My Essential Twitter Tools

Find me at jowyang on Twitter

Many conversations are shifting to Twitter, this post proves it (network with others, by adding those in the comments). Twitter is extensible, and many third-party developers are creating tools around the simple data being exported for a variety of unique applications.

If you’re using Twitter for personal, corporate use, or to manage the brand of a client, you’ll need the right tools to find and engage the discussions.

Here are the tools that I’m using to improve my Twitter experience, note that all of these are using my profile, but you can change to fit your needs.

1) Client: Although I mainly use the browser to see what’s going on (I click on profiles to see what people have said) Twhirl is the most popular client, using adobe air technology. Leave this on your desktop, instead of going to browser, also these clients may be more accurate in seeing who’s replying to you, unlike the browser version.

2) Search: Use Tweetscan (Update: I now use Summize as it can track conversations) to see who’s talking about you, your brand, or a topic you’re interested in. For example, I may not just search on “jowyang” but also on “owyang” as some don’t use the full name.

3) Conversations: Quotably is the top ‘conversation’ tracker, it threads together the discussions that members are having by looking at the replies, interesting to see how conversations spiral into different threads.

4) Aggregation: Friendfeed puts all of our RSS content onto one page, making it easy to see from one glance (rather than going to different properties) and you can even reply from friendfeed to different tools. It’s smarter to organize around people, rather than tools.

5) Tagging Content: For advanced users, you can start to use the hashag “#” to add metadata around any tweet, this becomes more important as we rate and tag content. Here’s a helpful primer. I’m not making much use of this feature –yet.

6) Location Based:
If you live in a particular area, and want to parse out a specific location, this Twitterlocal filter finds tweets based upon a users profile location. If you’ve a local business, this could become useful.

7) Alerts:
(update) Often, people will blog about the conversations that happen in twitter, the conversation shifts back to blogs. As a result, I setup Google Alerts for the phrase @jowyang, I see it appear 3-5 times a week on blogs. Thanks Andrew for the reminder in the comments.

I should add that I check to see who is replying to me from my mobile phone, and sometimes update from mobile phone.

Out of the 6, now 7 tools I listed above, which ones do you use, or are there others you recommend?

  • Nick

    Can I recommend http://www.twttrblogs.com Great new site.

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  • http://oceanzealotramblings.blogspot.com OceanZealot

    Thanks for posting such a wonderful source of Twitter information. Twitter has become quite a social media tool, hasn’t it? I recently wrote a blog about Twitter on the internet, What the Tweet?. When you get a chance, please stop by and read it. I would appreciate any comments you have to offer on OceanZealot’s Ramblings

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    that is some good information. I think it is important new users or people that are wanting massive followers can use the same tools upcoming signed recording artist are using. I found 3 links that a new recording artist is using and people say will have over a million followers soon!
    If you are wanting over a million I suggest you get on board with them before they get banned!

    http://tweetpenguin.com/theyoungdread
    http://tweetergetter.com/theyoungdread
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    Nice Article. For my german fellows: Die 12 besten Twittertools: http://www.kunstundso.com/2009/04/22/die-12-besten-twitter-tools/

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    Have you tried TwitterHIT.net? – searches the timeline, then groups tweets as people – then choose to add to your profile.

    Chris Denman

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  • Justin K.

    Great post! Have you checked out Ref.ly? It’s an amazing new tool for turning Bible verses into short URLs.

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    http://www.buzzom.com/

    1. People Search : Find people with keywords in their Bio and follow them.
    2. Cross Follow : Find people who are following some account, or who are followed by some account. They can then be mass followed with ease.
    3. Mass Follow/Unfollow (one will get the list and he can chose the people to follow or unfollow)
    a) Flush — Unfollow who do not follow you
    b) Grow — Find and follow people who are likely to follow back
    c) Reciprocate — Follow your followers 4. Direct Operation — Mass Follow/Unfollow people directly without choosing from the list 5. Follow Lock / Unfollow Lock — Lock people who you don’t want to follow or unfollow with Buzzom

  • Byron Gordon

    Sorry Jeremiah but quotably.com is no more!

    http://quotably.com/jowyang

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    Hello guys! How are you doing? Well I’m writing to let you know there is a web page that goes with this address: http://www.sponsoraloser.com and you might find it interesting. Is about posting people you know with twitter accounts, that in one way or another you might think he or she is a loser and needs some help. You could follow them on twitter also. Is about changing someone’s life for better.

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    Great info, You can also add http://tweetworth.com :)

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    Wonderful list. Thanks for sharing dude.

  • Ryan

    Great info!

    Try

    http://www.twinester.com

    Twinester lets you create or join groups and communities for Twitter.

  • http://www.jennifersimard.com/ 2limit

    Thanks, Jeremiah. I’m always learning something new from you! I wasn’t aware of Twitterlocal. I’m going to check it out.

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    Spitter Bot is an ONLINE Twitter automation tool used to keep your Twitter updated 24 hours a day with your personal tweets. If you spend hours doing Twitter updates each day this is the perfect tool for you.

    Store as many Tweets in your database as you want! The more the better! Spitter Bot will keep posting your updates 24-7 when you can’t!

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    Hi,

    We are DNOiSe, from Spain, and we have released the beta versión of “followthehashtag”, a twitter trends graph generator. You can find it usefull to find oppinion leaders, people to follow or track #hashtags

    you can find it on http://www.d-noise.net/follow

    Feel free to buzz our tool if you find it usefull

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  • http://tweetworth.com Joe

    A nice one is http://tweetworth.com & tweetvalue.com

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    People are commenting with Twitter, but I never read the Tweets. Everyone I have asked does not read the tweets. I do read the comments though. Everyone knows that Twitter is a system for notifications, not much different than a RSS feed and reader. No one goes there to learn anything or to hang out. They go there to broadcast to their receivers.

    How is Twitter going to maintain its value? Once they start monetizing it, people will migrate to a new service. They already have annoyed millions with the Verizon Tweet you cannot delete.

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    People are commenting with Twitter, but I never read the Tweets. Everyone I have asked does not read the tweets. I do read the comments though. Everyone knows that Twitter is a system for notifications, not much different than a RSS feed and reader. No one goes there to learn anything or to hang out. They go there to broadcast to their receivers.

    How is Twitter going to maintain its value? Once they start monetizing it, people will migrate to a new service. They already have annoyed millions with the Verizon Tweet you cannot delete.

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    Tweet to Email makes it easy for people to email selective tweets directly from Twitter itself to their friends Email who don't use Twitter.

    Many people are just not into Twitter yet. You can help them by sending tweet you think may like right into their email inbox . you can share link , quotes or news updates with all your friends even if they didn't use Twitter .

    Its very simple to use:

    * Login With Twitter ID (and optionally enter your email address)
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