Top 5 Most Indispensable Twitter Tools for Marketers

social media toolsWhat’s more important? The quantity of your Twitter following or the depth of your relationships with your followers?

The answer is BOTH! Having hundreds of thousands of followers must be nice. But we all know that the depth of the relationships you maintain with your tweeple is paramount.

This article will reveal five great Twitter tools that will help you find and engage with quality Twitter followers.

Notice I mentioned “depth.” However, there must be another side to this coin. The reach. And if you want to have “reach” on Twitter (getting 10+ retweets, for example) on regular basis, chances are you will need a large number of followers.

This article will focus on getting you those numbers.

Specifically, I want to explore how to generate new followers, how to manage your newly found follower surplus and how to turn those shallow relationships into deeper ones using the top 5 most indispensable Twitter tools.

#1: Blast Follow

Editors note: BlastFollow is no longer operational due to changes in Twitter authentication requirements. To make up the difference, we suggest you see a post about another magnificent Twitter tool.

Editors note: This tool, if abused, will get you temporarily banned from Twitter.  Do not follow large groups (1000 or more) or multiple hash tags at once.  We have received reports from readers that they were banned because they “over did” this tool.

Blast Follow is indispensable for finding people in your niche (and beyond) and auto-following them with a single click.

How does this help YOU gain more followers? Because of the Law of Reciprocity.

Blast Follow

Take advantage of Twitter's "Law of Reciprocity" nature and blast follow hundreds of tweeple with a single click and get followed in kind.

The law of reciprocity is a basic mammalian urge. When apes groom each other, they are engaging in the Law of Reciprocity. In fact, if you take a trip to your local zoo, you will notice that the most social apes are the best-groomed as well.

I will go as far as to say that the reason Twitter is so popular is because the human urge to reciprocate is such a strong driving force behind our actions.

Twitter is a Law of Reciprocity platform. You follow me; it’s only fair that I follow you back.

Most social media experts (Chris Brogan , Guy Kawasaki) recommend a mutual-follow policy.

Note: Chris has changed his own policy due to spam, but the basic idea for the rest of us still stands.

Here is a nifty list of Twitter superstars who WILL follow you back.

#2: Tweepi

Tweepi allows you to unfollow those who do not reciprocate.

Tweepi

Easily shake off the deadbeats. Tweepi enables you to unfollow those who do not follow you back, 40 deadbeats at a time.

The only thing I would add is to be careful not to unfollow someone you would prefer to continue to follow.

Why would you want to follow someone who doesn’t follow you back? One reason could be that their tweets are super-interesting.

The overall strategy for using Blast Follow and Tweepi is to blast follow 100-200 people today and give them a week or so to follow back. If they don’t reciprocate, clean them out with Tweepi. Then repeat.

OK. What’s next?

#3: twAitter

I hope that I don’t have to sell you on the notion of maintaining a presence on Twitter. One tool that is indispensable in maintaining a presence is twAitter, which allows you to schedule your tweets in advance.

Now, that’s not all that amazing on its own. Many tools allow you to schedule your tweets. Social Oomph comes to mind.

twAitter

twAitter will soon be renamed to Gremln; the ability to schedule, rotate and repeat your tweets will remain unchanged.

twAitter is unique in that it allows us to rotate and repeat our tweets. Social Oomph allows for a similar functionality (and a lot more), but it’s a premium service for which you’d have to pay. twAitter, on the other hand, is free.

Why would you want to repeat your tweets?

Twitter is a drive-by platform. Most people login for 10-20 minutes at a time and unless they see your tweet in that time, chances are they will never see it. Unless you repeat yourself.

Don’t abuse this awesome power.

Guy Kawasaki repeats his tweets four times with at least several hours in between. I repeat my tweets every few days but do not limit myself to four.

#4: TweetDeck

Now that you have thousands of followers, you will need to organize them and keep an eye on the really interesting ones. In comes TweetDeck.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck gives you the ability to create panels based on your lists, retweet now or later, keep an eye on your fav tweeps and much more.

TweetDeck allows you to create “panels” based on your Twitter lists or others. I have lists/panels for my dog people, social media people, friends, interesting and RT-worthy tweeps, etc. They all get their own list/panel, which makes it really easy to follow their timeline.

Without TweetDeck, this would be an overwhelming and time-consuming prospect.

#5: TweetChat

TweetChat allows you to isolate the conversation based on the hashtag.

This is a two-in-one kind of tool.

TweetChat

In the sea of tweets, it's easy to lose track of your favorite hashtag. TweetChat to the rescue.


It not only helps you generate followers, but it does this by first creating a familiarity and depth before the follow itself occurs. How?

Hashtags (#) and the way they can be used on Twitter are a great big untapped resource for many Twitter residents.

Here’s an example:

If you tune into Twitter every Monday night around 9 pm EST, you might see an excessive appearance of the #dogtalk hashtag.

The #dogtalk crew brings in interesting dog people every week and interviews them about their goings-on. Many folks tune in using TweetChat to follow and participate in the conversation.

If you’ve participated in the conversation and actually contributed in some small way, a funny thing happens.

Other participants see you as interesting and decide to follow you. The right thing to do now is to reciprocate, of course.

Bonus #6: Super-Secret Bonus Twitter Tool

This tool is the best, most important tool of them all. It works in an entirely different way than any other tools we’ve mentioned.

Here’s the big secret. It’s you.

Be useful. Be interesting. Be compelling.

Take this post as an example. Do you think that this post will generate followers for me? Of course it will. A bonus here is that the relationship has started “on the right foot.” I’m a real person (a somewhat rare commodity on Twitter), I have something useful to share (at least I hope it will be useful to you) and hopefully it will compel you to check me out and be my friend on Twitter.

Do you use any of these Twitter tools? Got some to add? Leave us your comments in the box below.

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  • http://twitter.com/kamranmian Mian Kamran Aziz

    Nice information provided by you..It really help me.I am also blogger..But i am much new blogger..Trying to learn..Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.natalielouise.com.au Nat

    This is an awesome list – I use just 1 of these things, TweetDeck. Have just jumped on to Blast Follow when I read it here, how awesome is that thing!! Will check out the others, I think I have my head far to deep in the sand when it comes to Twitter – thanks for the heads up on these awesome tools :-)

  • Tedb

    Blast Follow got me booted off Twitter. Not a great recommendation. I was sent to Twitter’s Zen Desk, also known as Social Media’s “Judge Judy,” or Purgatory for Twitter outlaws (Twoutlaws) – Here is my experience from three days of Blast Follow induced Twitter hell : http://bit.ly/bKWVb1

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    You’re so welcome Nat…Im happy to bring these TwettTools to your attention. Just remember that all these tools are really pieces of a larger strategy which revolves around expanding your follower-base and deepening the relationship that you have with your followers.

