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Aids to Effective Twittering

October 25, 2011

There is no shortage of blog posts on the subject of Twitter tools. Indeed the development of tools using the Twitter API has become so popular that there are literally hundreds of new offerings every week.

This morning, however, in among all the “OK but not special” posts arriving on my reader I came across a Twitter Tools article that I think is well worth recommending. It introduces some tools that I’ve seen, liked, but don’t actually use because I already use something similar. One or two I do use (e.g. Tweriod), and several I’ve never heard of before but will definitely be exploring (e.g. TweetLevel).

Having highlighted Tweriod I should say something more about it. As most users realise, but often ignore, the life of a tweet is short. It passes in front of the eyes of followers very quickly, to be replaced by a constant stream of other material. It is rather like putting a message in a bottle.

If you want your tweets to be read by a fair proportion of your followers you have to float them out into the river at times when they’ll be around to see them. Otherwise when they arrive at the riverbank your “bottle” will have passed them by and be faraway downstream.

This is where Tweriod comes in (btw, that’s not an affiliate link). It checks to see the times of day when your followers are mostly online so that you can schedule your tweets to gain maximum exposure. A very useful tool, and there are seven others covered in the post.

8 Great Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting Like A Pro” is an excellent post by Leo Widrich, and I like the way he finishes with:

“These are the top 8 Tools that help me the most to put Twitter to work for me. They all allow me to do things faster and more efficiently, yet they still require me to be active and not on auto-pilot.”

Now I’m certainly not opposed to a measure of automation, and use some myself, but excessively automated tweeting removes the “social” element which is key to effective twittering.

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asktonyc October 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I just signed up for Tweroid. It looks promising. Thank you!

David Murray October 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I hope it works for you. I’ve certainly found it useful especially as different ones of my blogs (and therefore Twitter identities) attract different kinds of audiences in different parts of the world, so understanding the online patterns around the clock is important.