social media toolsAre you looking for the hottest new social media tools and services? We asked our team of Social Media Examiner writers to share their best new social media discoveries.

What follows is an amazing list of social media tools you’ve likely never heard of—covering a wide range of categories:

  • Tools for pictures, video, audio and screen capture
  • Tools to measure and track results
  • Tools to manage content
  • Blogging tools
  • Twitter tools
  • Other social media tools

Try them out. And be sure to report back here with your thoughts.

Tools for Pictures, Video, Audio and Screen Capture

#1: Cinches

Recommended by Denise Wakeman, online marketing advisor and founder of The Blog Squad.

“My favorite new tool is This simple tool can record audio, either via the web or phone (there are apps for iPhone and Android), so you can share audio messages with your followers. While audio tools like this are not new, this one seems to work the best and most consistently for me both on the web and my mobile app.

Cinches can be syndicated automatically to your Facebook status (not to pages, though) and to your Twitter stream. It’s simple to find and follow people from your social networks as well. Adding an image and description to the audio message is easy too and boosts visibility and encourages comments and sharing. Cinches can be shared by embedding the player in blog posts and posting links in status updates.

I’m using CinchCasts to repurpose a lot of content into audio: presentations (I record one tip from a PowerPoint and expand on it a bit), blog posts and articles. I also reverse the process and embed Cinch tips in blog posts to expand on the written text and create an experience that encourages my audience to stay longer on my blog.”

Learn more about Denise at Build a Better Blog and follow her on Twitter @DeniseWakeman.


CinchCasts was created by the folks at BlogTalkRadio.

#2: Screenr

Recommended by Tim Ware, owner of HyperArts Web Design, helping businesses build and promote their web presence.

“My favorite social media tool in the past half year has to be Screenr, an enormously useful online service to create screen-capture videos, with audio, easily and for free. Because much of what I do these days involves teaching people how to do things online, usually on Facebook, Screenr is the perfect tool for me. I can just say, “Wait a sec. I’ll send you a video.”

Creating an instructional video on Screenr is just about as easy as it gets, allowing you to record, pause (while you rearrange what’s on your screen) and then click “Done” and that’s it! With a few clicks, you can post the video plus comments to your Twitter account, or download the file as an MP4.”

Follow Tim on Twitter @hyperarts.


Create screen-capture videos quickly and easily with Screenr.

#3: DailyBooth

Recommended by Lewis Howes, the author of two books on LinkedIn and founder of Sports Executives Association and

“As an online/social media marketer, it’s easier to get more sales (or transactions) from potential customers if those individuals feel like they know, like and trust you.  A great way to let them get to know you better is simply by letting them see you daily. A great way to do this is to record a video each day and post it to your networks.  But who has the time to set up a camera, shoot a video, edit it, wait for it to upload and publish to your network each day?  I know I don’t, as it’s hard enough getting a blog post out once a week!

Pictures solve this problem, and DailyBooth provides a fast-growing social networking site that allows you to easily upload and share pictures in seconds. is still under the radar for most, but the interaction for those on it is similar to the mad interaction Twitter users have, and it’s getting more and more additive as the days go by.”

Learn more about Lewis at and follow him @LewisHowes.

daily booth

Be sure to check out DailyBooth. It could be the next big social media tool in the future.

#4: Skitch

Recommended by Clément Yeung, co-director of Easisell, a digital marketing and design company that helps small businesses achieve success online.

“I love Skitch because if you constantly need to communicate complex on-page issues to people, then Skitch helps you do it seamlessly from your desktop! Just a few clicks and you have a shareable link that you can send to anyone you like. It’s also free.”

Follow Clément on Twitter @ClementYeung.


Skitch is your online camera and pen. You can screengrab anything, add a note and share it quickly.

#5: Instagram

Recommended by Christine Gallagher, relationship marketing speaker, trainer and coach.

Instagram, which is an addictive, free photo-sharing app for the iPhone.

It’s social and fun to share your pics with others and see theirs as well. You can also comment or like others’ photos, follow other users and see what they’ve posted lately. It’s super-simple to use and my favorite thing about it is that you can transform seemingly ho-hum pictures into unique little works of art with the assortment of filters available. Two thumbs way up.”

Learn more about Christine at Communicate Value and follow her on Twitter @christineg.


"Use Instagram to take pictures, add filters to make them look artsy or retro and then share them on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Flickr."

Tools to Measure and Track Results

#6: Argyle Social

Recommended by Jason Falls, principal of Social Media Explorer, a social media marketing consulting firm based in Louisville, KY.

“Because my primary use of social media is to share great content, I think the tool I’ve become most dependent upon in the last six months is Argyle Social. It’s a URL shortener that has an elegant suite of measures around it, a bookmarklet for easy use and the customization you would need to separate your shares on Twitter from those on Facebook to deliver different messages around the same content. Once they add LinkedIn and perhaps even Posterous or Tumblr to their publishing options, Argyle could become THE tool for folks who not only want to share, but also measure the impact of that sharing.

I know I’ve driven over 150,000 clicks to various content in the last six months. I can break those down and tell you exactly how many I drove to certain pieces of content, too. My own and other sites I found and shared with my networks. That’s pretty powerful information if one of your goals is to share or build trust. I can put numbers around that now.”

Learn more about Jason at and follow him on Twitter @JasonFalls.

argyle social

Argyle Social helps you use social media strategically.

#7: TwentyFeet

Recommended by Mari Smith, social media speaker, trainer, thought leader and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day.

“Here’s my fave new tool:—aggregate all your stats in one place!

I love this simple social profile analytics platform with its easy setup, intuitive interface, daily stats emails and very low micro payments model. Credits are just $2.49 per account for an entire year, but users get one Facebook and one Twitter account free forever. You can monitor one or more accounts from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,, Google Analytics, MySpace and more and see how your key performance indicators develop over time. Oh, and another reason I love TwentyFeet? Their logo is a giraffe (the tall blonde!), my favorite animal!”

Learn more about Mari at and follow her on Twitter @MariSmith.


Check out TwentyFeet for a low-cost social media analytics tool.

