J99 Twitter resources – Spring 2012

Here are resources related to Twitter that we will use in J99 Social Media Strategies class this semester. The list will be updated during the semester. If you have anything to add to the list, please add it in the comments area below.

About Twitter

Wall Street Journal article on Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams.

The Next Web story from Jan. 2012 on number of Twitter users.

All Twitter story from Jan. 2012 on number of Twitter users.

Getting started with Twitter

Mom this is how Twitter works.

Twitter in Plain English video

Learn about Fly, the current Twitter desktop and mobile design.

Fly features: Home, Connect, Discover, All About You, Speak Up

Twitter features to know

  • @mentions
  • #hashtags
  • Direct messages
  • Lists
  • Favorites
  • Retweet (RT)
  • Modified Tweet (MT)
  • Recent image galleries – (shows your photos and any you interacted with)
  • Advanced search and how to use advanced search
  • Keyboard shortcuts (under the “head” dropdown at top right)
  • Twitter trends (U.S. by default – chick “change” to switch to your city)
  • Settings (under head icon) … includes account, password, mobile, notifications, profile, design and apps.
  • Add your location to a tweet by clicking the crosshairs


Who to follow on Twitter

Adage 25 media people to follow May 2009

Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers Jan 2012

Useful information

Chris Brogan on how to get more twitter followers and on how to get more followers TODAY

@Sree’s Twitter guide

Kiss Metrics hidden guide to Twitter

14 ways to use Twitter politely

Twitter for newsrooms official guide

List of Twitter chats

Mashable on how to build your personal brand on Twitter

When to Tweet – The science of social timing

Science of how to get more clicks on Twitter

Kiss Metrics guide to marketing on Twitter

Official guide to Twitter for business

Data-driven guide to being better at Twitter

About promoted Tweets

10 extraordinary Twitter updates

What you should Tweet about

Best twitter tips, tools, tactics of 2011

9 things you don’t know about Twitter from @NYTimes

Thoughts about Twitter unfollowers

How to embed tweets on a blog/site

5 ways Twitter is changing media law

Twitter RSS feeds (change the bold part):

  • For a Twitter user: http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=username
  • For a Twitter list: http://api.twitter.com/1/username/lists/listname/statuses.atom
  • For a Twitter search: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=keyword
  • Mentions of a particular username: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%40username
  • Mentions of a particular hashtag: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%23hashtag


Twitter tools

Twitter buttons, widgets and logos.

Twitter dashboards: *Hootsuite … *TweetdeckTwimbowSeesmic … Socialoomph

Twitterfall – shows a waterfall of tweets based on search/list/etc.

Tweetlabs – view the latest tweets of searches or trends

Twiangulate – find followers you have in common with someone else

Followerwonk – analytics, follower segmentation, social graph tracking

Wefollow – Twitter directory and search tool

Tweepi – Follow lots of people and unfollow the inactives

Refollow – lets you follow and unfollow groups of people at a time based on a certain criteria

Snapbird – Search beyond Twitter’s search history (Twitter search only goes back a few days)

Crowdbooster – analytics and recommendations

*Socialbro – manage and analyze Twitter community

*Tweetstats – Graph your Twitter stats (when you tweet, how often, who to, who you RT, etc.)

Turn your Tweets into a book

Twittervision – visualize tweets on a map in real time

Monitter – Monitor keywords and search by geography

Just Unfollow – find and unfollow Twitter users who unfollowed you or who do not follow you

Tweetreach – How far did your Tweet travel

Manage Flitter – clean up and manage who you follow

*Back Up My Tweets – Twitter only keeps 3,200 tweets

Buffer and Timely – put tweets in a queue and it sends them out at best time

Brandtweet Statistics – find the network of Twitter contacts that are really relevant for you

Tweriod – gives you the best times to tweet

Tweetchat – helps you focus on a Twitter chat

Tweepsmap – shows where your Twitter followers are located

Twylah – creates a website of your tweets

Twsym – Twitter symbols

Trednsitic – shows how the frequency of one, two, three and four-word phrases fluctuate over time

Twoolr – Twitter stats about your account

*Wildfire Monitor – track followers of multiple accounts

When to Tweet – tells you when your followers are listenting

Commun.it – helps you build relationships on Twitter

*Timehop – e-mails you what you shared a year ago

Topsy Analytics – compare words or websites shared on Twitter

Tweetmeme – shows you the hottest links on Twitter

*Crowdbooster – Tracks your account and you individual tweets

*Friendorfollow – shows who isn’t following you back, and who you aren’t following back

Twunfollow and WhoUnfollowedMe – show you who unfollows you

Tweetgrader – measures how influential you are on Twitter

Tweetlevel – measures your influence on Twitter

Retweetrank – measures and tracks your retweets

More Twitter tools and resources

Topsy – search the social web, or just Twitter

Rowfeeder – track hashtags/users in a Google doc spreadsheet

*Tools I use on a regular basis

Twitter mobile apps



Twitter projects

Don’t Tell Ashton