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twittertoolsThe proliferation of tools created to support Twitter is astounding due to the early adoption and usage of the Twitter API by developers worldwide.  While there are plenty of web applications to choose from to analyze and visualize your activity with Twitter, the Twitter tracking apps that help you manage all of your friends and followers with ease are indispensable.

Here’s a rundown of eight of the best Twitter tracking apps to help you keep track of your friends and followers, and decide among them who are adding value to your usage of one of the world’s most popular social networking tools.

TwitterKarma

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While it may not win awards for its aesthetics, Twitter Karma makes up for its simple design by providing a quick solution to see all of your friends and followers sorted in a variety of ways. You can follow and unfollow quickly and easily among your friends, followers, and mutual friends.

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Another Twitter tracking app for a simple sorted visualization of your friends and followers is FriendOrFollow Who's Following You on Twitter and are You Following Them? Who's Following You on Twitter and are You Following Them? Read More . It’s a fast way to find all of the people you follow who aren’t following you back. If you’re curious, you can also see who the top 100 most followed users are, or the top 100 users following the most other users.

ReFollow

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For someone who wants even more control over their Twitter account, ReFollow provides a slew of features for any power user. You can view not only your friends and followers, but those who are friends or followers of any other particular user, or any user who has ever @mentioned you. These can all be sorted by last tweet, tweet count, alphabetical by username, or their friend/follower counts. There’s also a ton of filterable options if you need to get very specific. You can show only users with unique keywords in their bios, their geographic locations, or even if they have a custom avatar or not.

Twittangle

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For people who like to manually label their friends and followers to get a better handle on who’s who, Twittangle allows users to form groups to better manage who they follow, or who’s following them. It also displays your friends and followers with a unique column view. You can rate them, add and apply tags to each of them, add them to unique groups, or see other users’ groups.

Tweepler

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To best sort your followers, Tweepler takes a different, visual approach by presenting two “bucket” columns that you “process” your followers into. This allows you to assign certain followers into an ignore state that you don’t wish to follow back. You also have many sorting and searching options to help determine who gets dropped into each “bucket”.

Twitterless

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Are you looking for more statistics and visualized graphs to help you sort out your friends and followers? Twitterless will graph your follower history over time and inform you of the users that stop following you. You can filter your friends and followers with keywords, words in their descriptions, or their location in relation to you. Twitterless also has a notion of forming groups to help you better organize your network.

Tweepi

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For the geekiest Twitter users, Tweepi delivers a mathematical breakdown to help you decide if you have spammers or deadbeats among your friends and followers that you need to purge. The four modules Tweepi showcases are a Follow, Flush, Reciprocate, and Cleanup – all of which help to manage your network quickly and with plenty of numerical detail to help you make your tougher decisions.

Twerpscan

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The last Twitter tracking app in the roundup is self-dubbed “anti-fool contact management”, which serves as a concise description of yet another visual solution which assists you in listing and sorting your network of friends and followers. The “Drilldown” feature allows you to research more about users, while the management tools present lists with ratios, tweet counts, and other info to decide who stays and goes.

All of the above tools are good choices for doing a better job of managing your network than what Twitter.com provides. It’s really a matter of how much control you’d like, and how quickly and easily you want to make changes. There’s plenty of ways to look at the users on your lists, and these 8 web apps can provide simple solutions, detailed analysis, or fine-tuned management solutions that help improve your experience with Twitter, and get more out of the service by narrowing the amount of people you stay in contact with to only those that matter most – for you.

Looking for even more ways to utilize Twitter to its fullest? Check out these other related Twitter articles on MakeUseOf:

Do you know of any other Twitter tools that you find to be essential for organizing and managing your network? Let us know the ones you like best with your comments!

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  1. Ib Balicanta
    February 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    No TweetDeck? COME ON!!

  2. Si Dawson
    February 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Another good tool to help clean your tweetstream is The Twit Cleaner.

    It scans those you follow, identifies the spammy, boring, those that just post links, never engage, don't follow back etc, & makes it super easy to unfollow those that aren't improving your Twitter experience.

    Dunno how this fits under your "no self promotion" policy, but is a relevant answer to your request for more tools :)

  3. Kelly Pope
    January 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    My suggestion is a FREE System – AUTOPILOT Your Twitter WITHOUT SPAM - SAFE USING SMARTWEETS AND TWEETSCRIPTING - EASY TO USE!... http://ff.im/-eJnH5

    • Serry J
      January 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Kelly, Thanks so much for responding. It looks really interesting. Can I have more than one profile on TWITTER? Do people have multiples? Does TWITTER allow this?

  4. Serry J
    January 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    HELP!! Question for everyone. What is the best way to target followers when you are in multiple industries, plus I want to follow anyone that can help a newbie marketer.......It is getting so confusing that it's meaningless!

  5. Cristian Eslava
    January 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Nathan,

    I just wanted to point out that the first app reviewed TwitterKarma cannot longer be used to unfollow people.

    Bulk unfollow violate Twitter terms, so they say.

    Best regards.

    • Nathan Chase
      January 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks, Cristian.

      Yes, the bulk unfollow rules at Twitter seem to have changed on January 15th, (the day before this post went live) and now affects all Twitter tools, not just Twitter Karma.

      It's unfortunate, and many people are already chiming in to express their displeasure with Twitter making it more difficult to follow and unfollow users.

      • Cristian Eslava
        January 19, 2010 at 1:21 am

        I just tried http://www.untweeps.com/ and it still working the bulk unfollow.

        I agree with you, one of the best things of twitter is that the API is open so there are a whole universe of app around it.

        I think they will regret this decission.

        Best regards and excuse my english :)

  6. Scott
    January 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I like the idea behind the RSS-to-SMS plan. Seems like it should work. Unfortunately, all of the sites that have offered this service look like they are no longer there (or at least not doing that any more). If anyone knows of an active site offering this, please advise. Thanks -

  7. Scott
    January 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Man - yes, there is a lot of junk and spam on Twitter. That's inevitable. But it is far from useless.

    My real question for anyone that can help - I would like to choose particular people I follow and have only their tweets come to my cell phone. As it is now, I can "turn on devices" but that opens my cell phone to all the Direct Message spam. Is there a way to do this?

    • Nathan Chase
      January 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      Hi, Scott. On the official Twitter Phone FAQ, it says, "Can I turn updates on for some people and off for others? Yes. Set up text preferences for people you follow from the drop down 'following' box on the profile page."

      You can read more here: http://help.twitter.com/forums/59008/entries/14014

      Hope that helps!

      • Scott
        January 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

        Thanks Nathan - I have actually done that before, for a while. The problem is you still have to set your general preference to be either "devices on" or "devices off". When you turn on the devices (meaning you can choose certain people and their tweets get sent to your phone), it opens your phone up to receive every single direct message as well - and most of them are crap. If I can get tweets from one or two people, and DMs from no one, I would love to be able to do that. With all the third-party software related to Twitter, I would think someone would have come up with that by now.

  8. designfollow
    January 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    great tools.

    thank you very much.

  9. Man
    January 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

    twitter is only advertisement place, its useless.