14 Tools of Highly Effective Twitter Users

Social Media

by Kenny Hyder

A collec­tion of the 14 best tools avai­la­ble to help you manage and maxi­mize twit­ter in alpha­be­ti­cal order!

Follow Cost

Enter a users twit­ter name:

Follow CostAnd it gives you a rating on how detri­men­tal it will be to follow that user:

Follow CostThe ratings are given in millis­co­bles, or 1/1000th of Robert Scoble’s twit­ter out­put. It also gives an index of what per­cen­tage of the user’s tweets are poli­ti­cal and what per­cen­tage are @replies. More of a fun tool really, but will still give you an accu­rate idea of how much the user will pollute your feed!



Hash­tags are a popu­lar way for twit­ter users to tweet and keep track of rele­vant que­ries in search.twitter.com, #hash­tags keeps up with popu­lar hash­tag tren­ding topics on twitter.



Ever want to follow someone on twit­ter, but didn’t want them to know you were follo­wing them? Yeah, me niether, but in case you ever did, there’s tweetstalk:

TweetStalkJust down­load the fire­fox, ins­tall, and stalk away!



Sta­tis­tics for twit­ter! TweetS­tats allows you to see all sorts of sta­tis­tics from your twit­ter account like, month to month tweet fre­quency, daily ave­rage tweet den­sity, aggre­gate hourly tweets, etc.. And, all of this without ente­ring a pass­word to your account, so you can see stats on others as well!



Twee­take is a tool that I think is indis­pen­sa­ble for anyone that con­ducts any sort of busi­ness on twit­ter. It allows you to down­load and save a copy of your twit­ter account. Follo­wers, Tweets, DMs, Favo­ri­tes, you can save them all as a csv down­load for safe­kee­ping. And if you’re as para­noid as I am about bac­kups, this will be one more thing to add to the list!



Twee­tSuite is a word­press plu­gin that is a con­ti­nua­tion of Tweet­Backs. The new and upgra­ded ver­sion inc­lu­des auto­ma­tic twee­ting of new posts, most twee­ted wid­get, recently twee­ted wid­get, tweet this but­ton, and seve­ral other twitter-tastic fea­tu­res to inter­grate into your word­press blog. It’s the ulti­mate twit­ter plu­gin for wordpress.



Twit­ter busi­ness direc­tory. Find busi­nes­ses on twit­ter. Nuff said.


Twi­Tip: Host Your Own Short URL

Twi­Tip is a great blog for twit­ter users, run by Darren Rowse of Pro­Blog­ger. In this post Darren wri­tes about how you can host your own short url ins­tead of using a ser­vice like tin­yurl. I per­so­nally per­fer to use kl.am but this is not a post on url shor­te­ning services!

Host Your Own Short URLhttp://www.twitip.com/how-to-host-your-own-short-urls/


Twit­Pic is pro­bably a ser­vice that you already use, or are at least fami­liar with. It’s most com­mon use is with cell pho­nes pos­ting pic­tu­res to twit­ter for you. I like it because it also tracks views on each photo, and you can login to Twit­Pic with your twit­ter username/pass and see all of the pho­tos you’ve ever posted.



Post to your twit­ter from your fire­fox address bar! If fire­fox was my main brow­ser, I’d totally use it.



Now this is a great idea, espe­cially for twit­ter addicts that don’t already have an iphone or a crack­berry. Twit­ter­cal lets you post events to your goo­gle calen­dar by sen­ding direct messages.



Yay for friends on twit­ter! It’s all about the con­ver­sa­tion right? Twit­ter­Friends is a neat tool that allows you to look at the con­ver­sa­tions you’re having with all sorts of sta­tis­tics inc­lu­ding: @replies recieved/day, links posted/day, ret­weet quo­tient, tweets/day, as well as the nor­mal to and from tweet ratios bet­ween you and other twit­ter users.


Twit­ter Grader

Twit­ter Gra­der is a twit­ter ran­king tool that gra­des your pro­file based on a num­ber of fac­tors and gives you a grade on a scale of 1–100, as well as a glo­bal rank in pro­por­tion to the rest of users. It is a fun tool that allows you to see just how “elite” your twit­ter pro­file is. I have done exten­sive blog­ging on this tool here: (1,2,3,4)

Twitter Graderhttp://twitter.grader.com/


Now, I have to say, this is just an awe­some name. Out of all the twit­ter mashup names, this is my favo­rite. Twuf­fer (hehe) is a twitter-buffer, that allows you to sche­dule and post-date tweets. Oh the possibilities!


