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98 Twitter Tools : Software Developer’s Ultimate Guide

Software Developer’s Ultimate Guide to Twitter Tools

So you’ve heard about this thing called Twitter. As much as you try, you can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere on the Web. And as a developer, you’ve probably tried it out, got hooked and became an official Twitter addict. But there’s something missing – a feature you can’t find; a convenience you need; a functionality you wish your Twitter tool had.

If only you could find a tool that had the features of one application and the functionality of another, right? Why not develop your own mashup tool? Despite the many Twitter tools online, there’s always room for another. The trick is finding the right resources. Tech resources are the first part; finding the inspiration for your own tool is the second. To help, we’ve made up a collection of the most useful Twitter tutorials around and the most popular Twitter tools online.

Get inspired right here with a software development guide made especially for Twitter developers.

It takes some inspiration, a bit of know-how and a few handy related tutorials along the way, but you also need the basics. Make sure you have these Twitter library resources handy before you start.

RubyForge

1. Twitter API Wiki Home

2. Twittut — Twitter programming for dummies

3. RubyForge – Ruby Class for interacting with the Twitter API

4. Python-Twitter – A Python wrapper around the Twitter API

5. Twitter Class – PHP Twitter wrapper class to interact with the Twitter API

6. JTwitter – Java Library for working with the Twitter API

Keeping updated on friends, personal branding, passing on information—for whatever reason they’re made, Twitter accounts are a hot commodity, high in demand. However, the Twitter backgrounds and colours they provide users with can leave you with a LOT of room for improvement.

With the Twitter API handy and your favorite developer tools though, you can start developing tools that’ll personalize Twitter accounts even further than Twitter itself will let you.

These tools and tutorials on account creation and customization are just a starting point for what you can do with username tools, background customization tools, and icons, images and buttons.

Username Lookup Tools

If you’re looking to create more than one account, be warned: it can be difficult to come up with a user name that you like and that’s available. Make it easier for yourself and test out a few of these tools.

7. Domain Pigeon – Domain Pigeon is the number one place to find out which Twitter names are still up for grabs.

8. Tweetname – Lets you find Twitter domain names straight from the web or from your mobile phone. It’s a handy must have functionality with the popularity of mobile tech.

9. Tweexchange – This online tool is being branded as “the fatestest Twitter Username and Domain name search EVER!” Find out why.

Backgrounds and Customization Tools

Customization tools are definitely in high demand. A few of the best online resources and tools might give you some ideas on a background idea or a background generation tool. Find out what these sites have to offer you.

Twitpaper

10. Twitpaper.com – Twitpaper.com is the site to check if you want contemporary and cool Twitter backgrounds.

11. Twitter Background Checker – To check if your Twitter background page works, a function like the one Twitter Background Checker has to offer is a great way to do so.

12. Twitter Backgrounds – Users love to customize. If you’re savvy with the graphics, check out a number of free Twitter backgrounds that everyone’s checking out.

Icons / Images / Buttons

Where would Twitter users be without the ability to click on a Twitter icon, button or image? Users love clean, easy to read and eye catching buttons. Try making yours just as cool as these ones.

Twitter Buttons

13. TwitterImage.com – A person’s image on Twitter is important. At TwitterImage.com, you’ll find ways of making the right image for Twitter users.

14. Twitter Buttons – Offers unique and free Twitter Follow Me buttons for your blogs, websites, and online profiles.

15. 31 Logos and Buttons For Twitter – Blog Marketing Web 2.0 et Techno may be a site completely in French, but you don’t need a translation to appreciate the style of these buttons and logos.

16. Twitter My Site – It’s a necessity to make it easy for people to follow you on Twitter. Do it with a customized button like the ones found here.

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

Take a look at these related tutorials. Here’s where you literally get to customize your own customization tools and ideas! They help you do exactly what they say they do.

Give A Personalized Touch to Your Twitter Page

Pixel Perfect Background Photoshop Template

Custom Twitter Backgrounds Tips for Better Readability

Build Your Own Social Home

GoDaddy Wants You to Go Twitter

Once a Twitter account is up, the fun begins. Usually the next thing needed is to add people to the account, but that first involves searching for people, aka Followers. This is one of the major reasons why Twitter search engines and directories are popular Twitter tools.

