I have been trying for a while now to finish writing a beginner’s guide to Twitter; I suppose I will finish it, some day, but I realised it was quickly becoming a list of links to various applications and resources.
So in the meanwhile I thought I should just offer those here, as a reference sheet for your convenience.
Twitter resources on limeshot.com
Well, obviously I have to start by blowing my own horn.
- Twitter badges – some 47 free Follow me buttons in various colours.
- How to use the Twitter badges on your website or blog
- Twitter backgrounds – again, some 30 something backgrounds in various colours, plus a transparent one (including just the Twitter bird).
Twitter resources on the web
- Randa Clay’s Twitter buttons. Probably the first free Twitter buttons available on the web.
- More buttons on Siah Design
Twitter search and monitoring
- Twitter Search – the official search engine; comes with advanced options as well. This is the base for all the other monitoring/search tools out there and as such a good place to start.
- Monitter - monitor the twitter world for a set of up to 3 keywords and watch what people are saying, in real time.
- TwitScoop – monitor what’s hot, chosen keywords or users
- UseQwitter – be informed when people stop following you (I don’t want to know, personally, but if you really want to feel rejected this is a good tool).
- FriendorFollow – this tool tells you who you’re following that’s not following you back, and who’s following you that you’re not following back. Should be a Twitter default function in my opinion.
Popularity contest tools
- TwitterGrader – measures the power of a user profile. Rank provided as a percentile. It is normalised and as such it has become tougher and tougher to get a high grade as the Twitter user base has expanded. Also provides local and global elite user lists.
- RetweetRank – ranks your user profile based on how often your posts get retweeted. I’m doing really bad, I just got a 0 percentile grade. Hm…
Random, funny apps
Best of the lot in my opinion…
- TwitSnip – a bookmarklet for easy posting to Twitter. It lets you “quote” text on any web page. It does nifty things like looking up the @user for the website and linking back to the source. It shortens the URL too. It even tries to shorten the length of the tweet (when needed) using a twitabulary of short words. Love this one, very useful for twittering about blogs or other social media sites with proper attribution.
- TwitterKeys – they give you a lot of UTF8 characters in a little bookmarklet, that you can copy and paste in your Twitter posts (TwitterDeck users: enable International Fonts first, under Settings)
- Flip my Text – flips any text upside down then you can copy and paste it into Twitter or anywhere else. It’s rather amusing trying to read it afterward…
- SecreetTweet – tweet your secrets anonymously! Have a crush on the boss and need to tell the world (then hope he’s somehow find out)? This is the way to do it.
- FollowCost – I really like this one; it tells you how annoying would it be to follow a given user. For example how many updates per day, how many of those are about politics and how many are @ replies. I seem to have way too many replies, gotta stop, gotta stop! Anyway, it also comes with a bookmarklet.
Twitter directories, information and how-to websites
More and more are showing up on the web, but these are a few I find useful:
- The official Twitter API wiki – invaluable if you are trying to build a Twitter app of any sort, do some data mining, or monitor keywords and trends without using a third party app.
- JustTwitIt – Twitter user directory, by industry and location. Very useful for finding new friends.
- TwitterApps – very comprehensive list of Twitter applications. Lots and lots of them. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t give out your username and password to all of them.
- TwitTown – a bit more technical, offers reviews of Twitter applications, plugins and hacks, some very quirky indeed.
Feel free to suggest additions to this list, and if they are relevant in my opinion I’ll add them here.