10 Free Twitter Tools I Will Use Today

Twitter Free Tools What tools do you use to handle your Twitter activity? This is one of the questions I get asked a lot…

And while I think tools should take the backseat in social media, they are still important in helping you be more productive, engage better, measure and just make your life easier. Besides, let’s be honest, tools are cool.

That’s why I thought of making a little list of 10 of the free tools I use on a daily basis, not just to share with you what I use but for you to participate and make this a useful discussion. So, add your tools in the comments section of this post to share with everybody and maybe learn from others too.

Here they are:

Twitter Client

1. CoTweet

CoTweet has become my Twitter client of preference for the following reasons:

  • It’s web-based, I don’t need to be running applications on my desktop.
  • You can use Bit.ly for short url’s.
  • It has a simple interface with access to everything you need.
  • You gotta love how conversations are displayed on the right sidebar.
  • And the team collaboration to work under the same account.

Cotweet Twitter Client

2. Threadsy

I know, Threadsy is not known to be a Twitter client, but

  • The consolidation of inbound communications makes it easy to work with only one platform open on your browser.
  • It’s very easy to quickly respond to @replies.

Threadsy Twitter Client

Mobile

3. HootSuite

HootSuite took a while to go mobile but I think it was worth the wait. I specially love the user-friendly and design driven interface. Give it a try, it offers both free and paid versions.

Hootsuite iPhone Application

Search

4. Twazzup

The reason I prefer Twazzup over Twitter Search (which I still use sometimes) for search is the dashboard feel that classifies information into sections. I find the Top Links and Community sections very useful.

Twazzup Twitter Search

Track Reactions And Mentions

5. UberVu

One of my favorite tools, UberVu has been mentioned in this blog before. It is a great application that

  • Track reactions for your blog posts even if you didn’t get credit as a source on a tweet.
  • Makes it very easy to identify influencers in the way it displays 1st and 2nd level Retweets.
  • The reactions provided by the Disqus commenting system are powered by UberVu.
  • Let’s you subscribe to a specific blog post and get email alerts.
  • Provides you with very useful charts to visualize the life of a post and the distribution in some of the networks.

Ubervu Tracking Reactions

6. SocialMention

SocialMention is a popular tool to track mentions, not just on Twitter.

  • Use it to track mentions of your brand.
  • It also includes a quick analysis of the strength, sentiment and other relevant information.
  • You can filter the search by social platforms (blogs, microblogs, bookmarks, etc.).

SocialMention Tracking Mentions

Track Clicks And Retweets

7. Bit.ly

Bit.ly is the only short url I use, some of the reasons:

  • You can track links on a short url you have created or that others have created on an aggregate link.
  • It counts shares on Facebook.
  • Makes it very easy to track performance on a specific link listing the conversations and displaying charts.
  • The Bit.ly sidebar is just off the hook, one of the easiest ways to share content without leaving the site.

Bit.ly Tracking Clicks Retweets

8. Topsy

The reason I use Topsy to track Retweets is that

  • The results are usually different than Tweetmeme, which is already displaying the count on the post.
  • It is easier to track them.

Topsy Tracking Retweets

Listening

9. Monitter

If you are monitoring your industry, brand or relevant keywords, Monitter is the free tool you need to integrate in your toolbox. Monitor multiple terms at the same time.

Monitter Twitter Monitoring

Follower/Following Management

10. Tweepi

Tweepi is another tool I have mentioned before in this blog (read: “How To Manage Your Twitter Following And Followers“):

  • The spreadsheet feel in how your following/followers is displayed is very useful.
  • Great organization of the data and sorting options.
  • Making better decisions on who to follow or unfollow.

Tweepi Follower Management

Your Turn Now…

Share the tools you use as part of your daily Twitter routine in the comments section and compare with others.

Happy Tweeting!

  • partyaficionado

    I like @tweetbeep for keyword search & listening.

  • Good choice Cheryl, thanks for adding it!

  • HootSuite as twitter client and not planning to switch any time soon…

  • i'm using Friend or Follow – http://friendorfollow.com/

    it's so simple and fast…

  • What about TweetDeck? This for me is the easiest way to keep track of keywords and trending topics, replied and DMs all at once

  • What about TweetDeck? This for me is the easiest way to keep track of keywords and trending topics, replies and DMs all at once

  • I use tweetdeck and FriendOrFollow

  • So glad you mentioned Co-Tweet. I'm a big fan of it's layout. I just wish I could post to other social networks through it. During those times when I just want to read what's happening, I use Brizzly. The layout is similar to Co-tweet and it has a mute button for when I want to take a break from some conversations (shhhh!). Plus it offers an explanation of why topics are trending.

  • My top 10 Twitter list (http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-free-twitter-tool…) includes a few of these, although some are new to me , so I'll have to go check them out.

  • My top 10 Twitter list (http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-free-twitter-tool…) includes a few of these, although some are new to me , so I'll have to go check them out.

  • Thanks for stopping by Kristi and for sharing your post. I saw your comment about HootSuite and Ow.ly url's and couldn't agree more.

    Follow Kristi @ http://twitter.com/kikolani

  • nischalshetty

    You can try http://JustUnfollow.com for managing your non-followers. It's the simplest twitter tool ever!

  • I think what I dislike most about the Ow.ly URL's is that, unlike Bit.ly, they don't redirect you to the post URL – the Ow.ly toolbar and URL stays in your address bar, so if you want to bookmark it on another site you have to close the toolbar first. Just one extra step I'd rather skip for efficiency.

  • Thank you, I'll make sure to give it a try.

  • Yes, I love Brizzly even though is not one of my everyday tools. I enjoy having Facebook looking more like Twitter than Facebook sometimes.

    Have you tried Threadsy? Thanks for your comment Annette.

  • Thank you, I'll make sure to give it a try.

  • Great post, thanks.

    I prefer Hootsuite instead of cotweet to manage my tweet workflow via web, I haven´t tested the mobile version though

  • Great post, thanks.

    I prefer Hootsuite instead of cotweet to manage my tweet workflow via web, I haven´t tested the mobile version though

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  • Buzzom is a pretty cool too for checking profile stats. They also offer Buzzom Premium service too which lets you schedule FaceBook and Twitter updates.

    I need to check out Social Mention. Thanks for the info and the links.

  • Thank you Ileane, I'm not familiar with it but will definitely take the time to check it out.

    http://www.buzzom.com/

  • Buzzom is a pretty cool too for checking profile stats. They also offer Buzzom Premium service too which lets you schedule FaceBook and Twitter updates.

    I need to check out Social Mention. Thanks for the info and the links.

  • Thank you Ileane, I'm not familiar with it but will definitely take the time to check it out.

    http://www.buzzom.com/

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    came across a free desktop tool for scheduling tweets, try this: http://www.tweettwain.com

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  • I'm using social mention it is really good to check if my post is interesting or not…

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    Very useful post! I use twilert to send me email alerts of any keyword I’m interested in as I do not log into twitter that often. http://www.twilert.com

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    Try http://www.WhoTwarted.com – sorts users by geo, name, screen name or follower count.  Shows who follows you that you don’t follow back and vice versa.  Shows common followers or followings of two users.  Sorts, ANY TWITTER USERS followers or following in records of 5,000 at a time.  Or try http://www.WhoFollowsUs.com – both these tools have list building and editing capabilities.  WhofollowsUs.com has unfollow notices.

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