11 Useful Twitter Tools That Don’t Require Your Password

by Alexander Moya Barquero of Tecnovits (Spanish). Follow him @twivits.

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Twitter tools have emerged all over the web, as this great service offers many ways to get in touch with people that really matter to you. However, safety is another of those things that matter and not all Twitter tools are trustworthy.

But don’t be alarmed, not all the tools out there are after your twitter identity! Let’s have a look at 11 twitter tools that don’t require your password and are still very useful and powerful:


TweetStats: Statistics for your Twitter account, this tool graphs the amount of hourly and monthly tweets of your account, the amount of replies and the interface that you use the most.

TwitterFriends: One of the most complete Twitter statistic tools, with just your twitter username you can find out very impressive statistics, but don’t just take my word for it, Darren wrote a more complete review of this tool: TwitterFriends – A Useful Twitter Metrics Tool


TwitterGrader: If you’re into ranks and grades, TwitterGrader will grade your account from 0 to 100 based on your account’s followers, following and number of tweets. You will also be given a rank, this will measure the impact of your account on the twitter sphere.

Are you in the Twitter Elite for your country? Use the tool and find out!

ReTweetRank: This tool ranks your account based on the number of retweets you get.

Tweeple Discovery:

NearbyTweets: Want to find tweeples near you? This tool finds people who tweeted near you, great tool for discovering new members to follow.

Twubble: Tired of subscribing to other accounts just so they can recommend people to subscribe to? (Yes @mrtweet, I’m talking about you.) By just filling out you twitter username, Twubble recommends user to follow based on your friends following. [Editor's Note: Update - Twubble does indeed ask you to log into Twitter's API with your username and password. - Lara]

Tweeple Unfollowing:

Twitoria: As time passes by and your “following” list becomes longer, there are bound to be a lot of spammy, unwanted, not used accounts, this tool tells your which of the accounts your following hasn’t updated recently in the last week, month or year and other time spans.

Qwitter: Besides having a very funny name, this tool will notify you by email when someone stops following you, and it only requires your username and an email address to send the notifications to (it also has a moving hand, so there’s another reason to use it).

[Editor's Note: Qwitter has been known to be pretty unreliable in terms of timely notifications. People have complained that they hear nothing for weeks or months, and then all of the sudden get 20 or 30 emails all at once, saying someone unfollowed them after their most recent tweet - when in reality, they may have unfollowed weeks ago, after a different one. - Lara]

FriendOrFollow: Find out who isn’t following you back with this tool.

Miscellaneous Fun Tools:

Tweetwasters: How much time do you spend on Twitter? This tool will tell you and only requires your username.

TweetWheel: This tool lets you find out which of your friends know each other, planning a party or going out for a movie? Find out who knows who with tool and avoid awkward moments. ;)

Know other good Twitter tools that don’t require your password? Share them with us!

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  • April 15, 2009

    great list. love things that dont require my password. Quitter was very unreliable for me. It basically quit on me after a month or so. Haven’t heard from it since.

  • April 15, 2009

    I’m trying out http://rssfriends.com after a recommendation from someone on Twitter. Doesn’t require your password and creates an RSS feed of people following and unfollowing you, pretty neat. No idea about reliability yet.

  • April 15, 2009

    Your link to tweetstats does not work. Twubble requires username and password. I have used most if not all of these in the time I have been on Twitter and I like them

  • April 15, 2009

    The Tweetstats link is not working.

    Good list bro.

  • April 15, 2009

    Nice list. My application TwitterMass.com does not require a password. Instead it uses Twitter’s OAuth for logging you into the system.

  • April 15, 2009

    Cool List.I like friendorfollow and have been looking for it for quite a long time.Thanks for the list man.

  • April 15, 2009

    Fixed the tweetstats link, folks… Thanks for the notification! :)

  • April 15, 2009

    It proves that other companies do not need your password. Well, then again.

  • April 15, 2009

    These are some useful tools. Getting involved with Twitter can easily take too much time in the day, especially when your boss is watching how much time you spend on social media.

    I am definitely going to get some of these tools right now.

