Twitter is probably something you use both in work and private. This free service has made a revolution in the world of Social Media since it’s birth back in 2006. Twitter can be so easy, but can also get a bit complicated once you start handling several accounts, thousands of followers and so on.
In this article I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite Twitter-tools to help you get more out of this service. I am personally on Twitter daily, connecting with potential clients, friends, promoting articles and so on. All of this quickly takes up a lot of your time, but it can pay you back in many ways.
When it comes to clients for actually managing Twitter itself, the options are many. My favorite is the adobe air-based TweetDeck that I’ve used for over a year now. The options are many though, so you should check out a few of them to see which one you feel fits your style the best. What’s best for me, doesn’t have to be what’s best for you. To help you get started, here are some of the more known ones: TweetDeck, Hootsuite, Twhirl, Twitterrific, Tweetie, Seesmic.
Now, let’s get started with the Tools I wanted to show you!
It’s probably no coincidence that over 2000 Twitter users sign up for this service on a daily basis. This tool helps you publish your RSS Feed to Twitter or Facebook. How your feed appears is highly customizable – and it all takes only a minute or two to set up. Many people think this is the best way to combine RSS with Twitter. It’s a great tool for making sure your new posts get out there or even add the feed to your favorite news site. Many options. Big plus for all the options on how to customize.
Once you start getting a decent amount of followers, it can be easy to loose track of things. This tool let’s you manage your contacts a lot easier. It’s really easy: enter your screen name and find out who’s following you that you don’t follow back – and vice versa.
3. Twit cleaner
A bit similar to the previous one, but this takes it all a step further if needed. See who appears to be spammers, bots and so on. This tool digs through all you’re following and gives you a report. Very useful to clean up your stream of tweets to focus on the info you actually want to get.
Considered one of the top analytic tools. Shows various stats related to the frequency of your tweeting. If you’re just a “normal” tweeter it won’t be groundbreaking but if you want to see some actual stats and use them – this is a good choice!
Great tool to search for links. Find out who’s actually linked to your website/posts. Can prove useful for bloggers and business owners.
Find out which of the people you follow that haven’t updated for a long time and get rid of them with a click. BUT be aware that it can only be used 3 times a month for free. Still quite valuable if you have many users and want to drop the dead weight.
Great free tool to find the most interactive people to follow plus unfollow those that don’t interact or spam and so on. Find those who best match your interests. Clean up your account and refresh it with some new users. The tool is currently “very much a beta” but seems to work really well currently.
If you want to see if one specific person follows another specific person, this is the tool to use. Easy and simple – just like it should be!
Great one to get spammers and bots out of your time-line.
If you use Twitter a lot, this one could come in handy for you. Manage followers, reply to direct messages and follow people back – all from your email! These are features that many people think should have been included in Twitter to begin, with but they’re not.
TwitPay uses Twitter and your PayPal account to pay someone. Maybe not the type of payment that you’d be comfortable paying for anything with (as it sends out a message), but it’s great for fundraisers. A campaign to have people tweet to give money for Haiti, raised millions.
Twitter let’s you know when you’ve gained new followers – but not when you’ve lost any. That’s where this tool comes in handy. In the long run it could be interesting to know after which of your tweets people stop following you. This tool will notify you of that via a mail-address of your choice.
This let’s you share files of max 10mb on Twitter and is quite handy for many people. Images, videos or an mp3 of you singing along to your favorite song? It’s all possible with TweetCube.
E-mail your secret TwitterMail address. The body of the message will be published in your profile. If anyone send you a @reply it will be sent to your email address. You can also post images via mail.
Compose a list of future tweets and schedule them. Can be very handy if you want to schedule #FollowFriday, birthday greetings or any other tweets.
Those were our 15 picks. There are hundreds of other free tools out there to make your Twitter-life a bit easier. We hope these can help you get a better view of what’s going on and save you some time in a busy schedule.
We’d also love to hear your comments, or maybe you have some other good tools to share with us?