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Part one of “100+ Twitter Applications…” covered fun, part two held some great search apps. With part three, I’m sharing a list of tools to monitor, analyze, manage and monetize your Twitter account and Twitter in general. Some are really helpful, some fell flat for me, but every one of them may be an application you can find a use for.
Monitor Trends, Stories and Links
Discover the latest trends and topics. Read interesting stories and track links shared by several users within Twitter.
- Twitscoop keeps track of all things being tweeted and claims to keep track of all the hot trends. I say ‘claim’ because when I go to Twitter’s homepage to check what’s hot, this page is completely different.
- Tweetmeme has been used by a lot of people, and probably by most who are reading this. I’m willing to bet that most people who use it only do so to RT. However, did you know that clicking the number will show who has tweeted the link? Pretty cool; the site also allows users to see which tweets are the most popular, as well as break the tweets down by category.
- Thoora has an interesting way of measuring ‘popular’ stories. The stories appear to be ranked by either the number of times they’ve been tweeted or the number of times they’ve been mentioned in articles. If a story hasn’t been tweeted very much, but has been mentioned in several articles, it will appear in the top results. It’s a fascinating way of determining ‘what’s popular’. The categories are also broken down into business, controversy, entertainment, lifestyle, politics, sci/tech and, of course, sports.
- Twitturly is straightforward; the more RTs a subject gets the higher it’s placed. This site ranks News, Pics and Videos. In addition, it tracks profiles of those who tweet. However, I found this function to be lackluster. I searched and found my own profile, but it didn’t offer much information other than a link to view my profile.
- DailyRt claims to have the most popular tweets, and like Twitturly, ranks them by the amount of RTs. It also has an option to search for links, pics and videos that have been tweeted.
- What the Trend appears to rank the most used hash tags and allows users to define what the tags mean. To be honest I’m not sure how to explain this site. There’s a FAQ section, but even it’s a little vague. If I had to call it something, I’d call it the Wikipedia of Twitter.
- TwittLink has almost the exact same layout as DailyRt. So the question now becomes, which came first? Nothing significantly different between the two in my opinion other than the fact twittlink has a few more categories to browse.
- Twitterfall has a very intelligent layout and is slightly intimidating. I say intimidating because when I go to an application about Twitter I want something I can look at and use right away. With this, I see an awful lot of reading before I can use it. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad app – quite the opposite actually. You can search for tweets geographically, follow groups of people, view your timeline and set up a custom search.
- Twopular has a pachyderm with two Twitter birds tattooed in his ear but, other than that, it has an interesting layout. This site lets users track tweets by popularity, by hours, days, weeks, months and even since Twitter started. Honestly, though, I have a feeling that it is tracking popularity from the time Twopular went up. Still, it’s neat concept to be able to track the most popular tweets of all time.
- TweetTabs has a pop-up. I’m usually not a big fan of pop-ups, but the one on this site is pretty inviting by offering a quick tip on how to get started and how to use the site. I like that a lot. Next, users can open multiple tabs to watch varying trends as the tweets roll in, and almost looks like my tweetdeck. Something users can relate to and understand how to operate. Simple, straight forward, and user-friendly.
- TweetBurner is a neat way to track tweets, but it also shortens them. Not a bad set-up, but I’m not a huge fan of having all languages appear at the same time. I think it would be better if they would split them up via country. I do like the top 10 URLs; reason being they are ranked by the most clicked versus most RTs.
Forms of advertising to start earning on a Twitter account.
- TwittAd has a self-explanatory paragraph on the front page: “…a Social Media Affinity Network that connects Advertisers and Twitter users. By using Twittad, Twitter users can monetize their profiles & Advertisers can reach ALL of Twitter; the Website, 3rd Party Applications and Mobile Devices!”
- Magpie is a little more intricate than TwittAd. I do like the fact they have some disclosure policies and are a member of WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association). They really seem to provide as much information as possible to sway users/potential advertisers.
- Pay Me Tweets is a very clever set up. There’s a straightforward message: each page you click next reveals more information and takes you a step closer to signing up. With this in mind, these folks really know how to attract users.
- RevTwt claims to be the largest advertising network on Twitter. Who knows, it might be. It’s easy to see they are after three things: people to advertise, twitter accounts to register, and to gain followers. For more info just click a link.
- SponsoredTweets is somewhat familiar to me, but I’ve never used them. They seem to have quite a bit of celebrities on board, but I’d like to hear from an actual celebrity that uses them. Before I refreshed the page, @tamar was listed, so maybe she’ll have some insight on how they operate.
Tools to compare multiple keywords on Twitter – and, of course, I like this list. It comes in handy with SEO keyword research!
- TweetVolume is pretty straightforward. Add a few keywords/phrases in the boxes, click ‘ok go!’ and you’re set. This allows you to view results from anytime, past day, past week or even the past year. Another neat feature is that once a search is performed the user can email the results. Pretty hand when comparing popular terms against each other.
- Monitter: very interesting. This tool allows a user to look for terms in tweets and allows them to track the popularity geographically. However, as with Twitcaps, it loads the tweets as they happen very quickly. This can be frustrating.
- Trendistic allows users to track the popularity of terms on Twitter. I just became a big fan of this tool (well, Facebook will only let me “Like” it L). It also has a function to embed a chart in a website dynamically. That way, as the trends change, it will be visible and updated as it happens wherever it’s embedded. Very cool!
- Tweetfu takes a similar approach to Google Fight. Only, rather than comparing how many tweets at once, it compares them over a period of time. Simple, and can be just as much fun as comparing your name to a friend on Google Fight.
