Ten Tools for Increasing Your Twitter Productivity - dummies

Ten Tools for Increasing Your Twitter Productivity

By Kyle Lacy

While you slowly work through the ins and outs of using Twitter to drive business and increase your brand awareness, how do you manage all the followers, replies, groups, friends, and direct messages? You can find hundreds of productivity tools available to help you out. Dive into the top ten tools to use for Twitter productivity and do some business!

  • bit.ly: bit.ly gives you the capability to shorten, share, and track the URLs. You can very easily view your links in real time and track information sharing while it happens!

  • HootSuite: HootSuite lets you manage multiple Twitter accounts, add multiple editors of the same account, preschedule your tweets, track influencers in your network with Klout, measure clicks on shortened URLs, and manage all your social media sites) in its dashboard.

  • Nearby Tweets: Nearby Tweets is a tool for those twitterers who want to connect to individuals in their general location. Nearby Tweets allows you to search for people on Twitter based on geography.

  • TweetDeck: You can use TweetDeck directly from your desktop, and it manages followers, friends, replies, direct messages, multiple social profiles, groups, and any other Twitter feature you could possibly imagine. TweetDeck allows you to create groups that can cater to any type of subject.

  • twhirl: twhirl is social-networking desktop software designed by the people who brought you Seesmic. The twhirl application is built in the same realm as Twitterrific, TweetDeck, and HootSuite. You can run twhirl on both Windows and Mac platforms. If you’re familiar with sites such as FriendFeed and Seesmic, you may want to use twhirl because of how each site operates. twhirl lets you connect to multiple Twitter and Seesmic accounts.

  • Twilert: Twilert is the tool for the paranoid person in all of us. Twilert lets you receive regular e-mail updates about tweets that contain the name of your brand, product, or service, or any keyword you could possibly want to find. You can set up the service extremely easily, and you can use it to stay on top of the conversations surrounding your specific keyword.

  • Twitter Grader: This site allows you to track and measure your (and others’) relative Twitter power. The calculation is based on a combination of different factors, including your number of followers, the power of your followers, and the number of updates, clicks, and retweets.

  • Twitterrific: Twitterrific is similar to TweetDeck, but it’s designed for use on a Mac. Twitterrific has an excellent user interface, and it is small enough not to hoard your entire computer screen. It gives you the same type of capabilities as TweetDeck, but it offers more keyboard shortcuts for the Mac user. The application is designed to let you view as much or as little information as you want when you use Twitterrific on your desktop.