Already on Twitter? Here’s some more in-depth tips & tools:
Wow–the rapid insights of TweetStats into your inner tweeter will blow your mind and are downright scary about the power of exposure that exists in this new internet age. Within SECONDS, you’ll see analysis of what time of day you tweet most, what percent of your tweets are direct replies–and to WHOM, and other eye-opening stats. So, if you’re wondering how to meaure the effectiveness of Twitter, TweetStats is a go-to! TweetBurner is an application you can install that counts links to the websites you tweet out. (Like how you just plug in the word ‘tweet’ for anything?!) Might be useful for stats.
Another quickie is TweetScan, where you can plug in your organization name or keywords and see who’s tweeting about these topics.
Here is a step-by-step (and simple) way at NTEN to have Twitterers share snippets of info at and during events or conferences, by including a tag, which aggregates all the comments together. NTEN “Twitter Me This” Webinar will help you explain–and educate–about what Twitter is!
If you’re a blogger using WordPress, Alex King wrote some tools to share posts between your blog and Twitter. Maybe I’ll show you here soon!
FriendFeed isn’t a Twitter tool–it’s an everything tool. So if you’re getting confused about all these social media sites you’re beginning to work with, check out FriendFeed as a way to share what you’re doing all ALL the various platforms. I don’t feel like I’ve advanced to this level yet, but feel like it’s one of those helps that, if you finally make the leap, it simplifies things.
101: What to Tweet About has great tips about mixing personal, conversational and corporate posts (only 1 out of every 20) and ‘developing relationships with your followers.’ Sound weird? After you try it, you’ll understand.
Here are some management tools to help you get a handle on your Twitter stream. Once you start using Twitter online, you’ll want a more convenient plug-in. I first went with:
BeTwitteredl, which is a plug-in you can add if you iGoogle.
Here are some applications you can download:
Twhirl (you can add multiple twitter accounts, and the feed pops up like IM from your toolbar)
I’m using Twhirl for my @HSNetwork tweets. I like how everything scrolls together in one pop-up, with different background colors for messages sent directly to me and replies I send. There’s a ready-to-go screen where you can type your ‘status’ to send to your Twitter stream.
TweetDeck (downloads everything you need in one fell swoop)
I’m using TweetDeck for my @VirtualHostel account. It separates your messages into 3 columns and thus is a larger window, but shows at a glance when anyone is contacting you directly. This organization would be great for anyone following a large number of people. It has some easy-to-use function buttons to write messages or get an overview of the news on Twititer.
Need more info?! There’s a complete (well, is anything ever complete anymore?!) list of all kinds of Twitter tools at this wiki.
There’s a ton of seemingly ‘full-time’ Twitterers already; I hope they’ll forgive my simple language and overview, and even add to our learning here.