20+ Tools to Turn You into a Twitter Power User
There’s no denying it, I’m a Twitter fanatic and have been since Twitter launched. One of the reasons that Twitter became so popular was due to the number of 3rd party apps that were created to help manage your Twitter account. Twitter made it very easy for app developers to develop apps that interacted with Twitter using their API. Things aren’t quite as sweet now since Twitter make it much more difficult to develop apps. Some Twitter tools have bitten the dust, and so you’ll see plenty of articles that still list non-existent Twitter apps.
In this article I am going to list over 20 tools that will help you manage your Twitter account, your followers, Twitter lists and community as well as managing your Tweets, providing alerts and reports and a whole lot more. I can’t mention every single Twitter tool out there, but if you feel I’ve missed one of your favourite tools, do let me know in the comments-m I’d love to hear from you!
I'm not including any full social media management tools such as HootSuite and SproutSocial. They are less specifically about Twitter, and I've got a big article coming up which will cover these.
Most new Twitter users are happy to use Twitter’s website or mobile app to keep tabs on the people they follow. However, once you start to build up your following, it becomes more and more difficult to manage from within Twitter. What you need is a follower managing app, and there are a few that can help you dig deeper into the people you follow or follow you.
#1 Manage Flitter* (Free or from $12/mth)
ManageFlitter allows you to manage your Twitter followers and friends through an easy to use dashboard. You can display the people you follow and then use a number of filters. For example, you can display:
- Accounts you follow who aren’t following you back
- Accounts without a profile image
- Accounts who are inactive
- Accounts who tweet too much or tweet too little (you can set these limits)
There is even a “power mode” setting which allows you to set a large number of filters including min/max number of followers, influencers, mentioned you, profile keyword search and much more. You can save these filters for later use which is really useful.
A feature I use a lot is the “never unfollow” list. I add all the people I never want to unwittingly unfollow. This is important, because it can be easy to accidentally unfollow someone. You can add Twitter accounts to this list in bulk by adding a Twitter list to your never unfollow list. There is also a “never follow” list where you could add accounts you never want to follow.
As well as segmenting the people you follow and unfollowing them or managing your never follow or unfollow lists, you can also find people to follow. For example you could display:
- Accounts you don’t follow but who follow you
- Accounts that another user is following
- Accounts that follow another user
- Accounts who have mentioned you
You can then choose to follow these accounts or mute or block them. You could also add them to one of your Twitter lists.
ManageFlitter has a free version with limited features, but the pro plan should give you all that you need for $12/mth. There are also plans to manage
Alternatives: tweepi has many similar features to ManageFlitter. You can unfollow accounts who don’t follow you back as well as follow accounts who have followed you. It’s not quite as comprehensive and I find the user interface a little clunky. However it does work well and it’s a little cheaper than ManageFlitter.
Visit Manage Flitter*
#2 SocialBro* (Free or from $13.95/mth)
If ever there was a Twitter power tool, SocialBro is it! The main problem with SocialBro is that it can be very overwhelming at first. However, it is well worth the effort in spending time learning to use it. Like ManageFlitter, it has powerful filters and you can then add the results to a list, add to a white list, add tags, block or unfollow. It also has a powerful reporting feature.
There is a free plan, but unless you’re very new to Twitter, you will find its restrictions frustrating (you have to have under 5,000 followers, and reports are based only on your top 100 followers). The price of the plans are based on the number of followers you have. If you have under 20,000 it will cost $13.95/mth, but it shoots up to $39/mth for up to 50,000 followers.
#3 Fake Follower Check (Free or from $5.49/mth)
If you’ve been using Twitter for even a short time, you will have come across dubious accounts that follow you. They could be accounts that send out spam or obscene content, or they could be dormant accounts that do nothing. Whatever the case, these accounts are never going to engage with you and can actually harm your credibility. Why do so many fake accounts try and follow you? Because they want you to follow them back and so boost their follower numbers.
