Saturday, July 25, 2009

Top Twitter Tools List

In working on my article for Digital Landing on how to make the most of Twitter, I researched dozens of great applications. Since I couldn't write about them all in my article there, I decided to post the list of what I looked at here, so anyone can have a look. Of course there are more that are not on this list, but I have other resource lists where those can be found at the top.

Is there something great I'm missing on the list? Add it in the comments or email me at sairy(at)sairy(dot)com - or just tweet to @sairy.

Overall Twitter resources:
  • Twitter Fan Wiki - Everything you ever wanted to know about Twitter
  • Alltop Twitter Page - great blogs all about Twitter and related apps
  • @Twitter_Tips - great fed of all kinds of Twitter tools
  • @TweetingTools - more good tips on Twitter, with random quotes to boot

    Twitter search and display:
  • Twitter Search - official Twitter search
  • Twitterfall - view tweets via subject as they "fall" like a waterfall down the screen

    Multi-account and multi-user applications:
  • Tweetdeck - desktop & mobile apps (Mac, Windows, Linux) that allows for groupings and advanced features; top favorite of all apps
  • PeopleBrowsr - highly configurable, full featured web-based series of apps for Twitter use - includes search and configurable groupings apps
  • Tweetie - multi-account viewer for the Mac
  • Cotweet - multi-user twitter, ideal for businesses; the standard-bearer in business Twitter use
  • Twhirl - multi-account viewer for Windows & Mac (based on Adobe Air)
  • Tweetvisor - browser-based Twitter that allows for viewing tweets, @replies and DMs all at one on a quick interface
  • Nambu - robust viewer for the Mac
  • HootSuite - sleek, web-based multi-account Twitter interface; also comes with a Hootlet toolbar mini-app that works with Firefox, Safari and IE
  • Twibble - desktop app for Mac, Linux and Windows, supports multiple accounts
  • Seesmic Desktop - well reputed desktop app for Mac or Windows (based on Adobe Air)
  • Seesmic Web App - very clean UI for single-account Twitter view

    For the iPhone:
  • Tweetie - easy-to-use, full-featured multi-account application
  • Twitterific - multi-account Twitter, but minus a few features
  • Tweetdeck - multiple accounts, syncs, works with yfrog and Twitpic, URL shorteners; configurable
  • Nambu - fairly sophisticated app for single-Twitter use, integrated with FriendFeed, and
  • Twitterfon - basic, clear interface
  • Seesmic - iPhone app coming soon
  • Birdfeed - clean app with local caching and timestamps

    For the Blackberry:
  • Twitterberry - most popular Twitter updating software for Blackberry
  • Twibble - mobile version of desktop app integrated with Twitpic
  • UberTwitter - full featured app; integrated with Google Talk

    For Windows Mobile:
  • TinyTwitter - basic app for using Twitter (note: entire site optimized for mobile devices, not traditional browsers)
  • ceTwit - full featured client that works with Twitpic and
  • Quakk - open source Twitter app

    Twitter Feed Tools:
  • Twitterfeed - efficiently feeds blogs to twitter, allowing for added text configuration and timing
  • FriendFeed - view multiple twitter & other social media feeds
  • Posterous - posts to blogs and twitter feeds on a wide range of platforms; recommended by Guy Kawasaki
  • Lazyfeed - allows for blog feeds (like a feed reader) as well as input to personal feeds; similar to FriendFeed but a more professional UI

    Stats & Analysis:
  • Twitter Grader - gives grades based on a 100% scale, based on number of followers, power of followers, number of updates, update recency, engagement level and follower/following ratio
  • Twitterank - ranking algorithm built by a Google programmer, rates percentages of accounts
  • Twitalyzer & Twitalyzer Pro - analyzes overall influence, retweets, references to and mentions of the account, with Pro features showing top influencers in your network
  • - tracks followers, friends and updates over time
  • Socialtoo - allows for surveys & stats but have to pay for Twitter stats
  • Twitter Analyzer - has nice graphs of usage by keyword, hashtags, etc.
  • TweetStats - graphs tweets per hour, month, etc.
  • Tweet Counter - sends reminders when users are close to major milestones like 100, 1000, etc.
  • twInfluence - provides sleek graphs of usage by interface, @replies, RT's, by month, days of the week, and time of day

    Follower Management:
  • Twerp Scan - "anti-fool contact management" system; can manage by followers or those being followed and is quick to add/subtract - much more efficient than follower management in Twitter
  • Mr. Tweet - recommendation engine
  • WeFollow - adds users to searchable threads
  • SocialNewsWatch List of Top 237 Twitter Users Who Will Follow You Back - what it says it is, based on number of followers
  • Tweet Friends - compares 2 twitter feeds for common friends added over past 24 hours (or so)

    Browser Plug-Ins:
  • Twitter Friend Bios - plugin for Firefox browser
  • Shareaholic - drop-down plugin for viewing multiple social networking feeds
  • Twitbin - sidebar plugin for Firefox

