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30 Very Useful Twitter Tools You Must Be Aware Of

By Tad Chef / November 14, 2008

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There are numerous ways of using Twitter for everything from business to fun. The key to using Twitter effectively is the use of tools. Without tools Twitter can be overwhelming and difficult to fathom. There are numerous tools though that allow you to sift through this massive resource of latest news, links and gossip.

So what are the Twitter tools that really make a difference for advanced Twitter users?

I selected just the best of them: 30+ Twitter tools that are most useful right now. Most of these tools have been around for years so they have a sound business model. They simplify manifold tasks but have one thing in common: you must be aware of these tools in case you’re serious about Twitter participation.



Standalone and Web Based Twitter Clients

CoTweet
CoTweet is a solid and free web based Twitter client with some useful CRM features aimed at business users. I use it quite often.

TweetDeck
Sleek Adobe Air desktop client for Twitter offering a good overview with several panes.

Seesmic
Seesmic is like both CoTweet and Tweetdeck, they have a web based client and and Adobe Air based app with similar features. They even support Facebook and other services as well.

twhirl
One of the more popular Twitter clients from the early days of Twitter. I can still recommend it.

Spaz
Cross platform open source Twitter client for Mac, Windows and Linux.

Hahlo
Web based iPhone (and iPod Touch) optimized Twitter app that works inside modern browsers as well.





Misc. Twitter Tools
ManageFlitter
An advanced twitter contact management tool I can highly recommend.

Twellow
Twellow is the “Yellow Pages” of Twitter.

iTweet
This is an alternative web based interface for Twitter and indeed it’s a little more usable than the default one on Twitter.com

TwitterCounter
This is a Twitter followers counter similar to the Feedburner count for blog subscribers.

Paper.li
Ever wanted to publish a newspaper? Paper.li does it on your behalf. Just pick the sources, be it people or hashtags.

Magpie
Magpie is an ad-network for Twitter. It boast that users can make something like 50 to 200$ a month just by tweeting.



Twitter WordPress Plugins

Twitter Tools by Alex King
I use this set of tools over on my own SEO blog and it works fine, you can even tweet from the WordPress backend and your blog address will be used as the client (software) link.

WP to Twitter
Twitter updater plugin using the SEO friendly Cli.gs short URL service for tweeting your posts.

Reliable Twitter
This WordPress plugin uses the Google Ajax API to get a reliable stream of tweets to your blog sidebar.



Firefox Extensions for Twitter

Echofon
Simple but effective and popular Twitter Firefox add on. I use Echofox as my main Twitter client for several years now.

TwitBin
Even simpler Twitter add on for Firefox.

HootBar
Let’s you post to Twitter right from the address bar of your browser.



Twitter Social News

Topsy
Search the most popular current stories shared on Twitter. Also available this week, month or all time search.

Trunk.ly
This is Delicious-like social bookmarking for Twitter but it’s automated. It collects the links you share on Twitter, Facebook, Delicious and everywhere, saves them as bookmarks with tags. You share them with others as well.

TweetMeme
Find out the most popular stories as as shared via the Tweetmeme button.

Twitturly
Social news like interface for the currently hot tweets.

MicroBlogBuzz
Shows you what’s most popular today, this week etc. on Twitter and across the other common microblogging platforms.

Twitturls
Shows the latest and most popular links on Twitter.



Twitter Analytics

Klout
Klout is probably the most widely used tool to determine a person’s (or account’s9 authority on Twitter. The sheer number of followers is a worthless metric.

bit.ly
Use bit.ly as URL shortener and you can loo up how many peopel cliecked the actual links along with some other stats. For shortening links you can also use j.mp – it’s even shorter and does not have a domain from Libya (.ly)

TweetReach
Tweetreach is an analytics tool that estimates the number of impressions you have received even listing the users who provided them. It’s quite biased though as impression by large numbers of bot followers do not mean much. So make sure to weed out the automated accounts when considering the numbers.

TweetStats
This statistic tool measures everything from when you tweet (weekdays, time of day) to who your real friends are by counting how often you address people.

Twist
Twist allows you to quickly view and compare popularity trends on Twitter. It’s similar to Google Trends.

FriendOrFollow.com
This tool compares your list of friends with your followers and shows you who does not follow you back.



These 30+ Twitter tools will allow you a seamless integration of Twitter in your daily routine but make sure you know what you doing on Twitter and have some business objectives.

This post has been originally published on November 14th, 2008. It was last updated: May 3rd, 2011. Numerous links have been removed and added. Many descriptions have been altered.

 

* Image by Noël Zia Lee

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