Awesome Twitter tools for beginners and advanced users to work faster and smarter

Getting started on Twitter can be a daunting task. Believe me, I know what I am talking about. It took me a few years to have enough courage and knowledge before I started using Twitter. I had no idea how to get started, who to follow, how to tweet, etc. We all know that getting started is the most important and also the most difficult step to take. But without taking that first step you can't achieve anything. The good thing is that when you get started you will not want to stop. That's not just my theory there. The Zeigarnik effect says that people are created in such a way that when they start doing something they have the urge to continue and see things through.

So here is a nice collection of tools that will allow you to get started on the right foot or to turn you into a Twitter ninja, if you already know the basics. 


Must have twitter tools for the beginner and advanced user

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1. LittleBird

Littlebird is an awesome tool. It helps you to start correctly. Not only does it show you who to follow, but it also shows you who is following the people you should be following. Using Littlebird you can quickly and easily find the most influential people in any profession or niche that you are interested in. This will help you to hit the ground running. You start your follow list with people who will provide value not only to you, but to your future followers as you will be retweeting or discovering the best possible stuff. 


2.  Buffer

Use Buffer to schedule and automate the sending of your tweets. Just the right application for those days and times when you are too busy or not able to visit Tweeter. Some say automation is not the best thing to do. They say there has to be a human hand behind the tweets, be personable, etc. But I would argue that scheduled Tweets are a good way to to keep your followers informed and to make sure that they don't forget about you. You wouldn't want that, would you? By the way, Buffer can take care of your post scheduling for Facebook and LinkedIn as well.


3. Tweriod

You can improve on Buffer by combining it with Tweriod. Tweriod finds the best times for you to Tweet, while Buffer does the scheduling for you so you send out those important tweets when your followers are most likely to be online and they can engage with your content. Engagement is the name of the game. It doesn't make sense to keep sending out tweet after tweet when no one is noticing them. 


4. ManageFlitter

Manageflitter is for those moments when you need to manage your followers. You can use it to:

  • find those followers who are not following you back and do something about it
  • find those users who are not adding value. They are just there. Not tweeting, retweeting, etc. They are simply inactive and deserve to be removed from you list of followers
  • find those followers on the other side of the scale, who are simply too talkative and making you already fast tweeter stream move even faster. Talking is good, but too much talking is not, even if you are sharing valuable information. You need to let your followers digest the information you are throwing at them. Too much of anything is not good for anybody. Use ManageFlitter to find such talkative users and remove them from your followers list before your head starts spinning.
Tools for checking how well you are doing onTwitter 
The following services are not essential Twitter tools, but will give you invaluable insight into some statistics that you would otherwise be missing:
Retweetrank is a service that shows you how you are doing in comparison to other Twitter users. It gives a ranking that is determined using some statistics magic that I don't even want to try to understand. You can also use it to check the retweetrank of other Twitter users. I think this could be valuable information when deciding who to follow. Besides the retweet rank, it also shows how many times a Twitter user is listed, which could be a good indication that they are doing something well and are worth following. 
This a cool service by the folks at HubSpot, the brilliant minds behind loads of information about inbound marketing and a lot of other cool stuff. Whoretweetedme shows information such as who retweeted your post, the average number of users each person had and the reach of your tweet. Another one of their products that I love is Check it out if you are interested in gaining some insight regarding how well your are doing with your marketing, i.e. social media, blogging, search engine optimisation, etc. You can even compare your results to those of your competition. 

Twitterautofollowback is an application for those who love automation. If you don't want to waste time following back new followers you can leave that task to Twitterautofollowback. It periodically checks if you have any new followers and it follows them back for you. A lot of people are against automation in social media. One man's meat is another man's poison, so the choice is all yours. 


The best productivity tip for using Twitter:
  • As beginners we all make mistakes. When it comes to Twitter I have made lots of them, but that's not always a bad thing. Repeating the same mistakes is bad. Learning from mistakes is good. The biggest mistake I made, which also turns out to be the best lesson about using Twitter, was not creating lists of people I was following. This is something that new Twitter users should do from the very beginning. Imagine having thousands of people you following in one big endless stream of tweets. There is no way to find those interesting tweets in a sea of tweets that all look the same. If there was colour coding scheme that varies by importance or relevancy of Tweets, life would be much easier. But there is no such scheme, so the work around is to create lists where you put the most influential people who have the most value to add. Adding people to lists depending on what they do or tweet is a good idea. If someone is not tweeting any valuable stuff, but is providing value in other ways such as retweeting, they remain in the main stream which you shouldn't have to spend too much time monitoring. The important action will be taking place in your lists, which you can now easily monitor for the good stuff. There should be only good stuff there anyway because you chose the people you followed and added to lists carefully, right? Follow this link if you don't know how to create Twitter lists.


That's all for now. More tips and applications in the next post. Let me know if there are any Twitter applications you feel should be on the list. Tips for using Twitter are also welcome. Leave a comment below.
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Tue, 14 May 2013