I hope you enjo­yed the post and found some new tools you can use! Also be sure to check out twitip.com and don’t for­get to follow me on twit­ter! @kennyhyder ;)


Austin February 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

GREAT LIST! I mean, there are some great lists of services out there, but this one tops them out!

Advent Creative February 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Great list one of my favorites that is not on here is http://Socialtoo.com. It has a great set of tools for twitter and facebook. Thanks for the post found a couple new sites i want to check out.

Barry Hess February 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

Thanks for mentioning Follow Cost. We find it useful and are happy that others do as well. We have some other ideas in store as well, so look for ‘em!


Peter February 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm

My favourite site is http://www.twitterfall.com – awesome graphical interface showing tweets from the most popular trends fall from the top of the page in near-realtime.

Also doesn’t hit Twitter as hard as hundreds of people using search.twitter.com during big events.

Jalada February 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I recommend checking out http://twitterfall.com too – it’s a great complement to a site like Hashtags.org, and great for following conferences, events, or world news, in realtime. Twitterfall uses some clever Push technology for popular trends to ease load on Twitter, and means that you get new tweets via the Twitter search API VERY close to realtime (provided Twitter Search is keeping up!)

Tom Gray February 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Great list. Here’s a couple you might like cli.gs marries short urls to analytics so that I can see how many people have clicked on URLs I’ve included in my tweets. Very cool. And I also like http://twitter.polldaddy.com/ which is a very nice polling tool that can be used with twitter.

follow me at http://www.twitter.com/tomjgray

Alex Schleber February 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Pretty good list.

I’d mention that there is a better, though slightly more labor intensive (initially) solution for creating a “Roll Your Own” TinyUrl service, using a separate tweaked Wordpress install:


(the link itself is an example of what the redirect engine/url shorterner will look like, obviously with your own short domain)

Benefits: You own the stats/data (not budurl, etc.), you have complete control over the appearance of the URLs, meaningful URLs have higher click-through, using your own short domain looks custom and gets attention (you can redirect / straight to your blog, etc.), URLs can be shortened further on the fly (due to Wordpress’ post slug tolerance), e.g. the above URL will still work as “…/roll-t” in case you had to save even more space to fit into 140 characters, etc.

Dave Kinsella February 12, 2009 at 4:05 am

I’m quite keen on Hootsuite (http://hootsuite.com), I’m using it for allowing multiple authors on a Twitter account for a multi-author blog.

Mark Ramskill February 12, 2009 at 5:48 am

Great article which has bought some new services to my attention that I hadn’t previously used.

I see Problogger has Tweeted this, so hopefully it’ll get the traffic it deserves.

Mark Ramskill
@ramskill @talkcontent

sylvia February 12, 2009 at 5:54 am

Great info. Still so much to learn about twitter and what you can do with it…..

sylvia February 12, 2009 at 5:56 am

by the way really like the design of your blog!

palmamod February 12, 2009 at 6:02 am

Nice list. Particularly useful hashtags and TweetStats IMO

Scott Townsend February 12, 2009 at 6:07 am

Great collection of Twitter services. Now to go and try them out.

Stefan February 12, 2009 at 6:38 am

Big thanks! Twuffer is just cool stuff; I’m testing it, utilizing zi.ma as a URL shortener… :)

Jag SEO Follow February 12, 2009 at 7:31 am

All 14 tools are good thanks for sharing

Modern Painter February 12, 2009 at 8:34 am

Great! Thank you.

BrandAmp February 12, 2009 at 8:51 am

#15 – Twitterhawk

@jscotto February 12, 2009 at 8:58 am

Wow– thank you. i think in coming years there will be Twitter 101 classes at universities with you as the resident professor! Nicely done! Great education for me!

Miles Tinsley February 12, 2009 at 9:00 am

Twuffer is clearly the most useful here! While the others are great for stats and aggregation, this seems to be primarily focused on the act of Tweeting…

tara February 12, 2009 at 9:04 am

i have been wishing for a hashtag directory! thanks for this list!

