Terrific Twitter Tips for Top Tweeting

Terrific Twitter Tips for Top Tweeting

>Been a while since I blogged about Twitter. If you are one of the Twitter cynics, resisting the pull of reporting your life in 140 character chunks, then maybe there’s no hope for you. But if you are converted to Twitter and want to extract more from its tweety goodness, then try out these excellent tools.

Tweetdeck

This desktop application changed everything for me. I believe it is still in Beta, but it is by far the best desktop Twitter application I’ve tried.

Tweetdeck allows me to harness the company feed (@netregistry) without constantly having to interrupt my work and check what people are saying about us. By setting up columns to track keyword searches, sort my favourite tweeters from the masses, and present replies and direct messages in one panel, I no longer spend my day clicking and refreshing and logging in and out and missing important tweets.

This one tool has helped me engage with Netregistry customers on Twitter far more efficiently – even identifying those I’m not following who may be talking about us and thereby offer advice and receive feedback. Presenting a strong presence for Netregistry in Twitter has been important to me – especially as it has quickly become the place for users to spread their views on products, services and brands. James Duthie recently did a wrap-up of how Australian brands are using Twitter and it demonstrates that there is still a long way to go for many of them.

I tried Peoplebrowsr, an online service with a similar column style layout (albeit less attractive), but lacks the simplicity and elegance of Tweetdeck. It isn’t suited to someone who likes to click on profiles of followers regularly to check them out, like me. Suddenly you have tens of columns open and you can’t find your own feed anymore.

There may be settings in there somewhere that I can change to stop that annoying feature, but to be honest, I gave up. Why bother when Tweetdeck is just brill?

We Follow

This is a new one – only a few days old I think. An exceptionally simple idea allows you to tag yourself with the hashtag (#) in three categories. The Wefollow.com site automatically places your profile link into those categories in a wide-ranging, searchable directory. I’ve already received new followers from We Follow as people search for fellow writers or marketing blogs.

One downside – which is probably a teething problem – is that the number of categories has grown exponentially with the number of different words people are using to classify themselves. As such there is a #writer category as well as a #writing category, for example. I hope that the site owners work out a way to automatically consolidate similar categories under proper headings to make the directory more effective over time.

Twit This

This bookmarking tool is all but essential if you like tweeting links to your followers. By adding the Twit This link to your bookmarks bar, when you come across an interesting webpage, news story or article, you can click the button to send the link and a brief description to your Twitter stream. Saves all that messy cut and paste and link shrinking and logging in and composing the tweet and deciding its all too hard.

Twitter is great for sharing links with others, and I must hit the Twit This button a few times every day.

Essential.

Mr Tweet

Another new toy and another method of finding great people to follow. By following Mr Tweet (clicking on the link at his website), you will be rewarded with a fortnightly list of 200 follow-worthy folks as dictated by your current follow list. If a few of the people you are following are also following someone else, and you are not following them, they will be recommended to you. It becomes a sort of six degrees of seperation idea as you start following friends of friends, extending your network out wider and wider.

Of course you don’t have to follow everyone it recommends and it is advisable to read their profiles to decide if the reasons your friends followed them would also apply to you.

Twitterfeed

I like to share my blogs through my Twitter feed, alerting followers when I’ve released some new rampant thought upon an unsuspecting world wide web. Therefore, my life is made a lot easier by automating the process with Twitterfeed.

By plugging in my RSS feeds and suggesting some introductory text, when my blog is updated the Twitterverse is soon informed by way of an automatic tweet, complete with a link. This brings traffic to my new posts and also allows my followers to retweet my blog links to their friends as well. Easy.

This way, Twitter becomes like another subscription feed for my site. As I have over a thousand followers, that is a pretty powerful tool.

Tweet now or forever hold your peace

Those are just a few of the more interesting Twitter tools I have used recently. There are hundreds of Twitter applications out there, many of them pretty ordinary and some damn annoying, but the above have actually enhanced my Twitter experience by making the whole process of networking with thousands of people easier.

Of course, some of you are still Tweet Agnostics. Some of you may have even dabbled, only to lose interest after a couple of ordinary tweets about your breakfast and a handful of uninterested followers. Twitter requires time to grow, building followers and practicing tweets to find what people respond to. Once you have found a style that works, it can become the most effective networking tool on the planet.

If you hate Twitter, you probably already stopped reading this post at the first line. But if you are on Twitter, make sure you are following me at @Kimota and my company stream at @netregistry.

Comments

  1. Nice list Jonathon. Wasn’t aware of Twitter feed, so this is a nice pick up for me.
    The anti-Twitter brigade is rife. Each new report within the mass media is met with contempt from many regarding its practical use. And as a former hater, I can understand their perspective. It’s difficult to fathom how it can be used constructively without experiencing it.
    But ultimately, I do think Twitter will go mainstream. If for no other reason than Aussies are huge users of SMS. As smart phone penetration increases, the tech savvy crowd will create word of mouth around Twitter’s free service. Why pay Telco’s 25c per SMS when Twitter offers it via smart phones for free?

  2. This web company have made a twitter feed anyone can download and use on their website: http://eduvoyage.com/work/twitter_ticker. Really useful for showing your tweets off. Unfortunately I don’t have a website 🙁

  3. Sorry, link for Twitter Ticker again:
    http://eduvoyage.com/work/twitter_ticker