There are a vast array of programs designed for Twitter users. Just search Twitter tools and you can get list after list of people telling you about the different applications. As an author and blogger, I use Twitter to promote both. Here are four tools that I use consistently right now – and best of all they are free.
Triberr - This website is known as the blog multiplier. I wrote a blog about it previously. On this site, you join “tribes” of like minded bloggers who tweet about your blog posts and you tweet about theirs. I am the member of two tribes of writers which has increased my reach from my 2337 followers to a potential 321,808.
Friend or Follow- This website lets you know who you follow that doesn’t follow you back. I use this to weed out people (mainly authors) that aren’t following me that I don’t care to read their tweets. Now of course, I do follow some people that I don’t expect to follow me back – famous authors, companies and the such. Currently, it shows 53 people who haven’t followed me back. After I go through them (just put the mouse pointer over each picture to see their Twitter info), I am down to 44 people. I don’t use it too often and never after following a bunch of people as you need to allow them time to follow you back.
Bitly - You may know that this site shortens URLs and makes them easier to tweet but it also gives you the stats of how many people have clicked on your link and you can even customize your link.
Hootsuite - This is the program I use the most. It allows you to schedule your tweets in advance. It has other features but really this is the only one I use. I spend about an hour each weekend writing tweets for the week to promote my blog, my books or my Independent Author’s page. I end up scheduling about 6-8 tweets a day enough to feel I am getting my message out without overwhelming or spamming people.
Hootsuite is very handy if you participate in World Literary Café’s Tweet Teams where you reciprocate promotional tweets with nine other people. Simply put them in Hootsuite and schedule to appear throughout the day.
Scheduling my tweets in advance allows me to better use my time for writing rather than trying to remember to get on Twitter and participate throughout the day. Of course, I still get on Twitter usually once or twice a day to retweet others and respond to anyone who has sent me a message.
A few other Twitter tools that look interesting…
1.) Paper.li - Collects your tweets and puts them into a newsletter type format.
2.) Tweetdeck – similar to Hootsuite, it allows you to manage your tweets and check who is clicking on your tweets.
3.) Manageflitter – With just a few clicks you can find out who is following you back, which inactive accounts you are following and who is cluttering your stream with too many tweets.
4.) Refollow - Checks your followers for who hasn’t tweeted in the past 90 days or never tweeted. It also allows you to check someone’s bio and stats before you decide to follow or unfollow them.
With so many options out there, it is hard to cover them all. What other Twitter tools do you find helpful?