I’ve written before about why you should not buy followers- but you don’t need to be buying followers to find yourself with spammy followers. How do you find out how many fake followers you have? I’ve mentioned ManageFlitter which can list potentially spammy accounts and allow you to block or unfollow them in bulk. But firstly I’d recommend running the Fake Follower Check from StatusPeople. Once you’ve run the check you will be shown what proportion of your followers are spam, which are active and which are good. The Fake Follower Check is free, but premium accounts (which cost from $14.99 per month) allow you to automatically block your spammy followers as well as giving you more searches.
Visit Fake Follower Check
So you’re managing your followers much more effectively. You are using Twitter lists and you’ve created a list of people you always want to follow. Great!
How do you now make sure you don’t miss the tweets from those who matter the most?
How do you find out when someone shares a link to your website or mentions your brand or name?
What you need is a monitoring tool!
#4 TweetDeck (Free)
TweetDeck has been around since 2008- an eternity when you think Twitter was launched in 2006! Although some power features have been removed after Twitter bought the tool in 2011, it's still a really useful tool. TweetDeck allows you to easily manage and monitor multiple Twitter accounts. I’m currently using it to manage 12 Twitter accounts, but you could manage more if you needed to. You can add many different streams across your accounts. These could include your notifications, mentions, direct messages, a Twitter list or Twitter search. You can then filter these results by including or excluding tweets containing certain words. You could exclude certain users or exclude retweets. You can set up alerts so that you don’t miss those important tweets. TweetDeck is also free which is always a good thing!
#5 Twools (free)
I found myself getting frustrated that some monitoring tools didn’t do what I wanted them to do. So, I ended up building my own Twitter tool called Twools. It’s still in development, but hundreds of people are currently enjoying using Twools.
Twools allows you to set up Twitter streams with powerful filters. For example you could display tweets from one of your Twitter lists but exclude Tweets sent via a scheduling app and retweets. You could exclude certain users (for example users from a specific location or with a certain language setting). As well as displaying on the page, you can create a feed to connect with another service such as Zapier or IFTTT. For example I get an email notification when someone links to my website on Twitter but doesn’t mention me. You could also use it to back up Tweets to a spreadsheet.
In order to use Twools you need to install it on your website. The easiest way to do this is by using the WordPress plugin version. More information can be found on the Twools page. Twools is free to use.
#6 Mention* (Free or from $29/mth)
Mention allows you to set up alerts when a certain keyword or phrase appears on the web. Mention monitors Facebook, Twitter, News websites, blogs, videos, forums, images and the entire web and allows you to select some or all of these sources. You can set up a search for a key phrase and exclude other words or websites. It also has “anti-noise technology” which does a good job at filtering out spam and low quality results. On Twitter you get notified when someone mentions you, but sometimes people link to your website in a Tweet but don’t mention you. I’ve set up an alert in Mention that notifies me when this happens. I can then quickly interact with that user all through one dashboard. If it wasn’t for Mention I’d never know! You can also use Mention to alert you when your business or brand name is being discussed across the web.
The free version allows you to set up 1 alert with up to 250 mentions per month. The basic plan costs $29/mth and gives you 3 alerts and 3,000 mentions per month. Be aware that the cost may vary from country to country, for example the cost in the UK is £29/mth (equivalent to $46/mth).
You think you know who is important in your Twitter community? You've put the important people in Twitter lists? Great!
However, do you really know who is in your community?
Do you know who are your supporters and the people who influence you?
You need a social media relationship or community management tool!
#7 Commun.it* (Free or from $19.99/mth)
Commun.it is a social media relationship tool. Think about it as a cross between a social media management tool (SMMT) and a customer relationship manager (CRM). It segments your Twitter followers into groups and shows you who your influencers and supporters are. It then allows you to interact with these people straight through the dashboard. You have a number of helpful streams including “consider to reply”, “who retweeted me”, “consider to re-engage”, “not following back”, “high value members”, “influencers” and “supporters”. I use Commun.it every day to help build up my community and engage with them. I’ve written an extensive article and video on Commun.it called How to Build and Manage your Twitter Community with Commun.it.
