Platform 208: Twitter Applications

Janalyn Voigt continues her series on platform building.

While Twitter technicians have added more functionality to the site of late, tweeting directly from the Twitter website soon becomes ponderous. It’s one thing to keep track of, say, 20 people. It’s quite another to keep track of a thousand. (And yes, if you persevere with Twitter, you can build your following to that number and beyond.)

You might want to follow certain people who follow you, for example. But, so far, there’s no easy way in Twitter to keep track of which followers you’re not following back.

If the number of people you follow is greater than the number of people who follow you, it would seem to imply you have no influence. It’s usually a good idea to unfollow those who have no interest in connecting with you or those whose accounts become inactive.

Because Twitter lists make it possible to read publically-posted tweets, following someone has become more like an endorsement. Bear that in mind as you pick and choose.

Several applications let you manage the people you follow. I recommend Friend or Follow and Manage Flitter.

Perhaps you’d like the ability to find other followers of like interests. Many applications provide recommendations for you and even allow you to follow whole lists of people with one click. I recommend Tweepi and Twellow.

To keep track of all my social networking and schedule tweets from one dashboard, I’ve moved to Hootsuite. I highly recommend it. Analytics are built in, and the tabbed interface makes it easy to get a handle on all your social accounts.

Socialoomph allows you to send out an automatic DM (direct message) and schedule tweets to post later. You can also schedule blog post through this application, although you may already have this capacity through a blog host like and Socialoomph helps you keep track of posts that mention you. You can also view trending news feeds. I have tweets with specific keywords forwarded to my email account. Socialoomph is a complex application. I’ve probably just scratched the surface here. I suggest you take a look for yourself.

Tweetdeck allows you to update your Twitter status (tweet), retweet, maintain lists, do searches (for instance for hashtag conversations), manage your DM’s, follow tweets in which your name is mentioned, follow recommended followers, reply to the tweets of others, translate tweets from a foreign language, unfollow people, mark tweets as favorites, follow news streams, integrate your Twitter lists and manage other social networking feeds. Tweetdeck just introduced applications to run tweetdeck from Google Chrome. It also has iphone and ipad applications.

Speaking of Google Chrome, there is a Chromed Bird add-on which allows tweets to drop down in the upper right of your screen. This is handy for instant notification of mentions, replys and hashtag conversations.


This post appeared March 2, 2010 on Author Haven. Used by kind permission.

Janalyn Voigt writes  novel books.

“Flower of Life” by Janalyn Voigt, in THE BOOK OF SYLVARI, Summer 2011.

DAWNSINGER, book one of her TALES OF FAERAVEN trilogy, will release with Port Yonder press in Autumn 2011.

Other publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press and Pentecostal Evangel. Janalyn is affiliated with ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and has been a NCWA member since 2008.  Visit her website.


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