I received a tweeted message from ‘twopcharts London’ on 6 July notifying me that it was the 6th anniversary of the day I joined twitter. This led me to check out ‘twopcharts‘ which was where the message originated.
Despite my continued ambivalence about the business benefits of twitter I continue to be an active and enthusiastic user. I’m also interested in related stats and twopcharts offered me two new ones. I’ve noted them below for posterity and have also then shared a note about my favourite twitter tools. These have evolved over time.
Firstly a couple of stats from twopcharts.com that are not otherwise available from twitter:
I’m included in over 240 twitter lists curated by other people. I think that’s more than most, which is nice.
And apparently I’m among the top 5,000 tweeters in London. Not sure if that’s really worth celebrating!
On my computer I typically use hootsuite to track tweets by those I follow, tweets that mention me, conversations I’m having, tweets by those on my twitter lists and tweets I have sent. I only open this a couple of times each day – to avoid being constantly distracted.
I very rarely ever visit twitter.com other than occasionally to see how many people I have listed in the various lists that I curate. You can follow any of these lists if you want to see the tweets from the type of people listed – without having to follow each of the tweeters individually.
On my iphone I rely on the echofon app to read and post tweets as I find it more user-friendly than the mobile twitter app. I also rely on buffer – see below.
Every now and then I visit:
manageflitter – this allows me to check out who I follow and who follows me by ref to various criteria – such as how active or inactive they are. I may then choose to unfollow some of them. I do this as I like to track the ratio of ‘real’ people I follow and equally those who follow me. I’ve never been keen on playing the game of following others to get them to follow me. If I did I might well have more followers but doubt they would be interested or ‘listening’ at all. This is why I tend to think that the ratio of followers to those you follow is informative as well as the number of followers.
Twitter counter – this lets me track movement in the number of my tweets and followers etc
twtrland – I recommend this as a way to find tweeters you might want to follow in any profession or with any specific interests.
Buffer – this is a wonderful aid. It allows me to spread out my tweets across the day even though I might have written them all, found interesting links or spotted items to ReTweet during a ten minute splurge first thing in the day. My buffer account is synchronised with my home computer, my chrome toolbar, my echofon account and my iphone. Buffer also provides stats about the tweets it has managed. How often have the links been clicked, and the tweets been retweeted or favourited. I am frequently disappointed by the low figures in each case.
Which other twitter apps and sites do you use and rate?