  • April 15, 2009

    Mr.Milestone doesn’t require a passwd. It will send you tweets when you have reached a set number of followers.

  • April 15, 2009

    What a great list! I went through all of these and found several that I’ll definitely be using from now on. Thanks!

  • April 15, 2009

    Well compiled list.

    I’m not sure of how many such tools exist that don’t require a password; but at Twitdom.com we are listing close to 700 Twitter Applications currently!

  • April 15, 2009

    BTW Twubble *does* require your password.

  • April 15, 2009

    Insteresthing links thank you a lot.

  • April 15, 2009

    Twubble asked me for a password.

  • April 15, 2009

    Really a nice list… would be more than happy if you add @rssfriends to it. A service that generates an RSS Feed with your follower and unfollwer – friends and unfriends … without requiring a password.

    If you have any question regarding this service, feel free to contact me at @zoernert


  • April 15, 2009

    Your post should’ve been titled “10 Useful Twitter Tools That Don’t Require Your Password.” Your Editor’s Note regarding Qwitter is dead on.

    I just quit Qwitter today for this very reason. The service is an absolute joke.

  • April 15, 2009

    I’m so sorry about Twubble, with the amount of pages I researched it got passed me in my final check up, it now is indeed 10 useful twitter tools as @thejessbrown pointed out.

    This list and your many suggestions prove that twitter tools can be very useful and not pose a security threat on anyones account.

  • April 15, 2009

    Another useful one is @ta_follows by @stut, to get a daily digest of new follows and new unfollowers. Makes it easier and more efficient to check out who has started to follow you in one shot, and make sure no one is missed.

  • April 15, 2009

    I agree that passwords should not be needed – just like date of birth etc.

    I Like friend or follow – good tool

  • April 15, 2009

    Latest version of Tweetchat.com does not require password. It’s a great tool for following conversations around a hashtag, which becomes a chat “room” on Tweetchat. Developed by @BrooksBennett.

  • April 15, 2009

    nice list of Twitter Tools ,I don’t really want to enter my twitter passwrod to know info about my Twitter profile.

  • April 15, 2009

    Nice list. One comment about friendorfollow.com – It could be a great tool, but I’ve found it to be about 80% accurate in reporting who is or isn’t following me. If one is using it for the purpose of unfollowing someone who is not following them back, I’d suggest verifying the results by checking the Twitter profile before unfollowing. I’ve found enough inaccurate results to know not to make any decisions based on what I see on that site.

  • April 15, 2009
    Mayur Somani

    This one doesn’t requires password either,
    Find your first follow on twitter. Try it!

  • April 16, 2009


    Make that now “9 Useful Twitter Tools.” To correct your comment, I commented (#17) on Qwitter (not Twubble) and my handle is @thejeFFbrown not @thejeSSbrown.

  • April 16, 2009

    Great Information. Man, you own the internet. So much useful information. I gotta check in daily just to keep up. You are the master.

    Michael Thomas
    2005 Mr. USA

  • April 16, 2009

    Maybe you forget http://Filesocial.com , an app to share files with your twitter friends. It uses oAuth.

  • April 16, 2009

    These are awesome… (ツ)

  • April 16, 2009

    Are there any twitter tools for event management?

  • April 16, 2009

    I shared this list on my blog. Great list, thanks!!

  • April 16, 2009

    Excellent set of tools! Bit wary of Twitter tools that ask for passwords :S

  • April 16, 2009

    I had fun wasting part of an afternoon testing these apps. Thanks for the tips — several of these are quite useful, particularly TwitterGrader, because it provides info about others in my field whom I might want to follow.

    Added a link to this post to my Delicious account: http://delicious.com/laurawrites

  • April 16, 2009

    Thank you all for your comments, as many of you pointed out their are much more tools than those on this list, and all these comments just add more value to this post.

  • April 16, 2009

    Thanks for the list! With all this worm trouble, I don’t feel like trusting any site with my password. I’ve been using TweeterGrader and Twitoria and will try out some more of your suggested apps.