But with search engines and directories especially geared towards working with Twitter, users can find others conveniently. Here’s a variety of online searching tools that can get you started on building your network quickly.

Tools for Finding People by Interest

These people finding tools are perhaps the best starting point as they can help tailor your following network immensely.

Mr. Tweet

17. Twollow – This tool is cool because it lets users discover others with the same interests, and lets users automatically follow them based on keywords.

18. Whoshouldifollow – Users may find it tough to find people to follow. Whoshouldifollow makes it easier by making suggestions on interesting people to follow.

19. Twubble – Twubble “searches your friend graph and picks out people who you may like to follow”.

20. Mr. Tweet – Search tools can goes even so far as to help you recommend and find relevant Twitter followers.

21. Justtweetit – Justtweetit is popular because it makes finding other Twitter users as easy as choosing a category.

22. Twitseeker – This tool finds users based upon what Twitter users are talking about.

Twitter Directories

Yet, sometimes, as a Twitter user, you aren’t looking for an individual Twitter profile. Sometimes it’s a company profile you’re looking for. See how these Twitter directories can come in handy for you.

wefollow

23. Twitterectory – A popular online directory of Twitter profiles.

24. Twello -The Yellow Pages of Twitter with all the same conveniences.

25. Twitterholic – This site is popular because it lets users find the top 1000 Twitter users and accounts easily—celebrities included.

26. WeFollow – The Twitter directory that lets you find popular Twitter profiles by tags.

27. Twibs – A Twitter directory designed for finding out which businesses are on Twitter.

28. Twit4.com – Twit4.com makes the list because it allows users to conveniently look up twitter accounts related to companies they’re interested in.

29. Geofollow – Another Twitter directory, but location based to help users find other Tweeters in a certain geographical area.

Search Engine

Each search engine in this section comes with its own special feature that makes searching for people and things on Twitter easy. Get some inspiration for a search engine that you can add to your own Twitter projects and tools.

30. TwitterTroll.com – As the site says, “TwitterTroll.com is the coolest real-time Twitter search engine!”

31. Twitter Search – One of the most popular Twitter search engines that lets users see what’s happening on Twitter.”

32. Tweet Scan – Another great searching tool for Twitter. One special feature of TweeScan is that it notifies its users with email updates when their keywords come up on Twitter.

33. Twazzup – Its landing page may look simple and uneventful, but when a search word is typed in, Twazzup offers a lot to ensure users find what they need—popular links, real-time tweets, trendmakers and featured tweets.

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

With the above searching tools, you may already have some ideas on what to add to your own. These additional tutorials provide you with easy instructions on a small range of things you can do to your own Twitter search engine.

Search for People on Twitter

Searching through your Twitter archive

Using the Twitter Search API

Simple PHP Twitter Search Ready to use in your Web Projects

Once a Twitter account is up, the fun begins. Usually the next thing needed is to add people to the account, but that first involves searching for people, aka Followers. This is one of the major reasons why Twitter search engines and directories are popular Twitter tools.

But with search engines and directories especially geared towards working with Twitter, users can find others conveniently. Here’s a variety of online searching tools that can get you started on building your network quickly.

Tools for Screening Followers

On the Web, it’s easy to be paranoid about the people in your immediate network. With dozens of followers, these tools can tell you which users to keep and which users to bypass. Trust us, it’s necessary.

Foller.me

34. TweepSearch – TweepSearch lets Twitter users search not only their followers’ location information, but also their bio.

35. TwitterSheep – This one lets users see a tag cloud from the bios of their Twitter followers.

36. The ReTweetability Index – Here’s a tool that measures a follower’s tweets—if they’re retweetable or not. A good tool for finding out the most influential users on Twitter.

37. Foller.me – According to the site, Foller.me “can provide you with the most detailed information about a specific Twitter user in the least amount of time!”

Tools for Mass Adding Followers

Adding a mass amount of followers isn’t as hard as it sounds. There are a few tools that can turn the lengthy and time consuming task into a few clicks. Take a look.

38. TweepMe – TweepMe is the easiest way to get new followers. How it works: “When a new member joins, every other member automatically follows the new member, and the new member follows them back.”

