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Social media rules the Internet. Once, it was email newsletters, and RSS feeds. Now it’s Facebook and Twitter, among many others. When you want people to see your photography, you stick it on Instagram. When you find something amusing online, you stick a pin in it and post it on Pinterest.

But keeping on top of all the ever-expanding social media Social Media In 2015, Predictions And Potential Social Media In 2015, Predictions And Potential Today we chose to place our necks on the line and make four future predictions for social media in 2015, along with a few more ideas about what might happen before this time next year. Read More tools can be a full-time job in itself. How do you know if your posts are being seen by the right people? How do you know if you are hanging out with the right people? Here are 5 social media tools that will make you look like the Boss.

ViralWoot

ViralWoot is for all of the Pinterest fans out there. By signing up for a free account, and attaching your Pinterest account, you will be promoted to other Pinterest users, if you promote them back. The whole system works on a principle called “seeds”. You start with 50, and as your account is promoted, you lose seeds. But you can gain seeds by repinning Pins, and following users.

So the whole idea is that everyone promotes each other’s Pins, and you hopefully end up getting more Pinterest followers The Unofficial Pinterest Guide The Unofficial Pinterest Guide This Pinterest guide will quickly show you how to use Pinterest and all of its features. This guide outlines everything there is to know about Pinterest. Read More out of it. Since it’s free, what have you to lose?

Riffle

I’m sure you’ve arrived at a website and someone has left their Twitter handle next to their name, as a promotional tool. But before clicking on that “Follow” button, maybe you should check first to see what kind of a tweeting history he or she has? Do they spam with relentless non-stop advertising? Or do they tweet sparingly, and offer useful information?

Riffle is a Chrome extension, which gives you a Twitter search box. Just enter the username, and up pops all the stats you will ever need on the person. Including their top hashtags These 5 Useful Tools Will Help You Use Hashtags The Right Way These 5 Useful Tools Will Help You Use Hashtags The Right Way With so many hashtags out there, how can you tell which ones are best to use? Which are actually popular, and which ones did you just make up? What do some obscure hashtags even mean? Read More , links to other social profiles, and how often they post.

RiteTag

Expanding on the theme of 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 for a moment, if you look at Twitter at any given time, there are so many hashtags to choose from. Some are very serious, such as #superbowl2015, and others are bordering on the ridiculous, such as #dranktenbeersandnowtotallyhungover.

You obviously want your tweet to be seen by as many people as possible, so you need the right hashtag. Entering terms into RiteTag tells you how that hashtag is currently performing, and they are colour coded – green for great, blue for good, red for overused, and grey for unused.

There is also a Chrome extension if you want real-time suggestions when tweeting.

PicFX

We now head into Instagram New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More territory, with an iPhone photo filtering app. There only appears to be an iOS version, so apologies Android users. I include this because several friends of mine keep telling me how great it is, and how I MUST write about it. It’s not free though – it’s $1.99.

PicFX has over 100 effects and frames. You get different categories — I especially like the Black & White, and Vintage. But you can add as many layers as you want onto the photo, until you get it just the way you want it. Most filter apps only allow you to choose one.

Swayy

The secret of healthy social media accounts is to have plenty of interesting content ready to share. But it takes time to browse the net, and curate things that your followers might be interested in. So why not “outsource” it to someone else? By connecting your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts to Swayy, it will analyze what is already being shared by everyone, and then suggest other pages you might want to post.

The trend today is to use tools that manage your social media accounts on your behalf. Is this something you would trust a third party to do for you? Or would you rather keep your accounts under your tight control? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Alexander Cruz
    March 6, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Thank you so much Mark for sharing Viralwoot with Makeuseof readers. Also congratulations to Riffle, Rite Tag, PicFX and Swayy teams for making it to this list - really amazing & useful apps.

    [Comment mod: Thanks for the comment Alexander. Unfortunately, we had to remove the link and accompanying text because we don't allow self-promotion in the comments. Cheers!]

  2. Saikat
    February 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Buffer is a huge blessing, and a few days back was introduced to the usefulness of RiteTag as well.

    • Mark O'Neill
      February 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I LOVE Buffer! I use it now almost every day for my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn updates. If we hadn't already covered it, it would surely have made number one on this list.

  3. Rob
    February 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    First I've seen of Riffle! Thanks for the heads up :)

  4. Saul Fleischman
    February 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Many thanks for including RiteTag. Note that our browser extensions - for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox - integrate with Twitter, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Buffer, SproutSocial, SocialOomph and now, brand new, in Google+ and Facebook as well. Main benefit: realtime hashtag engagement analytics as you type hashtags: https://ritetag.com/browser-extensions

  5. Matt
    February 5, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Instagram tag image search tool - http://www.dinsta.com/search/

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