#8 Klear* (Free or from $249/mth)
At first you might get the impression that Klear (previously twtrland) is a simple tool with limited information. However, once you get going you quickly notice that it is a treasure trove of information. One of the main features of twtrland is a search tool to find the influencers in a particular sector. For example I can find the most influential Twitter users in the social media or digital marketing sector. I can look for celebrities, power users or casual users and choose their country and location. You can even filter by demographics to show just men or women or particular age ranges. If you have a pro account you can dig deeper and filter by skills. What I love about twtrland’s Influencers search is the way you can instantly follow people or add to one of your existing Twitter lists. It also gives you really helpful information about each user including their biography, location, number of tweets, amplification, reach and relevance.
Klear doesn’t just integrate with Twitter, it also integrates with Facebook and Instagram.
In addition to the search facility, Klear gives you an overview of your Twitter profile (or in fact any Twitter user’s profile)- giving you a wealth of information including:
- Your top content
- Activity per day
- Number of engagements per post
- How communicative you are
- The people you talk with the most
Some features are only available on the paid plans such as advanced demographic reports and full analytics. The free version should give you more than enough to get you started. The pro version used to cost $49 per month, but Klear are now focussing on enterprise clients with a base price of $249/mth.
Other Community Management Tools
There are other tools in this category you might want to check out:
Analytics & Reporting:
We’ve set up alerts to monitor when certain keywords or links are mentioned on Twitter. However, it would be great if we could have a bigger picture. Are the number of followers increasing? Are tweets being interacted with more regularly (for example retweets and mentions). How about digging deeper into the demographics of these people? What about finding the best time to Tweet? What we need are analytics and reporting tools!
#9 Twitter Analytics (Free)
It’s surprising how many Twitter users don’t know that Twitter offers analytics! I have to admit that I rarely log in to have a look. It’s odd, because not only are the analytics very powerful and helpful but they are free. They are also very accurate since the data is coming from Twitter themselves. The analytics tool is meant to go hand in hand with their advertising service, but you don’t need to be paying for ads to use Twitter Analytics.
There are a number of reports you can view for your tweets and tweets including replies. These show you a bar chart of the number of impressions and a list of each tweet showing you the following:
- Impressions: The number of times they were “seen” by a user
- Engagements: number of clicks (including hashtags & links), favorites & retweets
- Engagement rate: The percentage of engagements per number of impressions
As well as this, you can export the data to a CSV file to use in a spreadsheet app of your choice. Some other 3rd party analytics tools give you more information, but Twitter Analytics is free and easy to use.
Update: For more information on Twitter Analytics and a hidden website analytics service within Twitter Ads, have a read of an article by Paul Shapiro (a professional search marketer)- Twitter Analytics for Your Website: The Other Official Analytics No One Talks About.
Visit Twitter Analytics
#10 SumAll (Free or Unknown Price for Premium)
SumAll integrates with an impressive array of services including Google Analytics, Google+, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. Once you’ve added all your channels, you can then view on separate or single graphs. This is a really useful way of seeing how all your social channels are doing in one view from one dashboard. Like Twitter Analytics you can download as a CSV file. If you work in a team, you can invite collaborators which is a useful feature if you are keen to delegate! SumAll is free, but they do offer a number of extras (or “Power Ups”) for a fee, or you can opt for a premium plan. Additional paid features include alerts, content creation and advanced weekly reports.
#11 Twitonomy (Free or $19/mth)
Twitonomy gives you a wealth of information about your profile. In many ways, the profile information is similar to that of twtrland, but you do get more when you compare the free versions. I’ll admit the user interface is a little clunky, but don’t let that put you off! As well as giving you the number of tweets per day and user mentions, you can see the number of hashtags used, the number of replies and favorites.
I love the information on which users you have retweeted or people you’ve replied or mentioned to the most. It even shows you which 3rd party apps you’ve used the most to send Tweets and which days of the week and hours of the day you are most active.You can download each section as a CSV file.
ManageFlitter* (mentioned previously) (Analytics only available in $12/mth plans and above)
I’ve mentioned ManageFlitter earlier as a follower management tool. However it does have basic analytics built in the pro plans and more advanced analytics in the business plans. I wouldn’t purchase a ManageFlitter Pro account just for the analytics, but it’s handy to have the analytics in the same dashboard.
