10 Twitter Tools that Help You Work Smarter

by Web Designer, Copywriter and Author Sherice Jacob from iElectrify and Get Niche Quick (follow her at @sherice).

Who would’ve thought that a service like Twitter could help you not only reach more potential clients, but also help make your day more organized? Here are 10 “must have” Twitter applications and plugins to add to your marketing arsenal. Start using any one of these Twitter tools and watch your productivity (and your customer list) grow by leaps and bounds!

1. TweetDeck – TweetDeck not only shows you the last 200 tweets made by your followers and followees, but also organizes @ replies directed to you, direct messages, search terms and the latest news in the Twitterverse all into manageable columns.

2. Twhirl – Twhirl works similarly to TweetDeck, except it lets you access multiple Twitter accounts directly through the software. With Twhirl, you can keep your business and personal accounts separate without losing track of either of them.

2. Ping.fm – While not exclusively a Twitter tool, Ping.fm lets you broadcast Twitter tweets to other popular social networks including MySpace, Facebook, Hi5, and dozens more. Using ping.fm keeps everyone up-to-date on your current projects and widens your “social net” to attract more customers to your networking base.

3. Twitter Tools – Integrate your Wordpress blog with Twitter and vice versa. You can turn your blog headlines into tweets and your tweets into content for your blog. It’s also widget-friendly, so you can simply drag it to your Wordpress sidebar to display your latest tweets to your blog readers.

4. Tweetburner – Shorten, send out and track links sent via Twitter. See how many clicks your latest blog or article has generated. A great way to gauge the popularity of your content. See the most-clicked Twitter links on the Tweetburner homepage. Also works with FriendFeed.

5. GroupTweet – Perfect for when you only want certain messages to go out to a group of your followers, friends or family or for when you’re working on a web development project and need to send or receive client-confidential information. Registering is as simple as creating a group name and making its settings private in Twitter.

6. Twittercal – Integrate Twitter with your Google Calendar. By simply adding @gcal as a friend, you can tweet events, to-do’s and reminders directly to your Google Calendar and have it checked every minute.

7. Twitter Timer – To get reminders directly through Twitter, follow @timer and send a direct message to @timer as simple as 10 order pizza. It will remind you to order pizza in 10 minutes.

8. Tweetbeep – Get Twitter alerts whenever someone mentions any keyword you want to follow. Use it for your name, company name or to find potential clients (by getting an alert for the term “web development” for example). Tweetbeep works even if the original poster uses a URL shortening service like TinyURL.

9. Qwitter – Find out when you get un-followed by using Qwitter. Qwitter will not only alert you as to who is no longer following you, but they’ll show you the tweet you posted that (may or may not) have caused the person to unsubscribe.

10. TweetLater – TweetLater lets you schedule your tweets for a later date/time, saving you from being glued to Twitter. Also emails you keyword alerts, sends “thank you” notes to new followers and handles multiple Twitter accounts effortlessly.

Give these Twitter tools a try to help simplify your social networking while getting more exposure with half the effort. Reach more clients, free up more time and stay organized. Once you start using these Twitter applications and plugins, you’ll never know how you got along without them!


  • March 10, 2009

    Great post I am going to ever twitter tool site immediately!

  • March 10, 2009

    This is just what I needed. I just recently started getting serious about Twitter, so it is nice to see what different applications there are.

    I especially like the way that TweetBurner tracks clicks!


  • March 10, 2009

    It is always good that someone spends their time researching to help others. In the twitterverse this seems to be a very common theme and it is always appeciated.

    Thanks for a great resource.


  • March 10, 2009

    Great Post! I have been a fan of Tweetdeck for a while (it is the best twitter app EVER!)

    Seriously, if you set up tweetdeck right you can manage large twitter streams easily.

    Thanks for the heads up about twittercal and twitter tools!



  • March 10, 2009

    I like to do all my work in Outlook to avoid switching between apps. I’m surprised more don’t use http://www.techhit.com/OutTwit/ for Outlook plugin for posting and reviewing tweets – i use http://www.attensa.com for feeds.

    Dr Dave Chaffey
    Internet Marketing author, trainer and consultant

  • March 10, 2009

    Great article! I also plan to check them all out. Like the Twhirl as I have been wondering how to better manage multiple accounts. Thanks for the nice work.

  • March 10, 2009

    Great post! Twitter is really a great tool and I love writing about it as well. Strong post. Keep up the great work.