    Other cool analytic app is Twitalyzer

  • April 16, 2009
    Jeff Milton

    Tweepular.com blows friendorfollow out of the water but alas it DOES require your password.
    I’m heading over to check Twitoria now – Great list!

  • April 16, 2009

    Nice list of twitter apps. well done!

  • April 16, 2009

    With regards to Twubble:

    - yes, _using the tool_ does require username and password, but
    - no, Twubble itself _does not_ require your username and password.

    If you have a good look at the popup you’ll see that you’re prompted for username + password by the Twitter API – that’s because the javascript hosted at the Twubble page asks for that.

    Your credentials are sent to Twitter, _not_ to the Twubble domain.
    If you have used the Twitter api over javascript before, you’re _not_ prompted to enter your username pswd.

  • April 16, 2009

    v. useful list – thanks – incidentally, have you also got a list of those that require your password, but seem to be reasonably “safe” & those that are, perhaps, best steered clear of.

  • April 16, 2009

    Provides a dashboard of Twitter searches that update in real time. Helps you monitor multiple topics at once.

  • April 17, 2009

    Great tools, I do like Twitoria, made it easier to delete all those I follow that wouldn’t follow back. That’s my policy. Why would you want 1000 to follow you when you only follow 2 people. That’s bollocks!!

  • April 17, 2009

    twitrand(); allows you to find a random Follower, Friend or ReTweeter and doesn’t require your password.

  • April 17, 2009

    Can’t believe folks haven’t mentioned http://localtweeps.com/ yet. It’s just a database of @twitterIDs and zip codes. That’s enough location info to find people who are close to you, without necessarily being super stalk-y. Seems to be getting some traction, although who knows if they’ll 1) really become popular (will require supporting robust APIs so people can easily mashup) and 2) their servers will survive if they become popular.

  • April 17, 2009

    Also check out Tweetle! the related tweets widget by Searchles: http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/my-widget-dumbfounder

  • April 17, 2009
    Matt Jorgensen

    this list is extremely useful i have especially used friend or follower

  • April 17, 2009

    I tried LocalTweeps, it is indeed a fun tool, although currently it only seems to support U.S.A. and Canada, I don’t think it’ll take off until it goes world wide.

    @toen @stacy37
    Both look like good tools, but with this list I tried to maintain a certain filter, only include tools that add value to a tweeple’s account or owner instead of tweet search tools.

  • April 18, 2009

    Great list! Here is another twitter application who doesn’t require password: Twitter Compressor http://www.allapis.com/TwitterCompressor.aspx

  • April 19, 2009

    Awesome list, I love twitter grader!

  • April 20, 2009

    Great list, but I did have Quitter do what Lara said it has been doing. I just recently received several notifications at the same time, all saying my followers quit after my last #followfriday post.

  • April 23, 2009


    New webapp whichs lets you tweet more than 140 characters. It is also using the new OAUTH to log into your twitter account. Not to give out ur passwords. Try it and pass it.



  • April 28, 2009

    Great article. I found the tweetstats app to be quite useful.


  • April 30, 2009

    Tweetwheel is gone :(

  • May 1, 2009

    Hi Darren,
    Great list of tools :)
    But wanted to tell you that tweetwheel has gone down. A parked page is coming up instead.

  • May 23, 2009

    http://txtn.us just launched in BETA – no username and no password – Shortest URL’s on the Web. Text reduction. Text can be mirrored, reversed, and inverted.

  • June 8, 2009

    Thanks for this list. But TweetWheel.com is offline.

  • June 16, 2009

    Tweetwheel seems to be a dead link… ?

  • October 20, 2009

    Thanks a ton for the list of great tools and advice

  • December 23, 2009

    TweetWheel is no longer alive :(

  • May 27, 2010

    Thanks for the list. I see some interesting tools here for me to take advantage of.

  • May 30, 2010

    Awesome list!

    btw, there’s a brand new twitter application called TwitBlend (http://www.twitblend.com)
    which help you group many tweets into topic or conversation, share it with your friend, you can even put it on your website with TwitBlend’s Widget.

    Feel free to buzz our tool if you find it useful

    Thanks a lot! try and enjoy it for free :)

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