#12 TwitterCounter (Free or from $17/mth)
TwitterCounter has been around since 2008 and has been tracking Twitter followers, following and ranking ever since. The free plan is fairly comprehensive and gives you well presented graphs for your followers, friends and tweets. You get a lot more features by upgrading to the pro plan including viewing who has unfollowed you, view up to 1 year of statistics and track mentions and retweets.
SocialBro* (mentioned previously)
I mentioned SocialBro in the follower management section, but this all-in-one Twitter tool has some impressive analytics. You can generate weekly and monthly reports on a variety of sources (including your entire Twitter account or a Twitter list for example). Analytics reports include community insights, “best time to tweet” reports, analytics on your tweets, Real time analytics (who of your followers is on Twitter right now), account comparison (compare your Twitter profile with up to 3 of your competitors) and analyse how many followers you’ve lost over time.
Klear* (mentioned previously)
As well as helping you discover influencers in your area, Klear can also give you powerful analytics. Although some of these are available in the free version, you won’t unlock the best features unless you opt for a paid plan. You get charts showing your brand mentions (across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and benchmark how you’re doing with your competitors.
Other Analytics Tools:
I can't mention every Twitter analytics tool out there, but here are some other tools you might want to check out:
Posting & Scheduling:
Finally, we need to send some Tweets. Of course we could use the Twitter website or the iOS/Android Twitter app. I still do that regularly, but sometimes a power tool is necessary! With Twitter posting tools we can schedule tweets throughout the week, cross post to other networks. As I said at the start, I am not covering social media management tools as I will be writing about those in another article. There are many of those available, including HootSuite, SproutSocial, Oktopost, Jollor, AgoraPulse and more.
#13 Friends+Me* (Free or from $9/mth)
I love Friends+Me and it has transformed the way I manage my social media channels over the past year. Friends+Me effectively turns Google+ into a social media management tool. You may think it odd that I am including a Google+ tool in a list of Twitter tools, but Friends+Me uses Google+ to post to other networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr. You can cross-post to Twitter from Google+ and Friends+Me will use the title from your Google+ post in the tweet, together with the link and an image of the webpage you are linking to. This makes your Tweets really engaging. You can choose to link back to the Google+ post or link to the article itself.
Friends+Me has a powerful scheduling facility which adds to your queue and then posts it out during the week. When you create the post you can choose to schedule it or post straight away:
Friends+Me also has a browser extension, so you can quickly and easily share a link on Google+, Twitter and your other social networks.
#14 Buffer (Free or from $10/mth)
Buffer is a well-known social media tool and is very successful at doing one thing- scheduling your posts across multiple networks. It started as a Twitter only tool, but now it supports a plethora of networks including Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ pages. The user interface is simple and easy to use and there are mobile apps to help you share content on the move.
TweetDeck (mentioned previously)
I’ve covered TweetDeck earlier in the article when it comes to monitoring. TweetDeck also allows you to post or cross post updates across multiple Twitter accounts. This is particularly useful if you are managing many Twitter accounts and need to post or schedule an update across them.
#15 RiteTag (from $10/mth)
RiteTag is all about hashtags and giving you more visibility in Twitter search. Using hashtags in tweets is important because you are describing what the tweet is about. For example if you are tweeting about digital marketing and you use the hashtag #digitalmarketing then your tweet will be found when people search for #digitalmarketing in Twitter. Using hashtags is a powerful way to extend your reach beyond your followers and really increase your engagement. The problem is, how do you work out what hashtags to use? Sometimes that may seem easy, but using RiteTag can make it easier and more effective. RiteTag allows you to research the best hashtags to use not just on Twitter, but also Facebook. They also provide browser extensions (available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari) that gives you real time information on the hastags you are using to show you if they are popular, underused or good. RiteTag is more powerful than you might think- it analyses over 10 million hashtags! It also integrates with the Twitter website, Buffer, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, SproutSocial and SocialOomph. RiteTag isn’t free, but it offers a free 30 day trial and paid plans start from $10/mth.
