With so many great Twitter tools out there, it’s hard to know which ones to trust with your Twitter account management. I have tried quite a few. Here is my personal top ten list of Twitter applications and tools.
1. Social Media Dashboard – Hootsuite
Hootsuite is one of my personal favorites as far as Twitter management is concerned, and is also quite popular amongst the social media elite. It is a freemium tool, meaning that you can use the free plan if you have fewer than five social profiles to manage. However if you want amore power you can purchase the Pro version for unlimited social profiles including enhanced analytics at only 5.99USD per month.
For me … I like the user interface … especially the way you can access multiple feeds, searches, lists, accounts and social networks easily on one screen … not just on the computer but also on the iPad (and easily access it on the iPhone). I also like the browser integration and schedule post features and use both regularly. For me Hootsuite is central to my social media activities.
2. Twitter Tools – WordPress Tools to enable auto-publishing from WordPress to Twitter … and Twitter to WordPress.
I have only just started to use Twitter Tools. Previously I had used Twitterfeed. For the most part I liked Twitterfeed but there was a delay to posts going out (it checked every 30 minutes my feed and then posted) and I had no control on a post by post basis whether a message would be sent. With Twitter Tools … it solves both problems. The post goes out minutes after it is posted up on my blog and I can choose whether to include it or not.
The other feature of Twitter Tools I have not used yet … that of Twitter publishing to the blog. (You can have your tweets published as posts). I am not really into this idea. I have done various versions of showing the twitter feed. But who knows I might be eating my words in time to come.
3. Social Oomph
Social Oomph (formerly TweetLater) is a free service that lets you set up auto following of anyone who follows you, auto Direct Messages (DM’s) to anyone who follows you, and scheduled tweets. This can be a very useful tool. However I recommend that you think carefully about how your use the Direct Messages to people that follow you. You don’t want to spam your new followers.
I am a big fan of Follow Friday (although for me I often send it on Saturday .. well it is still Friday in the US). I like the idea of once a week to say … hey I think that these people are great, I got alot out of what they have to say and I want to share that with all of my followers. So while I do have a few standards that I regularly #FF … I also want to be able to have some that fluctuate based on what has happened during the week .. but I don’t necessarily want to go through all of my retweets, mentions and other tweets. This is where Follow Friday Helper comes in. It helps you by creating a list, shows you information on each of their suggestions and gives you access to the tweets that the recommendations are based. So if you want to fo #FF and do it quickly and easily .. Follow Friday Helper is a great help
I like to keep a record of what I have said on Tweeter. I think that it is important to know what you have said and be able to access it in the future … but did you know that only your most recent 3200 tweets are searchable either via the Twitter API or the Twitter website (it is not that the tweets are lost you just can’t get to them). So if you want to keep a record of your tweets you need to use a backup solution. This is of course where TweetBackUp comes in. It is a very easy to use free tool that backs-up your twitter account daily and provides for you a complete record of all of your tweets. Keep access to your history and use TweetBackUp
Paper.li is an application that can make any Twitter list or feed look like an online newspaper website, complete with headlines, photos, articles, and a newspaper-style layout. I like it as a great way to aggregate content on a particular area of interest into a format like a newspaper. It makes it really easy to read a large amount of content on similar topics from a range of websites (ie news, blogs, video sites … well really anything as long as someone has tweeted about it with a link).
Formulists a great list creation and management tool that allows users to effortlessly generate dynamic and personalized Twitter lists that continuously self-update. For me I use Formulist to help me with my Paper.Li. It is a great way to automate and build lists to assist with your newspaper.
Influence Measures as far as my use goes they are a bit of fun … but for people from brands, PR companies and media they are serious business tools used to help get a better understand of the social media landscape and potential partners.
Klout is the one that I use the most (and for the longest). It measures your influence across social media including Twitter, Facebook (Facebook pages coming soon), LinkedIn, Foursquare, Youtube, Instagram, Tumblr, Blogger, Last.fm and Flickr (Google+ and WordPress coming soon). Currently my Klout is 51 … whatever that means.
Bit.ly is just a URL shortening service right? Wrong! Bit.ly is a free and powerful tool in your Twitter arsenal. Use your account to shorten and share links to multiple Twitter accounts, view stats for any Bit.ly links you share through their interface and plug your Bit.ly API key into other twitter tools to get stats for links you share through those applications as well. If you want to take your account to the next level you can create your own custom short domain to match your brand. This means that like Mashable with on.mash.to or Amazon’s amzn.to you can use small URLs but also keep using your brand. Great idea … but maybe a bit out of my league for the moment.
Tweepi is a great too that can help you clean up your Twitter account followers. Want to look at who you are following, if they are following you back, removing those people that have left the Twittersphere .. or on the lookout for new and interesting people … Tweepi can help you. This is not one I use regularly but I find that it is good for a general ‘sping clean’ of the twitter account. One thing I like is the face that you can before you start doing the review you can just safelist (whitelist) some twitter accounts that you just know you want to follow (and don’t care if they follow you back or how much they tweet) before you start the review. A great tool to use when you feel that your
What do you think? Do you agree with the ones I have selected? Have I missed any that you find indespensible? Do you think that I have some there that just don’t ‘cut the mustard’? I would love to know what you find to be useful.