  • March 10, 2009

    Thanks for these! I’ve been trying to get my head around twitter. It can be awfully time consuming without the correct tools, and I find I’d rather be building website content and so forth, rather than trying to figure out twitter from scratch. TwiTip has been a great help!

    (By the way, how do you pronounce TwiTip? Is it “Twhy Tip”? or Twittip?… Just curious!)

  • March 10, 2009

    Nice try to present 11 tool under a 10 Twitter tools headline :-)

  • March 10, 2009

    The Google Reader + Twitter Greasemonkey script allows you to tweet articles directly from Google Reader. It has a URL shortener and includes your tags and comments. Really convenient.

  • March 10, 2009

    If you are a regular blogger, using Twitterfeed you can send your new blog Titles and links to Twitter. No worrying about URL shortening

  • March 10, 2009

    Thanks, Darren. Gearing up for SXSWi, and will depend more heavily on Twitter this year. Very helpful post for ways to organize and keep up with the flow.

  • March 10, 2009

    And I just can’t wait for getting new laptop so I could finally manage to install AIR on KDE, as my Gnome is having problems with it, ergo: no tweetdeck, buuu!

    Someday I will have to invest money in Mac…

  • March 10, 2009

    Glad you all enjoyed the article! It never ceases to amaze me what innovative minds create based on Twitter.

  • March 10, 2009

    Most would have turned this into an eBook… Thank you for making this public!

  • March 10, 2009

    Can’t believe you completely missed my favourite – HootSuite.com … probably the BEST twitter tool of them all!!

  • March 10, 2009

    Thanks Mr. K! I’ll make a note of HootSuite for the next Top 10 list. With all the cool Twitter apps coming out, it seems like there could be a new list each week ;)

  • March 10, 2009

    #9 Qwitter is no longer around. They still have a page up, but signing up for it won’t get you any emails when people unfollow you. I’m curious if people who signed up with Qwitter a while ago still receive unfollow notices. I’m guessing not.

  • March 10, 2009

    Great post

    Is new on Twitter so I try to pick up all the good tips i can get.

  • March 10, 2009

    I agree with Mr. K – hootsuite.com is much easier than tweetlater for those times I need to spread things out and the tracking is very nice.

  • March 10, 2009

    I wondered why I hadn’t seen any Qwitter notices for a week or so. I figured they were just backlogged with qwits to report on (either that or your posts are SO good, people aren’t about to unfollow you!) :D

  • March 10, 2009

    Thanks for writing this blog. There is so much that twitter has to offer. More is being added all the time.

  • March 10, 2009

    Tnan you i only use some few from the lits exopenthing to use all of them.

  • March 10, 2009

    Thanks so much – I am finding all the social networking a maze. I really appreciate all this info for Twitter. Yea!!!!

  • March 10, 2009

    Great list especially for a newbie tweeter. Tried most of these and HootSuite (awesome). Thanks for posting this list.

  • March 10, 2009

    This is the perfect system for me, only thing is: I want to be able to display tweets that have my keywords in them, in my website, and not just in an email.

    In other words, I would like to show Tweets, based on specific keywords, to my whole website.

    Does such thing exist?

    Thank you

  • March 11, 2009

    Toronto80 – this might be what you’re looking for. With a little technical expertise I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for your site.


  • March 11, 2009

    The best mobile twitter app is http://m.slandr.net! It lets you do so many more things on a mobile than mobile twitter (m.twitter.com)

  • March 11, 2009

    Really useful tips on this, a few I had no idea about. My To Do list has just grown a bit.

  • March 11, 2009

    For a different approach, I have been using Filttr which helps to filter the twitter stream. You can use a black list and a white list to really tailor what you do and do not want to see. I’m not part of the project in any way but very much like their approach.

  • March 12, 2009

    HootSuite is a good site to try Michael – not portable but wanted to call it to your attention.

  • March 12, 2009

    I have put aside TweetDeck in favour of Destroy Twitter,
    it offers me a drop down list of people I follow or that follow me after I type the @.
    Otherwise it is very slick
    if a bit too busy when tweets come in

  • March 12, 2009

    I use klikdeal.com to measure how may clicks I get on the links.

  • March 13, 2009

    Sometimes new Internet programs and tools remind me of a cattle call. What’s heard creates a herd. Lots of dust is kicked around, and the sound is deafening. I suppose this is part of social networking.

  • March 13, 2009

    Yes, but sometimes that cattle call can lead to greener pastures :)

  • March 13, 2009

    Nice Post !

