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Organize the Twitter Toolbox

The Twitter toolbox is getting cluttered. You’ve been Twitteranked, graphed, assaulted with hashtags and are overwhelmed with your grade. Now that Twitter has become the latest buzzword it’s hard to track what tools are useful and what are not. (I have a disclaimer: I won’t be adding any links to graders; it is my opinion that you are worth the integrity of your updates, not an arbitrary number.)  So what tools are useful to an everyday Twitter user?

Twitt(url)y is one of my favorite tools to use. Twitt(url)y tracks popular links on Twitter and lists the updates in which the links were sent. It does a great job of following the original content and not the shortened url redirects. I use Twitt(url)y to check out the latest Twitter news and to go back and check my posted links.

Bit.ly is my favorite url shortener. Bit.ly creates very short urls, allows you to customize your url,  and keeps track of your previous shortened urls. This comes in handy if you’ll be posting the same url over and over.

Twitter Search Twitter took over summize and we now have search.twitter.com.  Find tweets using # or keywords.

Tweetgrid May not look pretty, but is certainly useful. Tweetgrid allows you to have multiple tweet searches in one browser window.  It was very useful when I used it 1×2 of “Mumbai” and “India” to track the attacks in Mumbai.

Tweetbeep If, for some reason, you must know when people are talking about something, then you can get email updates from Tweetbeep (think Google alerts). Personally I think it would be a lot easier to open a search window in TweetDeck.

Tweetstats is one of the more recent Twitter tool fads and I love it. Tweetstats creates time line graphs of your tweet useage, shows percentages of who you talk to the most and creates a fun tweetcloud. It’s useful, quick, and doesn’t require your password. I highly reccomend that everyone check it out at least once.

Twitterkeys Alright, you got me; this is not at all useful if you don’t tweet about foriegn monies, scientific symbols, or have copyright concerns.  But it’s fun to add hearts. ♥

Friend or Follow informs you of who you’re following that’s not following you back, and who’s following you that you’re not following back. It’s useful if you’re starting to get multiple follows each day and are interested in the “follow back” etiquette that some people apply to Twitter. Mr. Tweet does something similar, but Friend or Follow doesn’t have the wait.

MrTweet is a little backlogged from its spike in fame, but is well worth the wait. Mr Tweet’s great feature is its long list of “influencers” in your network; it compiles a potential list of people who you might like to follow.  Mr Tweet gives you the basic profile information of each suggested Twitter user, but it’s the extras that caught my eye. Mr Tweet displays the people in your network who follow the suggested user, the average number of tweets per day, the reciprocity (likelyhood to reply) and the follower/follow ratio.

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