    Thnx so much for commenting…Im glad you enjoyed the post.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Mian…Im glad you enjoyed the post. Twitter is a blogger’s best friend and these tools should def come in handy :-)

  • http://adconline.ca/ Amy Courser

    Thanks Dino, you have supplied a list of awesomeness-but you missed Hootsuite! I set this up for and teach my clients to create, add tweeps to and monitor twitter lists, follow keywords and hashtags, schedule tweets to be sent later, keep up with new followers and even get stats on how many people have clicked on links you have posted.

    Throw in the ability to monitor LinkedIn, Facebook Profile & Business Pages and just recently they have added Google Analytics (haven’t had a chance to tinker around with that cool tool yet). I think Hootsuite covers a lot of ground.

  • http://twitter.com/DLMeiresonne Deanna Meiresonne

    I wrote an article a bit ago that reminded me of this same point, and in fact had a passionate discussion the other night between a friend of mine who is super-techy, web design, iphone lover, and can’t get enough of what’s hot-or-not in the social networking world. as a blogger, it’s easy to see the benefits, but I found myself passionate over the lack of substance in exchange for um…what seems like bull sometimes. Rather than seeking a genuine connection, you can see through those tweeters or bloggers etc etc who are just looking for a good follow to follow and be followed be listed numbered tagged commented. I use the #ChubbyBunny hashtag as my own calling card for knee-jerk tweets that don’t fit into any real category other than just interesting/entertaining, but there is nothing saying that someone can’t use the same hashtag for something they think is worthwhile. It’s the pages followed with links that lack discussions and personality that dismay me. Again, all this should be used as a tool to sharing ideas and information, not replacing actual thought.

    now to sum up my long rant…I appreciate tools that help me to understand and make these connections so that I just don’t have 1 billion followers, I have 1 billion people conferring, discussing, creating. Thank you for making this apart of your article.

    p.s., “tweeple”, cute!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    @DLMeiresonne hey there stranger…fancy meeting you here :-) glad you left a crumb trail lol I didnt want to beat a dead horse by repeating myself…there are only so many words you can squeeze into an article, but these tools are just that…tools. What they allow us to do is whats important.

    And what they allow us to do is deepen and expand our connections. A year from now, these tools will be replaced by some other tools but the methodology will remain the same.

    Thx for checkin in, glad you could make it ;-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    @AmyCourser Hi Amy. Yup..I agree…Hootsuite covers a lot of ground. Believe me, there are 2-3 other tools that could have just as easily made the list. I decided to focus on single-purpose (or close to it) tools that are free. Hootsuite, as Im sure you know is paid-for type tool (tho they do have a basic free version as well.

    Now, the thing I dont like about Hootsuite is the across-the-top bar …it annoys the crap out of me, not sure why lol

    Thnx for checking in…what other tools have you tried?

  • http://www.prussakov.com/ Geno Prussakov

    Good list, Dino. I gotta try at least a couple of these tools. Not sure about Blast Follow and Tweepi though. You’ve talked about manual approval in the section about Blast Follow. Re Tweepi: what exactly is the reasoning behind setting an account up to automatically unfollow those who do not follow you in return? Is there a presupposition that I’m following only to be followed back? Like you said, you can end up unfollowing those you actually do want to follow regardless.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    @eprussakov Hey Geno..thnx for checking in with a great question :-) BlastFollow taps into the serendipitous nature of twitter.

    By mass following people (and by that I mean keep it under 200 per week) based on a #tag you open yourself up for a chance encounter with someone who brings great value into your life.

    Maybe its just a funny tweet they share, a great article they write on their blog, a chance for collaboration and million other things. I believe @ChrisBrogan calls Twitter the serendipity engine :-)

    Now, BlastFollow takes a Blunderbuss approach to follower-building. Its a big, wide but stupid net that catches anything and everything. Some tweeps may be bots, some spammers, some irrelevant in some way, so might be inactive and on and on…

    If you want to keep your “house” clean, you use Tweepi to clean them out.

    btw…Tweepi is NOT automated they way BlastFollow is…you can individually select who to unfollow.

    hope that clears it up…let me know if you have further questions ;-)

  • http://www.irisemedia.com iRISEmedia

    This is probably one of the most useful articles about optimizing Twitter that I’ve come across. The tools described exponentially save the amount of time to build up a Twitter profile. Thanks!

  • http://mytwittertoolbox.com David Perdew

    These are all pretty useful tools to generate a following, though I’ve had a little trouble with TweetDeck sometimes because it attempts to pull in so much information at once, especially if you select multiple platforms to monitor. I agree with you that the most important marketing element is yourself, since the tools won’t work well if you don’t have continually interesting content to share and/or aren’t willing to be proactive in engaging people in conversation.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    @iRISEmedia thnx so much…Im glad you like it.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey David, you know…its a good thing I submitted this article a while back because last week (and for the first time ever) TweetDeck was hating me :-(

    My updates wouldn’t display via Tweetdeck which effectively locked me out of the conversation. BUT..I decided to turn Limes into limanade and actually wrote an article about it :-) See http://dogandogs.com/social-media-invaders-from-outer-space-how-li its kinda funny and perhaps even useful :-)

  • lewishowes

    HootSuite should be a must on this list in my opinion, wouldn’t use Twitter or other social media sites without it :)

  • http://www.explorethebruce.com/ Explore The Bruce

    Here is a PC & Mac professional software for managing twitter accounts: http://tweetadder.com/ -nuff said-

  • http://www.facebook.com/zoonationfamily Darrell

    Great article–thanks—the only detractor from this write-up is the pop-up form –rather annoying. It appears to be colliding with Summit info—and can’t eliminate the form. If this is uniquely my issue, my apologies.
    Keep up the great teachings!! Merci Beaucoup.

  • http://tinyurl.com/KeywordExperts Cindy Brock

    I LIVE for TweetDeck. I have gotten more subscribers to my lists using just that one program than anything else (except direct promotion).

  • http://www.anoccasionalchocolate.com Owner

    WOW fantastic writing, thank you!

  • http://www.ekaterinawalter.com/ Ekaterina Walter

    Great post, Dino! I didn’t know about a couple of these tools.

    One issue I have with Twitter – it has been really buggy lately. It unfollows some of the people you are following (and you don’t even know about it until you find out accidentally). Also, some of these tools are not always correct when they pull up information about your followers. But, I guess, they are the best we have :)

  • http://twitter.com/georgemanty georgemanty

    I thought that mass follow and unfollow tools were getting people banned from twitter. Did they change their policies recently?

  • http://www.ryanshell.com/blog Ryan Shell

    I hate to do this, but I have to call this post out a bit.

    First, I’m not a fan of mass following just to see who can win the “cool” contest. It’s bogus a bogus way to get more followers and highlights that said individual doesn’t really understand the concept of taking part in the conversation.

    Second, How can a top 5 list exists without highlighting any tools that have to do with “search?” You can search with TweetDeck… but that wasn’t the focus as mentioned in this post.Sorry, I’d be suspect of this list.

  • http://twitter.com/RelocationAlly Alliance Relocation

    Terrible. You’re just going to wind up following a bunch of spam bots and boring accounts by using any kind of program. Your real customers see right through that. I’m kind of disappointed in the Social Media Examiner – you’re usually so on the ball.

