7 Free Twitter Software Programs for Managing Your Online Social Life

by Sherice Jacob, author of “Get Niche Quick!” – Niche Marketing Online – Follow her @sherice

Just like in real life, your online social life will expand to fit any amount of time you give it.  Twitter is the most notorious for this “productivity drain” – that’s why talented programmers have taken it upon themselves to create new ways to make managing your online social life even easier.  Here are seven of the most popular software applications you can use to effortlessly keep up with Twitter (and other popular networks) even when you can’t be constantly connected.

1. Twitterberry – If you have a Blackberry, you can use the free Twitterberry application to post directly to Twitter.  You don’t even need to use SMS as Twitterberry accesses and posts tweets directly over the network.  One potential downside is that posting and gathering tweets can be slower than what you’re used to.  Twitter itself limits tweet requests to about 70 per hour and Twitterberry accesses them even less frequently than that, according to their FAQ.

2. Tweetie – A superb application for managing your tweets from your iPhone, Tweetie integrates alerts (like Tweetbeep.com), a search function and multiple accounts so you can stay connected at all times. If you’re looking for alternative iPhone Twitter clients, you might also like to try Hahlo, Tweetsville or Twittelator Pro

3. SocialToo – Keep your updates and followers synched across several social networks.  In addition to Twitter, SocialToo also works with Facebook, Identi.ca, and RSS.  You can also use it to create and submit surveys across your social network. SocialToo will auto-follow anyone who follows you but there is a filtering option available to prevent spammers from clogging up your Twitter timeline.

4. Twitterfox – Use Firefox to manage your tweets and see when your friends have updated theirs through a small, unobtrusive notification button. If you’d rather not download a Twitter software program and use your browser to stay up-to-date on Twitter, Twitterfox is the program for you.

5. Tweet All About It – Right up there with tweeting directly from Firefox is Tweet All about It, which lets you highlight and tweet any snippet of text using Internet Explorer or Firefox.  The Firefox version will also show you how many characters you’ve highlighted.  Tweet your snippet by right clicking and choosing Tweet All About It.

6. PowerTwitter – A free Firefox extension that lets you do broad and user-based searches, as well as post inline links to YouTube, Flickr, TwitPic, Google Maps and more. Also shrinks and unwinds links – helpful for when you’re not sure where that TinyURL really goes.  Works with #hashtags too.

7. EventBox – One for the Mac users!  Not free, but at $15, EventBox is a great way to keep all your social services in one place.  Works with Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, RSS and Flickr to name a few.  View photos, see friend updates and post your Tweets from one sleek application

Just for Fun

So you’ve been using Twitter for awhile – but just how much has it benefitted you?  Here are a couple of interesting ways to see just how broad your reach is, or how much time you’ve wasted, with Twitter.

Twitalyzer – See just how much influence you really have on Twitter.  Measures your influence, signal-to-noise ratio, generosity, clout and more.  See just how popular you are in the Twitterverse

Tweetwasters – How much time do you spend on Twitter?  According to Tweetwasters which calculates approximately how much time you spend on Twitter by the number of your tweets, @problogger has spent nearly 4 days of his life connected to Twitter!

If you have a great social networking software recommendation that helps you stay up to date on Twitter, why not post it in the comments below?

Comments

  • May 5, 2009

    Call me old fashion
    I just use Twitter.com
    Get my hands dirty
    And no bells or whistles
    But it works for me…

  • May 5, 2009

    I use twitter.com and tweetburner. Both seem to work well enough for me.
    Thanks,
    Nate

  • May 5, 2009

    Check out the Seesmic desktop. It is great for Facebook updates.

  • May 5, 2009

    Whenever I see a list like this, it invariably includes an app that just makes me sad I don’t have an iphone. : > )

  • May 5, 2009

    Thanks for the great list! I use Tweetdeck and have been satisfied since separating tweeters into groups etc. I am definitley going to check out some of your recommendations though. ;o)

  • May 5, 2009

    @writerdad,

    I KNOW! Or a Blackberry. Or anything that lets me run applications. Heck my cell phone doesn’t even take pictures. :)

  • May 5, 2009

    Bad title, these are probably great recommendations if you don’t use any of Windows/IE/Windows Mobile and they leave out the two most popular Twitter Tools: TweetDeck (allows you to group your followers) and Twhirl (especially great if you have multiple twitter accounts).