#8: PostRank and PostRank Analytics

Recommended by Kristi Hines, an Internet marketing specialist with Vertical Measures.

“One of my favorite social media tools/resources is PostRank. You can gain an amazing amount of insight into what topics get the most engagement on a particular blog (such as Social Media Examiner) by finding it in their directory and using the Good, Great and Best filters to see what posts have the most comments and social shares. The best part is that researching another blog‘s social sharing statistics is free, and it’s something you can look at for your own blog as well by making sure it’s listed on their site. If it’s not, just enter the URL in the search box, and they’ll email you as soon as it’s on their site. Then wait a week or two and start discovering what’s most loved by your readers.

If you’re interested in learning more about your own social engagement scoring, you can also sign up for their in-depth social analytics. It’s only $15 per month to analyze up to 5 sites with custom tracking on 10 additional pages within those sites. You can even connect your Google Analytics with PostRank and see how social engagement matches up with your conversion rates and goals.”

Learn more about Kristi at Kikolani and follow her on Twitter @Kikolani.

PostRank Analytics is also recommended by Jay Baer, a hype-free, tequila-loving social media strategist, speaker and coach.

PostRank Analytics is my favorite tool because it solves a very real problem for bloggers, which is how to understand the full impact of a blog post. What’s more important, page views, comments, tweets, Facebook shares? PostRank Analytics tracks all of the actions related to each of your posts, and compiles a consolidated score that helps you understand what your audience wants from you and your blog. It’s like a psychic, if psychics also had fancy charts and graphs!”

Learn more about Jay at Convince & Convert and follow him on Twitter @JayBaer.

postrank analytics

PostRank Analytics is an inexpensive tool with tons of value if you're looking to learn more about how to increase your blog's or website's social media engagement.

#9: Postling

Recommended by Jeff Korhan, professional speaker, consultant and columnist on new media and small business marketing.

Postling is a tool that brings together multiple social media channels into one interface. What makes it invaluable for me are the email notifications I receive when comments are made on my professional Facebook page. To my knowledge, it’s the only social media tool with this capability. All of the comments are nicely presented in clean threads that maintain the continuity of the conversation, thereby allowing me to easily make timely comments, or schedule them for later.”

Learn more about Jeff at and follow him on Twitter @JeffKorhan.

Postling is also recommended by Stephanie Sammons, the voice behind Smart Social Pro, a resource for professional practitioners to help them understand how to leverage the power of social media and blogging in their practices.

“A tool that can help you stay focused on relevant tracking and engagement is Postling. Postling is designed with the small business owner and professional in mind and can simplify your social media activities. It’s a clean and intuitive dashboard that offers management features to track, engage and publish to your relevant social media profiles, and even to your blog. (It plays nice with WordPress.)

Most importantly, Postling will send you a daily email update of all of your comments so that you know who’s engaging with you and what’s being shared or said about you. (It’s great to know you won’t miss anything.) The basic features are available with a free account. The paid account at $9.00/month allows for multiple accounts per social network, brands and users, providing instant email alerts and an analytics dashboard. And there’s also a premium version for power users at $49.00/month. Overall, Postling is well on its way to becoming a great tool for business owners and professionals!”

Follow Stephanie on Twitter @StephSammons.


Give Postling a try to manage your social media activities.

#10: Sysomos

Recommended by Nick Shin, online marketing strategist specializing in SEM, social media, and PPC.

Sysomos, by far, has been my favorite social media tool. (Disclosure: I am the SEM and social media specialist at Marketwire and we acquired Sysomos in July.)  Since then, I’ve been able to take advantage of what Sysomos has to offer. I use Sysomos to monitor our social media conversations on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, forums and blogs. The ease of use, robust features and convenience have cut my monitoring time in half. In addition, as the founder of #smmeasure social media measurement chat, I can tell you there’s a lot of concern about how to measure social media. The more I use Sysomos, the more it eliminates the need to keep ‘proving’ the value of social media because of the actionable insight you can get from its analytics. With all of my other responsibilities, any tool that will help me do the same job in less time is a win. I highly recommend getting a free demo.”

Learn more about Nick at Marketing Shindig and follow him on Twitter @shinng.


Check out Sysomos to monitor your social media activities.

#11: Inside View

Recommended by Jacob Morgan, principal of Chess Media Group, a social business consultancy focused on customer and employee engagement strategies.

“My favorite new tool that I started using within the past 6 months is Inside View (through a customized enterprise version of Salesforce).

Inside View (their Salesview product) allows you to make the “social sale” by extracting valuable company information about a person or prospect prior to making a sale. You can get market cap, the org structure, list of key employees and the social sites they belong to, relevant company news, addresses and phone numbers and more; all from your Salesforce “lead” view. You can then sync all of this information with your Salesforce account so that it actually fills in the information for you.”

Follow Jacob on Twitter @jacobm.


Inside View is truly a valuable tool that integrates social data with CRM data and is a must-have for anyone even remotely involved driving business for an organization.

Tools to Manage Content


Recommended by Nathan Hangen, Internet marketing strategist and founder of Webrepreneur Media.

“Recently I was looking for a better bookmark solution, and I was getting so desperate that I was thinking of developing it myself. Tumblr was too big, and sites like Delicious and other social bookmarking services felt walled off. Then someone pointed me to, which you feed with your Twitter and/or Facebook account, and I was hooked. keeps a history of the links that you like or Tweet and makes them searchable and easy to share. If I was going to build a solution, this would be exactly what I built. It’s beautiful.”

Learn more about Nathan at and follow him on Twitter @nhangen.

trunkly keeps track of all of the links you share on Twitter and Facebook.

#13: Storify

Recommended by Michael Brito, VP for Edelman Digital and has worked for HP, Yahoo! and Intel.

“My favorite tool is Storify which is fantastic to aggregate and curate content from around the web. It’s great for events, product launches, etc.”

Learn more about Michael at social media blog and follow him on Twitter @britopian.


Storify is a great social tool to tap into the power of stories.

#14: Posterous

Recommended by Jim Lodico, copywriter and marketing consultant specializing in creating powerful content and teaching businesses how to use blogs.

