5 Tools to Power Up Your Twitter Influence

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Lately Twitter seems to be all the rage.  It seems like there’s more and more people boasting about growing their followers and making mega cash on this relatively new wave of social media.

Millions of people are now a part of the Twitter community and chances are…you are too.  If not, you should. I’ve found recently that a very large portion of the traffic at Site Sketch 101 is driven here through tweets and retweets in the Twitterverse.  I want to do whatever I can to help you enjoy that same success at your site.

Growing as a Positive Influence…not as a Spammer

Despite being abused by link spammers it is still an amazing way to connect with other real people.  In fact, Twitter is notorious for the bots that spam you with links for affiliate products or self-promotion.

As we step out into the world of Twitter let’s make sure that we set out to be a positive influence and not a shameless promoter of ourselves and our checkbooks.  Let’s meet real people.  Let’s make real friends.  Let’s brand ourselves first and our site branding will be that much more powerful.

One of the amazing things about Twitter is that right away they developed a system for other programs to interface and communicate with Twitter on your behalf.

In other words, instead of going to Twitter’s homepage to type out a message to all of my followers, I can simply type it into a desktop application and press the enter key on my keyboard. I no longer have to have the Twitter website open to follow my friends tweets.  I can be notified of them automatically.

This is great because it allows us to set up some of our tweets to go out automatically while at the same time allowing us to also be able to personally engage with other users.  You need to strike up a good balance here.  Too much work yourself and you are wasting valuable time.  To many auto-posts and you are nothing more than a spammer who many will simply unfollow.

5 Tools to Power Up Your Twitter Influence

There are several programs that I use religiously as I work to engage with my friends and followers on Twitter.  If you want to successfully connect with people and drive more traffic to your site then I highly recommend that you add a few of these tools to your arsenal.

  1. TweetSpinner: Tweetspinner.com offers a lot of great tools to pump up your twitter followers.  The number one feature that I use at this site is the keyword following.  I can type in a keyword like “blogging tips” or “problogger” and at the push of a button I will automatically follow 30 people who have used those words in one of their tweets.  Then I can also unfollow people who have not followed me back.  This is great because  a large number of people that you follow will ultimately follow you back.
  2. Tweetdeck: Tweetdeck is a free download and it is an absolute must for creating genuine connections with others in the twittersphere.  This program allows you to see your friends updates in near real time.  This means that within seconds of your friends posting “I just got off work and I’m headed to work on my blog” you can write back “Awesome!  Where’s your blog?  I’d love to check it out!”  These quick, personal responses are more valuable than you could even imagine.
  3. Tweetable: This awesome WordPress plugin allows you to auto-tweet your articles as they become published.  You can include tags and you can personalize the tweet that gets sent out.
  4. Twitter: The best way to find out more about someone that you are connecting with is to simply check out their twitter page.  This will usually reveal how much they’ve customized their page and it will reveal some important information in the sidebar including their website, location and sometimes a short bio.
  5. Engagement: This is the most important tool you can have.  Genuine engagement will provide you with greater results than just about any other tool available.  When you connect with real people as a real person then you will find people flocking to your site to find out who you are.  Sell yourself and your site will be easy to sell.

Group Discussion

Alright friends, I’ve set you up for success with Twitter.  Will you do the same for me?  What tools do you find most effective in building your influence on Twitter?  What practices work best for you?  What tools should I add to the list for next time?

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  1. September 21, 2009

    Adam Haney said:

    I’ve been using twizzness (http://twizzness.com), and tweetable, and engagement (or at least I like to think so). Tweetspinner looks like an awesome product thanks so much for suggesting it.


  2. September 21, 2009

    Ruchi said:

    I am using all above tools , but was not aware about engagement. I will surely give it a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • September 21, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Ruchi –> Engagement just means that you need to actually get involved and talk to people. It’s not actually an application that you use. It’s a principle. Engage your friends with conversation.


