Great Tools to Use to Build up and Monitor Your Twitter Following

By on March 21, 2011

If you’ve been using Twitter for awhile you’ve probably realized that there’s far more to keeping your account live and successful than you previously thought.

Everyday people are following you, unfollowing you, retweeting your tweets, checking to see if you’ve tweeted anything in the last ten days and the list goes on and on! For every vibrant, well run Twitter page – there are 100 tools that you could use to effectively build your following and monitor your progress in the Twitterverse.

The trick is knowing which ones are useful and which ones are, well – not that useful. Here is our top six list of Twitter tools that you need to integrate into your Twitter strategy right now!

1. Just Tweet It

Just Tweet It is a tool that will help you locate other people on Twitter that are worth following. It’s a directory service that you can browse to effectively find people that are of interest to your business. All you have to do is register on their website, and browse through their 43 000 listings.

2. Twimailer

You know those emails you get everyday telling you so-and-so has followed you on Twitter? Who cares about them – right? Spam! Twimailer researches the person that has followed you and sends you useable information about those people, direct to your inbox instead! Now that’s a practical tool.

3. Chirpstats

A great Twitter analytics program that sends you updates on your followers every few days. This is a very useful way to keep tabs on what your followers are doing, and how they are reacting to your tweets. This particular tool was once known as Twitterless, but has evolved and become the Chirpstats we love to use today.

4. TwitBlocker

TwitBlocker is an excellent tool for those days when you just don’t feel like hearing from certain people. Maybe there are a certain number of your followers that won’t stop tweeting every day, all day. It’s not spam; you’re just tired of reading it for now. That’s where TwitBlocker comes in – to temporarily remove tweeters from your timeline.

5. Twitoria

Twitoria is a great tool for checking which of your Twitter followers are being active, and which accounts have gone cold. Yes, people check this all the time! And its time you started as well. Create a Twitter account filled with active tweeters for the best possible marketing results.

6. Twazzup

One of our favorites, Twazzup will let you know when someone uses your keywords or hashtags in a tweet. Log into the dashboard and experience a host of extra stats that help you make good decisions when shaping your account.

There you have it – these 6 tools will help you monitor and build your following properly, and will get you better marketing results.

Is there a tool that you like to use on Twitter? Let us know what it is, and how you use it!

About John Souza

John Souza is founder and chief strategist of SMMU and Social Media Impact, and is a bestselling business author. He won the 2011 Tech Marketing Awards ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ and most recently the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Online Education Site. John has appeared on The Michael Gerber Show, and his business has been honored at the Mashable Awards, Forbes Business Awards and The Stevie Awards.
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