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3 Creative Tools For Power Twitter Users

There are a lot of tools for Twitter out there. We’ve all heard of the big ones: that’s not what this post is going to entail. What I’d like to dive into are some creative tools for Twitter that I haven’t seen a lot of people use, and that you can start to implement so you’ll be ahead of the pack!

Posting Statuses To Twitter At The Perfect Time – Timely.is

You might never have stopped to think about this, but… are you tweeting at the right time? I mean, to the vast majority of people, using Twitter amounts to nothing but tweeting something when they feel like doing it, and trusting their followers will get the message, read it and process it.

The truth is that sending a tweet when nobody is around is almost the same as not sending it. The tweet will become buried by all the messages that come after it. That is a simple, unavoidable fact. (more…)

Tweetdeck Officially Launches for Android

It’s about time! The ever popular twitter app, Tweetdeck, has finally come to Android. Just announced, Tweetdeck 1.0 can now be downloaded after a few months of beta testing.

Tweetdeck had a whopping 36,000 beta testers prior to this launch in an effort to make sure the app worked without fail. (more…)

Create Collaborative Newsstreams with Twitter and MyTweetMag

“There’s no such thing as information overload, there’s only filter failure.”

This famous quote from Clay Shirky exactly describes the purpose of MyTweetMag: Twitter is a perfect tool for sharing information and links. But on busy days you might get in trouble when you try to filter the rich news out of the endless twitter-stream. MyTweetMag wants to help you to curate the twitter-stream together with your twitter-friends and to create a collaborative newsstream for a certain topic.

And this is how it works: Join the platform with your twitter-account, add some co-editors, select a hashtag and return to twitter.

In the future, MyTweetMag will import all tweet-links marked with the hashtag and transform them into a clean stream of headlines and abstracts. The plattform also provides a plugin to integrate the newsstream into any wordpress-blog.

What to use it for? Use it as a collaborative bookmarking-tool, a social news platform or a recommendation stream for your blog-audience. It’s up to you!

Wet & Salty Tweets: The Ocean on Twitter

Tweeting about stuff that is happening in and around oceans and shorelines can be a challenge. The reason? How do I tweet about a threatened dolphin pod in Japan, a sea lion rookery in California, an exploding oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, a fancy new marina in Dubai, a diving spot in the Philippines, or a a great surfing spot in Fiji? What is the URL of a place in or on the water? (more…)

Stream Twitter on TVs in real-time at events, concerts, presentations and more.

Have you ever been at a concert and wondered what the rest of the audience is thinking? Or been at a presentation and had a good point to add? Or at a nightclub and wanted to request a song but not deal with the security surrounding the DJ? Well, there’s a great way to do all this and more.

Connecting Twitter to TVs or projecting it on a screen at your events will add a whole new level of audience participation. Plus, you can grow your list of followers at every event. Creating a live Twitter feed to aggregate tweets sent to users, from users, or including keywords or hashtags can be quite a task.

You can run a real-time search using TweetDeck but it isn’t really optimized for screen and your audience will be squinting.

You can try to build your own Twitter feed widget but it’s a pretty daunting task involving JQuery, JavaScripting, CSS and HTML knowledge.

There’s an easier way. StreamTwitter is a little script designed for streaming tweets in real-time to any video source. Just open the script, change your search term, switch the graphics to be your own (optional) and connect your laptop to your video source. It’s optimized for TV screen resolution and looks amazing. It updates automatically with beautiful jQuery sliding effects. It can filter out bad words if desired. It is the easiest and best way to have a live Twitter feed streaming tweets including your desired search term at your events. It also comes with easy-to-follow instructions and 3 months of support if you have any questions.

If you’ve got experience with StreamTwitter, or any questions, please feel free to share in the comments!

Twitter Stalking via SMS

So you’ve always been able to “Twitter Stalk” someone by just going to their Twitter page (example: www.twitter.com/personyoustalk) but now there’s an easier way, via your cell phone.

Twitter’s launched this with the idea that you can get Twitter updates from your favorite companies, as many tend to tweet out offers that are only available to the Twitterati. However now you can utilize “Fast Follow” by texting “follow USERNAME” to 40404. You’ll then start receiving all of updates from that user via texts on your phone.

Personally, I do use the mobile interface for Twitter, but really only for DMs (direct messages). It’s kind of like text messaging to me that way. Not sure I’ll ever use “Fast Follow” but it’s nice that it’s so much more easily available to those of us without super computers for phones!

PS – Currently, “Fast Follow” is only available in the US, but they say they’re working on implementing it for other countries.

Twitter Unicode Hashtags

Twitter #hashtag in Hebrew

It as occurred to me that Twitter has no support for non-Latin hashtags. However some people use them anyway, so I wrote this Greasemonkey script that adds that support. It should work with any language, highlighting them and adding a search link.

I hope in the upcoming days also to add support for the ‘more’ button, making it an integral part of twitter usage. Download it here.

Measuring Twitter Sentiment – UpprDwnr

Over the past few months, the outcry for ways to measure public sentiment online has grown exponentially. As more and more companies scramble to take the reins, we realize that these products are not only incredibly expensive, but they are also very inaccurate.

I am co-creator of upprdwnr, a tool that measures public sentiment on twitter. Think of us as the first iteration of a Twitter “like” button. All users have to do is simply add an #uppr or #dwnr hastag to their tweets, and our site measures that with the rest of the world.

As others try to find the pixie dust to accurately measure what people are saying, we ask users to use the hashtags that makes their voice louder than ever.

ChumpDump – A New Unfollow Game for Twitter

ChumpDump is a new Twitter unfollow game for Google Android and Apple iPhone.

We think you’ve got too many chumps in your friends list. Friends are today’s 21st century currency in life. You see it in every social network, this obsession with collecting friends. But how many of them are really friends? (more…)

Twitter XMPP Instant Messaging with Treegger

Treegger has launched a service allowing Twitter users to chat in real time using an XMPP client such as Miranda, Pigdim, Adium, iChat (see the list here).

Messages exchanged during conversation are not stored or published on the web or anywhere else.

Bidirectional relationships (people followed and following you) are set as chat friends so if you are a massive twitter user with tons of followers don’t expect to see them if you are not following them. Unfortunately, this service is probably unusable with classic client software if you have thousand of bidirectional relations.