Thursday, August 27, 2009

17 More Productivity Tools For Twitter

Two things I hear a lot when talking to people just getting into twitter is:

  1. It takes too much time
  2. How do I gauge my success

The truth is that there are TONS of FREE tools out there that address both these issues. In my opinion some tools do their jobs better than others. This is why I put together this solid list of 7 tools that help streamline my twitter experience with minimal effort.

Analytics and Gauges for Success

[1]

http://twitter-friends.com/

TwitterFriends is my favorite Twitter analytics tool. It produces in-depth statistics like one’s conversation quotient, retweet quotient, and lists of people you talk to the most. Sites that just base success off follower numbers are fundamentally flawed because of the lack of a conversation metric.

[2]

http://twitter.grader.com/

TwitterGrader gives you an overall score by comparing your twitter account to all of its other registered users. The grader uses your activity, followers, following and more to create a fairly reasonable metric of success.

[3]

http://cli.gs/

Cligs is my new favorite URL shortener. With an API and in depth analytics for each clig you create it’s a no brainer. It even goes as far as tracking page mentions of the unshortened url.

Organization and Productivity

[4]

http://tweetchat.com/

If you’ve ever participated in an activity like journchat you can see the instant benefit. Tweetchat basically turns the public twitter stream into a topic specific chat room. It’s a great way to drown at the noise while tweeting during an event.

[5]

http://tweetgrid.com/

TweetGrid is the all powerful, stuff it into one box and make it fast solution. It allows you to create groups, track local tweets and even set up grids for you friends timeline and DMs. It takes some time to get used to all the commands but is well worth it. This is one tool I always have open.

Automation and Ease of Use

[6]

http://socialtoo.com/

SocialToo started off as an easy auto-reply solution however it has evolved into something much more powerful. It takes care of the simple tasks like following new followers and unfollowing those who unfollow you. It even sends you a daily digest of all your following activity.

[7]

http://brightkite.com/

I’m at a TweetUp and I snap a pic with my cell phone. I then send that pic via email to brightkite with a subject. Brightkite in turn takes my picture and posts a link to it on Twitter with geolocal information. Furthermore it also sends my photo to facebook and flickr.

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[8]

Twilert

With this you'll be updated what people are Twittering about your clients, your company or you? Set up alerts on Twilert to know about the results of keyword searches. At the end of the day you can list them up. The results help you to get additional business contacts, new followers as well as potential customers.

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[9]

Twittercal

This is a free service that equips your Twitter account with a Google Calendar. You can add important events in a jiffy from your favorite Twitter client.

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[10]

Improved Integration

There are number of applications for using Twitter more productively. Some of the apps like the project management tool - Joint Contact or the popular Yammer can help you to develop more effective Twitter skills. It can help you to think beyond Twitter.com. It also reduces the learning curves for adopting new application.

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[11]

Multimap

With this service you'll be able to access maps, directions and local information on our Twitter. Simply send a message seeking local information on tourist attraction, ATM, park, cinem or theatre and you get it no time. For more you can find the wikipedia entries on what is your nearest hotspot.

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[12]

Computer feed

This is purely for those sociable animals who are concerned about others including themselves. It allows you to post reports on traffic and transit delays in your local area through Twitter. For better, you can subscribe to your local reports through RSS feed. Next time you are on move you know the traffic conditions and which route to take.More

[13]

Fuelfrog


Again this is something to help you out with your traveling. With Fuelfrog you can track your gas mileage. Just let them know the distance you traveled on your last tank, the price you paid, and the gallons you added to your car. You'll receive a compiled information about the trend of your gas mileage, the amount you spend, and more. Better way to save your fuel and money.

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[14]

Track the Packages


This is for those impatient shopping-freaks who can't wait for their orders to be delivered. If you wish to know the latest position of your order in Amazon give your tracking number at TrackThis. They'll inform you each time you package changes location.

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[15]

Junglebot

For those looking searching for books, DVDs and music on Amazon.com, Junglebot can be a good friend.

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[16]

News Alerts: daylife_feed

If you want the hot news served on your Twitter, send news alert requests to @daylife_feed with details. When then have the news matching your request, they’ll tweet notices to you.

