Here are 6 great free twitter tools that I use. I’ve listed what they are for, and what I actually use them to do. I love tools that are “to the point” and get the job done (Fancy graphs help too).
1. Twitter Karma - Quick and dirty way to manage your followers, followees, and mutual follows. Authenticate, then click “wack”. As simple as that. Only one caveat, twitter karma says they don’t play well with internet explorer, but I’ve never had a problem.
How I use it: I use this to weed out people who were mutual follows out of courtesy but who have now become “spammy” and to add insult to injury on top of their spam have stopped following me.
2. FollowerWonk - Quick and dirty specialized twitter profile search.
How I use it: This is a great tool for finding people in a specific area on a specific topic. I personally use it to find people who are technology innovators in the Toronto area.
3. Twitter Counter - Free follower analytics.
How I use it: Awesome graphing tool for your follower stats. Also good for doing comparisons. The graphs are really great for seeing followers who have dodgy follower behavior. Also, it’s a really great way for people new to Twitter to realize that “more tweets” does not mean “more followers”.
4. Reppler - Monitor your social media for questionable content, measure whether other people might perceive your content as vulgar or negative. Also alerts you when people post dodgy content or posts full of profanity to your social media profiles.
5. Buffer - Collect the best content and schedule your tweets, it’s that simple. Also has a whole bunch of browser extensions to help you add content to your schedule easily.
How I use it: I’ve been trying not to overload my twitter account with retweets and tweets of all the really cool stuff my followers and the people I follow post. Of course there is the obvious choice of not retweeting everything I see, but I also like to schedule content updates and space them out. I used to use TweetDeck for this, but Buffer is just way better for this task. Just drop the content into buffer, and buffer takes care of the auto-scheduling.
6. Twit Cleaner - Analyze your twitter followers to weed out robots and other dodgy behavior.
How I use it: I followback out of mutual respect. When I do this, I often quickly glance at someone’s profile to make sure they are human. The problem with this approach is there are about a thousand ways that dodgy people are using robots and other services to make fake accounts look real. Twit Cleaner identifies these people for me. Some common things they highlight are – “nothing but links”, “repeating the same URLS”, “Uses Advertising Networks”, “Little Original Content”. These behaviors help me to decide whether you are an unfollow.
Do you use any free tools that I haven’t listed that are easy to use, have awesome value, or are just plain cool? Drop them into the comments so we can all benefit from your social media mojo!