Recently, we were hunting around for some Twitter tools. Many of the suggestions and recommendations we found were outdated. Many Twitter based tools have been bought up or have shut down in the last few years. Also, many of the tools we originally found were poorly designed and difficult to use.
We’ve tested hundreds of twitter tools and narrowed them down to the best. If we’ve missed your go-to Twitter tool, let us know!
THE TRIED AND TRUE: THE MOST POPULAR TWITTER TOOLs
1. Bit.ly - shortens links
Bit.ly shortens links but perhaps more importantly it also tracks link clicks.
2. Tweetdeck - segment, organize and track everything
Tweetdeck allows you to create multiple streams that can be based on your feed, keywords or searches. You can also easily tweet, retweet and respond via the app or web version.
3. Hootsuite - manage multiple accounts
Some similar features to Tweetdeck but Hootsuite allows you to manage multiple twitter accounts. The free version allows for 3 twitter accounts and you can upgrade to the premium version if you need more than that. If you’re just starting out with Hootsuite, adding additional Twitter accounts is a little unintuitive. This article will walk you through it.
4. Klout - track your influence
Klout provides all users with a score from 1-100 and the average score is around 40. You can link your Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google + accounts as well. Klout also provides suggestions on users to follow and content to share.
5. Topsy - search and analyze tweets and Twitter trends
Whatever your business or market, be it organic farming or interior design, Topsy will give you the number of relevant tweets, trends and then list out the most popular tweets. It’s a great resources for finding interesting content and relevant twitter accounts to follow.
Create a magazine style page of tweets on a certain topic. We’ve recently started using Paper.li to keep track of all the tweets related to marketing and social media going through our feed.
7. Buffer - schedule your tweets
Scheduling tweets is a feature available via numerous Twitter tools but if you just want to schedule tweets without all the other bells and whistles then Buffer is the tool for you.
8. Storify - build a story
A lot happens on twitter: random internet obsessions, funny stories that take numerous tweets and twitter battles. Sometimes to get across what happened you need a collection of tweets and Storify lets you create a story around a topic, user or hashtag.
9. The App - Twitter at your fingertips
The Twitter app has numerous distinct features from the web version of Twitter. The biggest and most obvious distinction is that you can check in on your accounts at any time but the app also makes it easy to manage multiple accounts.
10. TweetChat - jump into the conversation
Trying to keep up with a chat on Twitter can be overwhelming and TweetChat helps make it manageable. In TweetChat, you can pause the conversation, highlight or block users, and also participate by tweeting, favoriting or responding.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? TOOLS For ANALYZing YOUR FOLLOWERS
11. FriendorFollow - who follows whom
You can instigate some serious office drama with this Twitter tool, which lets you quickly check who is following who. Is Tom in marketing following Jill in sales? You can find out in seconds on FriendorFollow.
12. Bio is Changed - find out when people change their bios
You can get notified by email or RSS when someone updates their bio.
13. Manageflitter - find spam accounts
A freemium tool, ManageFlitter is most useful if you subscribe but you can still get some helpful information with the free version. The free version sorts your followers into various categories that can help you spot fake followers.
14. unfollowers - easily track unfollows
Perhaps you’ve tweeted about your lunch one too many times or how the Starbucks barista misspelled your name again. Whatever the reason, unfollowers makes it easy to see exactly who is unfollowing you. You can also use unfollowers to track Instagram unfollows.
15. twtpoll - just ask your audience
Sometimes the easiest way to figure out what your followers want is to ask them. Twtpoll allows you to create a variety of surveys and send them out via Twitter.
16. MyTopTweet - top 10 hits
MyTopTweet will give the 10 most popular tweets for any twitter account. Super simple, super powerful.
17. socialrank - sort your followers
Socialrank will sort your twitter followers by influence, based on number of followers. You can also see who has recently tweeted, who hasn’t tweeted in a while and who has never tweeted.
18. doesfollow - super fast who follows whom
Very similar to FriendorFollow but without any of the other bells and whistles. So if you just want to know if Ashton Kutcher follows Lady Gaga, this is the tool for you. And, no, he doesn’t.
SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS AND OPTIMIZATION: TELL ME MORE ABOUT ME
19. Analytics - Twitter’s tool for analytics
Not surprisingly one of the best tools out there for tweet analytics was built by Twitter. You can find out how many impressions and engagements each tweet gets and you can also see them plotted out over time. Also, Twitter Analytics provides a quick snapshot of your followers. You can see general interests and location.
20. Tweriod - find the best times to post
Tweriod figures out the best times for you to post that perfectly crafted tweet. It analyzes when your followers are most active and then gives you blocks of time when your tweet is most likely to get the greatest exposure.