“I just started using Posterous and I really like the potential. It allows you to post to 20 or so social media channels all through email. Photos, video, blog posts, even podcasts can all be distributed throughout your network just by sending an email. I really like the simplicity and the ability to manage all your social media accounts at once.”

Learn more about Jim at and follow him on Twitter @jlcommunication.


Posterous offers an alternative to a traditional blog for publishing content online.

Blogging Tools

#15: Apture

Recommended by Ching Ya, author of Social @ Blogging Tracker.

“One of the new social media tools I found in the last 6 months is Apture. I was between installing it or Wibiya, but because I’ve decided to emphasize visitors’ sharing on Facebook and Twitter, I went for Apture instead. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made. The catchy, customizable drop-down bar on top of the site makes sharing easy and friendly. You can search for related content—not just posts, but videos and images to be linked to as well. Your visitors can even use it to search similar posts within your site. Highly recommended!”

Follow Ching Ya on Twitter @wchingya.


Apture adds a social dimension to your blog.

#16: OnlyWire

Recommended by Dino Dogan, blogger, writer, motorcyclist, dog trainer, singer/songwriter, martial artist and founder of DIY Blogger.

OnlyWire can auto-submit your blog post to 42 top social network sites like Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon. By doing this, you build backlinks to your blog the quick and easy way. This doesn’t improve your page rank but it does improve your social rank so much that in one of my tests, this one technique alone took me from the page 14 on Google to page 4.”

Learn more about Dino at DIY Blogger and follow him @dino_dogan.


Use OnlyWire to build backlinks to your website or blog.

Twitter Tools

#17: FormuLists

Recommended by Elijah R. Young, lead strategist and owner of Social Talk Live.

“My favorite social media tool over the past 6 months has been FormuLists. FormuLists allows me to effortlessly keep up with my newest followers, my recent conversationalists and tons of other specifications that I can adjust in my settings to keep me on top of all of the new folks I meet in my Twitter timeline. Before FormuLists, I had to hope I remembered who I added to my lists, and work around crossover… It was just a mess. Now I can just focus on keeping up with conversations that matter to my followers, and pitching in when appropriate.”

Follow Elijah on Twitter @elijahryoung.

FormuLists is also recommended by Ann Smarty, an experienced blogger and SEO consultant at

“The tool that I’ve just recently discovered and fallen in love with is FormuLists. I have a lot of followers and it’s been almost impossible for me to organize the following manually. The tool has quite a few very handy options.”

Learn more about Ann at and follow her on Twitter @myblogguest.


FormuLists manages your followers for you so you can focus on building your relationships.

#18: HashTracking

Recommended by Lori Taylor, a self-proclaimed “URL-junkie,” and an award-winning marketing veteran with 20 years experience turned social technologist by day and angel investor (Klout, Live Matrix, Pixsy) by night.

“My favorite new Twitter tool is HashTracking, which we use to track campaigns on Twitter. It takes group conversations and measures the influence and type of engagement level for each participant. The reason I’m in love with it is because the depth of data is incredible. Starting with the total number of people who participated in the group conversation, HashTracking chunks the participants into 4 buckets they call leaders, people who were engaged, just curious, and even identifies the wallflowers. We can get content to the most powerful hands who can truly give us the most reach on a specific topic, not just a broad category.”

Learn more about Lori at and follow her on Twitter @lorirtaylor.

hash tracking

HashTracking is a great testing tool for all kinds of direct response metrics such as a top-ten list for impressions, number of tweets and follower count for each person using your hashtag (for free).

#19: Oneforty

Recommended by Ekaterina Walter, social media strategist at Intel.

“My favorite tool of the past 6 months is oneforty. Oneforty helps you discover thousands of tools that help you do more with your business, career or life using Twitter! This is essentially a directory of various Twitter apps that can help you do whatever you can possibly imagine on Twitter from helping manage your brand Twitter account to managing your followers to finding fun apps for your everyday life. I love their Toolkit feature which allows you to see what other industry leaders or even brands are using to manage their presence.”

Learn more about Ekaterina at and follow her on Twitter @ekaterina.


Oneforty also just introduced the Q&A section where the community of tweeps can share tips and tricks and help each other discover new cool ways to engage.

#20: TweetDeck for Chrome

Recommended by Corbett Barr who wants to help you attract as many visitors to your site as you need to make your business thrive.

“My favorite new social media tool is definitely TweetDeck for Google’s Chrome browser. I love it because I get all the awesome functionality of TweetDeck without having to run a separate application. I also love how it integrates multiple Twitter accounts into one combined column of @ replies and another for direct messages. It’s a huge time-saver for people who tweet a lot from different accounts.”

Learn more about Corbett at Think Traffic and follow him on Twitter @CorbettBarr.


Chrome users can also use TweetDeck to manage their Twitter accounts.

Other Social Media Tools

#21: LinkedIn Company Page

Recommended by Linda Coles, a sought-after speaker who also runs various workshops and seminars on how to use social media tools effectively and productively.

“I love the LinkedIn Company Page upgrade as you can upload three banner ads, add video to each product or service page and you’ve even got analytics to monitor what’s going on. It may well get as good as a FB business page but in a different environment.”

Learn more about Linda at Blue Banana and follow her on Twitter @bluebanana20.

linkedin company pages

LinkedIn Company Pages are a welcome addition for businesses on social media.

#22: Quora

Recommended by Lori Randall, online marketing strategist specializing in social media and WordPress sites. Follow Lori on Twitter @lori_randall.

Quora, an online knowledge hub for mostly social media and technology, is a tall glass of water. People ask insightful questions and exchange substantive answers. I was starting to feel like I was in a social media desert of genuine thought because of all the noise and this has risen to quench my thirst for knowledge admirably.”


Quora has become a popular Q&A platform in a short time.

What Are Your Favorite Social Media Tools?

Have you used any of the social media tools mentioned above? Which ones are your favorites? Which other social media tools would you add to this list? Please share your comments below.

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  • Surprised no ones mentioned A great little free tool that checks keywords for online strength, sentiment, passion and reach. Try it out, it’s a fun social media gadget.