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[17]

Flight Information

If you need to fly too often, accurate flight information is what you are always looking for. So all that you need to do is follow the @myflightinfo. Message them your flight number and they'll get back to you with the flightstatus.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Caffein explain By Matt Cutts

An SES event is always a good place to run into those in the industry who can give you that little bit of extra information on a specific topic. When it comes to Google, Matt Cutts is someone you like to run into at a SES because he is always willing to explain and talk.

Last week he sat down with WebProNews and talked about Caffeine and what webmasters should be looking at. The only thing that was missing seemed to be a cup of coffee, and Matts’ haircut offcourse…


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Facebook going Lite to take on Twitter

Seems a lighter version of Facebook is on the cards. The world's no. 1 the social-networking site has sent out invitations to select

users to beta test the site, termed Facebook Lite

According to TechCrunch, it has been inundated with social networkers who have been asked to try out Facebook Lite saying that, surprise, it is more Twitter-like.

The message sent out to beta testers reads, "You have been selected as a beta tester for Facebook Lite! We are building a faster, simpler version of Facebook that we call Facebook Lite. It's not finished yet and we have plenty of kinks to work out, but we would love to get your feedback on what we have built so far."

Check out Facebook Lite now at http://lite.facebook.com.

Facebook recently announced that it is buying FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, that allows people to share content online in real time across various social networks and blogs.


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Monday, August 10, 2009

Google Earth Admits Goof-up on Arunachal

Google Earth Admits Goof-up on Arunachal


Google has admitted that it committed a mistake by wrongly depicting certain parts of north-east India's Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese territory, and promised to correct the maps soon.
According to a statement by a Google spokesperson, "Earlier this week, as part of routine update to Google Earth, we published new data for the Arunachal Pradesh region that changed the depiction of certain place names in the product. The change was a result of a mistake in our processing of new map data."

There was speculation in media circles that Chinese hackers had attacked Google Earth which led to the wrong depiction of Indian territory as Chinese in the maps on google Earth. "We would like to clarify that this issue did not impact our depiction of international borders," the Google spokesperson said.

Google Earth is a service offered by Google that lets users to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings.

Google Earth had earlier been in the center of another controversy when Indian security agencies had complained that Google Earth exposed Indian defense and other sensitive installations.

Source: CXOtoday.com
And techtree.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Priyanka has 21,770 followers on Twitter

New Delhi (IANS): Priyanka Chopra has got as many as 21,770 followers on social networking site Twitter within a month, overtaking Mallika Sherawat and Gul Panag. And the credit goes to her regular updates.

The 27-year-old actress, who is currently down with fever, catches up with her 'Tweeps' (Twitter friends) while in the car, on a shoot or when she is lounging around. The list of her 21,770 followers exceeds those of Mallika Sherawat and Gul Panag, who are equally in love with the site, said a source close to the actress.

While Gul has 12,917 people following her updates, Mallika lags behind with 11,199.

Priyanka has also cashed in on her online popularity with "The 'Kaminey' Contest" on her Webpage. The contest requires interested participants to answer three questions regarding the movie.

The winners will get a personally autographed audio CD of the movie, in which Priyanka has teamed up with Shahid Kapoor.


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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Flickr Updates Search Feature

Flickr is one of the largest and most used photo sites, but its search function hasn’t always been the most intuitive. This week the company announced a noteworthy redesign that makes searching for photos easier.

For starters, the new “View” control (located at the top of the page, just below the search box) will display results in a thumbnail gallery view across different sizes and formats (small, medium, detail, slideshow). As Flickr’s blog states,”both small and medium views have an ‘i’ icon on every thumbnail.”

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Monday, August 3, 2009

'Happiness meter' analyses blogs, tweets

A method of measuring happiness based on blogs and Twitter has helped researchers highlight the happiest days in recent US history.

The software created by Dr Peter Dodds and Dr Chris Danforth of the University of Vermont, collects sentences from blogs and 'tweets', zeroing in on the happiest and saddest days of the last few years.

"We wanted to capitalise on the explosion of blogs and now Twitter to build an instrument that would give us some measure of the emotional signal from a large collective of people," says Dodds co-author of a paper that appears in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

"All this new data is basically helping us gain insight into social phenomena that didn't exist a few years ago."


The scientists started at the website wefeelfine.org, which combs through 2.3 million blogs looking for sentences that begin with "I feel" or "I am feeling."


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