    • September 21, 2009

      akira07 said:

      Engagement is not application 😛
      It’s all about make good relationship with the other twitter member.

      But too bad, twitter comment is one-way system.


  3. September 21, 2009

    Rish said:

    I used tweetadder and its cool! Hummingbird is another real great software to manage your twitter. It is popular and has a lot of features but then, I do not want to spend for it.

    Great tips!(as always) Thanks for the share.


    • September 21, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Rish –> I’ve not actually heard of either of the ones that you just mentioned so thanks for letting me know about them. All of the tools that I mentioned in the article are free.


      • September 21, 2009

        Rish said:

        No problem. I think you have to check the site of hummingbird and all the reviews about it, you may consider having one. 🙂


        • September 21, 2009

          Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

          Rish –> I’ll definitely look into it. You’ve really got my curiosity going about it now.


    • September 21, 2009

      akira07 said:

      I’m already read hummingbird site and get interested by it feature. But yes, it’s so expensive, we need to pay $97.
      Since i can find another twitter application which great but free, i think i’m not going to buy hummingbird.


  4. September 21, 2009

    Andrew said:

    Nice post Nick. I use tweetdeck and tweetable but I use a different application for finding followers and other tasks. If anyone is interested you can check it out here via my blog.

    http://incomesinternational.com/twitterfollower.html

    I don’t advocate spam and this tool could be used for that but I use it to find targeted followers and to unfollow anyone who doesn’t follow me back which often indicates a bot. What I like about it most is that it doesn’t use the API calls so it’s not limited by twitters 100 calls per hour.

    Also do you have a link for Engagement? That one sounds interesting yet I hadn’t come across that until now.


    • September 21, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Andrew –> It’s the same with tweetspinner. I think that some people probably use it to spam but I’m with you that I am totally against spam.


  5. September 21, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I never use any Twitter apps. I always go to Twitter.com and thats it. Maybe its time for me to use this apps to my advantage. I will start using Tweetspinner and Tweetdeck and update you in a week.


    • September 21, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      That’s great! I mean, tweetdeck is an awesome tool. If you are a heavy twitterer, I am sure you will love the application.


    • September 21, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      ZXT –> You should definitely start with tweetdeck. When I moved from twitter.com to tweetdeck I really started connecting with people.


      • September 22, 2009

        ZXT said:

        Yeah they say you suck at Twitter when you only tweet twice in a week then you tweet all your 20 tweets in a couple of hours or tweet dailyy but only once a day.

        Thats my problem with Twitter. I forgot to tweet most of the time. Maybe these apps can and will remind me to tweet more.


        • September 22, 2009

          Arisu said:

          Zee>>

          I guess I suck at twitter too… I forgot to tweet the cool things I see online, and only retweet the things I see in Twitter…


          • September 23, 2009

            ZXT said:

            Yes. I think these tools listed here will make a better Twitter experience. I think the apps whould be running all the time like YM or MSN Messenger so you don’t forget to Tweet whenever you feel like tweeting. And you can see better updates like DM, Mentions, etc.


      • September 30, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Right Nick, tweetdeck do have a lots of functionality that are really useful for me.


        • September 30, 2009

          ZXT said:

          Like what Ron? I still seldom use TweetDeck, I’ve downloaded and installed it last week.


          • September 30, 2009

            Ron Boracay said:

            You can sort those tweets via columns.

            I have three columns:

            One is for my tweet mentions
            One is for the general tweets
            One is for the DMs

            And its really makes my twittering more efficient and fun/.


  6. September 21, 2009

    Arisu said:

    Uh, thanks a lot for the post! I´m a complete n00b on twitter… and none of my friends nor colleagues use it yet.

    I guess is still too new in Latin America… Also, some of the people I follow either tweet very few things or they tweet too much XD I had to unfollow some people because of the saturation they caused on my acocunt.


    • September 21, 2009

      ZXT said:

      Arisu I can see you are having followers and you are following some people now too. I just sent you a direct message.


