Twitter Power Tools

Being a good steward of your time online is about focus and efficiency. Right now, developers are creating tons of third party platforms to support social networking. The platforms do anything and everything in terms of measuring your reach, managing your time, targeting and building your communities, and keeping your content interesting and fun to read! Most of these tools remain free but that status is always changing online.

Time management tip: Set time limits on the amount of time you spend online each day. You can set 30 minutes for the morning or 30 minutes in the evening, or both depending on your goals. You can check into social networks in 10 minute intervals thoughout the day, via your phone, laptop, or other wireless device. They key is to stay consitent, and follow a personal plan that works for you and doesn’t take away from face time with friends and family. Our favorite, high-tech time management tool happens to be a kitchen timer!

Here are just some of our favorites Twitter Power Tools (there are thousands out there). If you have a few favorites, let us know and we’ll add to this list!

Efficiency

Ping.fm this service will update all of your social networks at once.

Friendorfollow.com find out who is following you that you need to follow and whom you are following but is not following you back. It’s a great way to reciprocate follows and to clean up non-followers.

SocialOomph this is an overall Twitter automation and productivity tool. This is great for auto-following, auto direct messaging, alerts, etc.

TweetMetrics this site carefully measures your Twitter conversations using Twitter Friends. Who is really active and engaged with you in your community? Am I really making an impact?

Twitterfeed.com this site allows you to post your blog posts as tweets (with links back to your blog) to your Twitter stream over a specified interval of time. Great time management and consistency tool

Tweetburner.com you can use Tweetburner to share links, and more important, you can track the usage of what you post.

Twitpic.com this tool makes it easy to take mobile phone photos and share them using your Twitter account. It’s easy.

Twittlonger face it, sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough. This is for extra chatty tweeters. It allows your friends to click a link and see a longer tweet from you.

Impact

Klout.com is the current standard for measuring your personal ifluence and impact online. You can see your retweet rate, your reach, and an analysis of your content.

Twitter.grader.com learn your Twitter grade, your local Twitter elite, and find new people to follow through Twitter Grader.

Retweetrank.com ever wonder if your tweets have reach? This is a great tool that calculates your retweet percentage.

TweeTube.com makes it easy to share videos and photos on Twitter.

Twuffer.com, twitresponse.com both of these sites offer a great way to pre-populate your tweets (evergreen information, events, blog posts, quotes, etc.). Use these tools sparingly since it can disconnect you from real-time connection.

Community Builders

Justtweetit.com this site helps you find other “tweeters” with similar interests.

Chipin.com if you’re raising funds on Twitter, use Chipin to set a goal and let your supporters track the progress of the campaign.

Twtvite.com Twtvite is a simple event organizer that will help you create and find a tweetup.

Twitoria.com, Untweeps.com both tools help you reduce your clutter on Twitter by finding your friends that haven’t tweeted in a long time.

Just plain fun

Twimemachine.com allows you to go back and see all your tweets in the past 12 month.Very cool tool.

Twitter for Busy People (t4bp) if you need to know at a glance what your Twitter friends are up to, this site collates their images into sections (last hour, last day, more than a day ago) and lets you hover over them for the latest update.

TwitGift this site involves money but it’s fun. It allows you to send a gift to a Twitter friend. With twitgift, you don’t have to know the shipping address, the service sends a “claims” tweet to the recipient, where they fill out their shipping address.

HootCourse this site takes educational tweets and builds online classes around them. Students and teachers can meet in virtual classrooms to hold informal classes, complete with teaching materials and formats.

Twistorti if you need a mental break this is a beautiful mental rest stop. This site pulls in current tweets around the globe based on six keywords: love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish.

CheapTweet this site collates all the best retail offers being tweeted, and allows people to vote on the best ones, which means you could save some $$.