  • I just released a new tool yesterday I think you guys might like. It is (I wont link to the site directly). Basically it helps you get a ton of traffic from Twitter & Facebook by adding a button on your site next to normal freebies (MP3’s, eBooks, Zip files) you would give away 🙂

  • Oops, looks like it linked it even without the http://. Sorry!

  • Thanks for sharing Glen. I’ll have a look.

  • Glad you did Danny 🙂

  • Another site somewhat similar to Posterous is Amplify.Com. It’s got a very nice WordPress interface, and you can connect with a lot of like minded people.

  • Nicole_Green

    Socialmention is iffy to say the least. I ran a twitter competition that according to Socialmention, only had 70 retweets in one week. Given that every single tweet mentioning the competition had over 100 retweets & we were tweeting the competition x2 per day, I’d something is horribly wrong there. This isn’t the only discrepancy with Socialmention. When you look closely at their results & actually start analysing them, comparing them to stats brought in from other tools they quickly fall apart. I’m amazed that Socialmention is still being banded about as being a great tool.

  • Cindy,
    So many great tools and insights from many great social media pros. Thanks for sharing!

    FYI, the PostRank hyperlink is broken.

  • Thanks for including Argyle in your list, Cindy!


    Eric Boggs

  • You’re welcome Eric! And thanks to Jason Falls for choosing Argyle as his favorite tool discovered in the last 6 months 🙂

  • Thanks for your feedback Nicole.

  • Steve, I’ve played around with Amplify a little and find it interesting too.

  • You’re welcome Andrew. And thank you for the heads up about the link… it’s fixed now.

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  • Anne Lise Johnsen

    I agree with Nicole. In the beginning I really liked it, but the search results contradict themselves sometimes and is not consistent. It has great potential, and I still use it sometimes, but I am losing faith in it.

    Does anyone know of anything else similar?

  • Nicole_Green

    I’ve started playing around in which seems to be much more stable.

    And thanks for a great piece Cindy. Plenty there for me to be looking into.

  • Cindy, this is a great list. I can see I need to schedule some time to explore a few tools that are new to me. Skitch, DailyBooth and TwentyFeet are a few that intrigue me. Thanks for rounding up this list…blog on!

  • Try It allows your users to share content on Facebook/Twitter through the use of QR Codes. There is a lot of other functionality too, but Social QR Code promotes social sharing with its users.

  • This is a great list Cindy. There are some here that I’ve been meaning to get to such as Cinchcast, some new to me that I want to try, such as and Daily Booth, and others I’d like to share with my small business audiences, OnlyWire in particular. Thanks for compiling this AND including some nice visuals too. 🙂

  • I’m with Danny on SocialMention – it brings me mentions of my content from sources that I would not have otherwise discovered – and on a timely basis. When I see spike in my blog traffic SocialMention invariably leads me to the influential source. I don’t use it for stats – but to connect with people – and find it invaluable for that.

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  • Screenr is an excellent tool, i use it to reply to website client questions.
    Great list, but what about a personal profile service like

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  • wow, these are something very precious to me Ma’m , i really appreciate for this, love to use and work with it. I am so happy such a fantastic engagement social tools lists. thanks mari.

  • I have to agree with thoughts about the results being a bit off. It’s ok enough when it comes to the email alerts about your mentions (although I know that some of my searches should have a LOT more results in the email than what usually comes through).

    But I most recently started looking at the reach and strength of brand’s social media, and those numbers are definitely not accurate. Most brands come up in the 0-1% range. You can’t tell me that Social Media Examiner has no strength and only 15% reach, or Mashable only has 12% strength and 19% reach.

    Anyway, it’s a good tool in the sense that there’s nothing similar and free on the market, but it does have it’s glitches.

  • RW

    This is a really helpful post — I’m already getting accounts set up with a lot of these sites. Thanks!

  • Awesome list of useful tools compiled again. Thnx Cndy 🙂 Glad to be able to contribute 🙂

  • Hi Kristi, Anne and Nicole

    Everything has its usage and I wouldn’t trust many, if any, free social media monitoring tools. But if you have to explain measurement matrices to those uninitiated (and frequently disinterested) in social media measurement, of which there are one or two, it does a great job. It’s a highly effective and relatively quick visual aid when talking through how search terms can be measured and discussing weighting options for KPIs.

    Thank for the support Jeff, it’s getting a bit Mars and Venus around here.

  • I know that Nick works for Marketwire, who we are now family members with, but still, it’s an honour to be part of this great list.

    Sheldon, community manager for Sysomos (

  • janetaronica

    Thank you for including oneforty in this list Cindy! It’s pretty exciting to be considered in the same group with some very awesome companies like Sysomos and Argyle Social and you did a great job of surfacing some of the tools that are lesser-known. Thank you again.

    Janet Aronica
    Community Manager
    oneforty (

  • Thank you Denise for being part of the team. There’s a great group here. I’m also hoping to test Cinch soon.

  • I love TweetReach but have been seeking an alternative tool. Is there anything else out there like TweetReach? My favorite new tool is

  • I’ve used and it’s an excellent and well product tool for social media listening and analytics.

  • Janet, you’re so lucky to be part of the Oneforty team! I always have the feeling of being in a candy store whenever I go there!

    It’s a great choice by Ekaterina Walter!

  • Thanks for the feedback about Screenr Justin! And also for mentioning Zerply… I’m going to check it out now.

  • Thank you for participating Jeff! Now all we need is a free afternoon to try some of these out 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this one Tyler!

  • You’re welcome Nicole… and thanks for sharing tweetreach!

  • May I make a suggestion? It would have been helpful for me if this were broken up into several blog entries: one for each kind of tool. Having 22 new applications is, first of all, overwhelming; second, I don’t have the opportunity to check them all out the way I would like, and the way I think I would if I only had 3 or 4 to look at.

    I’m looking forward to working through these, but it will take a while!

    Thank you for all the great info.

  • Thanks for sharing your feedback on this Kristi! It’s great to know.

  • Mike, I’ve heard Tap11 mentioned a few times.

  • Laura, I hear you. I think we all have bouts of overwhelm with regards to social media marketing. I’ve learned the hard way to check out these new tools on my own time, otherwise I never seem to get things done. Because it never stops… there are always new tools.