39. Twitterator – With this tool, users can follow a bunch of other Twitter users in one shot.

40. ifollowback (Beta) – iFollowBack.com is similar to the above tools—users agree to follow back other members of iFollowBack.com.

41. Twannabe (Beta) – For this tool, users can enter in their “Twitter hero” to find out who he’s following so they can follow the same people he is.

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

Do you still feel like something’s missing? A few handy tutorials related to adding Followers might just be what you’re looking for.

Tracking Twitter Traffic Trick

Automate linking to Twitter users

Twitter is all about up-to-the minute posts. It’s great when you have a ton of followers that want to hear what’s going on with you, but when you finally build up a network, you’re then faced with the problem of able to follow all the people you’ve added.

Don’t worry. You won’t have to chain yourself to your desktop in order to update over 1,000 or more people. The right combination of mass managing and mass following tools can have you checking in on your Twitter account less than 5 times a day (less than 20 if you’re a Twitter addict).

Here, we’ve got managing, tracking, monitoring and analyzing tools which can definitely make following 1,000 Twitter users manageable.

Managing Your followers

Users always need a way of managing their followers whether it be a single user or 500, a few tools can make it easy to manage a large account.

GroupTweet

42. TwitterLocal – TwitterLocal is an example of what Adobe AIR can do for Twitter. The app lets users filter Tweets by location.

43. Twitter Groups – Users can get easily connected with their groups by using Twitter Groups.

44. GroupTweet – Once a user creates a Twitter group, he can broadcast quick messages and updates to them instantly.

45. Twitter100 – Twitter 100 makes it a bit easy to handle a number of followers. See up to 100 followers at a glance.

46. Tweader – Tweader is a new way to get Twitter conversations into a readable view which users can manage. Just entering the tweet’s ID will do it.

47. Mattinator – Here’s a handy tool to get you tweeting on a number of accounts simultaneously.

48. TwitterFriends (Beta) – TwitterFriends helps a user decide which followers are best for his relevant follower network with a tag cloud showing their tweeting stats.

Tracking Tools

Part of the problem with following a large number of people is being able to track things—tweets, URLs, replies, conversations … the list goes on. If this sounds familiar, then this category is just the thing for you.

Tweetburner

49. Twitterless (Beta) – Twitterless does a number of things: posts to Twitter from the browser address bar, lets user set privacy and blocking options, and filters followers. It also keeps track of followers, a user’s follower history and why users lose or gain followers.

50. Tweetbeep – With Tweetbeep, users get to keep track of conversations that mention them with hourly updates thrown in.

51. TwitterCounter – Described as the Feedburner for Twitter, TwitterCounter shows you how many people are subscribed to you.

52. Tweetburner – This tool tracks the links users share on Twitter and Friendfeed.

53. Re-Tweetist – Re-Tweetist helps users discover popular trends, topics and people by tracking Retweets across Twitter.

54. Tracking Twitter – Here’s a real-time track listing of the top media, entertainment, and consumer product feeds currently being posted on Twitter.

Monitoring Tools

Monitoring tools are must have in your Twitter toolbox. They make it easier for you to keep an eye on how things are going and in which direction they’re headed, whether it be the latest trends or your closest followers.

55. Tweethive – Tweethive easily creates channels to monitor Twitter across multiple accounts and even has the tools that’ll let users interact and manage your Twitter contacts.

56. Tweet-Rank – Tweet-Rank provides users with the relevance of each tweet by checking how much followers are won or lost with each tweet.

57. Twist – A site that depicts trends that are going on in Twitter.

58. Monitter – A Twitter monitor that lets you “monitter” Twitter for a set of keywords. It ultimately keeps watch on what people are saying.

59. TweetStats – TweetStats graphs a user’s Twitter Stats including Tweets per hour, Tweets per month, Tweet timeline, reply statistics.

60. Alltop – Here’s a great online aggregator news site that gives Twitter users a heads up on everything that’s going on in the Twitter world.

Analyzing Tools

Twitter analyzing tools are another great way of staying on top of your account. But are you looking to analyze something specific in a certain way?Get some hints from the list below.

