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20 Twitter Tools To Simply Your Life

As a small business owner, I definitely realize how powerful Twitter can be for my business. It helps me to create and maintain relationships with those both in my niche and outside it. It helps me forge strong connections, engage with my audience and is a bridge to help me get the word out about what I do and how I can help others. That being said, I realize how much of a time suck Twitter can be.  It’s easy to allot 15 minutes or so a day to Twitter and then (40 minutes later) realize you’ve gone over your time allotment.  Way over.  I find that using Twitter tools and Apps for business can help keep my Twitter usage under control.

I know that most small business owners are familiar with the likes of Hootsuite, SocialOomph, Tweetdeck and Buffer but I have recently found some other Twitter tools and apps that have made my life much easier and I wanted to share them with you.  So here is my list of 20 Twitter tools that will definitely help you use Twitter efficiently and effectively:

  1. Twhirl: Similar to Tweetdeck and Hootsuite, Twhirl allows you to post updates, follow friends and search for specific tweets. You can also tweet, reply and retweet messages.
  2. Monitter: A real time twitter search tool that enables you to monitor a set of keywords on twitter. It also allows you to narrow your search to a particular geographic location so you can see what’s going on in particular areas of the world.
  3. TwtQpon: A tool that allows you to create and share exclusive coupons to your Twitter followers.
  4. Twitpic: Twitpic lets you share photos or videos from your phone, from your computer or through e-mail and tweet them through your Twitter account.
  5. TweetMeme: Useful for tracking popular links as well as recent news from a variety of categories on Twitter. Has the Retweet button to publish on your blog or website.
  6. Twtvite: Allows you to invite people to an event and keep track of responses to your invitations.
  7. WeFollow: With WeFollow, you can find Twitter users based on interests and you can list yourself using keywords and categories in your niche and may interest your audience.
  8. WhoUnfollowedMe: With a few simple clicks, you can find out who unfollowed you and see who isn’t following back.
  9. Twellow: A search directory of people listed by area of expertise, profession and geographic location. You can create your own listing on Twellow, similar to the yellow pages.
  10.  Smartr: It pulls news from your Twitter feed and displays it in a much easier way to consume.  It also filters out spam so you are presented with top news only.
  11. Twylah: Similar to Smartr, this app turns your Tweets into a Brand page filled with categories and rich media display. It makes it easy for your followers to understand what you are tweeting about and whether you are a good fit to follow.
  12. WhoTweetedMe: WhoTweetedMe will analyze your URL and show you how many retweets the post got, at what time and the reach of the tweet. You can also get a list of the top 20 people tweeting your post and you are able to thank them with one click.
  13. Timely: Analyzes your tweets to determine the best times for you to tweet, based solely on your own data.  Similar to Buffer, it provides statistics about click through rates and retweets and has a bookmarklet that makes it easy to schedule tweets.
  14. Twimbow: It allows you to add color to your stream to separate what you are seeing much easier. You can color code @replies, mentions retweets etc. Twimbow also allows features to help you connect with others in the Twimbow community.
  15. Tweriod: Sign in with Twitter and the app will tell you the best times to tweet, displaying the results on a graph, also showing you different optimal timing for different days of the week.
  16. Nurph: This App lets you invite friends into a private chat room via a Tweet. This is great if you want to take a brief connection to a new level and have a longer conversation. A great example for using Nurph is to keep your Twitter community engaged in longer talks.
  17. TweetStats: A great tool to measure all your Twitter behavior in one place. It shows you your Twitter timeline to understand how much you are tweeting each day and month and lets you know your best times to tweet.
  18. Twilert: Similar to Google Alerts, Twilert helps you monitor your brand or search terms on Twitter. It can be set up for any term and you will be notified about any activity on Twitter related to that term.
  19. TweetLevel: When you are building your network, TweetLevel helps you search other Twitter users based on different parameters like influence, trust, engagement or popularity.
  20. Formulists: Allows you to create your own lists and group them by location, topic, interactions or any other criteria. It helps those with large numbers of followers and can help you send specific brand messages to specific lists.

While this list isn’t exhaustive, it is a sampling of the many tools out there that can help you manage your Twitter experience.  So organize your time, connect with the right people and find tools that will allow you to be the most effective Tweeter that you can be.  What tools do you use to help you maximize your Twitter experience?


