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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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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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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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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Junglebot

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

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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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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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