Social Media Conundrum #13…The tools


Practical, useful, functional, sensible…

Those are all synonyms of a word that best fits social media. I’ll let you in on that word at the end of this.

I think sometimes we like to have things that look pretty, but don’t really perform that well, and yet we have tendency to accept it. We shrug our shoulders and we incorporate the time suck and the inconvenience into our daily routine.  I’m sure we can all think of products or services in social media that we bought or downloaded that had a lot of slick features, but at the end of the day, just didn’t work. But we stayed with it. Why? Because we were told it was the thing to do or have.

At the end of the day, we just needed it to do X instead of A through X. Even though K throught X doesn’t even work anyway without an upgrade.

Initially, we suffer for beauty, until we learn that practicality can go a long way in  online marketing and social media success.

Social media tools and sites are, at their core, about creating and enhancing the way we communicate with friends and strangers. The essence isn’t so much about how I say it and where I say it, as it is about what I say and to whom. It’s usefulness is only useful if you’re using it. We use the tools of social media to enhance and simplify and extend our communication and marketing efforts to customers, clients and friends and relatives. It’s a utility, and we use it as such. Whether we know it or not.

What’s my point?

Practical, useful, functional, and sensible can go a long way in social media. They also can a long way in enhancing the relationships with your customers and your clients. They don’t and you don’t for that matter, need the snake oil, the spam and the bullshit pitch. They need a social media solution or tool that is practical, useful, functional and makes sense for their employees, their company and their customers. So give it to them. and give it to yourself. Use what works.

The word?

Its Utilitarian.

Social media is utilitarian.

Do you agree?


101 Twitter Tools – an insane list

This is by far not the definitive list of Twitter tools, but it certainly has some tools and apps that you can benefit from. So Dig in and have at it..

Twitter Stats | Monitoring | Alerts

  1. Twitter Grader: Learn yr twttr grade, yr local twttr Elite, & find new ppl 2 follow through twttr Grader.
  2. Twitterholic: Check out the top twttr users & find out yr twttr stats on Twitterholic.
  3. TweetStats: TweetStats offers a graphical analysis of yr twttr stats.
  4. Twitter Friends: Carefully measure yr twttr conversations using twttr Friends.
  5. Twinfluence: Twinfluence will measure yr twttr influence based on reach, velocity, & social capital.
  6. Tweetwasters: Find out how much time U & other users waste on twttr.
  7. Tweet-Rank: Learn abt the quality of yr tweets by finding out which ones won or lost followers.
  8. Mr. Milestone: Get a tweet when U reach various milestones using ths twttr tool.
  9. Retweetrank: Find out how many retweets U & other twttr users have through ths service

Information Gathering | Polling | Voting | Debate | Contests

  1. @myflightinfo: Use @myflightinfo 2 stay updated on yr flight’s status.
  2. Twitterverse: Check out archived timelines & tweets through Twitterverse.
  3. Twitscoop: Twitscoop shares what’s hot on twttr at any given moment.
  4. Twitbuzz: Twitbuzz tracks the latest conversations as well as popular twttr links.
  5. StrawPoll: Use StrawPoll 2 make sharing yr opinion as easy as sending an @reply.
  6. Retweetist: ths service ranks the hottest links being retweeted on twttr.
  7. Monitter: Get real time keyword monitoring on twttr from Monitor.
  8. TweetNews: TweetNews ranks stories based on the amount of related tweets.
  9. TwitterBuzz: TwitterBuzz will tell U what’s being linked 2 the most on twttr.
  10. Tweetscan: Set up Tweetscan 2 make sure U don’t miss any @replies, & 2 get alerted of yr search queries.

