1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

16 Must Have Tools for Twitter Users

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by aistee, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. aistee

    aistee Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    358
    Likes Received:
    222
    Home Page:
    Hands up if you're a Twitterholic. Yes, my hand's up too. If you love the micro-blogging platform Twitter as much as I do, then keep reading.

    I've put together a líst of the coolest plug-ins and apps designed for us Twitterholics and scored each out of five on the *must have* scale.

    Twitter Specific Tools:

    1) TwitterFox is a Firefox extension that notifies you of your friends' status on Twitter and lets you make posts from your browser status bar. It also allows you to switch between multiple Twitter accounts in one click. This is my #1 must-have, deal-breaker, cannot live without Twitter plug-in.

    Must Have Scale (5): • • • • •


    2) Retweet This is an application designed for use with the Greasemonkey Firefox plug-in. It allows you to append a retweet button to the end of each Twitter entry to encourage your followers to retweet your posts.

    Must Have Scale (3): • • •

    3) Classify Twitter Users is a script that allows you to classify Twitter users and decide whether they are worth following based on their friends, followers and post ratios. Another Greasemonkey app, it's a great tool to help you weed out the Twitter spammers and fan boys from the socially healthy.

    You can set the script to use your Twitter user scales (e.g. spammer, social climber, social rock star) or just gather more information about people you are following.

    Must Have Scale (4): • • • •

    4) TwittAd allows Twitter users to monetize their account by accepting advertising on the background image of their Twitter user profile. You decide the duration and price advertisers pay for exposure and get paíd for every hour you serve the ad.

    Must Have Scale (2): • •

    5) TwitterCounter lets you add a daily updating TwitterCounter to your blog so everybody can see how popular you are by the number of persons following you.

    Must Have Scale (3): • • •

    6) TweetBeep is just like having Google Alerts for Twitter. It enables you to keep track of conversations that mention you, your products or your company via email. You can even keep track of who's tweeting your website or blog. It's a great tool for online reputation management and you don't even have to be a Twitter user to benefit from it. TweetBeep is another one of my personal *must haves*.

    Must Have Scale (4): • • • •


    7) Twitter Grader measures the reach and authority of a Twitter user, calculated by the pace of their updates, the completeness of their profile, their number of followers and the network power of those followers.

    Twitter Grader displays as a score out of 100 and is consistently updating and adapting as your Twitter account grows. Based on those grades, Twitter Grader lists the Twitter Elite globally and in each country, just like Technorati does for bloggers.

    Must Have Scale (3): • • •

    8) TwitPic, as the name suggests, is a photo sharing tool for Twitter. When logged in, it allows you to upload photos and post them with comments as a Tweet. It works with a range of Twitter clients such as Twitterific, Twhirl and MobileTwitter and stores all your photos in a single location with updated viewing stats. As far as Twitter image sharing goes, this is king for reliability.

    Must Have Scale (5): • • • • •

    9) Twuffer is a Twitter buffer. It allows Twitter users to compose a líst of future tweets, and schedule their release. Twuffer is ideal for making hourly, daily or monthly announcements or send post-dated birthday greetings or reminders to people about upcoming events. It's also perfect if you're the type of person who wants to give the impression that you don't ever sleep.

    Must Have Scale (3): • • •

    10) Twistori I have a real soft spot for this one. One of the developers is Amy Hoy, one of my favorite speakers from Webstock 2008 and a goth geek to boot. Twistori is a social experiment that taps into the Twitter conversations revolving around life's central activities: Love, Hate, Think, Believe, Feel, Wish. You can click on any of these emotions and witness a live feed of Tweets that use them. It's voyeuristic and utterly compelling.

    Must Have Scale (4): • • • •

    11) iTweet is another interface for Twitter. It has built-in auto-refresh, search and hash tags and features full follow, block and notifications features. Users can view and post user bio, location and URLs inline with their tweets. Another cool feature of iTweet is the ability to Retweet a user post with a single click.

    Must Have Scale (3): • • •

    12) Twitturly is a service for tracking what URLs people are talking about as they talk about them on Twitter. Similar to Digg, on Twitturly, people "vote" for a URL. The more votes it gets the better it ranks. If it does well enough, it gets promoted to the home page and as the votes rise it gets displayed higher up the home page. Twitturly differs from Digg in that instead of voting on their site, you vote by participating on Twitter. Each time that you send a link to your followers on Twitter, Twitturly takes a note of it and applies your vote to that URL. It's a great way to follow the loudest global conversations.

    Must Have Scale (4): • • • •

    13) Mr Tweet is another big favorite of mine. Similar to LinkedIn , it looks through your extended network and makes suggestions to help you build effective relationships on Twitter. For example, which of your followers should you be following in return? Who are the most influential people you should be following? Who are your followers following?

    Must Have Scale (5): • • • • •

    14) Twitter Search is Twitter's own built-in and oft-overlooked search tool. You can use it to search for other Twitter users, keywords, hash tag topics and a range of cool shortcut items.

