Find Time to Augment Your Twitter Feed

FeedFinding time to keep your Twitter feed interesting and fresh can be a big challenge, and there are many applications in the twitterverse that can help you keep up. We’ve explored quite a few of them here on Cyber Monday – things like TweetLater and TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop and TweetGrid, to name just a few (and I really do mean just a few.)

There are an ever-growing number of Twitter applications available out there.  Keeping up with that, in and of itself, can be a major undertaking. That’s one reason I find it helpful to subscribe to Darren Rowse’ Twitter blog, Twitip.  It offers daily snippets of information and tips relevant to Twitter users of all stripes.

In a post a little more than 2 weeks ago, Lara Kulpa profiled some new tools, including proxifeed. What proxifeed does – admittedly a big time saver – is pull content from the web and post it as tweets to your Twitter account.  You enter keywords of your choosing to specify the information that will be tweeted.

Use keywords to define the area of interest that you want to tweet about – e.g. for your Twitter account on “clean tech” use “solar energy”, “hybrid cars”, “wind power”,… – the more specific terms you enter the more specific the tweets will become and draw attention.

Of course, there is much debate about the use of automated tools such as this in the Twitterverse.  I have not entirely made up my mind about it all, but it does seem that if you can find ways to add meaningful and interesting content to your Twitter feed, that is not a bad thing. It can form a base for your real time interactions on Twitter.

I found one on-line review of this tool by Craig Jamieson; however, this appears to be a new enough application that there isn’t a whole lot of information out there yet.  It will be interesting to see how proxifeed evolves over the coming months.

Have you tried proxifeed?  How is it working for you?  And how do you feel about the more general question of automated feeds?  Please drop me a line – I’d love to hear what you think!

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