In the social media realm, Facebook is still the top dog. Despite the seemingly daily changes, it’s the easiest to join, has the largest base, and is most integrated with other applications. But the social tool that perhaps offers the most immediate gratification and value is Twitter.
At last count, Twitter had about 30 million users. It’s fast, fun, direct, and one of the quickest ways to meet new people. Want to tell an author how much you liked his book? Send him a tweet. Chances are if he’s savvy, he’ll answer you back. Trying to connect with a cool new band? Tweet out how much you love their newest song – they might retweet it to their followers.
A lot of tools are available to maximize your Twitter use. Here are three of my favorites:
1) BufferApp – One common complaint is that people don’t always remember to tweet. With BufferApp, you can schedule when you tweet. Sit down for a half an hour and queue up a dozen.
2) Twitter Grader – Unless you’re a celebrity, building a Twitter following is an organic process. But you need to work on it and accept that it will likely take some time. To check on your progress, you can use Twitter Grader, which will give you a score to gauge your influence. It’s like Klout, but Twitter-specific.
3) Twibes – One of the best parts of Twitter is finding like-minded people to share your interests. With Twibes, you can locate those people and join the discussion. In the process, you’ll build your following and influence.
Are you an active Twitter user? What are some of your favorite Twitter tools?