    Must Have Scale (4): • • • •

    Non Twitter Specific Tools:

    15) FlipTitle is, not surprisingly, a tool that enables you to flip text upside down. It's great for Twitter because sometimes your tweets can get lost in the conversation. Using FlipTitle makes sure they get noticed.

    Must Have Scale (2): • •

    16) Bit.ly is a very cool URL shortener that also includes click-thru statistics. Why is it perfect for Twitter? Because the length of the converted URLs is generally much shorter than other URL converters like TinyURL. When you are tweeting, space is premium as your whole post can only consist of 140 characters including spacing.

    The other neat thing aspect of Bit.ly is that it keeps a record of clicks that your URLs received and where they originated from. It even provides a share button so you can re-tweet your URLs on Twitter or send them to friends on Facebook, Gmail or another email client.

    Must Have Scale (5): • • • • •

    So there you have it, 16 cool tools to help you indulge your Twitter addiction.

    Happy Tweeting!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 48
  2. yoyas

    yoyas Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    397
    Location:
    Spain
    Great post! I know some of them but I always doubt if I can rust in them. If they wanted, they could steal the account... but anyway, I continue on using them. ;)
     
  3. dhamma_man

    dhamma_man Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    613
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Northern California
    aistee-

    Ditto with yoyas, great post! I've not done twitter in almost a year, simply because it took up too much of my time keeping track and I wasn't able to do anything with it to monetize it.

    Since I've been reading the twitter threads on here, I see how people have really taken it to the next level, and now with your post, I'm really getting excited about it again.

    Thanks given, + rep given! Have a happy holiday!

    Cheers! :)
    _
     
  4. aistee

    aistee Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    358
    Likes Received:
    222
    Home Page:
    Tanks Dhamma. If you need anything or got any questiosn let me know. I only get better at what I do when i share my findings.
     
  5. bhfree

    bhfree Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    152
    Great info, thanks a lot.
    Merry Christmas! :)
     
  6. megaplex

    megaplex Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    404
    Likes Received:
    81
    Occupation:
    Apprentice Muppet
    Location:
    Australia
    Home Page:
    excellent will give me a good start to being a twit
     
  7. choad

    choad Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    119
    o_O ty for this these are some nice tools

    will put it to good use

    hopefully
     
  8. vipey

    vipey Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2008
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    108
    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    UK
    also have a look at tweetsuite wp plugin
     
  9. steveJD

    steveJD Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2008
    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    142
    Should probably add tweet-sql, its got a free trial but works pretty well if you develop applications with SQL server.
     
  10. garfield77

    garfield77 Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    23
    great post. thanks
     
  11. johnd01

    johnd01 Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2008
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    2
    You take a few letters out of that word and it describes me perfectly during high school.

    Ok, even now.
     
  12. rambolincoln

    rambolincoln Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    12
    Great post
     
  13. alienmare

    alienmare Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    4
    some interesting tools
     
  14. megaplex

    megaplex Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    404
    Likes Received:
    81
    Occupation:
    Apprentice Muppet
    Location:
    Australia
    Home Page:
    What about Twitter Snipe?
     
  15. imerxp

    imerxp Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2008
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    62
    Occupation:
    IMer
    Location:
    PC front
    Home Page:
    aistee...
    what is your twitter account?? I want to follow you :)
     
  16. KingNut

    KingNut Newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    62
    Thanks - appreciate the info :)
     
  17. yachi

    yachi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Messages:
    469
    Likes Received:
    56
    Occupation:
    WordPress, Plugins, PHP, Bootstrap
    Location:
    Delhi, India
    Home Page:
    Wow...amazing post. There were so many things I didn't know about twitter. Thanks.
     
  18. calabama

    calabama Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2009
    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    242
    Aistee,

    Thanks for the list and ranking of all the Twitter tools!

    I'd like to initially add LivelyBrowser to your list -- even though it is a pay for tool. Lively is a BHW member AND has the best tool on the market. I even prefer it to Hummingbird.

    Given all the Twitter activity, and knowledge, I think we should have a dedicated Twitter area.

    Your post proves that Twitter is *the* thing at the moment -- and at least for 2-3 years to come.

    If Oprah is Tweeting... then we now have the *perfect* demographic for our needs!
     
  19. aistee

    aistee Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    358
    Likes Received:
    222
    Home Page:
    My Account is in the link in the top.

    I here alot of good things about livelyBrowser. But I lack the cash to try it. I am going through a divorce and I have a sick son, and alone mothers don't tend to make alot of money - do they now?

    I do have Twittercockpit ( or tweetlater pro if you like) though. It is BAD ASS! The best twitt tool yet if you ask me.

    You can get it here: http://www.tweetlater.com/84754.html
    - Yes that is my affiliate link. Please don't bann me, but I really need the cash if anyone buys..
     
  20. rugbyman

    rugbyman Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2008
    Messages:
    275
    Likes Received:
    48
    Occupation:
    Guaranteed Adult Links
    Home Page:
    great collection of tools and thanks for sharing it here..