The Time Finder's 10 Top Time-Saving Twitter Tools of 2009

twitterFinding time to write great content, create new products, run your business and maintain an engaged and engaging presence on the web is a major challenge.  Using powerful social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook really helps – AND takes time.  So I have been very pleased, over the course of this year, to find some very helpful Twitter applications that are easy to use and can help free up time.

I am excited to share them today as part of a group writing project that is being sponsored by Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips fame!  Consider giving it a try.  The rules are simple and you have until Wednesday (12/9) to write your post.  Daniel will publish the complete list of entries on Monday the 14th.

So, without further ado, here are the 10 Twitter applications that I use to stay connected and find time for what matters most!

  1. Dan Hollings’ Twitter Toolbar is a great resource.  Add it to your toolbar collection, and explore it when you have a moment here and there.  You are bound to find interesting information, tips and tools!
  2. SocialOomph (formerly TweetLater) offers lots of possibilities for expanding your reach.  Our favorite use for this powerful tool is the ability to load tweets for future posting.  It’s a great way to keep yourself regularly visible – even while you are doing other things.
  3. Twitter Karma is a tool that we’ve used since we first joined Twitter, and it continues to be helpful.  It’ll show you all of your friends and followers … and when they last posted to Twitter.  It can help you weed out inactive accounts, follow people you’ve missed, etc.  Friend or Follow is a similar tool.
  4. Ping.fm allows you to post to multiple social networking sites at the same time – another great time-saver!
  5. twitterfeed is an easy-to-use application that allows you to link your blog to Twitter, automatically feeding new posts to your Twitter stream.
  6. Twellow is a Twitter directory – sorted by occupation.  It’s helpful for finding friends in your niche – AND you’ll want to sign up and be listed here!
  7. Power Twitter is a Twitter add-on for Firefox that displays pictures, videos, and link information right in your Twitter feed – so you can make a more informed decision about whether you want to click on the links in Tweets or not!
  8. TweetDeck is probably the most popular and widely-used Twitter dashboard … and for good reason!   It is very easy to customize it to meet your individual needs – definitely a big time-saver.
  9. TweetGrid will allow you manage your Twitter feed, search for up to 9 different topics, and display the results in real time. You can Tweet directly from TweetGrid, and a very nice feature is the ability to send direct messages from the grid.
  10. Seesmic is another application for tracking your feed, your @replies, your direct messages, etc.  As a very nice, additional bonus, Seesmic interfaces with Facebook – so you can also keep an eye on (and respond to) what people are posting there.  Seesmic can work on your desktop, on your iPhone, or in your web browser.  It’s very adaptable – and will also allow you to track more than one account at the same time.

Do you use any of these time-saving Twitter Tools?  Are there others that you’ve found especially helpful?  Please feel invited to drop me a line – I’d love to hear about what you discover as you explore Twitter!

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Comments

  1. yellowcreekart says

    Thanks for these helpful hints, Paula. I can’t wait to add them to my Twitter account!

    Ellene Breedlove Davis

  2. Thanks for the tips, Young – I appreciate them and will explore further! Took a look at your site, too, and have bookmarked it!
    Paula

  3. Those are great web apps, I have used most of them, and now I mainly use Brizzly, Hootsuite and Dabr.

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