Network Building | Management | Follow | Find

  1. Twitter Local: w/ ths service, U cn C tweets from twttr users in a specific location.
  2. Twubble: Twubble will expand yr twttr bubble, picking out ppl U may lk 2 follow.
  3. MyCleenr: Sort yr friends by their last tweets, & U cn get rid of the inactive & useless accounts you’re following.
  4. Follow Cost: ths tool will tell U how much effort it takes 2 follow sum1.
  5. Tweepler: Use Tweepler 2 organize yr tweeps based on whether you’re following them or not.
  6. Just Tweet It: Find Tweeple, tools, twttr bots & more through ths directory.
  7. TweetWheel: TweetWheel will help U discover which of yr twttr friends know each other.
  8. SocialToo: SocialToo will help U keep track of all of the ppl who have followed or unfollowed U.
  9. Twitoria: Reduce yr clutter on twttr by finding yr friends that haven’t tweeted in a long time.
  10. TwitDir: w/ TwitDir, you’ll B able 2 search 4 ppl, & exploring categories including top followers & updaters.
  11. Who Should I Follow?: Using ths site, U cn get gd recommendations 4 Tweeps 2 follow.
  12. Nearbytweets: Learn abt all of the twttr users in a specific area w/ the help of Nearbytweets.
  13. Twellow: Find twttr users in a specific industry using ths service.
  14. Mr. Tweet: Mr. Tweet is a personal networking assistant 4 twttr, helping U find relevant followers.
  15. Qwitter: Qwitter will help U manage yr network by sending an alert when a person unfollows U.

Twitter Management | Apps | Interface

  1. Summize: Retrieve information on twttr quickly 2 search twttr in real time.
  2. Tweet O’Clock: Trying 2 reach sum1? Tweet O’Clock will help U find the best time 2 get their attention.
  3. Just Signal: Set up a filter using Just Signal 2 get only the tweets that discuss the keywords you’d lk 2 read abt.
  4. TweepSearch: Put yr twttr network 2 gd use & search yr followers 4 specific parameters.
  5. Friend or Follow: Manage yr twttr contacts & find out who’s not following U back through Friend or Follow.
  6. TwitResponse: TwitResponse makes it easy 4 U 2 schedule the delivery of yr tweets ahead of time.
  7. TwitterSnooze: Put the pause button on a particular user 4 a while w/ twttr Snooze.
  8. Twitterless: Get notified when sum1 stops following U w/ Twitterless.
  9. Twilert: Track specific keywords 2 receive alerts 4 using Twilert.
  10. Tweetdeck: Tweetdeck has a groups fcn that will help U more efficiently follow the ppl U rlly wnt 2 listen 2.
  11. Twalala: Put the mute button on certain ppl & topics 4 a while if U R receiving lots of updates you’re not rlly interested in.

Sharing Tools | Multi-Media | Pics | Videos

  1. Tweetburner: Use Tweetburner 2 share links, & U cn track their usage.
  2. Twitpic: Twitpic makes it easy 2 take mobile phn photos & share them using yr twttr acct.
  3. TwitterHawk: Get targeted marketing on twttr through TwitterHawk.
  4. Acamin: Acamin makes it easy 2 share files on twttr w/ yr followers.
  5. Glue: Post links 2 books, movies, restaurants & more on twttr through Glue.
  6. ths service will update all of yr social networks at once.
  7. TweeTube: TweeTube makes it easy 2 share videos on twttr.
  8. twiggit: Use ths automated service 2 share the articles U digg on twttr.
  9. Share wht yo u’re listening 2 on twttr through

Organization | Productivity | Social Profiles

  1. Twittercal: Link yr twttr acct & Google Calendar 2 easily keep up w/ yr events & appointments.
  2. Timer: Use Timer 2 get reminders abt t asks through yr twttr acct.
  3. TwitterNotes: Organize yr notes using twttr w/ TwitterNotes.
  4. Remember the Milk: Use Remember the Milk on twttr 2 update yr 2 do list.
  5. Tweetake: Tweetake will back up yr twttr timeline 4 archiving & more.
  6. Nozbe: Nozbe makes it easy 2 add & update yr 2 do list on twttr.
  7. Toodledo: ths popular 2 do list app integrates nicely w/ twttr.
  8. TrackThis: Send TrackThis yr tracking number, & you’ll get twttr messages every time there’s a change in location.
  9. Joint Contact: Get project management productivity on twttr using Joint Contact.
  10. Tempo: ths time tracking tool allows U 2 send in updates from twttr.
  11. Tweet Later: Tweet l8r offers a gr8 way 2 set up alerts, schedule tweets, send thank U DMs, & more.
  12. OutTwit: OutTwit will make it easy 4 U 2 use twttr inside of Outlook.
  13. Jott: Jott makes it easy 4 U t o tweet w/out evr having 2 type, transcribing yr voice msg 2 twttr.