    Marketing & Advertising Tools:
  • EasyTweets - cost depends on number of feeds, accounts, and continuous searches; posts automatically to Twitter
  • Twittad - affinity network that connects twitter feeds with advertisers; works on mobile devices
  • TweetROI - tweet about whatever you want (from their list of advertisers) and get paid for it
  • Magpie - embedded ads into user timelines
  • Izea - boasting 25,000 advertisers and 250,000 bloggers, they produce "sponsored conversations"

    Payment Engines:
  • twitpay - allows for Twitter payments via PayPal; for all kinds of purposes via RT2Buy system
  • tipjoy - makes it easy to pay other Twitter users or to let them pay you with a simple 'p $x @user' command

    Twitter Backgrounds:
  • PrettyTweet - creates twitter backgrounds

    Images & Videos via Twitter:
  • yfrog - enables image & video sharing
  • Twitpic - sends photos to Twitter, view photos posted by others
  • - photo URLs and stats, usable with Twitter

    Assistive Tools:
  • Twitwoop - allows you to record tweets by voice

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  • Monday, July 20, 2009


    A lot's been happening lately for me - elsewhere... so here's a bit of a summary for those who are curious. Also, I keep recent news of what I've been doing professionally updated typically at my professional website,

    My new media consulting (via PublicEdge) is going well. I'm working primarily with WomenCount as their director of new media. It's been wonderful working with elected women and women candidates on the blog, the radio show, and via Twitter. I've also been helping some online publications, start-ups, nonprofit and other political organizations.

    In March and April, I received two awards. March's was a collective writing award given to an issue of Bay Area Parent where I wrote an article about gifted children (what it's like to have one, and what it's like to be one). In April, I received a new media award from the California Democratic Party, which was entirely unexpected but felt nice to be recognized for my political new media work.

    I've been speaking at a ton of conferences lately. In February, I spoke at Fem 2.0. In March, I was at South by Southwest Interactive. In April, I provided a couple of trainings on social media and then I spoke at the Nonprofit Technology Conference on 3 panels. I also spoke at the Netroots Nation New Media Summit and at the 140TC conference. All three of those were in the Bay Area. I organized 2 other panels for the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in June. Then in August, I'll be speaking on 3 more panels at Netroots Nation. I'm looking forward to a break from conferences for a while after all of that.

    Recently, I was featured in Vivanista's "Quintessential Careers" column for my work with SFBayStyle, and I was interviewed for an Entrepreneur magazine piece about social media as well.

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    Saturday, July 04, 2009

    July 4th Patriotic Song List

    In honor of the celebration of our Independence Day, I put together as many patriotic tunes as I could find for an iTunes mix. Many didn't make the cut, but I selected my favorites that fit together in the most celebratory arrangement I could work out for a July 4th cd mix, song list here (downloadable on iTunes as an iMix called "Sairy's July 4 CD Mix":

    "Star Spangled Banner" performed by The U.S. Military Bands
    "Battle Hymn of the Republic" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters
    "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springstein
    "Our Country" by John Mellencamp
    "American Pie" by Don McLean
    "America, the Beautiful" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    "America" by Neil Diamond
    "This Land is Your Land" by Woodie Guthrie
    "The Star-Spangled Banner" sung by Jennifer Hudson
    "My Country! 'Tis of Thee" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    "America" by Simon & Garfunkel
    "R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A." by John Mellencamp
    "Only in America" by Brooks & Dunn
    "U.S. Blues" by the Grateful Dead
    "Yankee Doodle Dandy" performed by The Hollywood Studio Orchestra & Chorus
    "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" performed by The Dukes of Dixieland
    "Strike Up the Band" arranged & performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra

    Happy Fourth of July!

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    Friday, July 03, 2009

    1980's One-Hit Wonders

    I spent several hours over the last 2 days putting together a mix of 1980's one-hit wonders to initiate my iTunes reorganization project. Here's the first cd mix and honorable mentions that made it onto the megamix on my laptop...

    Sairy's 80's One Hit Wonder CD Mix:
    "It's My Life" by Talk Talk
    "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
    "Obsession" by Animotion
    "Our House" by Madness
    "Der Kommissar" by After The Fire
    "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
    "Maniac" by Michael Sambello
    "867-5309 / Jenny" by Tommy Tutone
    "I Melt With You" by Modern English
    "Perfect Way" by Scritti Politti
    "Send Me an Angel" by Real Life
    "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo
    "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
    "99 Red Balloons" by Nena
    "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat
    "Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant
    "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners
    "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby

    Others of note that made the megamix but not the cut for the cd, in no particular order...
    "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday
    "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
    "Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash
    "The Politics of Dancing" by Re-Flex
    "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer
    "Centipede" by Rebbie Jackson
    "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
    "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco
    "Mickey" by Toni Basil
    "Whip It" by Devo
    "Missing You" by Tom Waite
    "Tenderness" by General Public
    "I Got You" by Split Enz
    "Your Love" by The Outfield
    "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz
    "Word Up" by Cameo
    "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves
    "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club
    "Puttin' On the Ritz" by TACO
    "Summer In The City" by Lovin' Spoonful
    "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors
    "Turn Up The Radio" by Autograph
    "Love is the Law" by The Suburbs