Note: A guest post by Leo Widrich (Co-founder of Buffer App) – More details about Leo after the post.
With recent subscribe function/timeline feature, Facebook seem to jump right into the battle ring with Google+. Yet Twitter continues to be the most important driver of traffic for my personal site and many others too.
Handling Twitter efficiently was one of the most important things for me to do, in order to grow, and establish a network. With the help of many tools out there, the Twitter experience is made a lot more fun and meaningful.
Here are the top 10 Tools/Apps you might want to check out to step up your Twitter game and significantly increase your efficiency (aka performance).
1. Twimbow – A new approach for a Twitter dashboard
The space of Twitter dashboards is quite crowded, yet Twimbow genuinely brings something new to the table and deserves a proper look.
The app gives you a chance to color-code messages from various friends or if they carry certain actions. @Replies are typically marked blue; DM’s from you are yellow and so forth. I found that once you get the hook of the various colors it could help tremendously to identify messages quicker and get more out of your Twitter stream.
Efficiency Tip: You can color-code each update individually and make communicating with other Twimbow users a lot easier that way.
2. Buffer – Increase clicks, retweets and followers
All you have to do is drop tweets into your queue with Buffer and they will be posted for you throughout the day at optimal times. You even can do this from any website with just one click using the browser extension.
Efficiency Tip: What I like best is that for each tweet buffered you will get analytics as how many clicks, retweets and reach you have received.
3. NutshellMail – Monitor who is mentioning you on Twitter
This is definitely one of the simplest Apps I have used to date.
All you have to do is connect your Twitter account and the app automatically sends you an update whenever you want with the most important happenings. This includes mentions, DM’s and the latest tweets from people in your Twitter lists. I found this to be a great way to stay on top of Twitter, especially if you are managing an account together with others.
Efficiency Tip: NutshellMail also lets you connect to a number of other networks to stay up to date on things, no matter where your brand is mentioned across the web.
4. Twebevent – Organize Twitter events more easily
Every week, I am running a Twitter chat called #ToolsChat to talk about the latest apps and techniques for Twitter. With Twebevent, organizing this is facilitated in many different ways.
You can put an outline of what the event is all about right next to the TweetChat interface. This is highly customizable and you can add pictures, links and formatting, just like you do with blog posts. With TweetChat people can participate in the event without having to reenter the hashtag every time.
Efficiency Tip: You can use Twebevent also to browse through various other events that are going on and find new, helpful Twitter chats to participate in.
5. Tweriod – Find your best time to tweet
Many apps have attempted in the past to come up with a solution to find the best times to tweet. I believe Tweriod is by far the best solution out there though.
The app analyzes both you and your followers past Tweets and even excludes auto-tweeting apps to make the result more accurate. What I normally do is query Tweriod for the best times to tweet and then set them up inside my Buffer account.
Efficiency Tip: Tweriod also gives you the option to download a full Pdf-report to get even more in-depth insights around your Twitter account.
6. PeerIndex – Influencer groups across the web
Similar to its strongest competitor product, PeerIndex measures and scores your influence across the web.
The tool includes a number of variables and different Social Networks that you can connect with it. I found that the Twitter score alone is usually quite accurate already to measure influence though. What I like best is that you can curate groups of top influencers that can be easily shared with your followers.
Efficiency Tip: A great feature from PeerIndex is that you can embed these groups on your blog and use it as a great piece of content for your readers.
7. Rapportive – Tweeting right from inside Gmail
This efficient app has helped me a great deal to bring my email and Twitter closer together.
Whenever you receive an email from someone, Rapportive will show you their latest tweets from their stream in the sidebar of Gmail. This is a fantastic way to understand more about your email contacts, especially if you are talking to someone, that you are dying to learn more about to feed the right information.
Efficiency Tip: What I like best here is that you can retweet or send @replies right from inside Gmail, which makes the interaction a lot more casual.
8. Twylah – Give your Tweets a longer life
Twylah is one of these Apps that just become part of my daily Twitter routine to use.
It automatically takes all your tweets and displays them on a beautiful new Twitter landing page for you. Twylah orders all your tweets into topics and categories and makes it super simple for your visitors to understand what you are tweeting about.
Efficiency Tip: One of Twylah’s advanced features is to send a Power Tweet. This will give any link a new, separate page, where it is grouped by relevant content, giving you up to 4 times more engagement.
9. Mentionmapp – Who is in your Twitter network?
A very fun, yet also powerful app to use is called Mentionmapp.
The app draws a beautiful graph around your Twitter username, showing you the most engaged connecting from your network. You can handily type in any new username and see their network evolve in real time in front of you. Try this with a few of your friends and you will always find new people you haven’t come across yet.
Efficiency Tip: What I like best here is that you can click on any other username after your map has been created and explore their network in connection to the existing Twitter username you searched for.
10. TweetStats – Powerful Twitter analytics
TweetStats is an amazing, free Twitter analytics dashboard that gives you an insight on all the most important metrics you need to know.
You will find out how many new followers, replies and tweets over time you have sent. Understanding this can be very powerful to make sure, you are tweeting the right content that keeps your followers engaged with you.
Efficiency Tip: TweetStats also comes with a table showing you, Tweet Density. This in fact, shows you when most of your followers are online, and is a great indication for you to tweet more.
Using these awesome tools has made Twitter a lot more fun and enjoyable for me. So it’s over to you, now! Can some of these or any other new tools help to make Twitter more efficiently for you too?
Let’s discuss it in the comments section below.
Author name: Leo Widrich
About: Co-founder of Buffer App, Leo is a Social Media buff with an extra large sized addiction to Twitter. He always looks out for the best Twitter tips and tools to share and writes about it at the Buffer blog every week. You will find him online for the larger part during any day of the week. Hit him up on Twitter if you need anything, Leo will be quick in responding and helping you out. Uber-active/responsive buddy of mine! Follow him right away.
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