auto-followed). Once you have checked the users you want to follow click on save checked.You can save to file also but for now lets save to the database.
On the Follow tab you will be able to send follows to the users you just selected. Take care not to send to many follows on one day. You can limit the number of follows sent by typing a number in. Then press Start under “Send Follows Now”.
I have seen today that this seams to be a good way to gain targeted followers but I have to come back later with results after trying this for a few weeks.
Twollo is a tool for finding and hooking up with twitters with interests like your own. It does this based on keywords you provide and will allow you to automatically follow the targeted twitters. This tool is not free any more but quite powerful for building targeted followers automatically.
TwitterLocal is an Adobe Air application used to watch the Twitter public feed, caching all Tweets with a valid location. People were able to generate feeds from this site based on location, as well as use the TwitterLocal AIR client to subcribe to location feeds.
Tweetcloud was born out of a project to synthesize meaning from a high volume of short messages. the goal is to quickly show users “what’s being said” across the Twittersphere or from a specific Twitter user through an intuitive interface (a cloud). Enjoy and let us know what you think.
This tool is used by many bloggers to show the feedburner look-a-like counter of how many followser they have (also used on tripwiremagazine.com in top right sidebar). twittercounter can also be used to analyse other accounts and see how they have developed. But I think the most interesting use case is getting detailed information on how your own popularity is developing fx. if you’re trying out a new idea. You can also compare with other twitter accounts!
Find new followers based on the keywords you enter.
This list is being constantly updated so you can find out who the most popular twitter users are. Also You can get detailed statistics about Your twitter account.
Twitt(url)y does a nice job of providing a Techmeme style representation of up and coming URLs that are mentioned in individual Tweets. You can filter out Tweets by language and what’s neat is that the links are kept accurate whether Tweets use a URL shortening service or not by actually visiting each link. Twitt(url)y is a useful site as an early warning on news and trends.
Just Tweet It was created to make it easier for people using the popular micro-blogging service Twitter to find other “Tweeters” with similar interests.
Tools for managing your twitter relationships
Now that you’ve beefed up your list of people to follow, who shouldn’t be following you? If there are opportunistic marketers following everyone under the sun in the hopes those good souls will just automatically follow them back, this tool might help identify those whom you may want to block.
TweepSearch was created to allow people on Twitter to search their followers bio and location information. Twitter doesn’t currently have a bio search and as your Twitter network grows, it’s nice to be able to look through your tweeps.
Twitter Grader is a free tool that allows you to check the power of your twitter profile compared to millions of other users that have been graded. Using a detailed 5 piece algorithm, Twitter Grader assigns every users you run through its system a grade from 1-100. Using this tool you can investigate how engaged the people you’re following are and that can help you decide if you want to keep following them.
Twitterless tells you who stops following you and graphs your follower history over time, making this info available in a variety of useful views.
twInfluence is a simple tool for measuring the combined influence of twitterers and their followers, with a few social network statistics thrown in as bonus.
Tweepler is a new follower management application that lets you make quick, one click decisions about whether to follow people back or drop them into an ignore pile (out of sight, out of mind). In addition to being able to view recent tweets, Tweepler gives helpful stats about new followers, such as average tweets per day.
The purpose of this little script is to allow a Twitter user to “follow” a bunch of other Twitter users in one fell swoop—a Twitter friend list generator if you will. Just enter URL that points to a list of twitter usernames or enter the list of usernames manually.
Twitter Karma is a great app that lets you sort through all of your follows and see who’s not following you in return, who you have a mutual follow/follow-back relationship with, and who is following you that you’re not following back.
My Tweeple is a great way to manage all of my Twitter people in one place. You can easily see who You’re following and who’s following You. With a simple click, You can follow, unfollow, or block people, and these changes instantly update Twitter.
Friend or Follow does more or less the same thing as Twitter Karma, helping you figure out who your friends, follows, and fans are on Twitter. The difference is in the presentation, and it might be a little easier to use for those with a large number of follows or followers.
Once you’ve done your initial cleaning, Qwitter is a nice app that will update you via email whenever someone stops following you. It will even let you know what you tweeted that caused them to stop following you, which could be useful (if you lose five followers every time you tweet about your cat, for example, that might be a hint to stop talking so much about your cat if you want to retain followers).
Nest.Unclutterer will automatically block Twitter users who are following more than a certain number of people or who have been inactive for a certain number of days. You can specify those thresholds and white list certain tweeps so that they are exempt from the cleaning. Nest.Unclutterer is actually less about who you’re following, and more about making sure people following you are actually friends you want to be associated with.
Mr. Tweet is a great tool to find most relevant people, interesting conversations, get useful statistics and more.
MyCleenr is a unique way to sort your friends by their last tweets. It allows you to get rid off all the inactive and useless accounts that you are following! Bad thing is, this tool is limited to help only people with 700 followers for now.
Twitoria scans through your Twitter account and finds anyone who has been inactive for the past week, two weeks, month, two months, six months, or year.
This tool helps to “cut through the clutter” to find other Twitter users in a specific industry using this service.
This is a twitter automation tool where you fx. can set up campaigns that auto-delete people that don’t follow you back. Its in the same category as Tweet Adder but you have less control and configuration options. The tool is not free.