December 4, 2011

Top 10 Twitter Tools (Continued)

In Friday's post, I gave you the first 5 of my 10 best Twitter tools.  The first 5 tools on my list were focused on keeping track of and organizing your followers and who you are following.  The next five tools are geared more toward Twitter content.  So back to the countdown.

5.  Buffer - This tool will analyze both your Twitter and Facebook account and determine what time of day your followers are on Twitter and when you receive the most retweets.  After your best times are analyzed and picked you can add updates to your buffer and they will automatically be sent at your scheduled best times of day.   Buffer also helps to not overwhelm your followers with too many tweets at one time.  Instead just add the post to your buffer.  They also have browser extensions to add to your buffer from any website.

6.  Tweepi - Tweepi allows you to make sense of your Twitter account.   The dashboard will tell you how many people you are following that aren't following you back and vise versa with easy options to clean these up.  You can also choose to follow users based on user lists or a certain user's followers and even analyze other Twitter user's accounts.  When you are choosing who to follow or unfollow, you can sort your list by certain criteria.  You can see Klout scores, when last tweeted, how many tweets and retweets, if validated or not, how many followers and following and more.

7.  Twylah -   Twylah takes the mess out of your Twitter stream.  It filters and arranges your account into a single page that sums up who you are and what you talk about.  

8.  Twitter Karma -   It's a flash application that fetches your friends and followers and displays them, letting you quickly navigate through them.  By default, the list is sorted by last update, showing those that most recently updated first.  You can sort the list alphabetically either ascending or descending by Twitter ID. You can filter the list in several ways: only friends or only followers, all friends or all followers, and mutual friends.

9.  Strawberry Jam -  This tool goes through the links in your Twitter account and picks out the most popular ones.  You can show popular links form the last 24, 16 or 8 hours.  You can also search anything you like and get the popular links for that topic.  This tool helps you stay in tune with your followers and what they are talking about.

10.   Who Tweeted Me -    Content analytics from Hubspot.   This tool will analyze a URL and show you its most influential retweeters, potential reach and timeline. Due to Twitter API limitations, It works best on blog post URLs that are between 1 day and 2 weeks old.    

These are the tools that helped me get my Twitter account back on track, and I hope you find them useful also.  If you have a favorite free Twitter tool, please comment below and share.
"Happy Tweeting"



December 2, 2011

Top 10 Free Twitter Tools

I have been a member of Twitter for a little while now, and had about 1400 followers.  Then I got "Twitter Lazy".  I was not very active for a few months.  One day I got an e-mail from Twitter Counter with my stats.  I had not checked out my twitter stats in some time, and I am so glad that I did.  I had started losing followers at an increasingly steady pace.  My follower count had fell below 1200. 

I decided that I needed to take immediate action.  I realized I was not using twitter properly and therefore not receiving any of the benefits from my account.  I am sure you have heard these basic Twitter rules before, but they are very true.  You MUST engage your followers, respond to tweets and mentions.  Thank your followers when they mention you or give you a retweet. The other main rule is to tweet quality content.  Your tweets should be interesting, helpful, humorous or inspiring to your followers. 

I immediately started following these 2 simple rules and was quite impressed with the results.  In just a few months, my main (work at home mom ) account just passed 2000 followers.  I also started a 2nd Twitter account (movies & television) to go with my new blog, at around the same time.  I now have almost 400 followers of that account.  So, I figure just from a little extra effort I gained approximately 1200 new connections.  I have met some great people, gained some valuable information, received referrals, got some laughs and more. 

During this process I also found some tools that help me do this easily and save me time.  I picked my favorites and developed a list of My Top 10 Twitter Tools.  These are all free to use.  Some have upgrade uptions for more detailed stats, but I am doing just fine without paying.  To not make this post too long, I will post the first five today and the other five on Sunday.  

  1. Twitter Counter - I receive a weekly email with my account stats.  It tells you how many new followers gained and predicts how many you will gain or lose next week.  Graphs display your tweeting activity and you can also compare your stats with another Twitter account's stats.  Alerts and automatic tweets can be set for reaching Twitter milestones.
  2. Follow Friday Helper -  This tool keeps track of all the people that have mentioned and retweeted you along with the details of those tweets..  You can easily tweet responses with tags such as #FollowFriday, #Gratitude, #TY, #MustFollow.  One easy click on whoever you want to add to the tweet and send. 
  3. Formulists - This is the best tool for organizing your twitter account.  You can create lists of your followers or whom you are following by filtering into different categories.  For example, I have lists of new followers, who retweet me the most, have form of blog in Twitter bio and have marketing included in bio.  You can filter by location, when last tweeted, bio information, key words and etc.  These lists are self- updating, so it does all the work for you.
  4. True Twit - This is a Twitter validation tool to avoid robots and spammers.   All of your new followers are sent a validation request via direct message. If your follower successfully completes the CAPTCHA (or is already a TrueTwit user), you are sent an email indicating they are a TrueTwit-validated human!  You can also choose to auto-follow new validated users and auto-unfollow users that have unfollowed you.
  5. TwitPic -  Share media on Twitter in real time.  You can post photos or videos to TwitPic from your phone, from the site, or through email.  Also view other popular or trending pics.
    Remember to check back Sunday for 5 more top tools to improve your Twitter experience.  Until then, wishing you Happy Tweeting:)


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