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I’ve had a Twitter account since the early days, but I haven’t really used it all that much. I’ve tweeted occasionally and I’ve even set up several of my feeds to automatically tweet for me, but I never really got twittering. That is, until I got myself an iPod Touch. Now I can’t stop Twittering and I’m seriously considering some type of 12 step program.

Unless you get Twitter it’s kind of hard to explain, so I really won’t try. Let me just say that it’s about the community. It’s about the interactions with others. It’s about the dynamic of how you can twitter with your circle of friends and each member of your circle of friends can twitter with their circle of friends and there is very little, if any, overlap in those circles. It’s mind-boggling when you think about it.

Here are three great tools that make twittering easier and more fun:

[NO LONGER WORKS]

[NO LONGER WORKS] Hahlo (pronounced like “Hello”, but with a serious Arnold Schwarzenegger accent.)

If you have an iPhone, or an iPod Touch, then Hahlo is a must.

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I’ve [NO LONGER WORKS] jailbroken my phone and I’ve tried a couple of the available Twitter apps, Twinkle and MobileTwitter, but neither comes close to this Safari app.

Hahlo is a beautiful iPhone/iPod Touch interface built with the APIs from Twitter and Summize. You can see your Timeline with friends (same as Home/Recent on the Twitter page) or you can see your own tweets or all your replies.

It doesn’t do a whole lot more than Twitter’s own mobile page does, it’s just a lot prettier and easier to use. When you click the TWEET button, a large easy-to-type-in window overlay appears and your iPod/iPhone keyboard pops up.

TweetLater. TweetLater does two things. It lets you schedule tweets to appear at a later date or time and it lets you automatically follow people who follow you. The scheduling is nice, but it’s the auto-follow feature that really rocks. If you’re going to really enjoy Twitter, you need to follow lots of people and have lots of people follow you. That’s the whole point, after all (see above paragraph on getting it.) But, it gets tedious sometimes, having to go to the Twitter website every time you get an email saying you’re being followed by someone.

There is a little bit of clunky set up involved to get the auto-follow working, but it’s worth it. You must first configure Tweetlater to your needs and then set up a rule in your email program to forward all your “so-and-so is now following you on Twitter” emails to a special address, so they can deal with the nitty-gritty of going to the Twitter website and clicking follow for you.

Twitterfeed. I’m not going to say too much about this great twitter app, since Make Use Of did a full review on it a few months back. It allows you set up your blog, or any website that has an RSS feed, to automatically update Twitter for you. I love it, but you’ve got to be sure you don’t auto-twitter too much, or you risk becoming a Twitter spammer.

If you’d like to follow me on Twitter, I’ll follow you right back. But even better if you follow MakeUseOf.

How do you twitter? Do you know of any apps that make twittering easier and more fun? Let the twitterverse know in the comments.

  1. J Chan
    January 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I never tried TweetLater but I am using CoTweet.
    CoTweet is more for business users who want to set up multiple twitter accounts. It is also integrated with bit.ly to automatically shorten any url in your tweets. This tool is very user-friendly but it would be nice if there are other handy tools that come with it.

  2. John
    November 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I used autotweeter for my twitter automation.Its desktop based and small thing which sits on my system tray and does its job well.I love it.If any readers want it..here is the link
    http://www.autotweeter.in

  3. Owen
    September 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I would love to get your feedback on a new twitter service which automatically tweets relevant news (by keywords) or RSS feeds to your Twitter.

    http://oohja.com

    What do you think?

    For example all tweets here are 100% keyword driven:
    http://twitter.com/oohjaMarketing

  4. Shaun
    September 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

    For Twitter automation i've got to say Twimbo from iq143.com was one of the easiest to set up and one of the more intelligent bots.

    It only took a few minutes to set up and it's currently priced low for early adopters. My traffic has doubled since using it and I now have a great following on Twitter. I've even had new paying customers as a result! Winner.

  5. Lia Hollander
    May 19, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I've been on twitter for about 4 months now and I am hooked. So much so, that we even created an integration with twitter for Treasurelicious.com. You can now leave comments about people's treasures via twitter.

    It is hard to explain twitter to people, but once they get it, you cannot stop them.

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