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Do you want to go from being a simple tweeter to a Twitter power-user?  Here are some more tools to help you get there.

Analyze Your Feed


tweetrush First up, if you’ve already got a healthy Twitter account and want to look into your usage stats, Tweetrush is a pretty good way to do it.

You can search for your username and immediately get a rundown of the last week’s usage data, broken down by day and hour.  Also, you can compare your account to the entire user-base. You can even break it down by Twitter client if you want. There aren’t an enormous number of options, but for regular usage tracking, it’s quick and easy to use.

Xefer Twitter Charts

For a little more data-heavy (and somewhat more artistic) approach, try out Xefer’s Twitter Charts application. Entering your username renders an attractive dot graph that breaks your entire tweeting history down by day of the week and hour. It also differentiates between regular tweets and @replies.

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While there are no options beyond the basic graph, it can tell you a lot about your usage habits. For instance, Tuesday afternoons are pretty desolate for me. I’m going to have to look into that!


Twitter Grader

Twitter Grader Twitter Grader is a bit on the “commercial” side because it’s a marketing tool by HubSpot, but it provides a little ranking metric that is useful in several different ways. First of all, entering your account name generates a score. That score is based on an algorithm that looks at following/followers and total number of updates. If you like, you can take your score (out of 100) and put it on your blog with their widget.

The more useful part of the web app is their “suggested follow” list.  This takes other people who have a similar score to yours and lines them up for your browsing pleasure.  I’m not sure if the compatability software looks at interests (it may use a sort of tag cloud) or ifit is solely based on your score and rank.  Either way, the list will probably have a few people on there of interest to you, so it’s a quick way to find new people to follow.

Twitter Grader

Add Some Zing to Your Tweets


PollDaddy is actually a poll-creation service in and of itself, but the Twitter functionality is pretty good. You do need to enter both your username and password for this one. This will take you to a poll creation screen that is extremely simple and intuitive. Once you’ve made your poll and selected from one of their many options, the site will create a shortened link and automatically update your Twitter account with a relevant message. It’s a quick way to change up your feed and interact with your followers at the same time. People can even comment about your poll.

PollDaddy also gives you a neat little widget, so here’s an example for you!

  1. BCNN1
    June 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

  2. WWB
    November 7, 2008 at 10:47 am

    If you don't mind me adding a more time-delimited one -- which my employer, New Media Strategies, built along with Tropicana -- see

    Although I am obviously biased in its favor I think it's a pretty unique visualization of which words people are using when tweeting about Obama and McCain. We launched on Tuesday and got a pretty good response, even though it went up on election day.

    If it seems a little difficult to follow, understandable -- there is a fuller explanation on the site. But also, with the success of this one, I bet we'll be doing more of them, and the style should catch on.

  3. Rosey Dow
    November 6, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    To get your tweets posted into your blog sidebar: wptwitter (a WordPress plugin from their list)

    To get your blog headlines posted to Twitter: or

    • Prisqua
      November 9, 2008 at 3:50 am

      I have not been able to access those 2 sites...

  4. Jimmy Rogers
    November 6, 2008 at 6:13 pm


    check out my blog ( for an example of tweetstamp, i think it's pretty attractive

  5. Mark Evans
    November 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for highlighting these services. I've used PollDaddy a lot on one of my blogs so it's interesting to know it can be used for Twitter as well.


  6. kuros
    November 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    how can i put twitter on my blog any suggestions?

  7. ArpitNext
    November 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    PollDaddy seems to be best and most useful. I was totally unknown to this feature!


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