  • http://facebook.com/seospain Rob

    Thanks for the list guys but I don’t agree with #1. The law of reciprocity??

    “Twitter is a Law of Reciprocity platform. You follow me; it’s only fair that I follow you back.”

    Why? Why should I follow someone back? Would Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nike or any other company follow me back?

    This is the problem with Twitter. Nobody is listening.

    That’s like blackmail. I will follow you but hey, you better follow me back or I’m not gonna follow you! This doesn’t work!

    So Chris Brogan right now is FOLLOWING 140,000 people. Even if he had time to sit there and follow every tweet he wouldn’t have time to respond. So is he listening? I think not.

  • Addoway, Inc

    I have to admit the BlastFollow is pretty cool. I remember tools coming out last year that were actually banned from Twitter later on because it unfollows people that don’t follow you and then blasts them, so I hope these last.

  • http://www.ryanshell.com/blog Ryan Shell

    Glad you saw that as well!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Lewis…I agree…Hootsuite is a great tool…the only reason it wasn’t included it because its not free. (the basic version IS free but very limited as Im sure you know). Which version do you use?

  • http://twitter.com/Tensai808 天才八零八

    Blast Follow is unable to recognise Japanese characters :( 残念…

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey Bruce…thnx for leaving a comment :-) tweetadder wasn’t included on my list only because of the associated cost. If you notice, all the tools listed in this post are single-purpose (for the most part they perform one specific function) and free. That was the criteria I used. I bet tweetadder is amazing tho..would love to give it a spin :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey Darrell…thnx for leaving a comment…sorry about the pop up. Technology can sometimes be a detractor when connecting with people lol

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Cindy…yup…awesome tool …love it :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I got me self a “WOW”…why thank you :-)

  • Rich

    #1 and #2 on this list will get you removed from search for “aggressive following” – avoid!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Ekaterina…thnx for bringing up an excellent point. All these 3rd party tools have to connect back to twitter database to “pull” the necessary information. Given the pervasiveness of the blue whale its no wonder sometimes these 3rd party tools get incomplete, slightly outdated info.

    We have to take the good with the bad I guess :-)

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Darrell – If you refresh the page it should go away. It only appears once. The overlap is really very rare and depends on your browser and screen width. – Mike

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Great question George ..to which I really dont have an great answer other than to say that I’ve used BlastFollow for months and as long as you are not greedy (up to 200 followers per week) everything seems to be fine.

    hope that helps :-)

  • http://twitter.com/GreenLandlady Kimberly Madrigal

    Thank for this list Dino and the mention of Twaitter for scheduling tweets. I use and love TweetDeck but haven’t quite figured out how to schedule more than one tweet at a time. Would love to hear your thoughts on TweetGrid. I’ve tried it, but found it confusing and a lot of work, so I went back to TweetChat.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Ryan,

    As with anything, abuse could happen with these tools. If you read what Dino said, it was about following people in your niche. And I think if you use the tool wisely, to follow say a few dozen new people a day that meet a criteria, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

    And this list is really NOT meant to be a full overview of all Twitter tools. It is simply Dino’s opinion on the top tools.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hi! I think you are getting caught up on the first Blast Follow offering listed here and not really looking at the rest of the article.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Rob – You bring up great points – Mike

  • http://www.DanielStoica.com Daniel Stoica

    Love # 6 : “It’s you. Be useful. Be interesting. Be compelling. ”

    Thank You Very Much Dino for reminding us what this is all about!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Ryan…thnx for leaving a comment. Mass following is fishing with dynamite..I’ll grant you…but it has produced serendipitous encounters with some very cool tweeps. The cream floats to the top and the crop gets cleaned out with Tweepi.

    I also agree that taking part in conversations is paramount, hence the inclusion of things like tweetchat, tweetdeck, creating lists and so on.

    With this process I’ve tried to balance mass-follow with mass-participation and its the best way I’ve been able to manage so far. If there is a better, easier, more effective way I’d love to know about it.

    Thnx again for leaving a comment…I really appreciate your time and consideration :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Ally…thnx for leaving a comment :-) Its true…mass-follow of any kind can generate some bots, spammers, etc. With BlastFollow however you are specifying a hash tag presumably used by real people in real time. So the pool of tweeple is actually pretty high quality…

    hope that helps :-)

  • http://twitter.com/thejondaniels Jon Daniels

    I think this is the best blog post I have ever read on the internet ever. I have used all five sites straight away…..frickin quality man

  • http://www.scrwall.com/ blainecreates

    Hootsuite continues to be an excellent tool also!

  • http://www.ryanshell.com/blog Ryan Shell

    Michael,

    Some people read that as, “Hey, marketing is my niche – let me follow everyone that has every mentioned marketing or mentions it in their profile.”

    Sorry, we won’t be in agreement on this.

    Ryan

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Im glad you found some of these tools useful Rob :-)

    To answer your concern…no..people with thousands of followers are NOT listening to every single one of their followers BUT. If I follow you back it means that you can direct-message me and vice versa. It also means that you can potentially be on my radar and if your tweets are above the fray you will be noticed, you’ll make it onto the list and you will be “watched”.

    I think the point is to allow for a possibility. If there is no follow-back that possibility is eliminated.

    hope that makes sense… :-)

  • http://www.ryanshell.com/blog Ryan Shell

    Dino,

    You didn’t mention dynamite and you didn’t mention that this practice could cause people to get their account deleted – two important details.

    If you are asking if I know an “easier, more effective way” to appear to be popular and have lots of followers… I don’t. Taking suggestions from like minded people and taking part in conversations will, on the other hand, help people make quality connections.

    I’m sorry, I just see the first two points as being reckless.

    Ryan

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    yup…I know Twitter Karma had to change the way it “works” to comply with Twitter usage agreement. So far so good with these tools…I think they are all being very careful not to step on Twitter’s toes and if Twitter tells them to, they cave and change the offending functionality.

    thnx for leaving a comment Fred…appreciate it :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    interesting..did not know that :-) Blast Follow is unable to recognize Japanese characters

  • lewishowes

    Dino, for personal use it is amazing and it’s free with a ton of options and functionality. Check it out again, I think you will agree with me

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    yup…it can happen…its important not to be greedy…as I mention in the article…up to 200 tweeple per week. Hope that helps :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Same here…I will be trying tweetchat again tonight and if it fails me (like it did the last time http://dogandogs.com/social-media-invaders-from-outer-space-how-li ) I will be forced to try tweetgrid again…but I didnt like it the first time…I also found it confusing :-(

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    These tools will change, but that last part stays the same, doesn’t it? :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Thnx so much Jon…I hope you get a lot of mileage from these tools :-)

  • http://twitter.com/RelocationAlly Alliance Relocation

    Name is Jenn, but that’s ok. I see where this post was going, but it was worded in such a “NUMBERS ARE EVERYTHING!” type way, and as a marketer for a Relocation company, I find that to be unbelievably dangerous. People are out there looking for the quickest way to find large numbers in this social media medium that they don’t understand. Then they see an article like this and get themselves into trouble when those numbers don’t reflect anything. There’s no “community” behind it. I personally use twellow.com’s suggested follower page and manually go through to find people to follow this twitter account. But again, I’m looking at bios, I’m looking at pages, I’m seeing that there’s engagement. And THAT’s how you get numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/RelocationAlly Alliance Relocation

    haha of course. Glad you’re in agreement!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hootsuite is amazing …but to get really usage from it you have to spring for a paid version…my goal was to include tools that are free and fit into the overall strategy. % wise..how many twitter users are paying for twitter tools…there must be some studies somewhere…Ima go look… lol

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey Ryan…its quite ok…we dont have to agree…its just stupid twitter tools lol right? We certainly agree on the bigger point of taking part in conversations and being useful.