    • September 21, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Ohh, you mean, only little portion of internet users in your area maximize and use twitter?

      Why not blog about twitter and spread it among the latinos and latinas, it can make a difference! And it can earn you big number of followers as well.


      • September 22, 2009

        Arisu said:

        Ron>>

        That´s a good idea 😀 But I guess first I need to learn how to use some Twitter tools and interact better with people in Twitter.


        • September 30, 2009

          Ron Boracay said:

          Your right mate, then share those experiences of yours at your community. Definitely, you will be one of the known twitter blogger around your community.


  7. September 21, 2009

    akira07 said:

    I never use twitter application. But tweetspinner is looks interesting because the system is giving us information about people who have same interest with us


  8. September 21, 2009

    Iindsay said:

    I have used a few plugin on my blog. One is tweetmeme which puts a “tweet this” button on every post so others can tweetyour posts. And believe it or not, people will if it’s interesting.

    For my powernubby.com website I used the social bookmarking addon (that includes a Twitter button) and a plugin that auto tweets your post with customized lines and it also updates a facebook PAGE which is awesome.

    I think that a good rule of thumb is post one self promoting like for every 5 or more tweets. If you coverse and link to fun/interesting stuff that isn’t always yours, more people will follow you and more people will click your links.

    Also a good thing is to try and avoid link shorteners if you can. There are lots of websites that republish niche related tweets. By shortening your URL your will not get that link juice.


    • September 21, 2009

      akira07 said:

      I love tweetmeme also. Especially on a contest who require the participant to RT the following message shown on the contest page. I just click on the button and i’m already counted on the contest :D.


  9. September 21, 2009

    Evan Kline said:

    Thanks for the tips. I hadn’t heard of TweetSpinner before, so I’ll definitely be checking it out. Just the idea of following people to get followers in return is a good one, which I really haven’t implemented yet. My worry is about following too many people to keep up with, but that’s where other tools come in to play.


    • September 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Evan at first I had the same concerns but I took the plunge and started following for followers.

      I’ll admit that it can be a bit painful if you get it up by spammers every other minute and when you following begins to really grow there is a lot to keep up with.

      That’s the beauty of tweetdeck though. You can allocate panels to monitor just those things you want to be alerted of.

      But for marketing having a large following is important to get your messages out.

      I’ve written a number of articles on my blog about how to use twitter for effective marketing but for anyone who isn’t sure my post 5 Ways to Fail With Twitter and get a clear picture of what NOT to do if you want people to notice you.


      • September 23, 2009

        Arisu said:

        Andrew>>

        That´s a great article, I loved the nonsense quote… you definitely don´t want to be known for being lame.


        • September 24, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Glad you enjoyed it. I guess I was inspired to write that after seeing so much wasted effort and so many robot accounts spamming all day every day.


          • September 28, 2009

            Arisu said:

            Well, they do say is good for your writing to write about the things that bother you. And we´ve all had faced spamers and bots in twitter.


  10. September 21, 2009

    Karl said:

    Firefox users can also play with the TwitterFox plugin; I use that mostly, though it’s still lacking a direct message feature.

    Used to use TweetDeck, but dropped it in favour of TwitterFox and Digsby; more convenient, even if they’re not as powerful.

    @arisu – saturation is always going to be a problem… that unfollow button is handy!

    @lindsay – url shorteners aren’t always avoidable, but can’t you still use hashtags to preserve that juice?


    • September 21, 2009

      Arisu said:

      Karl>>

      I know, I know… getting some tweets per day is ok, but 15 or 20 in the morning and in the afternoon and at night for the same person is just too much… and some pages or forums tweet every single thing they do!

      So everyone… don´t do that, it´s not nice, and people won´t follow you if you do it. But also, being quiet for weeks is no good either.


      • September 21, 2009

        Sat Chen said:

        Really agree with you Arisu, I used to follow people who had like 20 tweet per day. It got annoying after a while. You should keep it to 5 tweet per day at most.