    So I try to spend one Saturday morning surfing around and checking new things out. That way I have time to set up an account and actually test things out. And when life gets busy and I miss my monthly session I can tell.

    You’ll often find articles covering one social media tool at a time here on Social Media Examiner. Check out the “Tools” category at the top of the sidebar:

    This article is just a quick review of the favorite tools our writers discovered or started using over the last 6 months.

  • This is an interesting post, but I wish that more helpful screenshots had been selected that would show me why setting up an account on one of these services is actually worth it.

  • Thanks for including TwentyFeet in your post, Cindy. 🙂

  • I am a big fan of Quora. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for its future.

  • A very gracious response. Thank you! I am indeed overwhelmed, but having fun looking through everything.

  • Nick, we love Quora too. I am afraid, though, that with them leaving it open to drop links in every answer that it might become spam farm. I predict that they will change this in the near future, and that they only left it open to entice online marketers. What do you think?

  • What a great list! So much to learn, which is what makes social media so much fun. Never a dull moment. Thank you SM examiner for being so awesome!

  • Great! Now have more to do by checking these out. Thanks for your effort Cindy. And what cool responses you got.

    We created RondeVoox for our own internal use and have recently slid it out for general availability. It’s just a simple sn’ing service where project / product teams can carve out private spaces to collaborate and share content. And we now have some cool plans to connect it to backend data warehouses and other core admin systems; who say’s you can’t collaborate with data.

  • David

    Is there an application that can do the simple task of giving me a scrolling feed of plain text from RSS and twitter?
    No creative crap graphics, and other stuff that crash, pictures removed, nor do I really want it to try to do something clever.
    Prefferably with various simple settings regarding repetition and the option for using several different groups of feeds.

  • I agree with Laura. This would have made several excellent posts and if it is overwhelming to those of us who live and breathe social media (it is) imagine how ordinary Internet users and business owners will feel?

    My solution is to save each one in my Tomboy Notes with a description of what it does and include it in any aggregate note I have on that type of tool so that I have the information in searchable format when I can make time to really check them out and use them. Others who are deep into too much may want to consider doing the same.

  • lol – just sharing my experience 🙂

  • I really hope it doesn’t become a link farm! But I do see black hats trying to take advantage of it every day. Surely, they will be smart enough to create some measures to prevent that.

  • Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for mentioning in this list, we’re excited to be here. It’s great to see you giving space to “up and comers” like, along with some of the bigger more established players.

    Much appreciated!

    Tim – CEO,

  • You’re welcome Tim. The wide selection of tools is the result of asking all of our writers for the favorite tools they discovered recently, and Nathan Hangen mentioned

  • Thanks for sharing about RondeVoox George!

  • Sherry, I agree totally. There never is a dull moment!

  • Nick, we’re going to have an article on Quora published next week here on Social Media Examiner.

  • You’re welcome Martin. So glad Mari Smith mentioned it!

  • Vonchio

    thanks for introducing SM tools. it’s really good infrornation to me as social media starter.

  • Great list and I use Posterous and TweetDeck a lot! One tool that I recently came across was, “”. I found it an excellent tool because it collates all the tweets from you and people you are following in the form of a newspaper. It updates itself every 24 hours and is shared across FB and Twitter. Great tool to create topic-specific “newspapers” and distribute across your social network.

  • That’s great Cindy! I will be sure to keep a look out for it.

  • Thanks for this great list of tools! Love your site and I must give a shout out to my friend @daveohoots and his company Hootsuite for continuing to deliver a great product! I also use a very simple site called Scrwall for collecting and sharing image collages very quickly.

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  • There are many stuff & website available on the internet but how many website & stuff can be useful for me and others.

  • Thanks for the list Cindy, some of those mentioned I’m familiar with, but some are totally new, so now I’ve lost that free time I was hoping for today! I must add that it’s great that so many people leave helpful comments too. There’s so much out there now and without the advice you are providing a lot of people just wouldn’t find out about ALL the new applications. Thanks a lot!

  • Tony Whittaker


    Would you be able to also share the tools you are using on THIS WordPress blog – I see you have separate Facebook ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons, and lower down some very nice popup sharing options. Are these publicly available plugins?

    Best wishes and thanks


  • well.. there are so many interesting new tools. but do you really think that at least several of them will be used by lots of peolpe?

  • I can’t believe you missed ‘Diaspora’

  • Cindy,

    I have been using CinchCast for some time and it is a great compliment to my podcasting show, adding audio to blog posts and to record short mental notes. I have installed the iPhone app, so I could record a CinchCast on the go. I am thinking of start using it in my business and reply to questions on social media via email and then to send the client an audio file in a private album on my CinchCast page:

    CinchCast is a service by Blog Talk Radio.

  • Sunny Makkar

    So many great tools and insights from many great social media pros. Thanks for sharing! but old is gold any way thanks for sharing!!!

  • Martin, thanks for sharing your feedback on CinchCast!

  • Peter, thank you! And yes, we’re very lucky to have such a great community sharing valuable comments here. I’m sorry about you losing your free time 🙂 …Why don’t you do like me and set up a specific time for checking out new stuff once a week or so?

  • Hi Tony, great suggestion! If you look under the Tools category at the top of the sidebar you’ll find a few posts on WordPress plugins which mention the ones we use here. The popup below is the Wibya Toolbar and there’s a link on the far right of the toolbar where you can go check them out.

  • Cindy, You are welcome! I look forward to talk to you soon again! Joel Libava (The Franchise King) said during my latest podcast that he wanted to listen to you as a guest on my podcast show on Blog Talk Radio. 🙂

  • Blaine, thanks for the feedback on Hootsuite and Scrwall!

  • Hi Cindy, thanks for the response and it’s a great idea and I do try, but life just seems to be so full of things to do nowadays. My priority currently is spending a little less time online and a little more time with my family, but it’s tough. I seem to remember that back in the 80’s, someone telling me that because of all the wonderful breakthroughs in technology, we would all be working a much shorter week in the future. That clearly didn’t happen! I guess they hadn’t figured on the revolution called Social Media.
    Good to see you using the Wibiya toolbar, I think it’s a brilliant idea to be able to translate into so many languages, plus seeing where all your page viewers are is amazing and adds some real Blogoshere perspective! No wonder it’s hard to get off line, everything is just so incredible. Even 10-15 years ago people wouldn’t have believed how the Internet has changed our lives so much! We are lucky to be experiencing such interesting times, that’s for sure.

