The 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.
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.
Another Twitter tracking app for a simple sorted visualization of your friends and followers is FriendOrFollow. 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Are you looking for more statistics and visualized graphs to help you sort out your friends and followers?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.
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.
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.
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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!