21. twtrland - lots of analytics
You can find a wide range of information on twtrland. On of the most interesting features is a demographic breakdown of your Twitter followers. A lot of the data on twtrland is locked down for the premium version but you can still glean a lot of insights with the free version.
22. Riffle - quick user analytics
A chrome tool that will give you quick insights into any account. Once you’ve activated the Chrome extension, a little triangle will appear next to twitter account names. When you hit the triangle for more information, the extension will give a quick overview of that user account. Most interesting, this tool tells you the top hashtags, mentions and urls that an account posts.
LET’S CHAT: THE BEST TWitter CHAT TOOLS
23. Chat Salad - upcoming conversations
It can be difficult to keep up with all the different chats happening on Twitter. ChatSalad sends out tweets 5 minutes before a chat is scheduled to start. You can use it as a helpful reminder or to jump into new chats.
24. twchat - create a chat room
Somewhat similar to TweetChat, twchat allows you to create a chat room for your Twitter chat. WIthin the chat room, you can jump into the conversation, blacklist users and follow participants.
25. Branch - create a conversation
One of the downsides of Twitter chats is that you flood everyone’s feed with your chat tweets. With Branch, you can converse on a topic without it showing up as a tweet. It’s similar to forum page but uses your Twitter account to authenticate.
26. TWUBS - register your Tweet chat hashtag
Register your Tweet chat hashtag on TWUBS and it’ll store all of the Tweets from the chat so you can keep an archive of past chats. You can also create a chat room style page with all of your branding.
WHO SHOULD I FOLLOW? THE BEST TOOLS FOr FINDing INTERESTING USERS
27. Magic Recs - super good recommendations
Once you follow Magic Recs, the account will start sending you personalized recommendations via direct message. Strange and eerily good, you’ll know when clusters of people suddenly start following the same account or tweeting about the same topic.
28. wefollow - find users to follow by topic
A super simple tool that gets right to the point, wefollow lets you find interesting and influential accounts by topic. Just type in a topic that interests you and wefollow will generate a list of the most influential Twitter accounts for that topic.
29. Buzzsumo - find influencers and popular content
A beefier version of wefollow, Buzzsumo lets you find influential accounts and popular tweets by topic. It also has several filtering options so you can search by date, language, country and post type. The paid version also lets you set up content alerts.
30. Flutter - find active users
You pick an account and Flutter analyzes their followers to identify active users. If you’re starting a brand new account, this is an easy way to quickly find several accounts to follow. Flutter is free for a 10 day trial and after that it’s $9.99/month. One quick warning: don’t try to follow hundreds of accounts all at once. That’s bad Twitter practice and your account may get flagged by Twitter.
CONTENT IS KING: TOOLS TO HELP YOU FIND THE BEST CONTENT
31. The Latest - 10 good articles
Beautifully designed and right to the point, The Latest is a list of 10 interesting articles from Twitter.
32. Vellum - reading list based on who you follow
A project created by The New York Times R&D Lab, Vellum analyzes what your friends are sharing and then creates a list of the most popular content for you. It’s a great way to easily keep up on what your friends and contacts care about.
33. Twurly - an email digest of links from your feed
Twurly makes it easy to keep up with your Twitter feed. Everyday, Twurly sends over a digest of links from from your Twitter feed so you don’t have to go hunting around new and interesting content. The links are filtered by popularity.
34. NEWS.ME - articles to read based on your friends
Too many articles, not enough articles? If you’re struggling to find interesting content, NEWS.ME uses your friends to pick out a selection for you. Super simple.
35. BookVibe - find book recommendations from Twitter
Looking for a good book? BookVibe searches through your followers to find book titles that they’ve tweeted about. It’s an easy and quick way to find interesting book suggestions.
ALL THINGS HASHTAG
36. Hashtagify.me - find other hashtags
If you need some help brainstorming hashtags for your tweets or to search for content, Hashtagify creates a visual map or relavent hashtags
37. tagboard - hashtag analytics and tweets
One of the most interesting features of #tagboard is that it provides sentiment analysis of a hashtag, a great feature for brands! Also, it assembles recent tweets for a certain hashtag in a neat cascade.
38. ritetag - find the right hashtags
Some hashtags are so popular that your tweet will quickly be drowned out. Rite Tag helps you figure out the right hashtags to use to make sure your tweet gets noticed in the fray.
39. keyhole - real time hashtag tracking
Ideal for keeping tabs on a large campaign, keyhole keeps track of all mentions and metrics for your hashtag. The one downside is that keyhole is relatively expensive.
40. Seen - recent tweets and insights on any hashtag
Very similar to tagboard, Seen is notable for it’s clean design and ease of use. Seen is definitely one of the nicest tools in terms of getting up and running quickly. You can search any hashtag without authenticate and there aren’t any hoops to jump through to get to your results.