    Stick to your guns my friend..I respect that :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I dont mean to beat a dead horse but let me address the account deletion. I am unaware of anyone’s account being deleted for using these tools. Also, if you use these tools as prescribed in the post (up to 200 tweeple per week) you will be well within the safe-zone.

    Your account might be prevented from following additional tweeple for few days if you over do it..but thats as severe as I’ve experienced it after using these tools for months.

    Hope that helps

  • Rjaguilarcpc

    Thanks for this article Dino, I am a new blogger and twitterer and plan to try these tools responsibly as you suggest.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    You are quite welcome my friend….:-) hope you find them as useful as I did :-)

  • http://facebook.com/seospain Rob

    Hi Dino,

    8-). I have used some of the tools and did enjoy reading the post.

    I understand what your saying and I do agree that yes you have to follow in order to be able to direct message someone and that once you are connected that there are possibilities, but feel it is very difficult to be heard over all that noise.

    I think that if you are already established in some way and already have a decent following then it’s a lot easier. For example I follow quite a number of people but generally just skim every so often and look out for the usual suspects who I know are normally a source of valuable information. As for the rest, I just don’t have time. They may have something to offer but they get drowned out in the noise.

    I do realise though that it’s important to be consistent with any social media and maybe this is especially true for Twitter.

    Thanks again for the post. I only discovered SME around 2 months ago and now is one of my faves.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Bla

    Never recommend services that do not use OAuth….they are not trustworthy!

  • jana rade

    Thank you for summarizing these great tools. Never heard of the Blast Follow. Using the others. #dogtalk

  • Philtaylor98052

    Thanks for the tools list. I very much like Cotweet.com, which allows me to follow my several Twitter account. I also use Amplify.com to post to more of my social networks simultaneously, but you list is well thought out. Thanks! @ptaylor98

  • http://www.ryanshell.com/blog Ryan Shell

    I left a previous comment on this post, but have also written a quick blog post highlighting some things I don’t necessarily agree with. It’s titled, “Don’t Believe Everything You Read” and can be found here,
    http://ryanshell.com/dont-believe-everything-you-read.

    Note: While I’m not a fan of this particular post, I’ve seen great posts on SocialMediaExaminer.com and will continue visiting the site.

  • http://twitter.com/Ncavarra Ncavarra

    Have enjoyed this conversation. You mentioned these services were stand alone and free. You also briefly mentioned Social Oomph. Like HootSuite, it is a freemium service with a basic plan that is free and a subscription plan that you pay for monthly. It truly offers quite a lot for the free version including the ability to search for folks using a keyword. I have to say that using the native Twitter interface is awful and incredibly time consuming, but using a service like Social Oomph that lists the bios of the users, their follow stats and their tweets all in nicely organized list without have to click back and forth and back and forth is incredibly efficient. I can easily scroll through multiple users tweeting about subjects I am interested in and choose who to engage with (and more importantly, ignore the ones I don’t). The premium service offers the ability to update your status across multiple social channels and to customize your DM when someone follows you. If anyone is interested, check it out here: http://www.socialoomph.com/We can all argue about the noise that is out there on Twitter and lament about it, but the reality is most folks are broadcasting and not listening unless they are going to Twitter for a specific purpose such as monitoring what is being said about their brand or doing a search on a product they happen to be in the market for at the time. The real engagement areas are still blogs (like this one) and direct messages either through email, LinkedIn or Facebook where you actually have a chance to have a conversation that is not in the public. There is nothing worse in my book than when someone tweets @Ncavarra thanks for last night…

  • http://twitter.com/whitespacemedia Online Advertising

    Just adding a really nice tool – I think it is just out of beta and is no longer free but still very well priced and has the ability to roll several you mentioned into one platform
    http://www.sproutsocial.com. We ahve been using it for about 4 months and it just keeps getting better

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey Jana..great to see you here :-) yup…tonight after #dogtalk is over, you can BlastFollow all the participants (usually between 30-50 people) see ya then :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Thnx for your comment Phil…I use posterous to post to several platforms simultaneously but I’ma have to check out amplify. Thnx for the tip :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    all I can say to this is amen :-)

  • http://igirl.posterous.com/ Chris Loyd

    AMAZING post. I was wondering how people do this, I guess now I know. I will be using blast follow tonight-I promise not to get greedy :)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Glad you enjoyed it Chris :-)

  • Clarrea

    nice to reed all comments and very useful tools, i wonder how people got the time to do all this..i love this, thanks Dino.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hi Ncavarra – Thanks for your comment. I have removed your affiliate URL however as we do not allow advertisements in our comments.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hi Ncavarra – Thanks for your comment. I have removed your affiliate URL however as we do not allow advertisements in our comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BabeofBusiness Crystal McCann

    This is great post! Thanks so much for sharing some of these secrets! :) I wanted to further comment on the use of ‘bulk’ tools. You must not use these aggressively or you will get the lockdown, boot, cast off the island – whatever you want to call it. For example, Blast Follow. If you type in a hashtag that shows 1,327 potential Twitter accounts to follow – don’t do it! Go to Listorious and type in the same tag. Here you can follow selectively and in moderation. Blast Follow is great for adding under 200. And don’t do this multiple times a day. I use a managed approach of follow/unfollow. Follow a hundred or so at a time, unfollow some…(using a site like Tweepi; another is Twitter Karma) wait until later in the day (or the next day) and repeat. Some experts suggest waiting three or four days in between the follow/unfollow process. I have had zero problems doing this in the morning and again in the evening on the accounts I maintain. Also keep in mind that at the end of the day, 50,000 followers might look pretty – but these are just numbers. I strongly believe in quality (interested/targeted followers) over quantity (noise). That’s why I opt for an organic, less aggressive approach. Plus there is less risk of having a Twitter bouncer on your back. ;-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    That is a great addendum and a workaround…thnx so much Crystal.

  • http://brite-talk.com Andrea DeBell – britetalk

    Hi Dino! Thanks for sharing some tools that I wasn’t aware of. I’m always trying to get more efficient with Twitter. I’ve been using some other tools such as Social Oomph, Tweetattacks,and ManageFlitter. Social Oomph and Tweetattacks are paid but I’m pretty happy with their services. I like ManageFlitter to unfollow because I can select the older follows by going to the last page.