Twitalyzer

61. TwitterMass – Users looking to reach existing or new customers can turn to TwitterMass. They’ve got tools to spark a conversation and manage a Twitter user’s reputation.

62. Twitter Grader – Users can analyze how their own Twitter account is doing, while keeping updated on the power and authority of their profile.

63. Tweetwasters – Spending a lot of time on Twitter? Users can find out exactly how much with Tweetwasters.

64. Twendz – This tool hightlights Twitter threads that revolve around certain themes.

65. Twitalyzer – Twitalyzer evaluates a Twitter user’s relative influence, signal-to-noise ratio, generosity, clout, and other useful measures of success in social media.

66. Twinfluence – With Twinfluence users can measure the combined influence of their own profile and their followers.

Tutorials Tips and Tricks

When you need help, look to a few of these tutorials that can help point you in the right direction

Twitter Followers Counter Tutorial

Set and Retrieve Twitter user status

How to Make a Unique Website for your Twitter updates

Twitter: Send Message From a PHP page using Twitter API

A Desktop Twitter Client Built on AIR

How to Run Multiple Twitter Feeds on the same page

Getting your Twitter account in working order is important. Being able to publish and manage your Tweets online through RSS feeds, blogging, browser plug ins and with plain old usage tools is half the battle. The other half is trying to do it efficiently.

This category has the tools that can do just that.

Twitter Account & Usage Tools

The following Twitter essentials are just that—essential. They’re the tools you suddenly realize you need in the middle of your daily Twitter routine.

Twittermail

67. Twittermail – With Twittermail, it’s possible to post tweets directly to your Twitter account with an email address provided by Twittermail.

68. Socialtoo – SocialToo can help users keep their follower lists in sync across different networks, while getting daily updates.

69. Tweet Backup – With the amount of tweeting going on, tweets can quickly accumulate. This tool can help back up a user’s favourite tweets.

70. Tweet O’Clock – Because Tweeters come from different time zones around the world, Tweet O’Clock cleverly works out the day and time when certain users will be using Twitter.

71. LinkBunch – Sharing a bunch of links on Twitter can be a bit tedious to the recipient. Check out this handy tool that takes a bunch of links and puts them together in one small “LinkBunch” link.

WordPress Plugins

If you’ve got a WordPress blog, then you’re probably itching to get it to work with your Twitter account in some way and in a smooth way. Here are a few plug ins that might do just what you’re looking for.

72. WordTwit – This tool keeps a user’s Twitter contacts updated on his own blog by automatically pushing a published post to his Twitter account as a tweet.

73. Commentwitter Plugin – A tool like Commentwitter helps a blog’s commenting section by letting a user send his comments on a blog posting to Twitter, allowing other people to follow the comments as well.

74. Simple Twitter Link – Simple Twitter Link returns a URL to Twitter with a user’s post/page URL within it.

75. Twitt-Twoo – Twitt-Twoo is a nifty plugin that lets users update their Twitter status right from their blog’s sidebar.

76. TweetSuite – A Twitter-WordPress integration plugin that includes TweetBacks, a ReTweet-This buttons for each TweetBack, A digg-like Tweet-This Button, Automatic Tweeting of new posts and more.

RSS to Twitter Tools

And, no—we didn’t forget about the RSS tools. They’re an important part of keeping readers and yourself updated on the latest. The RSS to Twitter tools give you a few ideas on some Twitter-blogging action.

Twitterfeed

77. TweetBacks – Works like trackbacks for blogs, but lists Tweets about a specific post instead.

78. RSS2twitter (Beta) – An RSS to Twitter posting tool that lets users do just that–publish blogging content to Twitter directly.

79. Add Twitter RSS – Adds a user’s Twitter RSS link to their blog header. Simple, easy and essential.

80. Twitterfeed – With Twitter Feed, users can display the latest tweets from their accounts.

Browser Plugins

The best things about Firefox is its customizing plug ins. They’re created by developers exactly like yourself who saw a browser need, the opportunity to develop and did it. What’s your Firefox Twittering need?

81. Tw-autocompete 1.4 – A “simple add-on for Firefox that adds autocomplete support for @-messages and d-messages to Twitter.com”.