        • September 21, 2009

          Karl said:

          Dunno, If you have 30 or 40 tweets I might be interested in, I’d be happy to get them 🙂

          TweetDeck does have a grouping and search features to help manage the overload. Found a good tutorial once but don’t seem to have the link any more. At least this seems to describe most of the basics: http://www.gissisim.com/2009/03/how-to-tweet-deck-like-a-pro/

          Not so sure about TweetSpinner either really. The more followers – shallow followers at that – there are, the harder it is to maintain engagement, isn’t it?


          • September 21, 2009

            Arisu said:

            Karl>>

            But following two people tha tweet 20/40 things per day is just too much, and not too many people can keep up all those tweets.

            + I can´t visit your link…


            • September 21, 2009

              Karl said:

              Weird, works fine for me. Still, if you Google for tweetdeck tutorials, you should find loads about these functions. Hope that helps.


      • September 21, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        If those 20 to 30 tweets are all valuable and contains information that serves my interest and help me out on my job, probably, I will love to read them all.

        Again, this is a case to case basis.


        • September 21, 2009

          akira07 said:

          I have some active follower/following twitter friend. In a hour, their can do about 20-30x tweet.
          And as you said, since the tweet is valuable/giving information, it’s ok. But not all of my follower/following is do that.

          There is a member who tweet just like : “I’m on toilet reading magazine” or “On rainy days”. It’s not valuable at all, i hate it.

          But in one side, there is a member tweet 20-30x in a hour giving me information about contest or giveaway on internet. That’s valuable so i read it, that kind of tweet can’t be categorized as SPAM. One more time, it’s all based on “what the content of their tweet”, valuable or no…


    • September 21, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      In what way does those hashtags preserves the tweet juice?


      • September 22, 2009

        Karl said:

        Not sure about this, but… as Lindsay said, automatic retweeters pick up tweets about certain subjects and retweet them.

        If the only reference to the subject in the tweet is in the url, and you use a url shortener, you lose those retweets (this is what I meant by juice). If I recall correctly though, they also pick up hashtags.

        Plus, hashtags categorize the tweet and make it easier to search, so it’s a win even if you have a full url.


        • September 22, 2009

          Ron Boracay said:

          I think Twitter just nofollowed all of their links including those trending topics (hashtags) and alike. Also, links from url shorteners are now nofollowed.

          http://www.davidnaylor.co.uk/twitter-adds-more-nofollows-and-robots-txt.html

          Please give me more idea about preserving that juice. I am interested with that.


        • September 22, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Hash tags are very important now that Google is indexing them and other RT search.

          You may not get direct link juice from a shortened URL but if your tweets fill the first page with your short URL you still get that traffic anyway.

          Then if your content is good, it may get rewteeted, and on it goes all over again.

          The hash tag is one of the best parts of the whole Twitter SEO experience. It’s not so much about the juice with twitter as it is about the CTR.


  11. September 21, 2009

    Sat Chen said:

    The tweetdeck looks interesting. But I don’t see the point of TweetSpinner.


    • September 21, 2009

      akira07 said:

      Tweetspinner as stated on the article, give you data of twitter user who ever tweet using some keyword. The purpose of this application is, you can get more targetted people to be followed.

      Let say you love design, it’s more interesting if your friend is also love design. Tweetspinner is make you able to find the friend who love design.


      • September 22, 2009

        ZXT said:

        Yes it will help you find those people with the same niche. Meaning you can follow those people who most likely be interested in what you will be tweeting and more chance to click your twitter links.


      • September 22, 2009

        Andrew said:

        But I can do that with Twitters own search system, or tweetdeck, or a range of other applications like Twitter Friend Follower.

        Seems to be just another twitter app and there are already so many that just do the same things.

        At least with that app I just linked to up there, it does something very different. It doesn’t use API calls, it has an inbuilt browser so it’s not limited to the 100 API calls p/hour.