- Twibuzz is another simple app that tracks terms in tweets. The only hang up is when a term is submitted it takes a while for the results to generate. If it generates a report, I’d be more than happy to share the results…Still waiting…
Finding new friends is hard to do. After all, Twitter is growing bigger every day, and has over 300 million users. Which ones would you benefit from following? Which ones would make a great social contact? Which ones are in your industry? Find them all with the following tools:
- FollowerWonk: one word for this app. Wow. It allows users to search bios for keywords, but the really neat feature? A tab allows three Twitter accounts to be compared. This shows differences/similarities in followers, tweeting, longevity of account and more. Really impressive.
- MrTweet. I didn’t even login to this site. Why? First and foremost, they disrespect the Twitter Bird by placing a freaking owl on their page. Even if they had taken the time to color this specimen Twitter blue, I would have tried their service. They seem to have some nice options, but disrespecting Twitter? Not cool.
- Twiends is another site I didn’t bother digging into very deeply. Why not this one? Their featured user that happened to be up when I got to the page was an account titled, ‘cashflowstock’. The account bio read: “Cheap stocks that will make your cashflow explode! We are not a licensed Financial Adviser. All statements are our own opinion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.” Hmm, can anyone say spammy? If this is a featured user, I’d rather not meet the others.
- TwitSuggestions is yet another site I didn’t delve into. I have a great reason for this one. All the links on this site are showing a 500 error. Not surprising, actually. There’s a note in the footer asking visitors to donate for support. I wonder how much they actually got before mom kicked them out of the basement?
- Find2Follow, I like as soon as the page came up: no sign in. This analyzes your account (or any Twitter account you submit in the search bar) and provides a list of ‘like’ accounts you aren’t following. The first search does take a while to finish, but they mention that in the text beside their logo. Honesty: another great thing about this site.
- Who Should I Follow? works in similar fashion to Find2Follow. Only, rather than suggesting you enter your own name, it just asks for a Twitter name to be submitted. It then brings up a list of results, but you can filter the results further by looking for more popular/less popular and geographically. Pretty handy if you want to find someone who is not popular in the least bit living next door to you.
- Follow Finder – an official friend finder powered by Google? So does this mean Google is competing against itself (Buzz)? I really wonder if it’s official. Regardless, this operates the same way the previous two apps do. I do like the fact each ‘suggestion’ shows the most recent tweet of each account. Kind of a ‘try-it-before-you-buy-it’.
Delete Inactive Users
You have tons of followers and are following tons of people. After you get about one hundred of each, it’s hard to tell when an account goes inactive. These tools make it easy to clean the dross from the good.
- Just Unfollow: Are you obsessed with only following people who follow you? Do you not wish to improve your own tweets so those that don’t follow might follow? Do you like being required to sign in to apps that agitate the need to remove those who don’t find you interesting? If you answered yes to any of these questions this app is for you!
- Qwitter is an app I actually used when I first got on Twitter. However, I stopped using it shortly there after. Reason? I never got an email or notification; trust me, tweeps stopped following me during this time. Do I care if followers stop following me? Not really, but it would be nice to see what tweet caused them to stop following. That, I would find informative.
- TheUnfollowed is an odd site. Basically it tells you how many times you’ve been unfollowed. So far the top users unfollowed are @mashable and @guykawasaki. Not bad, but it will only start tracking your own stats once you sign in to the app and allow it access. It will not tell you how many have stopped unfollowing you since your Twitter account started.
- Tweepi is in beta; they say so beside the logo in the top left corner. This site offers four tools:
- Geeky Follow – Finds similar people to follow
- Flush – Please read comments from Just Unfollow
- Reciprocate – Follows people back that follow you
- Cleanup – Has the potential for make you out to be a hypocrite if you remove people that you followed using Reciprocate. However, this only means that the person you found with Geeky Follow will remove you with Flush.
Analyze personal accounts and information with the help of statistics and graphs. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hooked since I first discovered graphs and charts for social media. I really like seeing what days I’m hot and what days my information falls flat. Keep up with your community and analyze what you’re doing with hard data. One great way to use these tools is to find out what post or Tweet got the most traction.
- TwitGraph is an interesting application. It breaks things down in a visual chart from Tweets by day to top 5@’s, your word count (great for keywords) to your popular links.
- TweetStats is a neat tool that I actually use every so often. It does give me some cool suggestions of who to follow, which is nice considering I don’t follow everyone. The application will graph your Twitter stats, including your tweets per hour, per month your timeline and your reply statistics.
- TwitterAnalyzer provides nice slick graphs that can show you how popular your tweets are. Your Twitter reach, subject and hash tags are just a few of the nifty things it the graphs show.
- TwInfluence isn’t a visually appealing application, but charts can be a bit boring for some. That’s not to say they don’t have some cool features, however. TwInfluence is a simple tool for measuring the combined influence of twitterers and their followers, with a few social network statistics thrown in as bonus.
- Twitter Score evaluates your Twitter popularity. Is it useful for you to know this? Could be, and at least you don’t have to sign in.
So far, we’ve listed 121 Twitter apps you can use to maximize your Twitter account, social media efforts and social reputation, as well as a few more just for fun. Stay tuned, because we have a few more installments left. The next one will cover an amazing – and odd – assortment of applications, from the fun and helpful to the just plan strange.
I would like to thank Joshua Titsworth (SEO Analyst at Vizion Interactive) for helping me muddle through these applications. You can follow him on Twitter since he is an avid twitterer as well as blogger. He is passionate about all things Internet related and loves learning about new tools and methods. When missing online Josh can be found hunting shanked golf balls across public courses across Kansas and Arkansas.