For further information, this video explains RiteTag in much more detail:
#16 IFTTT (Free)
IFTTT is a surprisingly simple yet powerful tool that can connect all your services, apps and even internet connected devices together. I can’t begin to go into all the amazing things you can do with IFTTT in this article. However, IFTTT integrates really well with Twitter (despite a falling out a while back). I’ve set up a number of recipes, but one useful one is to post your Instagram photos to Twitter and have them embedded in the Tweet. Instagram doesn’t post the image to Twitter, so it requires people to actually click on the link to see the image. Embedding the Instagram on the Tweet will increase the engagement significantly and is easy to do. You can find out how to do this in article I wrote called How to Fix Instagram Posting to Twitter.
I’ve linked my Buffer account with Feedly to schedule articles I find interesting throughout the week. Feedly is a feed reader where I can subscribe to all my favourite blogs. I then connect Feedly to Buffer using IFTTT so that each time I mark an article as “save for later” it adds it to my Buffer.
I also link my Twitter app, Twools, so I get an email alert when someone Tweets a link to my website but doesn’t mention me.
If you love IFTTT, you’ll love Zapier even more. Think of Zapier like IFTTT on steroids or the professional IFTTT. Although Zapier has a free plan, to get the most out of it, you’ll need to opt for a paid plan. Zapier integrates with an amazingly large number of services and you can set up some highly advanced recipes.
#17 dlvr.it (Free or from $9.99/mth)
dlvr.it is a free service which connects an RSS feed to your Twitter accounts. This allows you to Tweet out the latest articles from your favourite blogs or websites. It’s very useful and can help automate part of your social media strategy. However it is important to use this sparingly, as you could end up bombarding your Twitter followers with links! TwitterFeed also allows you to filter which posts get Tweeted. As well as Twitter, TwitterFeed supports LinkedIn and Twitter.
To get the most out of dlvr.it, you’re best choosing one of their paid plans which start at $9.99/mth
#18 Triberr (Free)
I’m not sure I would call Triberr a Twitter tool, but I still wanted to include it, because it does post to Twitter and it’s been such a helpful tool for my business. Triberr is many things- it’s a content curation tool, it’s a post scheduler and a post booster. I don’t think it is over the top to say that I owe Triberr the thanks for helping to grow my blog and online business over the past two years. It’s also helped me build real relationships with other influential bloggers. Triberr is all about tribes of bloggers, all of whom are interested in your content and sharing it to their followers. In turn they get their content shared by you and your tribe mates. It’s not automatic (although you can automate posting if you want) but it’s all about sharing content you think your followers will be interested. I’ve grown my Seriously Social Tribe over the years and I’m confident in the quality of the articles my tribe mates post. Hopefully they’re confident in mine. Each day, I go through my Tribe feeds and read through which articles look interesting and then click share. These articles then get scheduled to post throughout the coming week. As well as integrating with Twitter, Triberr can schedule to LinkedIn and Facebook as well as integrating with Buffer.
#19 Edgar (from $49/mth)
Currently Edgar is available by invitation only, but they they are sending out invites all the time. I was so excited to be able to get a chance to play with Edgar, because it aims to solve a huge problem in content marketing- managing and posting evergreen content. Edgar allows you to build a library of content in different categories. I’ve created quite a few categories including “Amazing Photos”, “Inspirational/Funny”, “My Blog Posts”, “Questions” and “Social Facts”. You can then add your posts or images to these categories and set up a schedule. There is even a browser extension which makes adding new posts really easy. For each post you also need to set which social network you want it to post to. On the whole it’s best to craft different posts for Facebook to Twitter, but you can get very creative. Once you’ve done that, you need to create the schedule. You can have a different schedule for each network, so I’d recommend posting to Facebook less often than Twitter. Here is example of part of my schedule:
Once you’ve set up the schedule you can just leave it to run. Once all posts have been sent out, you can set Edgar to loop back to the beginning again!
Prices start at $49/mth, so it’s relatively expensive when compared to other tools in this guide. However, it solves the big content marketing problem and makes it so easy!
Which Tools do you use?
I've mentioned over 20 tools, but now I'd love to know which tools you use! Let me know in the comments below and tell me how you use them to manage your Twitter account. Also, as ever, if you need any recommendations on social tools or to formulate a social media strategy, do get in touch. I'm always happy to help.
A big thanks to my friend Ashley Faulkes from MadLemmings for producing the featured image for this article!