    I didn’t know about Tweetchat. I’m always unsure of how to use hashtags but you gave an incentive to use them and a way to join the conversation. This discovery was a gold mine for me.

    Loving blessings!

    P.S. – BTW, I followed you. :)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Im happy you found these useful. I use twitter karma to clean out inactive tweeps but I will check out the other ones you mentioned…thnx for a tip :-)

    P.S. I followed back :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MarkeD_NB Mark Edmondson

    Interesting expereince with Blast Follow – I have to say I’m surprised that a respected social media blog is advocating mass following and unfollowing (also known as “churning followers”) just to get the twitter follow numbers up on accounts. Are you saying that everything said about autheticity, engagement and trust can be thrown out the window for Twitter, just get those numbers up and worry about that later?

    I have to say that if I an followed by a twitter account that is following 30k, followed by 29k, its pretty obvious its a gamed account and I usually block them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donguan Guan Gunnar Wang

    Thanks Dino. Great survey of some of the free twitter monitoring tools. I use tweetdeck myself, and it also happens that I use Twingly for searching for specific hashtags. However, I’m trying to find a more comprehensive monitoring tool with a dashboard that shows both the breadth (exposure) and depth (relationships) over time. Do you have any good suggestions on any free tools? I’m trying to help a client of mine who is a start-up.

    The free tools I find, and also the ones you wrote about in this post are small tools which are doing specific things and don’t necessarily generate the insights marketers need.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Jason Cercone

    Excellent information in this post. I am an avid user of TweetDeck. I also feel Twitter Lists are a great way to track and engage with the most interesting tweeters in your list. And, there’s a great tool called Manage Flitter that allows you to unfollow any account that has not provided a profile picture, is inactive (hasn’t tweeted in a month), or doesn’t reciprocate and follow you back. Get it at http://www.manageflitter.com

    Best,

    Jason Cercone
    Twitter: @jasoncercone

  • http://easysocialmediamanagement.com Lauren McMullen

    Great list Michael but you forgot the best Twitter tool of all (in my opinion) which is Hootsuite. I find it much easier to use than TweetDeck. I am really excited to learn about http://www.twaitter.com.! I have been looking for a tool that would allow me to schedule ongoing daily Tweets without paying a monthly fee. Thanks for the wonderful information!
    Lauren McMullen

  • Darrellz

    Thanks Dino—again great post! dz

  • Darrellz

    Cool–you are producing terrific stuff!! Thanks Mike dz

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey Mark…thnx for commenting. I think the analogy that works best here is using hammer to hammer a nail to build a house. The hammer here is used responsibly, productively and constructively. Which is how I would recommend using BlastFollow. At the same time, a hammer can be used as a murder weapon. Its all in the hands of the user.

    Im a strong proponent of engagement and it’s the point I drive in the article as well.

    Hope that makes sense :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Guan…I dont know of any free tools that will do that. However, if you dont mind the price tag, Hootsuite might fit the bill :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    thnx Jason…that will come in handy :-)

  • http://www.kelsiguidry.com Kelsi Guidry

    Yes, i’m glad I wasn’t the only one that thought this on first glance of the article.
    I would say that any kind of mass following tool is not any good.
    Bad experience with that in the past…
    I agree 100% with you Jenn

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Lauren, glad you found it useful :-) Twaitter is pretty awesome and with little bit of creativity you can get it to do some pretty nifty things. Hootsuite is a great tool; I decided to focus on free, single purpose tools in this round up :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Last night I participated in a tweet chat with bunch of other people in my nitch. After the tweet chat was over, I “mass-followed” all the participants by using the hashtag designated for the interview. 69 people in total (tho half of those I already followed).

    Are you saying you would opt to follow them by clicking one-by-one? I certainly wouldn’t if I had the option…and I think thats what BlastFollow is about…not necessarily about shooting blindly and following everyone and anyone…tho I guess it could be used irresponsibly I wouldnt recommend it :-)

    hth

  • Ksenia Coffman

    I’m surprised this web site recommends following 100-200 ppl through Blast Follow & then unfollowing them if they don’t follow you back. This is so 2009! It may also be in violation of Twitter’s follow policy:

    Following Rules and Best Practices
    http://support.twitter.com/articles/68916-follo…Shame!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Ksenia, thnx for the comment. I think the term “mass-follow” is interpreted to mean indiscriminately; what Im suggesting is to “auto-follow” those people who are in your niche. Same folks you would have followed regardless. I gave a tweet chat example in one of the other comments….hope that helps clerify it :-)

    What did you think of the other tools?

  • http://getgoodsolutions.blogspot.com Sharon

    What is your best suggestion for automatic following? I didn’t see a recommendation here but maybe I missed it.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Sharon…I usually recommend checking out a tweep before following (takes 30-60 seconds). Check the pic, bio, site and tweets. It should give you a pretty good idea what they are about. At which point you can follow or not.

    In terms of automation I believe Social Oomph can do it, as Im sure many others can as well but I’ve never used it.

    hth :-)

  • http://twitter.com/dahliacosta dahlia nahome

    Great information. thanks so much. I have found tweetdeck the best thing ever.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    thnx so much Dahlia, Im glad you enjoyed my little list of twitter tools :-)

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Wow! Took me a while to reach here! People are just loving your post, so am I :)

    Great list. I use Tweepi regularly because it’s easy, organized and fair!

    I also use Hootsuite now and I can never give it up!

  • http://promo-direct.blogspot.com Branding Tips

    Thanks for sharing it with us. This is really helpful and made my life a little easier, for sure!

  • http://www.DanielStoica.com Daniel Stoica

    Indeed Dino!

    Multiple Pillars – Platform Agnostic – Stay Real or Get Real :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Thnx Beiruta, Im so glad you enjoyed the list and I hope you get a lot of mileage from it :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    That was the idea :-) ….Im happy you found it useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/candielm Candi Elm

    It has been a while since I have been on twitter and want to start being active. I probably need to clean out my followers as my profession has changed. Do you think blast follow and tweepi would be good, or should I start over?

