Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Twitter Tools Roundup - Increase Your Poductivity

Here is a compilation of some of the most useful Twitter tools and apps that I use in my day to day personal and business Twitter accounts.

Twitter Search Engines

Search tweets or twitter profiles.
Archives all public tweets and makes them easy to find.
A search engine for twitter.
Twitter Search
Search tweets by topic in real-time.

Twitter Resources

Commuter Feed
Get traffic updates from other Twitterers.
Create polls in Twitter.
Set an alarm for things you want to remember by retweeting.
Track This
Track your FedEx or UPS packages in Twitter.

Add your username and password and you’ll get 20 new followers automatically.
Find twitterers within 20 miles of where you live.
Twitter Notes
Create notes and tag them in twitter.
Allows you to automatically transfer all our shared links from Twitter into your Delicious bookmarks.
Learn more about the people following you – and find out who to block from reading your Tweets.
Find popular twitterers that your friends follow.
Who Should I Follow?
Simply enter your Twitter name and it will make recommendations on who you should follow.

Twitter Desktop

It’s the Windows version of Twitterrific.
An open-source Twitter client available on all AIR-compatible platforms: Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Tweet from iChat.
Twitter from Windows Vista desktop.
Twitter from your MAC Dashboard.
Free MAC widget that let’s you tweet messages from your desktop (and schedule a time when it should post).
Tweet directly from your desktop – works on both MAC and PC.
Twhirl is a free desktop client that allows you to use Twitter like an instant messenger. It makes URL shortening, contacting friends directly, and reading tweets very easy.
Twitter from your desktop (MAC & PC) – built on AIR
Quickly shorten URLs and tweet from your desktop.
MAC desktop application for tweeting that costs $14.95.

Twitter Aggregators

This web application allows you to group all the people you like to follow on Twitter – and formats all the tweets into one page.
Lets members view the tweets of all their friends in one giant grid. It’s sort of like seeing Tweets from your different friends divided into different boxes on your iGoogle page.
This lets users send private tweets to a specific number of friends.
Users send a tweet to @notches – along with a topic to review – and it gets posted on their Tweet stream. Check out the site to see the reviews and how to format your tweet if you’d like to participate.
Find out what people are talking about on Twitter by topic. Simply type in a topic – and you’ll find out what people are tweeting about. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed about any of these topics so you’ll get instantly updated.
Tweet Clouds
This site allows users to create word clouds based on tweets from a Twitter stream.
Find out how often certain words are mentioned in Twitter.
It’s Google Trends for Tweets. Pretty cool.
Find out who is tweeting with the words: love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish.
This is currently in private beta, but it allows members to sync their twitter messages into their favorite calendar (iCal, Google Calendar).
Twitter Blocks
A visualization tool that lets you see recent updates from a user’s friend and their network.
Twitter Digest
A manageable way to read twitter updates from a variety of people. You can either visit the site or create an RSS feed to send it all to your favorite RSS reader.
It’s a Twitter zeitgeist. You can see a user’s location on a Twittermap.
Find out what people are saying about a given topic.
See a tag cloud of topics that people are tweeting about right now.

Quotably turns tweets between people into a threaded conversation so that conversations between users can be easily understood. As you know, it can be difficult following conversations when tweets are directed at one person, right? @yourname.

Twitter Link Research

Alpha Twitter
Aggregates a list of links shared by Twitter users. It ranks the links and shows an archive of the most popular links shared within the last day, week, and all time.
Tweetmeme aggregates the most popular links being shared in between Twitter members and posts them on the homepage.
Twitlinks is an aggregator that pulls in tweets from tech industry experts. It’s a way to find out the buzz before it hits the blogs.
Tracks the links people are tweeting about. It ranks results based on popularity and freshness.
Track what people are linking to right now.

Twitter Video/Pictures/Files

This is currently in Beta, but users can upload video directly from their webcam and post directly to Twitter by automatically posting a short video URL. It will soon allow users to record Skype video and chats.
Post videos to your tweets.
Twit Plus (Twit+)
Allows users to send pictures, video or files privately to friends.

Twitter Profiles

Find out about the top 100 Twitter users, ranked by number of tweets, number of friends, and number of followers.
Find out who are the top 100 followed, top 100 followed, top 100 favorites, etc.
Search for people on Twitter via email.

Twitter Mobile

Post Twitter updates without incurring SMS fees through email.
This mobile site is for iPhone users.
iPhone Twitter site.
View tweets and timelines on your mobile.
Remember the Milk
A web application to let you tweet on the go.
Free mobile calls and free access to twitter.
Twitter on your smartphone.
WAP-based interface for Twitter.
Twitter on your Treo.
Twitter on your CrackBerry.
Twitter Flashlite
Twitter from your cellphone.

Twitter for Blogs

Automatically publishes a daily post on your blog that contains a digest of all your tweets.
Twitter Feed
Twitter feed will check your RSS feed at a specified time and then will post a snippet to your Twitter. It’s like having Twitter on autopilot.
TwitThis is a nifty little button that you can add to any of your blog posts. When clicked, it will allow visitors to immediately Twitter about your blog post with a TinyURL attached.
Twitter Tools
This tool integrates with Twitter by allowing you to create a blog post from each tweet. It will also allow you to post your tweets in your sidebar. You can also post a tweet from your WordPress Admin screen.
Twitter Widget
A WordPress widget that allows you to add a single widget to your sidebar which will display Twitter updates.
A sidebar widget for WordPress that reveals your Twitter friends’ timeline.
A WordPress plugin that shows your most recent Tweet on your blog template.
Twitter Widget Pro
This widget works for WordPress blogs and handles twitter feeds. You can pull in the feed from one user or all the tweets from your friends. It also displays profile images.

Twitter Firefox Plugins

Publish updates to Twitter from your Firefox search bar.
Firefox Search Bar
This nifty plugin allows you to submit tweets directly from your sidebar.
Power Twitter
Embeds flickr pics and youtube videos right on the Twitter page you’re viewing. It also unwinds tiny urls and maps links to their full titles.
Easily share links in Twitter.
Another sidebar plugin that lets you post tweets.
Post tweets from your address bar – not search bar. Click on a small icon on the right of your address bar to see how many characters you’ve written.
Publish and view your tweets.
Find out when you’re friends update their Twitter profile with this small icon located at the bottom right corner of your Firefox browser.
This plugin will automatically list the song you’re listening to when posting a tweet – it can also show what website you’re on. You can turn this functionality on or off when tweeting.
A sidebar plugin for tweeting.