  • Manish, thanks for sharing about! It’s a both a fun and useful tool.

  • They are still in closed beta – so it’s likely many people haven’t used it enough to recommend it.

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  • Amazing list, Cindy. Thank you.

    Apture is now live on The Franchise King Blog.


  • Karthik K

    Great list. We, inagist, are a twitter analysis platform where we help companies, brands and publishers identify the most influential tweets and trends related to any topic, campaign or event; this can be through our widgets or through our twitter micro sites. Here are a couple of our sample micro sites for the events in Libya and for March Madness We also build twitter fan pages for celebrities like this for Lady Gaga And these micro sites can be plugged into the Facebook pages as well.


  • Cindy, nice list! I’ve used Quora quite a bit of late and it seems Instagram has quite a bit of traction. Lots here to play with!

  • Thanks for the info Nathan. One of my Irish friends was asking me about Diaspora.

  • That would be fun!

  • Cool! Thanks for sharing Joel!

  • Cindy: Great to hear! Talk to you soon again. All the Best, Martin.

  • Catrina Boettner

    Great list! Most of them I know and love, but a few newbies that I’m looking forward to trying out. One I’d like to add, is its great for taking online offline, and learning about events to do just that.

  • Carol Lefrancois

    I just love this post i found on lindedin.Been a Social Media Addict I will register to Most of Them and Make Good Use of it.

    Thanks a million times Cindy.

  • Lots of very nice Features and possibility there.

  • Great round-up!

    I use several of these already and will definitely be checking out TwentyFeet.

    I recently compiled a list you may also be interested in – ’10 Tools to Improve your Twitter Experience’.


  • Brilliant! Love the list!
    I use Hootsuite to manage Facebook pages because of the schedule feature.
    Another cool tool is It’ll schedule your tweet based on when they think u’ll have the highest reach.

  • Catrina, thanks for mentioning I like how it links with Twitter to show you who’s attending the conferences listed there.

  • Thanks for sharing Mei. It’s a great idea. I wonder how good it is at estimating the best times to tweet. It’s something to test.

  • lifenbits

    I’m really a basic user of the internet….talking about opening my eyes. I have a lot to see out there. I’m glad I started my journey of learning. I will probably be writing something about this in the blog…

  • Hootsuite is my preferred system to manage my pages and twitter feeds. Worth the price. I like how it integrates them all, but I am also between mobile’s so cannot speak to how that service works on mobile.

    Any service of course must have a mobile aspect to it for it to work well for today’s transient workforce.

  • A friend og mine has this project goaing Memolane. It’s pretty cool!

  • Great list!! I’d also add Localmind ( which is still in beta but I already find it incredibly useful. You can ask questions to people who are checking into venues with Foursquare, Facebook places and Gowalla to find about lineups, specials, etc.

    I’m also really enjoying Summify (, which sends you a daily digest of the top stories from your social streams so you don’t miss the most important/popular articles and blog posts.

    And if I could also suggest Wajam (, we’re a social search browser extension that lets you find content that your friends have shared on Facebook and Twitter in your Google and Bing search results. We’re currently in beta but I’m happy to send invites to anyone who emails me at


    Community Manager

  • Cindy: Would love to get in contact with you and talk about how we could help you to spread the word about TwentyFeet and offer something interesting for your readers. Dunno if we have anything to offer, that is interesting enough, but would love to talk to you about it.

    I am “kalyxo” on Skype or mseibert at twentyfeet dot com. Would love to get in contact with you.

    Best regards

    Martin Seibert
    Founder of TwentyFeet

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  • JamesCiccone

    Can we have your review / comment / tips and advice on using Quora please?…and Branch Out

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  • I’m not sure what I want to try first! Thanks for posting this, I have definitely bookmarked it.

  • Hi James, we have an article on Quora coming out next week.

    And it’s interesting that you brought up Branch Out… I’m surprised no one mentioned it earlier given the number of updates that keep popping up on my Facebook page about it 🙂

  • Alexandra, thanks for sharing more tools 🙂

    I can see how Wajam can be useful. I wonder how it compares with the new Google social search results? And for people with a huge number of people following them on Twitter & Facebook, is there a way of only showing results from certain lists?

  • Thanks for sharing Jens!

  • Reinaldo, isn’t it? Looking into new social media tools can become addictive 🙂

  • Carol, glad you found us! I’m trying out lots of them too.

  • I’d be more than happy to send you an invite so you can try it out, Cindy. 🙂 Just ping me at!

    As for managing the content that Wajam aggregates, we only save the links from people you’re friends with on Facebook, and follow on Twitter. We’re still working on ways to filter your sources so you only get results from people who are relevant to you. 🙂

  • jeffthechimp

    Great list, Cindy. Fun new toys. I would just add a few oldies but goodies: for link shortening and live tracking; Facebook’s insights and search capabilities, which have progressed nicely; and the new LinkedIn functions likes Skills and link sharing. Some of the Facebook search stuff — like finding your company or product on Facebook “searches by everyone” can be highly insightful. Thanks, again!

  • Wow that’s lots to digest and thanks for sharing all the information with us.

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  • Just a question about the tool. Is it working retroactively? I mean if I sign up for an account today, would is still give me my older links I shared or liked will say 6 months ago?

  • Many businesses now have a Twitter account, MySpace account, or another social media tool they use to attract?

  • Thanks for these links and resources. I’ll be sure to make use of some of these myself. I did also have my own list of social media tracking tools which I’ve found useful:

  • CINDY,

    Greetings from rural Australia.

    My cup runneth over.

    So much choice. And so many tools to become knowledgeable about.

    I printed the post.

    Opened my diary.

    And plugged in one tool every day for the next 22 days to investigate.

    This way I’m not overwhelmed. And won’t become impatient when looking at too many tools in one day.