  • Vasco Pedro

    Great article Dino. Twitter is definitely a blogger best friend. I would like to add to this list a newcomer, from a different perspective. Five, By Bueda (www.fivebybueda.com) tried to help you get started and focused on getting you in touch with the most relevant people out there for you by leveraging semantic analysis. The whole experience is geared towards maximizing the effectiveness of you campaign by spending 5 minutes or less a day.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    No need to start over. Use your existing profile (make sure you use non-default background, use real pic and fill in your url/bio info). Also, you can change your twitter handle at any point which is cool :-)

    I would strongly recommend you use your real name as your twit-handle :-)

    You can use Twitter Karma (google it) to clean out tweeps who have been inactive for a long time. Also, change in careers doesnt necessarily require separate handle from your private or previous prof-life. One dimensional tweeps are like one dimensional characters in a novel. Boring and predictable. Be yourself, mix it up and dont be afraid to shine :-)

    hth

  • http://www.dpaddbags.com/ Phegan

    The BlastFollow/Tweepi Combo is a brilliant idea. I fully plan to use that often.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    cool..glad you like it. Also, TweetChat/BlastFollow is a great combo. And dont forget to BF people participating in the same physical event (like the upcoming Facebook summit etc). usually, those events have a designated hashtag :-)

    Enjoy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=41903383 Mike Egan

    The most valuable part of tweetdeck for me is the ability to put searches into a column, I target specific searches and start conversations with those people directly.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Thats a great TweetDeck tip Mike. Thnx :-)

  • http://dannybrown.me/ Danny Brown

    I think any tool where “you have to be careful how you use it so you don’t violate policies” is already a non-starter.

    Have to agree with a few of the other commenters here – not the kind of post I ever thought I’d see on Social Media Examiner. But hey, that’s just me – seems a ton of others agree with the post, so there are obviously folks wanting products like this.

  • http://dannybrown.me/ Danny Brown

    As mentioned by Lewis Howes in an earlier comment, while Hootsuite offers premium accounts, it still has a free option perfect for around 95% of Twitter users. Maybe time to re-evaluate?

  • shaymus

    Thanks for the list Dino. I especially like TweetDeck and BlastFollow. Cheers!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Danny…I think you are exactly right…some folks will appreciate knowing about these tools (weather they use them or not) and some will balk at them while secretly going nuts with it.

    One of the reason I love SME so much is because they DO bring attention to these tools. In fact, I found out about BlastFollow from this SME article http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/3-new-ways-to-use-twitter-at-live-events/

    hth

  • http://www.irisemedia.com iRISEmedia

    I would be very careful with the Blastfollow, though. Following people based on hash tags great for short-term results, but use this for a long period of time and Twitter may suspend your account. According to the site:“…if you don’t follow or un-follow hundreds of users in a single day, and you aren’t using automated methods of following users, you should be fine. Please note that the only automated following behavior that Twitter allows is auto-follow-back (following a user after they have followed you). Automated un-following is also not permitted.”Do it for 1-2 days, build up to 500-1,000 following/followers, filter your results, and go straight-and-narrow from there.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Nice research :-) this is why I recommended 100-200 per week at the most. Which should keep you well within the norm. Also, BF is only part of the larger strategy which uses TweetChat to connect with people in your niche and so on….

  • http://isragarcia.es Isra García

    Love it, useful and straight! Congrats for this amazing content

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Im happy you enjoyed it :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Glad you liked it :-)

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Danny,

    Appreciate your comments. I think that any Twitter marketing tools could be abused and get you banned. I think we should not throw out the baby with the bath water. For example, anyone using Hootsuite COULD get banned by Twitter by excessively scheduling repetitive tweets that are perceived as spam.

    Having said that, I think there applications for these tools that could be useful.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    lol…”throw out the baby with the bath water” …compelling visual Mike…thnx for a chuckle :-)

  • Md-Nur-A-Alam Bappy

    You’re just going to wind up following a bunch of spam bots and boring accounts by using any kind of program. Your real customers see right through that. I’m kind of disappointed in the Social Media Examiner – you’re usually so on the ball.b

  • Bappy_texeng

    One of the reason I love SME so much is because they DO bring attention to these tools. In fact, I found out about BlastFollow from this SME article http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/3-new-ways-t

  • http://charliethemarketer.com/who-am-i/ CharlieSeymourJr

    Your final suggestion is the best one I think, Dino: YOU. Be interesting, having something to say, send people to your blog to get more than the “billboard advert” that Twitter allows.

    And have multiple Twitter accounts segregated by Keyword. People on my PhotoCharlie account don’t want the lessons we teach on our DrMarcNCharlie account. Hey… I’m not Oprah and can’t chat about sheets, cars, books, and CDs the way she can. But I can fine-tune my comments and keep my lists interested.

    Charlie Seymour Jr
    http://PersonalSuccessMarketing.com

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    thnx for your comment Charlie…oh, and by the way..none of us are Oprah…unfortunately :-)

  • http://about.me/ScottProck Scott Prock

    I’ll throw another ‘WOW’ in ;-)

    Quite the conversation happening with varied opinions. I’m glad you have clarified how you use Blast-Follow. I will admit at first I got the impression you were advocating the use of mass-following in a way that could be dangerous. I can see how it can be used as a time saving device while doing what you would be doing naturally on twitter anyway, just faster.

    I don’t agree with your assessment of Hootsuite however. The free version offers everything the average twitter user would need (and a bit more). The free version limits the number of social networks ( 5 ) and RSS feeds ( 1 ) but the other items such as team members, ad free, priority support, and branded URLs isn’t something the average twitter user needs. I love the fact that I can have all my social media accounts in one spot.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hey Scott…thnx for coming back :-) your “negative” review of Hootsuite actually makes me want to revisit it :-) weird how that works, huh? lol The thing I dont like about HS is the bar across the top when I click on a URL…but I assume that can be disabled….

    thnx again :-)

  • http://about.me/ScottProck Scott Prock

    Yeah, I can see what you mean with the toolbar. The one thing that originally kept me away from Hootsuite was that it’s web based. I quickly converted after learning about http://fluidapp.com – you can turn any website into a desktop app (Mac only though) so HS runs as a separate app on my Mac ;-)

  • Trisha
  • http://about.me/ScottProck Scott Prock

    BEFORE posting …

    Not trying to be a comment nazi here, but I’m sure it’s getting a bit tedious for Dino to keep giving the same answers to similar comments. There are so many people repeating the same stuff. It’s understandable when the comments get long like this, people don’t want to take the time to read through them all.

    Here’s a little tip … hit control+f (windows) or command+f (apple key on macs) your browser will open up a search box … type in the controlling idea of your comment to skip to the comments dealing with your topic. As an example, Hootsuite is mentioned a lot. Doing this in browser search will help you get to the comments that mention Hootsuite faster.

    Just a helpful suggestion ;-) … Scott

  • http://twitter.com/LesleyORice Lesley Rice

    Better late than never … I enjoyed this post as it told me about tools which were new to me. I also like hootsuite and ManageFlitter which allows you to follow in small but simple increments.

    My main question though is not about tweeting. I love the template you are using for your blog – where did you get it – I imagine it was custom made – not something I can afford but I may have some clients who can.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I agree Lesley, awesome template…custom made :-( I know because I asked Mike (the owner of SME) the same question. Have you seen http://www.woothemes.com/demo/?name=headlines ? Its not awesome as SME custom theme but its similar structure and features…hth

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    great tip…thnx :-)

  • http://www.sprike.co.uk Sprike

    Thank you for this, not many people that here to help and really educate. Mamo Singh from Sprike http://www.sprike.co.uk

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    You are very welcome. Im glad you enjoyed the list :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vitaly-Petkevich/100001299700159 Vitaly Petkevich

    Thank you, Dino, for your article. It was really helpful. But I have a question: is there any tool that helps to detect those users that I unfollowed once, not to follow them again? Thank you in advance for any answer.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi Vitaly, that is an excellent question. Certainly none of these tools would do that. If there is a tool out there I am not sure how it would integrate into the overall strategy. If anyone knows of such a tool I would also like to know. And if I ever discover one I’ll be sure to let you know.