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Hi Ian- great post.
Do you know if Listly has turned back on their Twitter integration again where it can create Twitter lists for you.
Hope you’re doing well. I’m in Manchester next weekend if you fancy hooking up??
Peace and love, Caleb
Thanks, Caleb, much appreciated. Glad you liked the post.
I haven’t used Listly for a while, but I am pretty sure it hasn’t added back the Twitter list functionality. I spoke with the founder a while back and this was something they wanted to move away from.
What are you wanting to achieve? IFTTT and ManageFlitter do have Twitter list functionality and then there is Zapier too.
Are you in Manchester this weekend or the week after? Would be great meeting up.
This is one of the most informative pages I have found regarding this subject.
Of course we all have our various ways to manage our Twitter accounts with which we try to do it in a disciplined scheduled manner, but then there are time constraints and allotment that one has to deal with.
I started with Twitter from its onset. Over the many years and several accounts, I found it becoming more tedious to manage and especially when the Twitter community footprint had changed over the years to now a mass Advertising community, where most are only geared to your follow and not to the services you provide as now seemingly the position with all social networks. I am not saying I am an exception, but it is now the rampant culture.
So yes my manual management interests waned. I am sure that you here can relate to what I am saying. So automation became the featured goal and within Twitter policies and guidelnes.
For our business, we explored most of the tools listed here. Some good and some bad (w/out mention), but overall we found that it took many tools and services to do what we were looking for for our business. We also found that many were no longer in business since the upgrade to the Twitter Api 1.1, but still have their pages up.
Out of frustration and lack of our needs, we developed our own in house tools which has now expanded to a unique new service Twitter Management Tools suite at TwitterRunner.com. A fully engulfed management and analysis toolset that give us exactly what we want and am sure others can use also which we launched in March as a separate customer service for our business Focus Fortune Inc.
Most of these services have not upgraded to fit 2016 user thinkology. At TwitterRunner.com, we took that into consideration. New technologies, new process, new analysis views better scheduling management,
Recently we undertook an expansion that took our services above and beyond the next level for our followers. We present our Followers profiles on our schedule tweets as well as a placement on our new Twitter service Ads.TwitterRunner.com, This helps with their SEO.
We do not just present a text version, but a full Twitter Card of their profile. A great system that am sure will take off.
It is the best way we found to give back to our followers and we do it for FREE!
So have a look at TwiitterRunner.com and Ads.TwitterRunner.com and would appreciate your feedback on whether it is worthy of your list.
Can someone tell me if those informations are still relevant?
Most definitely, I do try and keep my articles up to date. Hope you find it helpful.
Great article, very informative! Engaging with other people on Twitter can really go a long way in putting yourself more out there and thus increasing the chance that you receive more followers easily!
I’ve been using a tool recently called TweetFavy it’s great and it really helps me get a lot of real and organic followers at a rapid pace. What are your experiences with this tool?
Thanks for this article Ian it was really helpful! I’m wondering if there’s a tool that is similar to Triberr but for an existing community. I run this site http://www.executivelifestyle.sg where a community of local business women share content relevant to their expertise.
It would be great if we could have a way to invite people to add their social profiles to read and selectively or automatically select and retweet each others posts.
Thanks, Gina. Great question! There could be a number of ways to achieve this. One way would be to create a WordPress website and a tool like IFTTT which would cross post the title, link and summary from a number of different blogs. That would make it easy to share within a community. The other option is to use a tool similar to Triberr like GaggleAmp – https://gaggleamp.com/ I’ve not used it, but heard it recommended a few times. Worth a try!
This is a wonderful article I learned I’m not alone in some tools I use, I learned about some brand new ones.. And there’s two I use a lot I didn’t see. I like unfollowers.com to keep track of people that follow to get me to follow back then dump me. This is like a twitter pet peeve of mine! Why do people do this!? Also twuffer.com is an amazing free way to schedule tweets. Sometimes I have it and laterbro.com in another tab to schedule facebook posts that are similar.
All in all, lately I just keep it simple with tweetdeck. That’s my experience over the years in a nut shell!