    I’m starting out with CinchCast. Anything recommended by the Goddess of Blogging, Denise Wakeman, has to be at the top of the list.

    Then OnlyWire. I’m a member. But have forgotten about it. Dino Dogan reignited my interest. And I respect his knowledge of social media and the power of blogging.

    Thank you, Cindy. I’m going to love this. Yes! I’m a learning junkie. But also love putting things into action.

    It will also keep me out of mischief for the next 22 days!

    Best wishes and take care,


    Carol Jones
    Interface Pty Ltd
    Designers of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover

    Ironing Diva’s stories are at

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  • Hi
    I feel that Social Media is the cheapest and the most effective option of connecting with potential customers. It is certainly here to stay. We have got many new small business clients and also professionals(doctors), who are using Social media to connect with their clients…and to collaborate…It is important that the business decides before hand what they want to acheive – Branding, Word Of Mouth, or Just Sales…and then take the approach that best matches these goals…
    Thanks for sharing more on Social media

  • Cindy, greetings from Prague, Czech R. First, I want to say thank you for the fantastic job you have done with your site, specifically the selection of tools. I come from investment banking, later setting up a small business and have been using FB page as its only sales channel targeting international clients.
    Imagine, if these tools are new and emerging in states how new or nearly out of site your content is for a professional in my region. I follow developments in the industry closly but so far your selestion has proved to by by far most informative content. I became social media strategist recently and only quick review of this page without having a time to study the tools, and use them gave me info that was good enough to secure a serious account (I was in taxi, reading the content before the meeting from my smart phone). The demand is strong for social media strategies to support businesses but your content puts me ahead of nearly all my competitors.
    Fantastic job!
    By the way, if you guys feel like learning anything about my region and its progress in understaning power of social media or anything else, let me you, I will be happy to hear from you.

    Jarda Krivanek
    JK Media

  • AngieVanDenzen

    Great tip Carol on scheduling a daily reminder! I’m going to do the same as last time I visited this post I only got thru about number 5 in testing!

    Angie VanDenzen
    Community Manager at Circus Strategic Communications

  • ANGIE,

    Greetings from rural Australia.

    I peeked at your website. Very nice!

    Just as well I chose to be this disciplined. I came unstuck with CinchCast. I can’t record. For whatever technical reason. And they don’t reply to my emails sent to Support.

    So I got waylaid.

    I have a particular story that I wrote and is online, about How I Became The Ironing Board Cover Lady. It’s so perfect for turning into a series of podcasts.

    After practicing my recording technique for several hours, and then discovering I’m not able to record on CinchCast, I refused to be beaten.

    SocialMediaExaminer saved the day with their post on 5 Steps To Starting Your Own Podcasting Show.

    And will have the first of 12 podcasts ready to upload by next week. In another place, but with probably more exposure as it goes into iTunes as well.

    In the meantime, amidst all the unexpected learning curve I had to climb up, I would have forgotten about the other tools I wanted to look at.

    So the daily diary entry reminded me. I’m two days behind. But checking them off as I go.

    I did go to OnlyWire. Uploaded my last four blog posts. And just like Dino says. The traffic to my blog has increased.

    To me, SocialMediaExaminer is like visiting a magic show. Snap your fingers. And lovely surprises happen.

    Best wishes Angie.

    I’m off to LIKE your fanpage!

    All the best and take care,


    Carol Jones
    Interface Pty Ltd
    Designers of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover

    Ironing Diva’s stories are at

  • AngieVanDenzen

    Thanks again for the like, and for your great suggestion! I checked out your blog too, some gorgeous photos of the outback! I’m following you on Twitter from @CircusStrategic, hoping to check out your podcasts when you post them! 🙂

  • Hi Cindy, that is quite the list! I use a bunch of those on the list and would also add Actionly. We looked into Sysomos and they looked great, but for people who need something at a lower price point, Actionly has been great, and is really easy to work with! I love that I can easily export my tweets/interactions from the past week or month, so that I can further analyze and break down the data how I want, instead of being stuck with pre-made reports!

    Another new tool that is definitely worth adding is Spreadable. [Full disclosure: I work for Grasshopper Group, the parent company of Spreadable.] Spreadable is our new tell a friend tool that makes it easy for your customers to tell their friends about your business. We used this on our Grasshopper site and in one year it gave us a conversion rate of 20%. Definitely worth checking out!

  • Cindy,

    So many great tools! How someone possible can cope with so many new ideas… I wish I could clone myself. 🙂

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  • K M Brown

    This is the kind of list I was looking for – eclectic. Does anyone use It’s just a one page profile but works as a personal ‘hub’ for social media.

  • Mandy

    Great list Cindy! Thanks for putting together a very comprehensive list of some of the best tools out there.

    I would also love to introduce you to the tracx social media management system. tracx helps brands and agencies to become social. The platform analyzes the complete social media life-cycle; from research and strategic planning, influencer management and engagement, full work-flow / SM content creation and distribution functionality, to real-time conversation volumes and extensive reporting and ROI modules.

    I would be very happy to arrange a private tour to showcase its advanced capabilities.
    Marketing Director

  • Great post! Can’t wait to check the above out. I personally am interested in the Apture tool and the Argyle Social. Thanks a lot!

  • SetSocial

    Great information. Check out to see how these tools compare to one another. We’re trying to pull as much information on Social Media Tools as possible to help people find the “right” tool for their organization. Personally, the crowd favorite right now seems to Hootsuite for being free, easy to use, lots of features, great analytics.

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  • I like this post most of the posts I find are a bit older but this is loaded with fresh tools.

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  • I was using tweetdeck chrome app but now i have moved to hootsuite and it is impressive. what are your thoughts on that Cindy ?
    But thanks for some great tools that i would like to try and play around are and Hash tracking 🙂

  • Ted

    I stumbled upon TweetDeck last week and I must say, it has made it’s way to the top of my “Favorites” List.

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  • Guest

    This post is more like a consultation, tons of info, thanks

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  • Just wanted to let you know we released Mokumax this week. It’s totally free. Schedule and brand your Twitter tweets. For any small business that doesn’t have all day to spend on Twitter it’s a perfect solution. Just spend 5 minutes a day and still have a Twitter presence with a backlink to your website on each tweet.

