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Having recently joined the Twitter Bandwagon I was happy to see all the tools and software people have already developed to interact with the service. From Twitter trends to inserting ‘currently listening to’, let me show you five of my favorite tools to help you use Twitter more productively than ever.

It’s also a good idea to look at Mark’s Twitter Tools Apps & Bots article Tools, Apps and Bots to Improve your Twitter Experience Tools, Apps and Bots to Improve your Twitter Experience Read More as well as Jason’s Twitter tools article Three More Great Twitter Tools Worth A Look Three More Great Twitter Tools Worth A Look Read More .

Twhirl – Desktop Twitter Client

Twhirl desktop twitter client

Twhirl is an Adobe Air application which we have already mentioned 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck Read More here on Make Use Of, and I love it so much I have only used the web interface about twice.

Once you install it you can send direct messages, view replies, simply tweet away or you can view friends, followers, in short, everything you can do on the web.

In addition, the interface is beautiful, with icons displayed just the way they should, interface behaving intuitively and a boatload of skins right out of the box. Minimizing the application puts it on your system tray where it notifies you of Twitters and lets you send with one click.

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Alternatively, if Adobe Air isn’t your particular cup of tea, take a look at Twadget, a Vista sidebar widget for Vista (obviously). The functions it offers are considerably less, but development is active, so you can expect new releases soon.

Twist – Twitter trends

Twist

Both a tool for fun, but also a serious potential marketing tool, Twist brings you the lowdown on trends on Twitter. Since so many people are Twittering, getting a glimpse of what they are saying could give you loads of information on anything really. You can find out about breaking stories before anyone else, create some interesting statistics for an essay or post, or find out which topic is hottest right now.

Bloggers and website owners can use this tool to track their hype, but also to determine the hottest topics to write about, or upcoming topics they should be researching soon. You can take a look at the list on the left for hot topics, but you can also go into minute detail and look at exactly what people are saying about the topic you entered.

TwittyTunes – Post music and websites to Twitter

TwittyTunes

If you know FoxyTunes, you will be familiar with the look and feel of TwittyTunes, a Firefox extension which lets you post a number of things to Twitter with just one click.

Basically it’s a simple Twitter client with some pre-defined text available inside Mozilla. You can use it in conjunction with FoxyTunes to send a tweet with the song your listening to in three clicks. You can also easily share the page you’re viewing with others, and this is a feature I personally welcome more, since it saves me a lot of copy-paste time. If you have a blog but don’t like the Twitter Tools WordPress extension (see below), you can easily let people know about your new posts with this little addon.

As a simple Twitter client it also has the ability to send normal tweets. You can choose between normal text and normal text+URL which will allow you to send a regular message, and add the URL you are currently on to it optionally. The URL does take away characters from your tweet though, so if you’re on a long URL, it may be difficult to get some proper text in there.

Twitter Tools for WordPress

Twitter tools is a plugin for WordPress made by Alex King, who has supplied us with lots of popular stuff before, like category overlord, popularity contest and so on (see the link). This won’t fail to impress either, it integrates elegantly and efficiently with WordPress allowing you to use it in conjuction with your Twitter account.

Among its many features is the ability to create tweets out of your entries and entries out of your tweets. You can use it to automatically post the URL of your newest entry, but you can also use it to create entries from your tweets. This may sound a bit stupid, what are you going to do with 140 character long entries?

Well if you create a separate personal blog and record all your tweets, you may have a huge collection of tweets in no time. This means you can log everything you do, organize yourself with it, create a database of tasks you’ve done or want to do, the possibilities here are endless. You can use it to log all the music you’ve listened to by using it in tandem with the TwittyTunes Firefox addon, the rest is up to your imagination.

What is your favourite Twitter tool? You know by now where to write it!

  1. michael
    July 5, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about these tools, I have not seen the music or mp3 to twitter tool, but it seems like it will work for what I am looking for thanks.

    Follow me on Twitter @michael_37
    Creating More Than Just a Tweet-
    and please read http://creatingmorethanatweet.blogspot.com/

  2. Xtian
    October 31, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Twist just released a new version of its tool. The UI is cleaner (white background), it shows more relevant data (when topics became "hot") and it shows tweets for the topics in the graph in the same page (so you can see what people are tweeting about when they mention a topic). This is a good improvement on a good tool.

  3. Bob Hays
    October 24, 2008 at 8:48 am

    The problem with Twitter Tools is that Alex King doesn't support it unless you pay him - its got obvious bugs and he won't take any bug reports at all unless you pay him.

    For example, the nightly "make a post of my tweets" function is not time zone aware, and so it doesn't work right (I created a patch to fix this - thank god he put the code under GPL so someone that cares can fork the code and make it work). And, now, I have to reset tweets and rebuild posts almost every day manually (the automation appears to have stopped working most of the time).

    So, while I like the plugin, I wouldn't give the author any credit anymore.

  4. Scott Lewis
    July 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Here's some more that are really cool:

    Twitter Alerts - TweetBeep.com - "Be the first to know who's twittering about you, your company, or your website! Sends Twitter messages to your email inbox; I set up an alert for @ScottLewis so that I don't miss any replies or Tweets about me, myself and I, even if the link is shortened (like through TinyURL)

    Automatic Twitter Tweets » TweetLater.com - "Send automated thank you notes to new followers, and automatically follow new followers, if you choose to do so."

    Tweetdeck.com - cool new app with ability to group Twitter followers and search

  5. Daniel Pataki
    June 26, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Hi Ken!

    Sorry about that, here's the link:

    twist.flaptor.com/

    I'll get it in the article soon too, thanks!

  6. Ken Burkes
    June 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    One of my personal favorite Twitter tools is Quotably (quotably.com/). It's a great site where you can keep track of all the conversations you have, as well as the comments people have made to your tweets. It's a very handy tool and quite simple to use. Definitely worth checking out if you're interested in Twitter.

    That was a great post Daniel. However, do you think you could post the 'Twist' link? I think I might be going blind after spending 6 hours playing all those games Lee posted, but I can't seem to find the link, and I'd really like to try Twist out. Thanks for all the great tips.

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