George Nimeh February 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

Thanks. Very nice.

Courtenay February 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

You left out TweetLater.com, which is another great site for scheduled tweets.

John Samuel February 12, 2009 at 10:11 am

I am using Twitter Grader and Tweet Stats from this list apart from many other Twitter based services. Good collection

Anuj Seth - Twitdom February 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

Q: How about a tool to find more Twitter Tools?

A: Twitdom.com :-)

Disc Jockey February 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Good to have the whole collection at one place.

Sedie February 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm

It’s always great to get information like this in one place. Not only will I probably use some of these, but I’ll tweet this link so others can get a look. Thanks!

Rachel Z Cornell February 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Go Kenny,
What a great list and so nicely explained and illustrated! Many of these tools I have not known about.
Thank you,

Sagar Shah February 13, 2009 at 4:27 am

Hi Kenny,

Argubaly the Best list of Twitter Tools.. Thanks.


Gregory Culpin February 13, 2009 at 4:31 am

Nice post! You might want to check out http://www.microplaza.com – a personal micro-news agency on powered by your Twitter network (currently under private invites only)


Nick February 13, 2009 at 4:51 am

Wow, this is a great list. Thanks, I am going to use some of these, I had no idea you could do so much.

@verywendy February 13, 2009 at 4:57 am

Very nice list and how about sending your love on Twalentine’s Day : twitter name <3 will send them a heart

Alex Peerenboom February 13, 2009 at 10:24 am

Great post, I would add TweetDeck to the list two. It’s a great way to group the people you follow and organize all those tweets better.

John Kremer February 14, 2009 at 6:14 am

I’ve recently created a webpage featuring about 100 Twitter tools, but I found some others I wasn’t aware of here on this page. Thanks. To see my list, go to http://www.bookmarket.com/twitter.htm.

Edwin Khodabakchian February 16, 2009 at 12:38 am

I would like to add feedly mini as a potential candidate on this list. It makes sharing web pages and re-tweeting very easy.

Steve February 16, 2009 at 12:59 am

an excellent list – consider this page bookmarked!
v. cool stuff

E-TARD February 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm

thanks for the links
i’m trying to go around finding twitter sites that are usefull
so i can blog about it the good ones i find


Jason February 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Looking for how to turrn off an Autoresponse to being followed – problem: Can’t remember which tool / method I used to set it up!

Can anyone offer ideas? (From most standard/likely to Twitter 3rd party Aps such as TweetDeck, Ping.fm…. I’ve searched all I remember using!!)

Jason February 23, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Can contact of follow me: @good_people

Tim Staines February 24, 2009 at 5:57 am

Twellow is a great tool for finding people to follow. I find it particularly useful for building a corporate account. Nice post though Kenny, there are several there that I hadn’t checked out yet.

Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach February 24, 2009 at 6:05 am

Nice list! But you left out the ultimate parallel universe Twitter Problem Solver! http://www.twitterbudgie.com :)

Enjoy, Barbara

Robyn February 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Very impressive list of Twitter Tools. What do you think is next?

carolannb February 25, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Cool list of sites – some I knew…some I didn’t know too well…thx 4 sharing. :)

Brenda Heisler February 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

Hi Kenny,

More here than I expected. I’d seen a list before, but this is nice with the screen shots. It takes a lot of time to construct a post like this, so I’m thanking you. Much appreciated. Do you have some that you just can’t live without?

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Chase March 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm

one i’ve been loving: tweetburner.com… analytics on my TinyURLs… but let’s keep this one a bit secreter, k? It gives me stats on how many clicks.

Susan Walls March 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Great post! I am new to twitter and can definitely make use of several of the tools you have listed. Thanks!

Donnette March 27, 2009 at 11:58 pm

What a great list, thank you for sharing… Loved “Twuffer” hehe :)

Photo Soren May 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Thank you Kenny, fot this most useful overview of tools for Twitter users. As a new user to Twitter (but not new to online marketing) I appreciate all kinds of specific help and this list is making my life much easier. For example is TweetSuite one of the tools I have to apply to some of my WordPress blogs related to photography and travel.

Thanks again


Justin May 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Whoa… this site is pretty awesome :) your layout is really well designed, and your blogs are (judging from what i’ve read) very interesting. heehee… consider yourself favorited. :-P

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