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17 Terrific Twitter Tools, 20 Firefox Plugins, 10 Tips To Make Twitter Fun

People love Twitter, Twitter is an amazing service that we all love, everyday we notice a new twitter tool or service that makes using it more easy and fun.

Whether you want to have a full Twitter client inside of your browser, or just the ability to share parts of a site, a whole Web page or just the URL of the site you are reading, there is a tool for you. Take a look through these 245+ tools and 10 tips, there is sure to be something that appeals to you.

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1. Twitter Mail
When you provide your Twitter credentials they supply you with a TwitterMail email address. For instance abcdef1234@twittermail.com. If you send an email to that address it will be posted to Twitter.com. Also you can receive your latest twitter-replies automatically by e-mail

2. Twitter Feed
This is a fantastic application that automatically post your blog entries to your twitter account by using a tweet feed

3. TweetDeck
Aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information i.e twitter feeds, and breaking it down into more manageable bite sized pieces. TweetDeck enables users to split their main feed (All Tweets) into topic or group specific columns allowing a broader overview of tweets.

4. Just Tweet It
Just Tweet It was created to make it easier for people using the popular micro-blogging service Twitter to find other “Tweeters” with similar interests.

5. Twitturly
Twitturly is a service for tracking what URLs people are talking about as they talk about them on Twitter.

Check out these nice backgrounds and use it to style your twitter page.

7. LessFriends
Do the people you follow on Twitter, follow you? Find out.

8. Snitter
Snitter is “Snook’s Twitter”: an Adobe AIR-powered application for twittering. Features include: auto-updates tweet list, highlights messages sent to you via @ syntax (and makes a chirp), clear current list of tweets, refresh list of tweets, view 20 most recent items in your timeline and more…

9. EasyTweets
EasyTweets is a set of tools that can help online marketers leverage the power of microblogging. You can use it to post to and switch between multiple Twitter accounts in seconds, check replies, and track new followers.

10. StrawPollNow
Run your own poll on twitter with the new StrawPoll Platform, where you can use your own Twitter account to ask the questions you find interesting.

11. TwitterKeys
TwitterKeys is a javascript bookmarklet developed to provide you with a floating window with all the funny symbols you can use in Twitter. Emoticons, warning symbols, religious symbols, and more are a part of the palette of characters available to you via TwitterKeys. So you can actually write something like this: “I’m going to ? to ? in the morning after I make a ? to make sure my ? is ? with it. ? for now and don’t forget to ? and lets have ? soon!”

12. Quotably
An interesting services that enables people to follows threads woven throughout twitter conversations.

13. TweetBeep
TweetBeep is like Google Alerts for Twitter! Put in a keyword or website, and get emails when others tweet it!

14. Yoono
In a single browser sidebar, Yoono users can interact with the best of the Web by discovering, communicating, and sharing with frienStrawPollNowds across multiple networks and platforms all in one place. Gather all of your social networks in one place including Facebook, MySpace, iMeem, Twitter, Flickr, FriendFeed, Youtube, Last.fm, Seeqpod, Piczo.

15. twhirl
twhirl is a social software desktop client, based on the Adobe AIR platform. Some of twhirl’s features: runs on both Windows and Mac OSX, connects to multiple Twitter, laconi.ca, Friendfeed and seesmic accounts, notifications on new messages, shorten long URLs, post images to TwitPic and more…

16. Twemes
Twemes.com follows public Twitter.com tweets (messages) that have embedded tags that start with a # character. These are sometimes called hashtags. Through the use of twemes, we can all view what people are talking about across the whole Twitter universe.

17. Hashtags
hashtags are an easy way to track a specific topic or event such as the San Diego Fires using the Twitter network. This allows for hyper-instant communication surrounding disaster relief and reporting.

Firefox Plugins for twitter

As with all Firefox tool lists, we do recommend you don’t install all of these unless you want your browser to slow down considerably.



Friendbar - See your incoming tweets right in the toolbar as well as post updates of your own. Also works with Facebook friends.

Twitter Line - Displays incoming tweets from your friends timeline in a toolbar, and allows you to post updates to your own account.

Twitter StatusBar - A discrete tool that collapses into your status bar when not in use. Just click on the “T” symbol to bring it up and send out your latest update.

Twitter Toolbar - A toolbar that allows you to post updates any time you want as you browse. Also includes pre-written messages for common sayings on the service.

TwitBin - Opens up a Twitter client in your sidebar so you can send and read tweets no matter where you are on the Web without changing tabs or windows.

TwitKit - A sidebar Twitter client that breaks down into tabs for @replies, account stats, public timeline, sending tweets, your friends’ latest tweets and a list of all your followers.

TwitterBar - Type your tweets in the address bar and press the icon at the end to send them. Also allows you to easily tweet about the page you are currently looking at by leaving it in the address bar when you type out your message.

TwitterFox - A Twitter client for Firefox that will allow you to see your friend updates, add your own, retweet, delete read tweets from your stream and more.

BlogRovR - While mainly a tool to help you see linked blog posts as you surf the Web, you can also send out tweets about what you are reading and share them with your followers.

Clipmarks - Clip parts of a Web page that you specifically want to share, and then share them with all of your Twitter followers amongst other services.

DashBlog - DashBlog lets you easily tweet about items you find on the web such as videos, text, quotes, images and more. Also works with Tumblr WordPress and Blogger.

