Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
So you want to get the most out of Twitter?
Are you dissatisfied with the native Twitter interface?
Are you searching for tools to make Twitter easier to use?
Then read on.
There are hundreds of Twitter tools available, and it’s not easy to compare them to know which one to choose to manage your account. Luckily for you we love to make lists, and we love to identify the best Twitter tools. So here we go with a rundown of the top 15 applications on the market for the serious Twitter user:
1. HootSuite – Got to Love the Name
Hootsuite is favored by the more discerning and experienced Twitter users, and as a Twitter management tool it really cannot be matched.
They call it ‘freemium’, which essentially means that the full functionality is available for you as long as you have less than 5 profiles to manage. If you have more than 5 you will need the Pro version, which gives you unlimited profiles and in-depth analytics. It costs $5.99 every month when you upgrade; any serious blogger will see the benefits immediately.
2. TweetDeck – Shuffle Up and Deal
Tweetdeck is one of the more popular apps and is used by some of the best-known serial bloggers in the world; as well as those who take the social networking scene slightly less seriously.
It has columns to keep your Twitter activity organized and you can send longer messages than 140 characters using their Deck.ly feature. It’s a favorite, and helps you get the most out of tweeting through a seamless user-friendly interface.
Tweetdeck is certainly alongside HootSuite in terms of appeal, popularity and user experience. In fact, the only thing that separates them is the fact that HootSuite is just much more fun to say, which for me at least, goes an awful long way. Perhaps not the best way to judge software, but it is that hard to separate these two top performers.
3. Twitterfeed – Keeping Hungry Followers Satisfied
Twitterfeed comes highly recommended by top bloggers and gives you parallel unity between all of your social media accounts, Twitter, Facebook and all. You can share RSS feeds (regardless of whether they are yours), automatically across all platforms every time they are updated. It really is rather splendid. You can also add the name of the original poster so they get credit, add an RT credit, show the title of the new post and shorten the links using the customization module. You then sit back and let it do its thing. Always make sure you check the quality of the re-posts though, as if you let your guard down the QC could sadly be lacking, and your followers will end up feeling short changed….
4. Bit.ly – Bit More for Less
Bit.ly is not just a URL shortening service. Having a free account will also give you access to a dashboard that shortens and shares links to multiple accounts. You will have access to analytics that present the stats for any links you’ve shared, and you can create a customized short domain so you can have a customized URL that gives your brand or name that extra professional edge.
5. Twitter Tools – WordPress
The WordPress team has introduced their app to the market and it’s a good one. You can use it to create archives for your tweets, connect multiple accounts, use a tweet to create a blog post based upon it, notify your followers automatically whenever you create a new blog post, and browse your tweets using key identifiers like ‘who was @mentioned’, or ‘what was #hashtagged’. It offers a terrific amount of functionality for those whose lives revolve around their blogs.
6. Buffer – Reduce Unfollows
Buffer is widely regarded as the more refined way to tweet. It allows you to schedule your tweets to be published at specific times throughout the day. Nobody likes someone who clogs the feed. Nothing will lead to the temptation to hit the unfollow button more than a feed-clogger, so this app is a great way to ensure that your output is balanced.
As well as that handy function, you get analytics for the activity of your followers and your tweets.
Which ones they liked and which received no attention whatsoever?
You will be able to see the time of day where your tweets create the most frenzied response, as well as identifying the quieter times for your account. This is a great app if you are all about the stats.
7. Twitalyzer – Power Stats
Twitalyzer is used by marketing gurus across the world to really delve into those analytics and endless streams of data. There’s not much you can’t garner from the information supplied by this app. It is optimized for mobile use, despite not having a downloadable smart phone app right now. The demographic nature of the statistics it provides make it an important tool for any business that sees Twitter as a vital avenue to its customers.
8. CoTweet – A Corporate Solution
This marketing tool is used by many top tweeting companies to engage, analyze and track conversations about their products or brand. After all, as a business, it’s important to know what people are saying about you, whether good or bad.
The version that is downloadable for free gives you access to multiple accounts and users, enables you to track clicks and get limited analytics. The ‘enterprise version’, allows the user to integrate with Salesforce, and various other corporate user platforms, as well as providing far more in-depth analysis functions. It weighs in at $1500 per month though.
9. Paper.li – The Twitter Newspaper
Paper.li allows you to compile tweets and organize them either manually or automatically in a newspaper-type style. This can then be automatically shared with your followers on a daily basis from your Twitter account.
It is seen by many top users as an innovative way to share the top tweets daily from the key figures that you follow. It can single out particular hashtags and compile those, or collate tweets from users on a specific list. This app can drive plenty of traffic the way of the people you have collated, so is highly regarded.
10. Followerwonk – All the Details
This app allows you to explore who your followers are, where they are, when they publish, and every little detail you could possibly want to know. The analytics provided are second to none, and the social graphs truly offer invaluable insight into the people that follow you. If you really want to, you can share your reports with the entire world too.
11. SocialOomph – A Great All-Rounder
As well as scheduling your tweets, SocialOomph allows you to extend your Twitter profile, track keywords and use an unlimited number of accounts. Additional features are available for $30 per month, such as tweeting via email, managing spam in direct messages, automated follow-back and sending a welcome/thank you message to new followers.
12. Triberr – Join the Club
This is a community app that you can only access if you receive an invitation. You can join tribes of bloggers of a like mind to yourself and sit and ponder your favourite issues or trends. It helps to expand your Twitter reach by plugging in your RSS feed to the group, which automatically means that members of your tribe will tweet each new post. You will do the same for them. You can set this up as automatic or reviewable, which gives you the option to approve any posts before sending them out there (recommended).
13. Visibli – Get More Followers
This free service essentially lets you create a sharing bar to go alongside any links that you share. It can have your name and links to your website within it, and even a Twitter follow or Facebook like button too.
You can set it up to connect to your Tweetdeck. or install it on your blog so that the bar appears with every single post you make. A fantastic way to encourage new followers, or visits to your website.
14. Hashtagify.me – Become an Influencer
Hashtagify.me will find you the best hashtags to enable you to find your true audience and reach out to them. You can search for influencers relating to hashtags and their relations with other users too.
This is the most advanced Twitter hashtags search engine available, and as a professional blogger/Twitter user, it’s an imperative addition to your armory.
15. Social Media Exchange List.ly – L4L Following
We all know what L4L means (like for like just in case you didn’t). This app aims to bring 1000’s of new followers your way for free, and with no risk to your security.
Essentially, encouraging a user to like your page or follow your account in the return for a follow back. We’re not sure how this works, but the followers are genuine and not robots so it’s got to be of some benefit somewhere down the line.
So that brings us to the end of our top 15 list of Twitter apps. There are some great apps out there already and there are new ones being developed all the time. With the right combination of a few of the listed apps above, your social-media-guru status will be maintained and enhanced, and you will be able to stay on top of every aspect of your multi-blogging world. The right blend of apps comes down to your own priorities; there is no perfect three.