        In just a few mouse clicks and a few minutes I can find targeted followers based on keyword, or a number of other methods, unfollow non mutuals, send out automated tweets and more without concern for the number of activities that so many other apps are limited to.

        You can try it out for free with no strings attached. Seriously they don’t even ask for a credit card or any payment for the trial.


        • September 23, 2009

          ZXT said:

          So in your opinion this is better than TweetSpinner? I already started using TweetSpinner but only for a couple of minutes, I don’t have enough time yet because I’m also familiarizing myself with TweetDeck at the moment.


          • September 24, 2009

            Andrew said:

            ZXT, to be completely honest I’ve never tried tweet spinner but I do like this application a lot because it does everything I need it to do.


            • September 25, 2009

              ZXT said:

              Andrew I’ve downloaded Twitter Friend Follower and installed it but when running the app I got an error saying “The application failed to initialize properly”

              I’m running Windows XP on this machine. I downloaded it again and reinstalled by same thing. Any ideas?


              • September 25, 2009

                Andrew said:

                ZXT, I haven’t had any issues like that. It’s works perfectly for me. The best thing would be to contact support.


                • September 27, 2009

                  ZXT said:

                  Okay thanks for your reply, I’m going to try it on my work computer and see if it does the same thing.


  12. September 21, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    Thanks for the tips Nick especially the Engagement one.

    I am wondering if using an auto direct message when someones follow you is a good thing?


    • September 21, 2009

      ZXT said:

      I think yes. Just make it personal and like Thank Me Later make the message delay for a day.


      • September 23, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Delaying for 1 day I think is too much. I mean, why not delay it for just few hours only. In that way, the person who follows you might think that, you are active and really cares about your followers.


        • September 25, 2009

          ZXT said:

          For me delaying for 1 day is alright. You don’t have to be online 24 hours a day, and your follower wouldn’t mind it I guess.

          If I were to follow someone, I don’t mind if the thank you note comes after 24 hours, like when I get “Thank you for the comment” emails.


    • September 21, 2009

      akira07 said:

      I want to make engagement with all people in my twitter list. But dunno why but i can’t send dm to some people on my following list.


      • September 22, 2009

        Andrew said:

        DM is a bad source of spam and it can be turned off. If you can’t send a DM then that person is not accepting them.


        • September 23, 2009

          ZXT said:

          Now thats explains why. I keep on sending DM message to a couple of people last night on Tweetdeck and it just won’t go through. I didn’t know you can turn it off.


        • September 23, 2009

          Ron Boracay said:

          Yep, and they are not following you that’s why you can’t send them Direct Messages (DM).

          But there is another way around, just mention their name with @ sign so they will know that the message is for them.,


  13. September 21, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I think its normal for Twitter users to Tweet 10-20/day. Just don’t make it all in 1 hour and I’m fine with it.


    • September 21, 2009

      akira07 said:

      Even 50 tweet per day is OK since the tweet is usefull and not spam, and as you said that it should be spreaded over the time in a day. It’s so annoying when i find member is make about 20-30 tweet just in a hour, it’s just fulfilled my twitter wall (sorry, i’m borrowing a term from facebook :P)


    • September 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      ZXT I agree with you completely. Some of the people I follow send way more than that and it’s often useful info that I’ll want to take a look at.


  14. September 21, 2009

    akira07 said:

    Anyone ever heard about twitthis? Its so helpfull especially for you who want to make twitter contest. For detail, you can go here :
    http://twitthis.com/twitter-contests


    • September 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      akira I think you are addicted to online contests.

      I’ve tried twitthis and I thought it was pretty crap to be honest. Some people like it but I don’t want to do my RT through it and if I don’t I lose all my credits.

      That’s just dumb IMO.


    • September 23, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      I think I will pass on this one Akira, you can’t control what you can tweet here. So meaning, some tweets that the site will generate might ruin your reputation .