Feedly - A magazine style feed reader that allows you to tweet about any post you read and find interesting.

Mahalo Share - Share sites you find interesting across multiple services including Twitter.

Power Twitter - Power Twitter adds several features such as revealing the URL behind TinyURLs, embedding of YouTube videos, showing Flickr streams and a whole lot more.

StockTwits - A Firefox add-on that works with the StockTwits site. It will turn any StockTwits tagged tweets on the site into a link back to the StockTwits site so you can follow the conversation.

Tw-autocomplete - Allows for autocomplete of Twitter usernames for @ and D messages as you are typing them on the Twitter site.

TweetStalk - Adds a “Stalk” button next to the “Follow” button on Twitter so you can follow someone without them knowing it. Can also create an RSS feed of their tweets so you can read them in your favorite reader.

TwitThat
- A bookmarklet that lets you tweet about the current Web page you are reading.

TwitterEyes - An extension to be used specifically on the Twitter site that will keep track of your characters entered and assist you in shortening your message when necessary.

Twitter Search - The name says it all for this handy tool that gives you access to the real-time Twitter search.

TwittyTunes - Works with FoxyTunes to submit the songs you listen to that you wish to share with the Twitter community. If you choose not to use it with FoxyTunes, you can also post about sites and videos you are viewing.

Twitzer - Allows you to tweet messages longer than 140 characters by adding a link to the overflow text, you can also de-Twitzer text and have it displayed directly on the Twitter site

Yoono - Yoono allows you to combine various social networks, instant messengers and other tools into your sidebar, and allows you to send tweets no matter where you are on the World Wide Web at the time.

10 Great Tips That Will Make Twitter Better



1. Enable grouping of friends and followers

1. Enable grouping of friends and followers

Figure 1 shows tabs that you can use to quickly see tweets in a particular group.

Twitter’s increasing popularity has gotten many people on board and using the web application. With the growing number of active users comes the need for following more people.

The ability to create groups (or categories) of Twitter users that you follow can reduce the noise in your Twitter feed and can help you immediately see updates from particular groups of users.

For example, having a group for "co-workers" or "local tweeters" can help you quickly see what your co-workers are saying or find up-to-the-minute information on local events such as traffic accidents.

2. Auto Complete in Tweets


Auto Complete in Tweets

3. Text links in tweets
Text links in tweets

4. Tweets-threading

Tweets-threading

Twitter is a great source of information and is a wonderful forum for discussing various topics. Unfortunately, the current user interface doesn’t allow you to easily view a conversation between two or more people.

Figure 3 show how threaded comments could look.

Coupled with the "reply to" feature in the current user interface, threaded tweets can give users the chance to participate in (or follow along with) conversations taking place in several Twitter feeds.

Threaded tweets can also serve as a means for people to find other Twitter users that are interested in similar subjects of conversation.

5. Allow Tweets directed to a group of people ("group tweet")

Allow Tweets directed to a group of people (

Figure 4 shows a possible syntax for tweets directed to a group of users using a double @ synax.

With companies and communities joining in on the fun, the ability to tweet to a group of Twitter users offers a convenient way of specifically targeting a set of people. For example, if you wanted to tweet to your co-workers, the syntax could be:

@@friends I'll be a little late for our lunch date, start ordering without me.

The double @ serves to differentiate a tweet directed to a single user from one that’s directed to a group of users.

6. Display meta data through hover tooltips

Display meta data through hover tooltips

A tooltip is an effective graphical user interface element that allows users to view more information when they hover or click on a text or object of interest without having to leave the current web page. They enable information-gathering with fewer clicks and fewer pages to visit.

One way tooltips can be helpful is in seeing the bio information of a Twitter user when you hover over their username on your Twitter feed. If you see a username mentioned in an interesting Twitter update, simply hover over the name to see more information about the user that was mentioned.

7. Use the sidebar more effectively to display information


Use the sidebar more effectively to display information

Figure 5 shows a "Recent @Replies" and "Popular #hashtags" section on the side bar.

Twitter can utilize the right sidebar more effectively by showing relevant information and statistics. For example, a "Most Recent Replies" section or a "Most Used #hashtags" section can be very helpful in showcasing the latest activities and the hottest topics.

8. Add a page that displays tweets mentioning your username

Add a page that displays tweets mentioning your username

9. Highlight specific users, deemphasize others in feed

Highlight specific users, deemphasize others in feed

Figure 6 shows the first tweet as being highlighted, and the second tweet being deemphasized. The third tweet is how tweets normally look like in the current interface.

Users who follow many people run into the trouble of Twitter feed overload where there’s just too much going on and too many tweets to read. The ability to mark favorite Twitter users, as well as deemphasize users that you don’t care much about (but still want to follow for some reason), can give users better visual queues on what to pay attention to first when perusing one’s Twitter feed.

10. Add a Built-in URL shortener

Add a Built-in URL shortener

With Twitter’s current user interface, hyperlinks are counted towards your 140 character count limit even if it gets reduced in length by a URL-shortening service like TinyURL.com after you hit the "Update" button.

One way to allow users to enter more text - without having to go to another website just to shorten URL’s - is to have a built-in URL-shortening feature. This would not only save user’s some time, but also eliminates the need to rely on other websites to perform an action that should really be handled within the system.

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