Life Tools | Bots | Fun

  1. MyMileMarker: Keep track of yr mileage w/ info sent via twttr every time U fill up.
  2. 21Tweets: 21Tweets offers personal coaching on twttr.
  3. TwtTRIP: Organize yr travel plans & find other twttr travelers on yr way w/ TwtTRIP.
  4. Tweet Answers: twttr Answers makes it easy 2 ask questions & get answers on twttr.
  5. Twtvite: Twtvite is a simple event organizer that will help U create a tweetup.
  6. Vacatweet: Set up an autoresponder 4 yr twttr acct w/ Vacatweet.
  7. plusplusbot: Share when sum1 goes out of their way 2 help U, or otherwise make yr feelings known using plusplusbot.
  8. TrackDailyGoals: Use ths site & the #dailygoals hashtag 2 keep track of yr goals every day.
  9. ConnectTweet: Put the voices of yr group or business tgthr through ConnectTweet.
  10. Tweeteorology: Find tweets abt the weather in any location through Tweeteorology.
  11. DreamTweet: Keep a reminder of yr dreams & nightmares, & follow the dreams of others through DreamTweet.

Business | Finance | Money

  1. Chipin: If you’re raising funds on twttr, make use of Chipin 2 set a goal & let yr supporters track the progress of the campaign.
  2. Xpenser: U cn twttr yr expenses 2 Xpenser & they will B recorded 4 U.
  3. Twittertise: Schedule your tweets and track their clickthroughs with this app designed for Twitter advertising.
  4. TwtQpon: Schedule yr tweets & track their clickthroughs w/ ths app designed 4 twttr advertising.
  5. CheapTweet: Get all of the deals, sales, coupons & more being discussed on twttr through CheapTweet.
  6. Tipjoy: lk Chipin, Tipjoy offers a way 2 create social payments 4 yr cause, content, or ppl.
  7. SalesTwit: Get contact management 4 twttr w/ the help of SalesTwit.
  8. Tweet What You Spend: Track yr cash in a rlly effective way using Tweet wht U Spend.
  9. StockTwits: StockTwits shares the investment discussions on twttr in real time.

Health | Fitness | Everyday Apps

  1. Qwitter: Update Qwitter 2 shame yourself in2 quitting smoking.
  2. TweetPlot: Use TweetPlot 2 chart yr food & fitness statistics.
  3. Tweetwhatyoueat: Keep a food diary 2 track wht you’re eating every day using Tweetwhatyoueat.
  4. gtFtr: Use the gtFtr tool to record your exercise activity on Twittr.
  5. SugarStats: Track, monitor, & share yr blood sugar through twttr w/ SugarStats.
  6. FoodFeed: ths twttr-based food log makes it easy 4 U 2 track wht you’re eating.

News Gathering | Research | Feeds | RSS

  1. Add to Any: Get yr posts shared on twttr by using Add 2 Any on yr WordPress blog.
  2. TwitThis: Make use of ths plugin 2 send twttr messages abt yr blog post.
  3. MyTwitter: Use the MyTwitter plugin 2 display yr twttr status on WordPress.
  4. Twitpress: Twitpress will send out a Tweet every time U post a new blog entry.
  5. TwitterCounter: w/ ths plugin, U cn display the number of followers U have on twttr.
  6. TwitterFeed: Announce yr blog post on twttr w/ a customized msg using TwitterFeed.
  7. FriendFeed: Announce your blog post on Twitter.

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