  15. September 22, 2009

    Joe said:

    Hey Nick,
    I use a tool called SocialOomph which recently changed its name from TweetLater. Personally I think the new name is kind of corny 🙂 Nevertheless, SocialOomph allows me to set up tweets ahead of time. This is invaluable to me because I run an affiliate marketing website, not a blog, and setting up tweets in advance allows me to focus and spend time on my true passion, which is web design, and true design takes a lot more time than filling in the blanks on a blog template.

    Indeed, some may see this as spam, but I pull no punches and make no apologies. My Twitter profile clearly states that I’m into marketing my favorites, and my followers know this ahead of time and are free to choose which of my tweet suggestions they care to click on to learn more. Besides, SocialOomph strictly follows Twitter spam rules and won’t allow you to post more than 12 tweets per hour, and to be on the safe side, I’ll tweet half that amount.

    SocialOomph also has features that automatically send direct messages to new followers, as well as a feature to un-follow. However, I have the un-follow feature turned off, for I prefer to hand-pick those I follow, as well as those to un-follow. To me that’s a more personal approach than letting some program make those decisions for you based simply on keywords. I’ve only been on Twitter for about 45 days and have about 1500 followers. Not the highest numbers, but slow and steady wins the race?

    I also use Tweetdeck which I agree is pretty cool. The only problem for me is having my browsers open (I run a few simultaneously to constantly check my design), Dreamweaver, Photoshop, email, and so forth, by the time I open Tweetdeck, my system resources start to drain! However, Tweetdeck’s notification feature is great, letting you know if you’ve been mentioned or received a direct message in real time, and the notification will pop-up over whatever program is the focus on your desktop.

    By no means do I suggest that others follow my lead if they hope to make a lot of money using Twitter, for rich I am not. I’m just suggesting a tool that has helped me in my workflow and maybe it would have a place for others, too.

    On the contrary, if all the Twitter users who wanted to “help me” make money, get more followers, improve my standing, etc. would just send me a nickle, then I would truly be wealthy and I’d be able to retire tomorrow! LOL


    • September 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Joe I also use tweelater. I’d like to get the upgrade but I just can’t justify the monthly cost for the return I get from twitter.

      It is a great system though for automating tweets. Especially for since twitter gets most of its action when I am asleep so I often setup my bit.ly’s and my tweets in advance, go to bed, and check my stats the next morning.

      It work out really great.


      • September 22, 2009

        Joe said:

        I’m with you, Andrew. Though I’ve checked out the upgrade, at the time there weren’t enough additional features that I needed, or features I wasn’t already making use of with other free apps, to justify the additional expense.

        However, I noticed in the last week, SocialOomph (TweetLater) expanded and now offers more features for paying customers. Will I upgrade? Time will tell 🙂


        • September 22, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Well I’ve been a bit of a slacker on twitter lately and admittedly I haven’t logged into tweelater in about 2 or 3 weeks.

          I guess I should go and see if there is any extra benefit since the upgrade.

          Maybe they can convince me to spend some money with them.


  16. September 22, 2009

    Julie Bavington said:

    I love using Tweetdeck and am happy with the upgrades from this week. It’s so nice to hear the tweet update and to have all the columns on one page with no searching. Thanks for the article… and for the comments. I’ll have to check our some of the other applications too!
    @juliebavi


    • September 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Yeah the updates this week were great. Finally I can minimize to the tray. For me that was one of the big drawbacks of previous versions.

      But I don’t like that they’ve removed the URL shortener area from the interface.


  17. September 22, 2009

    Mukund said:

    I never used any one these applications expect the followers widget. I think it is time to try out other apps too!


  18. September 22, 2009

    Indo Contest said:

    I’m using HootSuite…
    The best one… 😉


    • September 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      I tried hootsuite and in all honesty I just didn’t get what all the buzz is about it. I found tweelater (socialoomph) to have more features available for both free and paid users.