  • Just wanted to let you know we released Mokumax this week. It’s totally free. Schedule and brand your Twitter tweets. For any small business that doesn’t have all day to spend on Twitter it’s a perfect solution. Just spend 5 minutes a day and still have a Twitter presence with a backlink to your website on each tweet.

  • stuartml

    Please have a look at – which lets you create your own snazzy social media stickers to spark new local connections. @FollowMeSticker

  • stuartml

    Please have a look at – which lets you create your own snazzy social media stickers to spark new local connections. @FollowMeSticker

  • Definitely signing up with all of these to compare with each other. I definitely look forward to trying screenr since I use jing most of the time. I wonder which one is faster… thanks for sharing!

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  • Seo pakistan

    its owesome tips but its not actually tips its actually consultation nice positng thanks a lot for such a nice post.. 

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  • My Name is Agine F Maduakolam, All my troubles started in 2008. Harassed by New Jersey Irvington Police, Who have used their authority and power to make my life miserable. They harassed me so much that I have discovered all their secrets. I had to leave my home in Irvington New Jersey (USA). I came to Washington D.C; I end up in a shelter. I find another nurse with the similar problems. I ask all of you this question: Is this  what police are paid to do? They send various informants to set me up. They send me an email where to get guns on auction. (Are they in their right minds?) Every job I apply for as a nurse, I cannot get the job due to propaganda. They have no court order, they listen to the conversations in the house by means of hacking all electronics in the house including cell phone . All information gathered about the individuals, the house, the family dynamics etc are used to do evil. Please look up on Google: gang stalking or group stalking and/or organized stalking. I want to stand in front of judge and jury to clear My Name. My email address is If you prefer you can write me at 2341 Pennsylvania Ave SE, P.O Box 36504 Washington DC. 20020. As you can imagine time is of the essence , I owe 2 credit card companies , I live in a shelter and I don’t know what the next setup will be. Please find me a lawyer.
    I am very tired of the situation of police gang stalking, I am telling everybody.   Gang stalking is the worst from of social abuse by people in power. I am a nurse by profession but because of police  gang  stalking  that started in Irvington  New Jersey  (USA);  I ended  up with a grill  cook  job in Washington  DC  .  The police went to the job where I worked.  I will be able to identify 2 of them. The last day I went to pick up my last pay check   5-6-2011. I am still not working.  I said to myself if they stalk me now, they will not let me work as a nurse either.  I realized   that I must make this stalking issue public.   When   I went to investigate the   problem of gang stalking,   I found out that individuals take different approach to handle gang stalking:  some people commit suicide, some people become mentally ill, some leave the country etc….   None of the options above seem to sit well with me.  Talking about it and making known to the public is a better solution.   Please follow me on facebook, Twitter  and  visit my blog : 
    Thank you Yours Truly Agine Fabien –Maduakolam

  • Aimee Joseph

    No one mentions Alterian SM2. i assume it is because you have to pay for it? its pretty expensive too….

  • Evoapp is not expensive. You can see their services, training, custom integration and its cloud BI(Business Intelligence) in


  • John Pollen

    This is an excellent post on starting up a blog for network
    marketers, very well put together. I will start the network marketing business.

    All the best to you.


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  • John Pollen

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    marketers, very well put together. I will start the network marketing business.

    All the best to you.


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  • Hero


    I am looking for a social media tool, where we can discuss internal matters and be private? We are 12 colleges who are placed around the country and need a place to discuss a project we are working on, and since the project is related to social media, it would be fun to use a social media just for that purpose:-) Any suggestions? 

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  • Malkolm Babush


  • Great range of tools here – many of which I use. But you missed my fave tool of all: Buffer for Twitter. Check out if you’re serious about Twitter content curation. A lovely little tool that’s changed my online habits considerably. 

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  • Matt M

    Cindy… Do you know which site lets you upload a current email list, then analyses that data as to which social sites each addy is associated with?

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  • Hi Cindy, 

    I like the way in which you have divided the tools and bunched them in categories. Although this comes a tad bit late, I would like to add a social media analytics tool to your list called webfluenz (
    It is a multi-language digital media measurement and analytics tool which provides users with a perspective on the conversations and underlying trends that
    impact the attitudes of their key stakeholders. The tool is multi-lingual and
    can measure volume and sentiment using any specific terms or categories chosen by a user.It is definitely worth checking out!

  • These are all very interesting tools. Just reading about them caused me to think abut possible ways to incorporate them into my social media use.

  • Very nice set of tools here, most of which I am familiar, but you managed to give one golden site that I was previously unaware of and will take action on incorporating into my social media pillar.They say it only takes one actionable new idea per day to gain massive results.Thank you for all of your excellent contributions!

  • Great list!

  • Great tools

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  • Arto

    Cool list!  Just thought I’d mention one that’s new so it’s not on here:

    It’s currently in beta but it’s free and for me it takes the hassle out of scheduling posts while I’m not online to post them and also for saving drafts of posts that I can edit and post/schedule later.  I tried hootsuite too, but it was so complicated to use that I gave up.

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  • Thanks Cindy for such a great post which is very useful for a beginner like me in social media marketing….

  • Hi Cindy. I thought it was worth mentioning the shiny brand new social site I’m involved with It’s about enabling more creative messaging and encouraging valuable interactions. It gives smaller businesses a greater chance of success without having to play the social media numbers game.

    It’s just starting to really take off. Would be super happy to tell you more about it if interested.

    Thanks! Simon

  • Carlos

    I am missing the social media tool for the smaller business like Its a great tool for getting small business to increase their social media marketing.

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  • Raj

    nice posting …. i like this tools thanks for share it.

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  • Patrick Tarpey

    GrabInBox is a solid social scheduling tool + analytics. Pair that with a URL shortener like Bitly and you are good to go. Happy Sharing from @SmartFile

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  • Thank you! great info, I’m so glad I found your site.

  • Tamie Pucek

    who can help me please? i thought i bookmarked it but sadly to say no. i saw a new social media site that lets you sell your products on their site from your website by merging your products on to their site from yours. can anyone help with the name of it? the website? thanks.