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Today on Cool Websites and Apps, we are going to take a look at 5 never-before-looked-at Twitter apps, which will help you become a better Tweeter at Twitter.

Riffle

If you use Google Chrome, and are a frequent Twitter user, then this is one tool you definitely need to install.  Riffle enables you to type in any Twitter username into the icon on the browser bar and have all of that user’s information come up — how many Tweets they have done, how many followers, how many they are following, top hashtags 5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know 5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know If you use Twitter--or plan to begin using it--then you must know that hashtags are a big part of the experience. Hashtags allow you to “tag” your tweets so that they can be categorized for... Read More , and more. It also provides links to other social media pages, as well as the person’s Klout score Klout - Networking To Increase Your Online "Influence" Score Klout - Networking To Increase Your Online "Influence" Score I wasn't a fan of Klout when I first heard about it. Even after I signed up and actively started to delve through what Klout is and does, I was underwhelmed. Actually, I'd go as... Read More .

What really makes it useful is that the extension places the Riffle icon on the Twitter.com website, next to each username in a tweet. So if you see a tweet that interests you, and you want to know more about the tweeter, finding out is just an icon click away.

Unfavinator

If you’re the kind of person who likes to mark a lot of tweets as favourites Put Twitter's Most Underrated Feature to Good Use - Twitter Favourites Put Twitter's Most Underrated Feature to Good Use - Twitter Favourites Twitter 'Favourites' are probably the most underrated and most often forgotten feature that the social network has to offer. Like many of its features, however, it really leaves it up to you how you want... Read More , you will know how tedious it is when the time comes to unmark them again. You have to open each tweet individually and then unmark it as a favourite. Then the next one…..then the next one…..zzzzzzzz…..

To speed things up and save your sanity, there is Unfavinator, which collects together all of the tweets you marked as favourites, and gives each one a cross. Just tick the cross in the ones you want to zap, and bingo, they be zapped.

Nuzzel

The best way to get noticed on Twitter and increase your profile there is to get involved in a “trending discussion”. This is a discussion on a single subject which involves the most number of Twitter users. This can be tracked through hashtags #Clueless? Everything You Need To Know About Twitter Hashtags #Clueless? Everything You Need To Know About Twitter Hashtags Some people #use #them #for #every #freaking #word; others ignore them altogether. It might leave you wondering: what are hashtags even for? Am I using Twitter wrong if I don't use them? And are people... Read More or by searching for keywords.

Nuzzel is similar in that it tracks how many of your followers are retweeting the same stories as one another. You can then retweet them too, and get involved in a discussion on the subject with your Twitter followers. At the very least, Nuzzel also gives you a constant stream of new links to read.

The Latest

“The Latest” describes itself as “An Automatic List Of The Latest And Greatest Links From Twitter“. If this is correct (and there’s really no way to tell, since the site doesn’t explain their methods), then it makes it valuable for finding out what links are being shared the most on the site, so you can tweet them too (with a meaningful remark of course).

When you click on one of the site’s links, two windows open – one to the actual site being linked to, and a smaller Twitter window where you can retweet the link (you will have to modify your browser’s pop-up blocker to always allow this site to give you pop-up windows). What is cool is that if you switch on notifications in the Chrome browser (at the very bottom of the page), you will get notifications of new updates in a box on the bottom right-hand side of the screen.

Pullquote

And I saved the best for last, as Pullquote goes into my “wow” folder. The app operates along the principle that we should be tweeting the words that caught our eye, not necessarily the link to where you found it. So if you see a quote which hits you over the head, and you think “I MUST show this to my Twitter followers!“, then simply use your mouse and highlight the words you want to quote. This will open up a black horizontal menu where you can choose “tweet”.

The Pullquote box comes up, as you can see above, and the quote is shown in a box, which can be attached to your tweet as an image. You can edit the quote, as well as change the background colour (tip: don’t choose green). Then click “tweet”. The link is still included, but now you have a lovely box with your quote in it which will impress the hell out of your followers.

And in case you’re wondering, this doesn’t interfere with the regular copy and paste function. So no worries there.

Which new and previously unlooked-at Twitter apps have you been using lately? Let us know in the comments, and they may form part of a follow-up post here on MakeUseOf.

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