The Ultimate List of Twitter Tools

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You say you want to find a tool to help you understand a little more about the crazy world of Twitter? Well, you're in luck – everything from tracking a package to viewing a conversation, from aggregating tweets into one account to searching on anything, there is a tool that can do it. Remember, this list is going to be different from one written in 2009, or others coming in 2013 – but all the services are ready to help you right now in 2011.

Manage your account

You want to make sure your presence on Twitter is noticeable, so start off on the right foot and personalize it a little!

Multiple users

ConnectTweet – multiple people trying to use your corporate account? This aggregates the tweets about your company from your employees, and attributes each tweet to its respective author.
GroupTweet – Create a new account – and then everyone who is following it can DM each other. (“Twitter narrowcasting” – cute slogan)

Schedule tweets

Timely – automatically schedules your tweets at the times which have worked best for you in the past!
FutureTweets – schedule tweets to be posted in the future.
TweetRemote – post your tweets to your blog, too

Create a background

Twitter Gallery – get free backgrounds for your Twitter account
TwitBacks – create your own free Twitter background

Download tweets

TweetSaver – save, search, and organize your tweets

From your email

Topify – manage your Twitter account from your email
NutshellMail – another way to manage Twitter from your email
TwitterMail – tweet from your email
Twimail – get a more informative email about someone who starts following you

Watch conversation trends

You want to be able to jump in if someone is talking about you or your niche, right? Well, that means you need to be listening for it!


Chirp City – latest tweets in and about a particular city (the landing page example is San Francisco) – search what's being tweeted about. Best way to join a conversation! – search Twitter, but exclude certain words
Sideline from Yahoo! – a Twitter search application using Adobe AIR
Twitterfall – watch trending topics (or any search results) waterfall down in realtime
Retweetist – current tweets containing “RT”

Search aggregations

Twilert – get scheduled search results sent to your email
TweetBeep – get hourly updates from Twitter about your keywords
Stream Spigot – read public Twitter updates from specific users on an Atom feed – you don't even need a Twitter account
The Archivist – visualizations of archived tweets

Local and brands

TwitterLocal – watch what people are saying about local places and small businesses
BrandChirp – look at what is being said about your brand on Twitter


Trendsmap – tags and words from tweets superimposed over a map
– fun visualization with real-time tweets popping up over a map (didn't work once, though)

Make connections

If you can make relevant connections to people who are legitimately interested in what you are doing, that's what social media is all about!

Threaded conversations

TweetChat – view conversations based on the hashtags used
Twonvo – see full threaded Twitter conversations


WeFollow – a directory of Twitter users – currently over 900,000 strong!
TweetFind – another Twitter directory
Twellow – Twitter Yellow Pages

New followers

Twitaholic – showing feeds from top Twitter users
Be A Magpie –  Pay people to tweet about you – or get paid to tweet!
Twithelp – answer people's questions on Twitter and make meaningful connections

Manage connections

Will you follow back all of your followers? When is a lot of tweets too much to read? How are your followers connected together?

Mute the talkative

Poxlet – mute users, block apps, and just make your Twitter feed easier to listen to.
TwitterSnooze – mute users temporarily

Analyze followers

Refollow – group your follows and followers by relationship, importance, and more.
Qwitter – see who is unfollowing you, and when.
Tweeter Karma – sort your followers and followees to see if they have reciprocated or not.
My Tweeple – another way to analyze who is following you
Tweeterate – rate the tweets of others, and see if others think you are annoying
Twerp Scan – monitor which of your followers or friends are actually spammers or bots
Twitter Grader – do you really want to see how influential you are on Twitter?
FriendorFollow – who are you following who is not following you back?

Measure stats

We live in the age of measuring everything! Know how well your tweets work depending on all sorts of factors.

Analytics of tweets

TwitterCounter – see your Twitter stats fast
ChirpStats – another Twitter analytics package – just follow @chirpstats to have your analytics tracked
TweetStats – colorful graphs of your Twitter life

Analytics of links

TweetBurner – clickthrough tracking of the links you tweet
Backtweets – shows the number of people who tweeted a particular link – more analytics
Twitt(url)y – see which links have been tweeted lately
Twitter Charts – a chart showing the times and days someone is most active on Twitter – offers statistics on the shortened links you tweet – super simple sharing and some statistics
TweetMeme – aggregates popular links on Twitter

Know more about your followers

What are your followers interested in? What can you say that will resonate with them?

Link followers

DoesFollow – answers the question “Does ____ follow ____?”
Who Follows Whom? – see what up to 5 users have in common

Poll followers

Twtpoll – post a poll and get feedback from your followers
Polldaddy – another way to poll your Twitter and Facebook followers

Share stuff

Twitter is great for sharing thoughts or links – but to share multimedia, you might want to use one of these tools as a go-between.

Share files

Filesocial – share your files on Twitter

Share photos

Twitpic – share photos on Twitter, including from your phone
Mobypicture – share photos on Twitter and other social sites
TwiCam – post animated gifs taken from your computer or webcam
Sparkbooth – make your computer a photo booth
Skitch – doodle on your screenshots or photos, then share them

Share screenshots

DesktopTweet – tweet screenshots – instantly
Tweetshots – take screenshots of tweets, then share them again

Share notes

Postica – create sticky notes, and then send them on Twitter
QuoteURL – display tweets from different people on a single URL – permanently


All the other things you didn't know Twitter could do:

TrackThis – track your packages via Twitter – or SMS, or RSS, or email, or…
Twittercal – tweet appointments to your Google calendar

Web Dashboards

Want a change of interface? These dashboards are websites optimized to use Twitter in different ways, whether you want to see more detail or less!

Followize – simple, streamlined Twitter interface
HootSuite – manage multiple social profile accounts, schedule tweets – full-service dashboard
Accessible Twitter – dashboard optimized for everyone, including users with disabilities
TweetGrid – if you're ready for information overload, watch multiple conversations at the same time
Aol Lifestream – monitor conversations across multiple social sites


Just want to fire up an app and get tweeting? Here are your choices for many platforms.

TweetGenius – a pretty and functional BlackBerry Twitter app
OpenBeak – super simple Twitter updates on BlackBerry
Viigo – a different look at Twitter, including a comprehensive search function – for BlackBerry
Blackbird – small, fast, and simple for BlackBerry
Tweetr – iPhone app with auto-save, drafts, and scheduling for tweets
Twitter for iPhone – just what it says: an iPhone app for Twitter
Echofon for iPhone – another iPhone app
Twidroyd – Twitter for the Droid, including live preview of links

Dial2Do – Twitter updates by voice


What if you could manage Twitter without even launching a browser?

twhirl – manage lots of different profiles from your desktop
Snitter – powered by Adobe AIR
Destroy Twitter – clean and simple, a small desktop app just for Twitter

Cross-platform (web, mobile, and/or desktop)

Though you can use all these different tools to update Twitter wherever you are, sometimes it's nice to have some consistency. Here are some tools that let you use Twitter the same way from many different places.

Seesmic – browser, mobile, and desktop, plus management of multiple profiles
UberSocial – BlackBerry, iPhone, and desktop client
Twitterrific –  for a Mac desktop, plus iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
TweetDeck – desktop, Android, and Chrome
Spaz – a fun client for mobile and desktop

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