Thanks for these tools, Scott. I’ve heard of unfollowers and twuffer. If they work for you then great. Whilst I user the paid version of Buffer (they do offer a free version) I like it because it’s always reliable and it one I have a lot of experience with. Tweetdeck is definitely cool and I do use it. However I’ve been really impressed with Agora Pulse. It’s not free but it is a very powerful tool for managing Twitter and Facebook.
These are great tools and I also use some of them quite a lot. Especially buffer and sumall. They make it really easy for me to manage my Twitter account and great to see the bigger picture to spot the missing parts of my strategy.
But that’d be great if they could’ve had some additional features such as engaging with my audience on a regular basis and creating lists for me with the relevant followers. This frustration led us to building our own tool to do those tasks please feel free to have a look at it on Indiegogo for more information:
Thanks for this, Gokhan. I’m a little confused as to what Tweet Rocket does. It says it tweets on my behalf, but what? I think it’s important to tweet quality and vetted content and not just add to the clutter. I’m all for managing Twitter followers to help build your community and audience, but what gives Tweet Rocket an edge over the likes over ManageFlitter? Finally I am concerned that you need users to enter their login details. You might well encrypt these details, but it is never good practice for users to do this. What if you get hacked? How can they trust you and the security you offer? Twitter offers a great authentication service, so why don’t you use this? Hope you don’t mind me asking these questions, but I think they are really important. Thanks.
Thanks! I am familiar with Sociota. Unfortunately it’s not possible to mention every tool out there. As you will appreciate, there are a lot!
I totally didn’t know about Twitter analytics, thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your comment, Ashley. Welcome to Seriously Social! I don’t really understand why Twitter haven’t made more of a thing about their analytics service. Although many marketers know about it, many don’t and even fewer seem to actually use it! Ian
Ian….terrific list! So many tools to try out, so much to learn. Really appreciate your insights. One minor correction – the Buffer URL probably ought to http://www.bufferapp.com.
Thanks for your kind comment and thanks for spotting the incorrect address for Buffer. I’ve fixed it! Ian
Hello Sir,I love your blog…i follow your tuts,Now i want to convert my text twitt into voice as they are come on my timeline…..this is for my blind friend to hear these twitts
Thanks for your comment and apologies for not getting back to you. That sounds like an interesting one. I don’t know of any tool that would do this. However, what does your friend use to browse the web? I assume they use a screen reader? Do you know how screen readers cope with the likes of Twitter?
Interesting list post
You should check out @Listly (for list posts just like this), but also for managing and embedding your Twitter lists as findable people directories.
By way of disclosure, I am the co-founder.
I need to explore. Some of these are new to me.
Thanks, Nick- great to have you commenting here. I have heard of Listly but not had the chance to check it out. I’ll certainly have a look. I am a big fan of Twitter lists, so if Listly enhances this functionality it might be right up my street!
Great post Ian Anderson Gray, but I have to say you missed a huge free tool! Twitter Search… It is awesome as a stock tool.
Thanks, Austin. Good point! It’s easy to forget the services that are integrated into Twitter itself. I do plan on writing an article on how you can utilise Twitter search, because it is very powerful when used properly. In fact some of the service I’ve listed actually use Twitter search itself (like Twools). Ian
Edgar founder here, thanks for including us and this is an awesome resource you’ve put together!
Hi Laura, thanks for your comment. Do you know, I hadn’t put two and two together and found out that you were the brains behind Meet Edgar! Can I congratulate you on such as amazing tool. Edgar solves such a big problem in the content marketing world, but it does it in such an intelligent and easy to use way. I’ve been enjoying using it over the past month or so. I’m looking forwards to see further developments! Ian
Glad to see my two favorites, Buffer and Triberr made the list!
Thanks for your comment, Dorien! I know you’re a big Triberr fan as I see you articles come up a lot (and I am always sharing them!). Buffer is such a simple concept, but they have implemented it so well. I wouldn’t be without it! Have you checked out Friends+Me which works in a similar way? It’s a little more difficult to use, but they’ve now got a Chrome extension and it’s great the way you can use Google+ to post out to all your networks. Thanks again!
