4 ReTweet Tools and Trackers

track-retweets.pngThere’s been a lot of buzz around Twitter about ‘ReTweeting’ lately. Quite a bit of it has been a result of some of the conversations like this one at TechCrunch – It’s Not How Many Followers You Have that Counts, It’s How Many Times You Get Retweeted.

Whether or not ReTweeting is the best way to measure the authority of Twitter users (and whether authority needs measuring at all on Twitter) is s conversation for another place and time – however since posts like the one above by TechCrunch there have been a number of ‘ReTweet’ tools and trackers developed. Here are a sample of them:

  1. Dan Zarrella was one of the first and has come up with a number of tools including his ReTweet Mapper which among other things allows you to see a ranking of the most ReTweeted people on twitter (arranged by the last hour, day and week).
  2. retweet radar – this tool describes itself as ‘Finding trends in the mountains of information ‘retweet’ed on Twitter.’ It puts together a retweet cloud of terms that are being retweeted, ranks most retweeted users of Twitter and ranks the links that are being retweeted.
  3. Retweetist – similarly this service ranks the hottest links being retweeted and most retweeted people on Twitter.
  4. Retweetrank – another tool that simply ranks the number of retweets twitter users have (not sure how up to date it is).

I’m sure there are others around – feel free to link to them in comments below.


  • January 20, 2009

    I find these tools to be extremely addictive LoL. Great post for great tools!

  • January 20, 2009

    Handy set of tools, I suppose retweeting is important, especially if you want to grow your followers outside of your regular circles as well. I’ll try them out (though I haven’t be ReTweeted too much yet)

  • January 20, 2009

    Don’t forget Twidentify.com (which you tweeted a few weeks ago!)

    It searches everything but ranks results based on who gets retweeted the most. (Using number of retweets as a measure of influence.)

  • January 20, 2009

    That TweetSuite from Dan Zarella is incredible. The thing that’s cool is when you find an excellent article and there are a bunch of tweets talking about it in addition to a bunch of comments on the article. Makes the article that more rich with good stuff – opinions, ideas, links, etc.

  • January 20, 2009

    Thanks for sharing these Twitter tools.. This site is really excellent and worth to read.


  • January 21, 2009

    Twitter is sick, when will it stop!

  • January 21, 2009

    Nice services. I always wondered how many retweets i get and there wasnt any service telling me.

  • January 21, 2009

    UGH- I cannot stand retweets! There are people who retweet so much that I stop following them because they have no original thoughts.

  • January 21, 2009

    Than you for the ports really great. good links.

  • January 28, 2009

    Hello Darren,
    Thanks for the quality content as usual. You are the authority on Twitter and Blogging in general and absolutely love what you do. Ok, enough of the praise, my question:
    I came across a post on a Twitter enthusiast website (ryanwade) in which there was a small script that he wrote asking the user to enter their Twitter id + password and it would automatically retweet a specific post he wants to go viral (and obviously generate traffic to his website)…and I would get a chance to win something. Eventhough he says that my username + password will not be stored, what’s the guarantee? I want to know your take on that kind of tactic please. (ps: nothing against the guy, he seems great in fact! We’re talking about the approach here!)

  • February 19, 2009

    Good post on these tools. The RT can be very powerful, and these tools are good for learning how to get one and how to track them. Good post!

  • March 11, 2009

    Love the post!
    I love the twitter plugin you use in the blog (top-right corner of the post), wonder if you could tell me how you implement it.

  • March 15, 2009
    Nick Telford

    @theakiba it’s the Tweetmeme widget (http://tweetmeme.com/static.php?page=button)

    I have to admit, I’m quite surprised that the Tweetmeme button/widget didn’t make this list given it’s value and increasing popularity.

  • March 17, 2009

    How did you add the retweet button on the top right of this post??

  • June 5, 2009

    I’m a bit late to this post, but another (new) tool to measure the distance a tweet traveled (including retweets, replies, and other mentions of a phrase or link) is TweetReach – http://tweetreach.com. Results include some graphics and interesting numbers about how many people saw a tweet.

  • June 11, 2009

    I just love the TweetReach.com – I had a case example I wanted to study and stumbled across your post here with the TweetReach.com being offered by @Jdeeringdavis – this tool helped me immensely!

    Thanks for the post and thanks everyone else for your feedback!

    Michelle Mangen
    Owner, Your Virtual Assistant

  • August 17, 2010

    Good information and pretty thorough as well, do you mind if I reference back to it? I’m blogging about this too, and you have some good info I hadn’t seen before and I’d like to post a similar article. Currently I’ve only been using tweetdeck but I’m going to try out some of these as well, thanks for sharing them.

    Diamond Tools

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