5 Tools to Help You Get More From Twitter

Let’s be honest. If you’re not careful, Twitter can be a huge waste of time. Not just because of the amount of time you actually spend on it, but because of the lack of results you get if you aren’t using it properly.

There are tons of Twitter tools out there that can help you be more productive on Twitter. Here are 5 of my favorites. Share your own favorite tools by leaving a comment when you’re done reading this post.

1. Twilert – Twilert is a free tool that lets you get regular email updates of Tweets containing and keyword you’re interested in – your brand, product, service, etc. It’s basically like Google Alerts for Twitter. It’s a good way to stay on top of the conversation without having to closely watch your feed all day long. You can receive alerts daily, weekly, or monthly.

2. HootSuite – To me, HootSuite is the best tool for businesses looking to manage their social media presence. With HootSuite, you can track results and get meaningful statistics, schedule Tweets, monitor keyword mentions, create social analytics results, manage multiple social media accounts, assign tasks to your team of social media users, and much more.

3. Qwitter – While it’s no big deal to lose a follower here and there, it is significant if you start losing large numbers of followers or followers who are from your target audience. Qwitter sends you a daily email letting you know whenever people unfollow you on Twitter. This helps you monitor the level of engagement and loyalty you have with your followers. It also helps you get rid of spam accounts and bots.

4. TwAitter – TwAitter has a number of cool features. It lets you send your updates out to your profiles on all different social networking sites; it translates your Tweets into different languages; and it lets you schedule recurring Tweets. The last point is the one that’s most important to me. Repeating Tweets can be very useful because most people only use Twitter in brief spurts, so if they don’t see your update, they’ll never see it. Repeating Tweets lets you get your messages in front of more eyes.

5. Twittercal – This is a cool tool that connects your Twitter account to your Google calendar. You can easily add events from Twitter to your Google Calendar. Just add @gcal as your friend, give it access to your Google Calendar, and then send a DM to @gcal to add events to your calendar (for example: “DM @gcal: 3PM meeting with ABC Company on Friday”).

What are some of your favorite Twitter tools? Share them with us by leaving a comment below.

This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. Grab three free ebooks, including the Big Press Release Book and Twitter Tactics, here: http://www.ereleases.com/insider/freebooks.html

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