  19. September 22, 2009

    @Elie_P said:

    “Then I can also unfollow people who have not followed me back”

    This is the biggest fail you could do. Why are you following people, just so that they follow you back? And then what? There is no interest, and i’m about sure you’ll regret this when you’re following column will be full of s@#|t


    • September 22, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      @Elie_P –> Now I disagree with you on this point. The number 1 thing that I look for on Twitter is genuine connection…real two-way communications. I want to share ideas and have ideas shared with me. If someone is only looking to put out their own info at me but don’t want to accept my ideas or input then it’s not a real conversation. If you look at my twitter stream you will notice that the majority of my tweets are communications with other people. I have a few auto tweets about my articles and stuff but the majority of my tweets are my communications amongst real people.


      • September 22, 2009

        ZXT said:

        I guess it’s different for everyone. Some people follow someone because they want to know their Tweets and everything without expecting that same person will follow back. Say I follow Shaq because his tweets are funny and sometimes I get information from NBA thats not yet available in public outside of Twitter.

        But there are also a case of I follow so I can connect to that person. Like I follow Arisu so I can connect to her to connect back.


        • September 23, 2009

          Arisu said:

          Well, with all the things you can do on twitter it´s up to each one to choose what to do.

          Many people follow others to get news and valuable information, but most of them won´t be tweeting anything at all (I think the stats were that only 10% of the people on twitter have active accounts). Other people wants to meet new people and chat, and in those cases is ok to only follow the people that follows you back. There´s also the ones that want to publicize their sites and products.

          And you can always choose to do all of this.


    • September 24, 2009

      Andrew said:

      I’m not naive about it. Yes there are some people who will end up on my list that tweet nothing but crap and obviously I’ll unfollow them. That then leaves me with a bunch of people who tweet useful information.

      As Nick has pointed out though Twitter is about connecting with people. Now there is no requirement to follow back but I think that’s kind of rude as well to ignore people who are trying to connect with you.

      Follow the Dalai Lama and he’ll follow you back, same with Tony Robbins, Andy Andrews and so many other great, famous and popular people.

      If I met you in a pub, I started a conversation with you then you totally ignored me then I wouldn’t continue trying to connect with you.

      I take the same approach with social media and social networks.


      • September 24, 2009

        Arisu said:

        Andrew>>

        That´s true, just because they aren´t in front of you that doesn´t give you a reason to be impolite.

        And having trash or not in your twitter account doesn´t have anything to do with not following people that won´t follow back.


  20. September 22, 2009

    David King said:

    Great post!

    I think that one thing that is important is a custom designed background… a picture that is a close up of you smiling.

    Also the bio should be “who you are and what you do” and be balanced so people don’t think your trying to sell them something…

    great article thanks!

    David


    • September 23, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      I think background don’t affect that much in terms of becoming an effective twitterer.

      But, I value much the pictures, the bio and of course the kind of tweets you will tweet.

      Tweeting something serious can be too boring, so I mix it up with some humorous thing I found on the net.

      That way, my followers can enjoy what I tweet.


  21. September 23, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    I am now using Brizzly.com as a twitter tool of mine. It was still in the beta state but it looks cool for me.

    Ow, I followed Andrew and Joe.

    Err, if anyone interested, here’s mine:

    http://www.twitter.com/ronniedare


  22. September 23, 2009

    ZXT said:

    @Joe: I’m following you now.

    If anyone care to follow me I guess its about time I post my Twitter link here too.

    http://www.twitter.com/zxxxt

    See you there.


  23. September 23, 2009

    George Serradinho said:

    Some nice tools. I use Uber Twitter on my phone. It has nice apps to include normal tweets as well as video and pictures. Would be nice if you added this app to your post, just my opinion.


    • September 23, 2009

      ZXT said:

      George how do you connect thru the internet from your phone? Is Uber Twitter works withj Windows Mobile phones? I have an HTC Touch runing on WM 6.1 and I use wifi connecting to the internet.


