Twitter is one of the most powerful resources that you can use to promote your blog. Gaining new twitter followers and broadcasting your “voice” can go a long way, but most of us have no clue how to properly implement a good twitter campaign, or use it to spread the word about our blog. Luckily they have some wonderful programs that take Twitter and make it better.
Here are Ten Twitter Tools of Awesome that you should use to make your twitter experience out of this world.
A Twitter management tool. Tweetdeck is used as an App and a Desktop twitter tool. I use this instead of using Twitter or other programs like HootSuite. Tweetdeck allows me to organize my twitter streams in a few interesting ways, by Lists, or by hashtags. Tweetdeck is not browser based, it is a program that you install on your computer and I’ve noticed it has less hiccups then programs like HootSuite. It also allows you to schedule tweets, and auto shortens URLs using Deck.ly services. It also allows you to follow your Facebook stream and multiple twitter accounts. This is for the Advanced Twitter user and it makes my life so much easier, especially when I’m running twitter chats or following them.
Ever get a tweet that says something like The Parajunkee Daily – featuring @User etc.? That is Paper.li.This app takes your stream and puts them in a newspaper format. It is cute and shows some appreciation to users you follow.
A program that analyzes your twitter stream and let’s you know when is the best time for you to tweet. The highest impact zone. I thought it was useful and I’ll make sure that I schedule my most important tweets at the times the suggest.. It basically just goes over when most of the people that follow you are online.
Useful but takes a lot of elbow grease to get through all the suspected scams. It scans your stream for spambots and allows you to bock the account and report it. But, you want to make sure they just aren’t lurkers, so it is best to check each account. I had a lot of foreign, like Russian tweet accounts, following me. I can’t read Serbian so I had no idea how to figure out if it was a spam bot.
Tweepi is an application that let’s you Flush, Reciprocate and Cleanup your twitter stream in one application. This is a good way to see who isn’t following you, who has gone quiet, that sort of thing. You might be surprised. I found out my StepSister isn’t following me – b*otch.
Shows you in pretty images who is not following back and let’s you unfollow in bulk. I think this one has a little more visual stimulation then Tweepi, but it does about the same thing. Premium features allow you to do more, of course. It does allow you to export a CSV which can be useful if you are that OCD.
You wanna know who unfollowed you in a weekly report. Qwitter is for you.
Analyzes your twitter stream and gives you a list of new followers, unfollowers, HIgh value members, tweets you haven’t responded to and other useful information. I just started using it, but it looks like it might really be helpful, especially to help me engage with my twitter community. It also tells you who to follow (people that retweet you and mention you that YOU should follow) and who to unfollow, users that aren’t following you and have very littler interaction with you.
Want to know what is trending? What to know if someone is talking about you? Set Monitter up to track trends and keywords. I like the column set-up and it literally shows every tweet that comes through with the keyword I selected.
I’m using this tool for the Twitter Chats that I run. It is a great way to track hashtags and since it is web based you can easily embed it in your web site using an iFrame
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First I need to point out — that unless they are PSYCHIC there is no way A BLOGGER can really know if they are going to enjoy a book unless they read it. I really, really thought I would like Pure by Julianna Baggot, but I couldn’t get into it at all. No matter how much you check out a book, there is no guaranteed, full-proof plan. The only thing I can suggest is to do your research. Read the synopsis, an excerpt, read other people’s reviews – the book trailer. Whatever you can get your hands on, check it out. If after all that you still are excited to read it, you should be good to go. But, the book still might surprise you.
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GFC is Still Available
I am a Reader, Not a Writer posted about how she tried to start a new blog and there was no GFC widget available. Because of this a few bloggers decided to just take the plunge and switch to WordPress. It is true that Google is pushing Google+ more then GFC, but GFC is still available for new blogs, you just have to search for it in “other” apps, using the term Google Friend Connect (not GFC). Again it is just supposition that GFC will be discontinued, even though from the actions of Google in the past year it is most likely probable. I would suggest taking steps to secure a followers outside of the Google Friends Connect App, but again, the app is still there, it is still available for use and there has been no talk from Google of taking the app down. From past discontinues Google does give a few months notice before they dismantle a program.
I thought I would include this because it is pretty amazing. UK 17-year old Beth Reekles secured herself a three-book deal with Random House (Delecorte Press) for her novel The Kissing Booth that gained notoriety on Wattpad.
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