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:
- 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.
- 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.
- TwtQpon: A tool that allows you to create and share exclusive coupons to your Twitter followers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Twtvite: Allows you to invite people to an event and keep track of responses to your invitations.
- 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.
- WhoUnfollowedMe: With a few simple clicks, you can find out who unfollowed you and see who isn’t following back.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- TweetLevel: When you are building your network, TweetLevel helps you search other Twitter users based on different parameters like influence, trust, engagement or popularity.
- 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?