ARE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT ME? EASILY TRACK MENTIONS
41. Twilert - get alerts for relevant tweets
First, Twilert is a gorgeous site. One look at it and you’ll want to give it a try. Also, it’s incredibly functional. You can set alerts for keywords, handles and then filter by location, language and users. Then you can schedule email alerts. By the time you realize that there’s a subscription fee, you’ll be hooked.
42. MentionMapp - a map of mentions
Sometimes it seems like everyone is interconnected these days. MentionMapp makes it easy visualize all those connections. One warning: it’s a bit of a rabbit hole. It’s so easy to navigate that before you know it, an hour has gone by.
43. visibletweets - visualize tweets around a certain topic
Plug in your hashtag or keyword and you’ll have gorgeous animations of new tweets. Visibletweets would probably work best at an event, though be careful campaigns and presentations that automatically displays tweets often get hijacked.
44. twistori - like a twitter art project
This is mostly for fun. Twistory beautifully displays tweets that begin with “I love,” “I hate,” “I think,” “I believe,” “I feel,” and “I wish”. It’s not practical but it is fascinating. If you’re looking for a burst of random inspiration, check it out.
45. TweepsMap - see where your followers live
Want to get a sense where your followers live? TweepsMap displays the percentage of followers in each country. Annoyingly, the site forces you to tweet about them to unlock features.
46. tweetarchivist - analytics and visualizations
Tweet Archivist is part analytics tool, part gorgeous visualization tool. The free version gives you an overview of just about everything you’d want to know about a hashtag or keyword. If you get a subscription, they’ll track and archive information about your hashtag or keyword.
47. #Interactive - visualisations of important events and topics
Not surprisingly, the Twitter team creates the best visualizations for large, cultural events. To see past examples for events such as the State of The Union or the World Cup visit interactive.twitter.com. For all the latest information and visualizations follow @TwitterData.
48. Twitter Reverb - pop culture visualizations
It’s a bit unclear how Twitter Interactive and Reverb are segmented but Reverb has incredible graphs for pop culture phenomenons. It also seems that at some point Twitter Reverb will be open to users, though possibly limited to publications.
49. trendsmap - see what’s trending where
Everything currently trending is mapped out on a world map so you get an instant and quick overview of what’s trending right now.
AUTOMATE IT: PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
50. followr - automatically favorite tweets
A google chrome extension tool, followr automatically favorites tweets that mention whatever words you put in. It’s a quick way to favorite relevant tweets but obviously proceed with caution since you can unintentionally end up favoriting problematic tweets. The creator of followr wrote an excellent post about the ethical quandary of twitter bots and why you might want to use followr.
51. plugg.io - follow and favorite automatically
Plugg.io is a bit challenging to use. There are numerous videos on the dashboard explaining all of the tools. Needless to say, it’s not intuitive. That said, you can set up plugg.io to create friend suggestions and to automatically favorite tweets.
MAKE IT PRETTY: TOOLS TO HELP YOU WITH IMAGERY
52. Social Image Resizer Tool - get the right size images
There’s no size standardization between social networks. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all use completely different image sizes. The Social Image Resizer Tool makes it easy to get the image size you need for each specific site.
53. Photo sharing - Twitter’s tips on photo sharing
This isn’t a tool. It’s Twitter’s guide to photo sharing. Everything you need to know about adding photos to your Tweets is here. Not sure why’d you’d want to bother with photos? According to Twitter, Tweets with photos see a 35% boost in engagement.
54. Recit - your words on nicely designed images
Want to share a quote on a nicely designed image without firing up Photoshop with Recit you can do just that in moments. One word of warning, use this wisely. Quotes on images can quickly become stale so use this sparingly.
55. The Pattern Library - have the best Twitter background
Want the nicest Twitter profile around? Check The Pattern Library for gorgeous patterns that you can use for your background.
56. Colour Lovers - create a palette for your Twitter account
This is the DIY site for Twitter pattern making. You can create a pattern and pick out custom colors to create
57. Adobe Color - find the perfect shade of red
You want that perfect shade of red: not too burgundy and not too orange. Kuler makes it easy to find the exact shade you’re hunting for. It also gives you the RGB and HEX values for your color so you can always get that exact shade of red.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
58. GroupTweet - share an account
This is a great tool if you’re managing a team that shares a Twitter account. With GroupTweet, multiple people can all have access to an account without having the password.
59. Echofon - sync your Twitter account on all devices
You read your feed on your phone, switched to your laptop and then switched back to your phone. Echofon syncs your account across all of your devices so you’re always right where you left off.
60. nearbytweets - find tweets by location
Want to see what people in your area are tweeting about? Check out nerbytweets. It’s a feed of geolocated tweets near you.