  • http://twitter.com/oaholathe Olathe Animal Hosp.

    BlastFollow didn’t work for me, but I love Tweepi and TweetDeck!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    It seems Twitter has changed their “rules” on the 31st of August to require Oauth instead of basic authentication. Until BlastFollow meets that requirement none of us will be able to use it. I hope BF brings their software “up to code” soon. Meanwhile, Im glad you are finding other tools useful :-)

  • http://ne1up.com/ Thomas O’Hearn

    Too bad, it’s a great list and I really wanted to try out Blast Follow, but get an error message instead. Oh well.

    Basic authentication is not supported

  • http://ne1up.com/ Thomas O’Hearn

    Ahhh, that clears up what I was just posting about.

  • Andrea

    I tried it and got the same response. I guess I’ll try it again later!

  • Andrea

    Love this article. I am new to social networking, so I love that this was simple, quick and easy to understand!

    I am an instant twAitter addict! LOVE it. I had been using SocialOomph, but I love this because I can link to ping fm and schedule future updates for every account at once! Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this fantastic information!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I am sure blast follow will get it together and support Oauth soon…hang in there :-)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Thats great…Im happy you found it useful :-)

  • http://www.dailytechpost.com/ DailyTechPost

    Very useful. I am a new blogger and this information will certainly help me to increase my followers on twitter. Extremely thankful to you for sharing this treasure.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    So glad you enjoyed it :-)

  • Jenny

    Hey, Dino, I used FollowBlast last week and followed 200 people in my niche. I waited a week and tried to do it again and I get this message: blastfollow basic authentification is not supported. Any idea why?

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vitaly-Petkevich/100001299700159 Vitaly Petkevich

    Yeah, I got the same results: instead of nicknames there was “Basic authentication is not supported”. Like here:1. Basic authentication is not supported2. Basic authentication is not supported3. etc.

    Oh, see the answer. Well, there’s nothing for it but to wait.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    It seems Twitter has changed their “rules” on the 31st of August to require Oauth instead of basic authentication. Until BlastFollow meets that requirement none of us will be able to use it :-(

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    It seems Twitter has changed their “rules” on the 31st of August to require Oauth instead of basic authentication. Until BlastFollow meets that requirement none of us will be able to use it :-(

  • Jenny

    Oh, blast!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    lol….blast is right. Important lesson on timing tho, aint it? Timing IS everything. There once was a time when speaking in your cat’s voice could get you hundreds of thousands of followers. Nowdays, its commonplace and there is a million and 1 person tweeting on behalf of their cat (or dog, or lama…)

    Someone like Sockington COULD get on the list of twitter-recommended “people” and that could cause the tipping point….alas, thats no longer the case….there is only one tool that will always be true. The tool No 6. Be useful. Be interesting. Be compelling.

    I hope all this helps in some way :-)

  • Jenny

    It is, Dino. Very. Thanks!

  • Nate B

    Anybody know of any alternatives to blastfollow.com? It seems they aren’t doing much to work on the authentication error.

    Thanks,
    Nate

  • Ryan

    Blast follow doesn’t work anymore. I imagine it’s because of how its login is setup. Anything that doesn’t interface with the Twitter API no longer works. It was useful while it lasted. Anything similar that actually works?

  • http://twitter.com/davidgadarian David Gadarian

    for live event tracking I like Twitter Fall http://www.twitterfall.com/ – just a great little tool.

  • Tony M.

    Here goes a tool which has all the features mentioned in the article: http://tweettwain.com

  • Tony M.

    try tweettwain.com a desktop tool, you can follow/un-follow/reciprocal follow etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vitaly-Petkevich/100001299700159 Vitaly Petkevich

    Is there any tutorial for twittwain. I can’t understand how to use it.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I’ve emailed the guys at blast follow regarding this issue but no word back yet…I assume they are working on updating their app to meet the new Oauth requirement.

    You’re right regarding “It was useful while it lasted” …twitter karma was awesome until Twitter put a kibosh on it…timing is everything I guess :-)

    Will keep you posted if I hear anything….

  • http://ShineThroughSocialMedia.com JoDitt

    Here lately whenever I try to use blastfollow, I get this error: basic authentication not supported.

    Any idea what that is about?

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    It seems Twitter has changed their “rules” on the 31st of August to require Oauth instead of basic authentication. Until BlastFollow meets that requirement none of us will be able to use it :-(

    I’ve emailed the guys at blast follow regarding this issue but no word back yet…I assume they are working on updating their app to meet the new Oauth requirement.

  • Guest

    Here’s a free twitter tool that you didn’t mention http://dld.bz/utZb

    Brad

  • Kelly G Duncan

    This was a very helpful article. I just got put in charge of my companies twitter page, hoping to do an outstanding job of tweeting! I plan on trying out all these tips, cant wait until BlastFllow gets back up and running! I will gladly comment back with my findings! Thanks Dogan!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    You are quite welcome Duncan :-)

  • http://twitter.com/SocialWebPro Kathy Shaidle

    Thanks for introducing me to some Twitter tools I’d never heard of. Although I switched from TweetDeck to MarketMeSuite and never looked back :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vitaly-Petkevich/100001299700159 Vitaly Petkevich

    Seems to be a nice tool, but quite expensive for a common user. Almosn $30 per month. I would prefer a single payment.

  • http://www.mikepedersen.com/ Mike Pedersen

    Wow! I thought I knew Twitter, but I had not heard of 4 out of the 5 tools you mentioned. Shows you how much there is to know about social media.

    Regards,
    Mike

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    hey Mike….thnx, Im glad you found it useful :-) since this article was written, BlastFollow has stopped working due to authentication issue. There is a new (well…new to me anyway) Twitter tool that I am totally stoked about and I have an article about it coming out in a week or two….make sure you hit me up on Twitter and I’ll keep you posted.

    btw..we are all learning all the time, so just when we think we know…we find out just how much we dont :-)

  • http://www.mikepedersen.com/ Mike Pedersen

    Dino,

    Just “hit you up” on Twitter. Yeah…I tried the blast follow and it didn’t work yesterday :(

    Mike

  • http://www.marketingmy.co.uk/blog Katherine Salt

    I tried it too. it used to work but I think because of the change over to Oauth it no good anymore!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    yup…thats exactly correct. I have an article coming out on Wednesday on a twitter tool that is just as valuable..make sure you hit me up on twitter for the link :-)

  • http://twitter.com/3birdsmarketing 3 Birds Marketing

    So helpful! What are your thoughts about hootsuite instead of the tweetdeck? Pros and cons?