Thorough! I am a Hootsuite Pro and Triberr guy all the way. I’d label Triberr as my fave social/twitter tool because I can populate my stream at the click of a button and I can also meet some real big dawgs of the online world, all for free. Really, it’s one of the elite networking tools out there because so many top level, pro bloggers are just a tribe away. Be generous, share other folk’s content and be social. Comment freely, help people out, ask questions and provide answers. As you freely promote others all types of good things will flow back to you on Triberr. Works so wonderfully, I think.
HSP is one of my faves, tool-wise. Quick and easy to use, and again, it’s a leveraging app, as any solid tool is. I can set up lists and publish or respond to updates in a few minutes each day. Makes social media so much more convenient to use, when you can manage accounts all from 1 dashboard. Tools are cool, if you use them intelligently, and you provided a wonderful framework for smart tool usage here Ian.
Thanks much. Tweeting through Triberr, and signing off from Fiji 🙂
Thanks, Ryan. Glad you are a Triberr fan too- it really is amazing and it’s transformed my online business. But it’s the way you can build relationships with other pro bloggers (and most of the big ones are Triberr users). I’ve not covered traditional social media management tools (such as HootSuite) in detail in this post since I’m in the middle of writing a big article on that very subject. Whilst I’ve not got on with Hootsuite personally, it really is a very comprehensive tool and integrates with more networks than its competitors. I still recommend it today to some of my clients. There are other social media management tools that are worth checking out though including AgoraPulse, SproutSocial, Sendible and Jollor.
Thanks again, and enjoy beautiful Fiji!
Amazing list Ian! Thanks. I’ll definitely be sharing this all over.
Thanks, Madalyn! That means a lot. Were there any particular tools that you’d not come across that you’ll be investigating? Let me know! Ian
Nice list! I love IFTTT and use it to post to G+ via a free Buffer account. Twools looks cwool! Sorry…had to do it 🙂
Just so I’m understanding it…it’ll find all tweets that link to my domain, but doesn’t @mention me? What if they’ve used a link shortener…will it still find link shares from my site?
Thanks, Kim. Glad you like IFTTT- it really is a powerful tool. It integrates really well with Buffer- I just wish it was possible to select different social media channels in Buffer from IFTTT- it only allows you to choose one. Zapier is even more powerful, but it does cost. If you’re posting to Google+, then do check out Friends+Me (which I mention in the article). With F+M you write your posts on Google+ (your profile or page) and you can then cross post to your Google+ page and/or Twitter, LinkedIn (profiles, pages, groups), Tumblr, Facebook and more. It doesn’t replace a traditional social media management tool like HootSuite or Rignite, but it’s a really useful tool.
Speaking of tools or Twools, I’m glad you like the name (and I love you calling it cwool!) Yes you can set it up to do that. You can do other things too like archive your Tweets to Evernote. I actually archive articles I’ve tweeted using Triberr. For example you can set up a feed of your Tweets where you use a particular app. There’s loads you can do! Let me know if you need some help setting it up. I am looking at ways to make it easier to use, but you should be ok if you look at the docs!
Cool! I’ll definitely check out Twools. I’m putting together a personal blog using WordPress, so I’ll definitely install it and play around to see all the cool features.
Great. Let me know how you get on with it. You are best installing Twools on a basic WordPress website first, just to get the hang of it. However, I use Twools on my blog and it works really well.
What a great post 😉 lots of great tools to learn more about social marketing and grow your business.
Thanks for sharing Commun.it in your post! much appreciated.
Thanks, Sharel. I’m glad you liked the article. Commun.it is such an important tool in your digital marketing tool box. Too many people are chasing just sheer numbers, but with Commun.it you can actually find out who is in your core community and interact with them. It’s about community and relationships. It’s all to easy to forget that social media is supposed to be social. I forget myself sometimes! Thanks again!
wow – what a list! I currently use several of these with good results. And I really like your blog design, too! Sharing, posting, tweeting, 🙂
Thanks, Phyllis! Your comment means a lot. The funny thing about this article is that it started as “12 Twitter Tools…”, then “15 Twitter Tools” and it went on like that. There were just too many Twitter tools that I wanted to mention. Which tools do you use? Were there any that you weren’t aware of that you might try? I’d love to know! Thanks again, Ian