Twitter Tools

There are a huge number of great free and paid Twitter tools  out there – so I thought I would share some with you.

Efficiency this service will update all of your social networks at once.

Hootsuite You can save your time and your sanity while you monitor and post to multiple social networks, including Facebook and Twitter using the HootSuite dashboard. Great tool!

TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more. find out who is following you that you need to follow and whom you are following but is not following you back. It’s a great way to reciprocate follows and to clean up non-followers.

SocialOomph this is an overall Twitter automation and productivity tool. This is great for auto-following, auto direct messaging, alerts, etc.

TweetMetrics this site carefully measures your Twitter conversations using Twitter Friends. Who is really active and engaged with you in your community? Am I really making an impact? this site allows you to post your blog posts as tweets (with links back to your blog) to your Twitter stream over a specified interval of time. Great time management and consistency tool

Crowdbooster allows you to identify your new influential followers to ensure you welcome them and follow them back if you choose.   It does this by linking with Klout, and identifying those with Klout scores of 60 or above.  It also identifies increases and decreases in follower numbers, as well as identifying your most influential followers and top retweeters

I use Manage Flitter for Unfollowing large groups of people.  I unfollow all those who aren’t following me back (with the exception of clients and a few others), and in addition I unfollow those with inactive Twitter accounts – of which there are a surprising number! This keeps my follower – followed ratio at a nice healthy number. you can use Tweetburner to share links, and more important, you can track the usage of what you post. this tool makes it easy to take mobile phone photos and share them using your Twitter account. It’s easy.

Twittlonger face it, sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough. This is for extra chatty tweeters. It allows your friends to click a link and see a longer tweet from you.

Tweet Old Post; not strictly a Twitter tool but actually a WordPress Plugin – I use this to Tweet my old blog posts from both my blogs. This gives me a steady stream of new followers and also ensures my Twitter stream is never totally empty. In addition I also use the URL shortener which automatically posts the blog to Stumble Upon. This little tip instantly doubled my traffic!

Tweetbackup allows you to run daily backup of your twitter posts which you can then export to be downloaded. Tweetbackup is the subsidiary of Backupify, a well known backup app for social media accounts.

Timely analyzes your past tweets and schedules them at suggested time slots for your optimum exposures. The timing will adjust itself after you added more tweets. Later, find out how your tweets performed in stats (number of clicks, reach and reactions). You can also skip or limit weekend posting as well.

Buffer is often compared to Timely but if you want to have control over your scheduling time then Buffer is your go-to app. Set your time slots and add up to 10 tweets for one Twitter account (Free version). Personally, I love how Buffer is integrated with other awesome apps like StrawberryJam and SocialBro. As a bookmarklet or browser add-on, you can add content easily to buffer!

Impact is the current standard for measuring your personal ifluence and impact online. You can see your retweet rate, your reach, and an analysis of your content. learn your Twitter grade, your local Twitter elite, and find new people to follow through Twitter Grader. ever wonder if your tweets have reach? This is a great tool that calculates your retweet percentage. both of these sites offer a great way to pre-populate your tweets (evergreen information, events, blog posts, quotes, etc.). Use these tools sparingly since it can disconnect you from real-time connection.

Community Builders this site helps you find other “tweeters” with similar interests. if you’re raising funds on Twitter, use Chipin to set a goal and let your supporters track the progress of the campaign. Twtvite is a simple event organizer that will help you create and find a tweetup. both tools help you reduce your clutter on Twitter by finding your friends that haven’t tweeted in a long time.

Just plain fun allows you to go back and see all your tweets in the past 12 month.Very cool tool.

Twitter for Busy People (t4bp) if you need to know at a glance what your Twitter friends are up to, this site collates their images into sections (last hour, last day, more than a day ago) and lets you hover over them for the latest update.

TwitGift this site involves money but it’s fun. It allows you to send a gift to a Twitter friend. With twitgift, you don’t have to know the shipping address, the service sends a “claims” tweet to the recipient, where they fill out their shipping address.

HootCoursethis site takes educational tweets and builds online classes around them. Students and teachers can meet in virtual classrooms to hold informal classes, complete with teaching materials and formats.

Twistorti if you need a mental break this is a beautiful mental rest stop. This site pulls in current tweets around the globe based on six keywords: love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish.

CheapTweet this site collates all the best retail offers being tweeted, and allows people to vote on the best ones, which means you could save some $$.

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