    Other favorites of mine: PockeTwit and OutTwit.

  • May 5, 2009

    TweetDeck, TwitterFeed, SocialToo, and TwitterGrader (by HubSpot)

  • May 5, 2009

    Does anyone know if there is an application which allows you to manage more than one Twitter id? I now have a couple, which serve different purposes. I follow different people in each account. I use friendbar for one twitter account, but am keen to see if there is one which would allow me to view all the tweets, from the people I’m following on both accounts.

    Suzi

  • May 5, 2009

    Great i juts use some of them and some are really usfull more than doze that you have to pay for, i gonna try doze extra that you give to see what they do and how good they are.

    have fun good post.

  • May 5, 2009

    What no TweetDeck? TweetDeck makes twitting a smooth and quick experience. Too often Twitter.com is down. Or slow. Or has some other slow-as-molasses problem. But when in comes to a halt, I pull out TweetDeck. Ok, did that sound too much like an infomercial? Gosh, I hope not.

  • May 5, 2009

    I have a windows based mobile phone and I use Pocketwit.
    Great application worth a look-see.
    And, of course, I use tweetdeck. I’m surprised it didn’t get a mention????

  • May 5, 2009

    @Suzi,

    I’ve only been using it for two days, but so far Seesmic Desktop appears to work really well with multiple accounts. And, it may just be the colors, but I like the “feel” of it better than tweetdeck.

  • May 6, 2009

    Tweetwaster wasn’t correct! It said I’ve tweeted 80 times, and spent about 1 hour on Twiter. That’s way too funny! According to my profile page, I’ve tweeted 2,912. I’ve certainly “wasted” more time than one hour on Twitter, LOL. And Tweetwaster doesn’t take into account what we read on Twitter — other’s tweets — and posts and articles their tweets link to. So I guess I’ve wasted a lot of time! Finally, I’d like to say, I don’t consider Twitter a waste of time! Okay, sorry for taking this way too seriously, LOL.

  • May 6, 2009

    For those who thought I forgot TweetDeck, OutTwit and others, I’ve written about them already here on TwiTip:

    10 Twitter Tools that Help You Work Smarter:
    http://www.twitip.com/10-twitter-tools-that-help-you-work-smarter/

    And the Sequel – 10 MORE Twitter Tools:
    http://www.twitip.com/10-more-must-have-twitter-tools/

    Let me know if there’s still an app or service I haven’t covered! :)

  • May 6, 2009

    @Todd
    Thanks Todd – just watched the introductory video. It looks great. Will start playing with it.

  • May 7, 2009

    If I wanted to download one or the other – Tweetdeck or Toro – which would you choose?

  • June 20, 2009

    nice list! been using twitterberry so far and cant find a better app that i like

  • December 8, 2009

    @suzi

    I would recommend TweetDeck, which you’re probably using by now :-) I use it to keep an eye out for both Twitter and Facebook friends’ updates.

  • March 1, 2010
    Red

    TweetAttacks also have good software. Complete twitter marketing solution. Im using it and all task are done using the web browser not the API so it looks very natural.

    Im using the paid one but they have a free version which you might to add in your list.

    Check it out at

    http://tweetattacks.com/free-twitter-friend-adder/

  • May 9, 2010

    twitter should more application with new approach for social networking

  • November 8, 2010

    i use echfon for the iphone ..it is easier then the ” twitter.com “

  • December 13, 2010

    Tweetdeck is really a great program!!!
    It lays out all my Dms, my feed, and it lays out a feed for tags that I search, too.
    It’s my favorite.
    And it lets me tweet from different twitter accounts and it also can connect to facebook.

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