    • September 23, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      George Serradinho –> I’m definitely looking into all the apps that people have brought to the table and then a month or so from now I’ll go back over this and repost it as “10 Tools etc…” and use all the feedback that everyone provided. I find a lot of wisdom in suggestions from you and people like you. We’ll definitely get that one into a post soon.


  24. September 23, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I just download and starting to use TweetDeck and I am shocked to see those “mentions” I’ve missed. There were more than a dozen mentions and re tweets that I didn’t knew exist. How do I miss those when using Twitter via their website?


    • September 24, 2009

      Andrew said:

      ZXT there is a link just under you bio on your twitter page that you can see your mentions.

      You won’t be needing it now though since you’ve harnessed the power of tweetdeck.


      • September 25, 2009

        ZXT said:

        -> Andrew, I can not find it.

        All I see is

        Following
        Followers
        Tweets

        Oh wait…now I get it. It’s my username that I need to click where there’s the @ sign then my username. Thanks for pointing it out Nick, this is useful too from another computer without TweetDeck.


  25. September 23, 2009

    Reza Winandar said:

    Great reviews, but still, this is useless for me. Maybe in the future I will need this.


  26. September 27, 2009

    Blake @ props blog ideas said:

    I really liked your final recommendation called engagment. I think that is what separates the spammers from real users.
    Do you think that retweeting other’s aritciles is considered spammy if you are actually reading the articles and enjoying them? Sometimes I fear that I retweet too many things (it is my nature to talk about the things I like and give them props)


    • September 27, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Blake @ props blog ideas –> No. Absolutely I don’t. Your twitter stream is your way to express what you love, what you hate, what you are reading, etc. If you are posting things that are real to you nobody should consider you as a spammer. And you’ll probably make a lot of friends by retweeting their work. I know that I always love to get a retweet.


  27. September 28, 2009

    Harsh Agrawal said:

    Another tools which I use are Twitterbar and tweetlater.
    Earlier one helps me to tweet any interesting article with just one click of mouse…
    Another one automate my profile like automatic adding new followers , unfollow new unfollowers , sending DM to new followers and so on…


  28. October 27, 2009

    Coop said:

    I recently started using Tweetdeck and it definitely has had a positive impact on how I use Twitter. I am still trying to figure out how to better engage others though. I guess my initial thought is that by doing it wrong I will come off as annoying or my comments unwanted. So I rarely do it.

    Wondering – what are some suggestions you all have for how to engage your audience on Twitter and really become part of the conversations? Are RTs a good place to start?
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Be Prepared for Day Hikes =-.


    • October 28, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Coop –> I love tweet deck. Retweets are great, but if you want to engage people then add something. Retweet with a word or two of your opinion. Or say thanks to another follower. Make your tweets personal. That’s the beest way to engage.


  29. November 12, 2009

    Felix said:

    I tried TweetDeck and really find it very convenient to use whenever you are looking twits that best interest you w/o the hassle of logging-in with the browser. Its like a real time chat room that you can easily view the responses of your followers or people you followed. The problem is “my time.” I am too busy to attend to the twits but love to have the conversations via TweetDeck whenever I find time. BTW great posts from you again, thanks!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Customize Your 404 Page for Better User Experience =-.


  30. December 16, 2009

    King Sidharth in Meditation said:

    Thanks for sharing awesome tips nick. I was much in need of this one. Always wondered how to increase my twitter potential. And I love the way you you share your personal experiences.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: World Aids Day – I Will Be Human =-.


  31. January 5, 2010

    Rich Baker Social Media said:

    Great post thank you! My favourite tool has to be Klout.com; it tells me how influential I am and makes suggestions on how I can improve. I blog about it here http://rich-baker.com/2010/01/04/chris-moyles-lily-allen-top-twitter-influencers/
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Chris Moyles, Lily Allen among Top Twitter Influencers =-.


  32. November 4, 2011

    Akash Kumar said:

    I am not doing very well with Twitter still learning the ways to promote my articles via Twitter. Thanks, I am looking forward to use these tools.




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