    Lb, Social Media Intern @3birdsmarketing
    http://www.3birdsmarketing.com

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Hi @3birdsmarketing, thnx for commenting :-)

    Its hard for me to say. Im sure hootsuite is “better” but its also not-free..right? Tweetdeck is free and its what I’ve been using. I will say this…people love their hootsuite, so I guess if you dont mind paying, its good.

    hth

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    @3birdsmarketing I checked out your website real quick..I think you guys are offering a useful service. I would only suggest to shorten, simplify and otherwise lose buzz-speak.

    hth

  • http://twitter.com/3birdsmarketing 3 Birds Marketing

    HootSuite is actually free! You can manage multiple accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc. all from the web app. There are also mobile and desktop apps available for download (for free) at http://hootsuite.com/apps.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I knew there was a reason I wasnt using Hootsuite. I am sure its an amazing product but its not for me.

    Here is what I found from http://www.bloggingtips.com/2010/08/12/hootsuite-goes-freemium-others-to-follow/

    Basically, HootSuite has divided up its non-enterprise customers into 5 different tiers, each with their own feature set:

    1. Free: Allows users to monitor up to five social networks and ping out one RSS feed over them, displays ads.
    2. Bronze: Costs $5 per month, allows for an unlimited number of social networks and up to 10 RSS feeds, also removes ads.
    3. Silver: Costs $20 per month, same features as Bronze but adds unlimited RSS feeds, priority support and also allows access to 1 additional team member.
    4. Gold: Costs $50 per month, same features as Silver but allows up to 4 team members and access to more detailed statistics.
    5. Platinum: Costs $100 per month, same features as Gold but allows up to 8 team members and lets users have their own custom short URLs.

    Single RSS feed and ads are not sitting well with me. Which is why I never got into it. However, clearly it works for a lot of people and I think its more powerful than Tweetdeck.

    What version/tier are you using?

  • http://twitter.com/3birdsmarketing 3 Birds Marketing

    This article does not have the most up-to-date information. I have a free HootSuite account and I personally have 7 social network streams. No ads appear in the web application.

    I don’t know what it means by “ping out single RSS feed” because this is not the case at all. Each social network has its own stream with different columns. For example, a Twitter stream has a “Home” column, “Sent Tweets,” “Pending Tweets,” and “Direct Messages.” You can update the same content to just one, or multiple, or all of your social networks just be selecting/de-selecting each.

    I think you should give it a try!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I think hootsuite should pay you for being such a hard core fan and an amazing advocate of their brand :-)

    You are right, since there does seem to be some discrepancy I need to just go and check it out. You’ve convinced me :-)

  • http://twitter.com/3birdsmarketing 3 Birds Marketing

    Haha, thanks! I’ve used Twitter personally and as a job function for awhile now, and it’s simply the best tool I’ve found. TweetDeck was the first one I tried, but after spending just a few days in HootSuite I made the switch personally.

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  • http://www.irisemedia.com iRISEmedia

    You should know that BlastFollow no longer works due to Twitter’s change in code. Now “basic authentication” doesn’t work. Is there an alternate tool out there that does the same thing?

  • http://www.irisemedia.com iRISEmedia

    You should know that BlastFollow no longer works due to Twitter’s change in code. Now “basic authentication” doesn’t work. Is there an alternate tool out there that does the same thing?

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I’ve been meaning to research a similar (free) tool but haven’t had the time to really dig in. If you come across something let me know.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I’ve been meaning to research a similar (free) tool but haven’t had the time to really dig in. If you come across something let me know.

  • http://twitter.com/lucksonduomai Luckson Duomai

    Thanks for the wonderful information. I’m liking it :)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Im glad you liked it man. Make sure you check out the article on twitterfeed mentioned as a replacement to blast follow, its my absolute fav :-)

  • http://www.nepaltrekkingexpedition.com Nepal trekking

    really great idea. i wana use tweepi

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    I havent used Tweepi in a while myself…thnx for a reminder :-)

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  • http://www.bubbalooba.com Kyra

    Wow, great article! I’ve just finished writing an ebook about using Twitter for small businesses, and I think you’ve summed up some major points here – love it :)

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    @BubbaloobaBaby neat…did you include the tweet/FBShare buttons in your ebook? how bout cover design and 3D representation? Check http://diyblogger.net/free-ebooks to see exactly what I mean?

  • http://www.bubbalooba.com Kyra

    I was only writing the content, my client will be taking care of the cover design, buttons, etc. – but thanks for the link, I’ve just signed up to receive your free ebooks! Looking forward to seeing your work :)

  • http://vibgyortel.in/white-label-solution sms white label reseller

    I appreciate the tools. I have started to use the editorial calendar and it is worth it. Thanks.

  • http://wearqr.com QR Code Marketing

    Twitterfeed is the only twitter tool I’ve approached. I’ll give these a look.

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Take a look at Triberr as well…it takes up a brand new space in twitter tools.

  • Richard Slater

    Tweet-Monitor is the best product on the market to score, manage and report on tweets about your company, product or service across the entire twitter network. For more information and to arrange your 7 day free trial visit tweet-monitor com

  • http://www.myifew.com/ iFew

    i want to suggest Twitjj to you. it’s a Social Classifieds across Facebook, Twitter

    i’m start up website call name Twitjj (http://www.twitjj.com/) it’s Twitter Classifieds

    The road to a better Craigslist is littered with the bodies of startups that could never make it past the first few mile markers. But Twitjj, which launched on June 1, 2011, thinks it can defy the odds by making classified listings more social. The service includes a standalone site, but every listing can be cross-posted to Facebook, Twitter.

    To start with, it makes each listing very easy to find. When you list an item or service, you start on the Twitjj site which prompts you to fill in standardized data that varies according to the item. All of this metadata makes the listings more search-engine friendly than simply putting in a title and description.

  • http://twitter.com/NewCustomersNow Joe

    This list is getting a little long in the tooth but I’d like to add my $.02 to anyone coming in fresh.

    Buffer is a great tool for keeping your tweets queued up and sent regularly throughout the day, check them out at @Buffer:twitter 

    I have a Buffer plugin in chrome that lets me links and posts into my buffer rather than tweet them out immediately. 

  • Sirwet

    try
    http://www.folloin.com
    you submit your twitter name there. you follow and they follow back system. very cool idea i got hundreds of followers in an hour.
    they also got a nice tool to manage your and other users followers.

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  • Banqkool2002

    pls im lookin for a twitter software that can follow and run a mass tweets to all my new followers automatically

  • http://impactreputation.com/ Mindy Koch

    Am looking at Tweepi but am also looking at Social Oomph.  Curious to know which people would choose now in 2012 :)

  • http://wpsites.net/ Brad Dalton

    Social Oomph is my choice. Been using it for nearly 2 years and built up over 40,000 followers who have an interest in what i blog about. 

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  • http://www.happygrilling.net/ willard mill

    Have any Facebook tools as like tweetdeck? If any one know me.







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