Mastering the Art of the Tweet Chat

If you’re using Twitter as a social networking tool for your business, you’ve undoubtedly seen promotions for “tweet chats,” or perhaps you’ve seen tweets from someone you follow who participates in these virtual gatherings. If you’re curious about tweet chats, but aren’t sure exactly how they work, read on.

It’s More Than a Cocktail Part

If Twitter is a cocktail party, a Twitter chat is a business networking lunch. Tweet chats are conversations about specific topics in specific niches, and there are tweet chats on hundreds (probably thousands) of topics. The chat organizer determines the schedule, selects the specific topic for the week and often brings in experts to weigh in and answer questions.

More than a cocktail party full of casual small talk, these chats are informative, educational and provide a common focus for easy networking.

As an example, I often participate in #getrealchat, hosted by @pammktgnut. This chat is based on based on conversations about how social media can build real relationships. Last week, the topic of the chat was Kred, a soon-to-be-launched social influence measurement tool. During the chat, Pam asked questions of @AndrewGrill, the CEO of PeopleBrowsr (the company that developed Kred). Andrew responded to questions from both Pam and chat participants, who discussed the topic, the questions, Andrew’s answers and the implications of this new service on social media marketing.

Sounds like a pretty noisy business networking lunch, doesn’t it?

The truth is, tweet chats can be incredibly busy and a bit intimidating at first. But they are also great sources of information, insight and new connections. If you’ve never participated in a tweet chat, I highly recommend reading these tips and diving in!

10 Tips for Mastering Tweet Chats

1. The first step is to find out when the chats you are interested in are being held. Ask your Twitter followers or check out this regularly updated Google Docs spreadsheet. (http://bit.ly/ulXFfJ)

2. Chats move fast, so make sure you’re using a platform that can keep up. If you use Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, SproutSocial or some other aggregator to manage your social media accounts, there may be a lag in retrieval times. My favorite chat tool is Tweetchat.com, which updates every 5 seconds and automatically puts the chat hashtag in anything you type.

3. Which brings us to the importance of using the hashtag. In order to participate in the chat, you MUST include the hashtag in every tweet. The hashtag (#getrealchat, for example) is what signifies that you are “in the room.” Tweets without a hashtag may not get seen by the people you wish to communicate with until after the chat is over, if at all.

4. If you don’t tweet often, or you are worried about creating a lot of noise on your Twitter stream, warn your followers. A simple “I’ll be participating in #getrealchat at 9 pm, so please excuse the flood of tweets. Better yet, join me!” is quite common.

5. When the time comes for the chat to start, introduce yourself to other participants. If it is your first chat, say so! The Twitter community is extremely welcoming, and it is a great way to get conversations started.

6. If you don’t already know the topic of the chat, ask! Think about the kinds of questions you may have, and what you want to learn from the chat. If/when your question is answered during the chat, FavStar, flag or retweet it, so you can reference it later if necessary.

7. Pay attention to the host. The host will ask questions, retweet important bits of information and keep the pace of the chat moving smoothly.

8. If somebody says something during that chat that you think would be valuable to your Twitter followers, retweet it. It’s a great way to spread knowledge and encourage others to participate in the future.

9. Comment on answers/response/comments from other participants. There are a lot of “So true!” and “Great point.” tweets during chats. These kinds of comments may seem silly, but nobody wants to feel like they are talking to themselves, and by acknowledging others’ comments, you are showing that you value the contributions of those participating.

10. Say thank you. When the chat is wrapping up, be sure to thank the host, the guest expert if there was one, and those with whom you’ve had conversations during the chat. Courtesy goes a long way, and I’m much more likely to remember and strike up future conversations with those who have made me smile.

ONE MORE THOUGHT: Don’t worry if you can’t keep up, don’t actively participate as much as you would like or forget a hashtag here & there during your first few chats. We’ve all been there. It takes a little practice to get the hang of it, so keep participating. It’s well worth it!

Hope to see you in a Twitter chat soon!

About The Author:

Melissa Reyes is a mom,  Twitter addict, full-time social media manager and the owner of Social Amateur, a consulting company focused on helping small businesses navigate the world of social media marketing. You can find her on LinkedInTwitter andFacebook.