    “Quitter” never worked well for me… I use SocialToo http://bit.ly/tXHEP , you can get report everyday in your email of followers/unfollowers and do autoFollow/autoDM (I dont use “auto” options)

    Another service I love is : Twimailer – see details : http://bit.ly/lvZ3

    Have a good day :)


  • March 14, 2009

    Thanks for the great tools! Until now, I did not know that you could have more than 1 Tweeter account, until I saw the Twirl tool.

  • March 18, 2009

    Worth noting that Tweetdeck has added Facebook support

  • March 22, 2009

    It looks like the folks that signed up for Qwitter back when it was live are still getting unfollow messages. Maybe it’s just not accepting new members?

    Also want to mention a Twitter tool I just wrote which lets you tweet directly from IE and Firefox – http://www.tweetallaboutit.com – great time saver :)

  • March 23, 2009

    This is an amazing list. I must get the calender application.

  • April 7, 2009

    Thanks for this compilation and it’s great to see with the latest tool MicroPlaza how many TwiTip articles are being relayed inside Twitter: http://tr.im/indu

    If you actually thought “Twitter search” was useful, play a little more with MicroPlaza as there are so many more cool features under the bonnet once you have full access (currently the tool is still under private beta)

    Anyway you’re welcome to follow http://twitter.com/microplaza and ask for an invite. Cheers!

  • April 10, 2009

    Does anyone know how to use twitter.fm? Someone said that twitter.fm crawls twitter to find music related entries and then offers the music links – is this true? How is it used and how are entries made to this site? Love this article too very informative…Thanks

  • April 12, 2009

    I just signed up to Qwitter and then read Cherie’s comment that’s not working anymore :(
    Great post anyway, good have to all the tips in one place! Tweetdeck is my favorite tool!

  • April 13, 2009

    Actually, the jury is still out on Qwitter. I still get notifications from them – although oddly enough I get them all at once. So maybe it does work, it’s just seriously lagged. I’m not sure. There is another similar service though called Twitterless – http://www.twitterless.com – you might have better luck with that one! :)

  • May 19, 2009

    If you dont want to hand over your twitter usernames and passwords to a third party website but want to implement a “keyword” autofollow
    if you are running multiple accounts and need more than 100 api hits an hour (if you get your ip address whitelisted you can get 20,000 api calls an hour).

    Then check out http://www.MyTwitterButler.com for $10 it’s a windows .net application that run directly on your pc instead of in the cloud.

    It does two things;

    1/ Auto Follows Users with up to 4 search terms per twitter account (allows multiple accoutns – I run mine with 11 accounts simultaneously but it slows it down).

    2/ Direct Message Broadcast – you can send a direct message to all you users with just one click.


  • May 19, 2009

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve twittered this! :-)

  • May 29, 2009

    Why not use a fully automated Twitter poster to enhance your position within the Twitter community, there are many automated applications and softwares around now including the brilliant http://www.twitterxtreme.com

  • June 14, 2009

    I just wonder if all the automation doesn’t kill the purpose of twitter. Well I guess time will tell. Using twitter as part of a blog can be powerful. It is nice to give more ways for your readers to follow what you are doing.

  • June 23, 2009
    Justin K.

    Great post! You should add Ref.ly to your list. It’s an amazing new tool for turning Bible verses into short URLs.

  • August 18, 2009

    Thanks for sharing the best tool resources.

  • October 18, 2009


    We are DNOiSe, from Spain, and we have released the beta versión of “followthehashtag”, a twitter trends graph generator. You can find it usefull to find oppinion leaders, people to follow or track #hashtags

    you can find it on http://www.d-noise.net/follow

    Feel free to buzz our tool if you find it usefull

    Thanks a lot and enjoy it! ;)

  • December 25, 2009

    Wow, this is awesome info.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • February 10, 2010

    Really useful tips on this, a few I had no idea about. My To Do list has just grown a bit.

  • March 22, 2010

    This is “The List”; Sharice. I’ve reposted it and linked to it here. you know I had to girly. been following you on twitter and love your science. you working it with magic Sharice. come see me sometime.

  • July 4, 2010

    Nice list for newbies here which I can pass on to. Have you heard of Twitterbuzz? It works quite well for me (with a few exceptions)! :)

  • September 13, 2010

    Great list, I was looking for twitter tools then I found your site..thanks for sharing this :)

  • November 20, 2010

    I marked 5 must-have tools I’m going to install right away! Really useful post, thank you so much!

  • January 27, 2011

    This is a very informative post. I’m new to Twitter, and realize it’s value. This info helps make the most of it.

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