82. Feedly – A cool tool that can put Twitter content into a fun start page on Firefox.

83. TwitterBar – TwitterBar conveniently lets users post to Twitter from the Firefox address bar.

84. TwitterFox – This simple extension notifies users of any updated tweets on Twitter with an icon on the status bar.

85. Twitzer – A definite must-have that lets users post more than the usual 140 characters on Twitter.

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tutorials for further publishing, managing and using Twitter with blogs, websites and webpages.

Develop a Twitter Landing Page

How To: Run Multiple Twitter Feeds on the Same Page

How to Display Your Twitter Status Message in a Speech Bubble in WordPress

How to Build a Maintainable Site Using CushyCMS and Twitter

Add Sign in with Twitter to your WordPress Comments Template in 3 Steps

How to Create an RSS-Enabled, Micro-Blog with Twitter

At last, one of the things you may dread is a network filled with users you no longer follow or relate to. This is normal. There’ll always be a time when you may want to get rid of some followers. Power users oftentimes change, remove or add followers on a regular basis.

We give you a small guide on how to go about.

Tools for Filtering and Managing Unwanted Followers

Here’s where you start dealing with unwanted followers. These tools help you to first filter out the unwanted followers based upon tweets and updates.

86. Nest Unclutterer – The Nest Unclutterer should be a staple for all Twitter accounts as it helps users weed out the Tweeters you don’t want in your “nest”.

87. Twitoria – A tool that tells users which of their followers haven’t posted an update in a while.

88. Mycleenr – “The best way to clean your Twitter contact list”. It lets users sort out their friends according to their last tweets.

Tools for Annoying Followers

Believe it or not, there are tools that can help you with annoying Followers. You can definitely find some inspiration for a similar functionality to add to your own Twitter project.

89. follow Cost – The ability to find out how annoying Tweeters are before actually following them is definitely something all Tweeters should have.

90. Twalala – In addition to letting users control what they see in their Twitter stream, Twalala is also a handy little mute button for Twitter.

91. TwitBlocker – Here’s a greasemonkey script that lets users temporarily remove tweets from their timeline. Perfect for putting the chatty Tweeters on hold.

92. TwitterSnooze – As you can tell from its name, TwitterSnooze is the snooze button for Twitter.

Tools for Mass Unfollowing

Some of the mass unfollowing tools can help you get rid of a number of Followers in one click. Below are some of the best around.

Friend or Follow

93. TopFollowFriday.com – TopFollowFriday.com tells a user who endorses him, and who endorses whom!

94. Friend or Follow – Users can find out easily who’s following them back and who they’re not following back themselves. An absolute Twitter necessity for power accounts.

95. Tweepler – With its added “ignore” bucket feature, Tweepler makes it easy for you to stop following the Tweeters you don’t want to follow back.

96. Qwitter – Qwitter sends out an email notification to users when they lose a follower.

97. Twitter Karma – Essentially a pagination navigation tool that also contains a bulk unfollowing features.

98. Mutuality – This tool can perform mass follower tasks including mass unfollowing.

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

When in doubt about how to unfollow users properly with your own tools, try looking here for some handy tips on doing it right and doing it well.

How to Unfollow with Class

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  • http://www.paintingdenver.net/ Cal Phillips

    Very Cool!

  • http://www.chrisranjana.com/ Web Development Company

    VEry well done. That is the power of releasing the API of an application. IT helps 3rd party developers to develop new applications based on twitter api.

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  • http://solvingsocial.wordpress.com/ Mary Jo BehrmanGartner

    This is an incredibly comprehensive list, with a number of terrific tools. I direct the social media team at our agency, and I recently posted our top 5 tools and how we use them: http://solvingsocial.wordpress.com.
    Since we rely on a whole team to manage various brand campaigns, we have to keep things pretty streamlined. With all of the new tools popping up every day, it can be so daunting. Many of the tools provide inaccurate information or provide stats that don't really have much meaning on to the bottom line.
    Do you have favorites from this list that you use regularly?
    Thanks

  • http://www.beasocialnetworker.cm Stefanie Blackburn

    Great list of applications. Thank you for sharing! I have used several of these – but need to investigate a few that you have shared.

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