Category Archives: Twitter Tools

WordPress Begins AUTOMATICALLY Embedding Tweets

What a great feature this is! WordPress.com users have had a similar feature for awhile, and now it’s available for self-hosted WordPress sites as well. Here’s how it works:

You simply put a link to a tweet on its own line, and WordPress turns it into an embedded tweet. All you need is the tweet’s link! (Here’s how to find the link for a tweet.)

For example, all you would need to do is type this into WordPress, and the middle line will turn into an embedded tweet:

Check out this helpful tweet:



That was a helpful tweet.

Here’s what that will look like in WordPress:

Check out this helpful tweet:


That was a helpful tweet.

This is already available on self-hosted WordPress sites now if you are using version 3.4 beta 2 (or later) and will be rolled out to everyone in just a few days when version 3.4 is released on May 9 (planned release date).

TIP: If you don’t want to use the beta, and don’t want to wait a few days for the full release, you can use the embedly plugin or this technique already provided by Twitter.

The 3 Stages of Twitter Users and The Best Tools For Each

Whether you’re new to Twitter, an experienced user, or a complete Twitter addict, Twitter tools make everything easier. In this article, I’ll suggest some of my favorite Twitter tools for each type of user, so everyone can find something useful.

But first, let me mention a free tool that should be part of everyone’s toolset…

Something For Everyone: BufferApp

It’s awesomely easy to use, and can be used as your sole means of tweeting or in combination with other tools. But before I tell you about its cool features, let me tell you why I think you should use it: It’s the easiest tool I know of to help you be a better Twitter user.

First, it integrates into tons of places. You can use it right from within Twitter.com, for example, and more apps all the time have begun integrating it. You can use it from your mobile or in most browsers.

So, what is it exactly?

It’s a simple button that just says “Buffer.” Click it and the website you are visiting (or the tweet you are reading, if you use it to retweet) will appear as a pre-written tweet for you. Edit as you wish—or leave it as Buffer wrote it for you—and then simply click “Add to Buffer.” Your tweet will then be automatically sent at the best time to reach people. A recent study showed how people using Buffer for the first time got 200% more engagement (clicks and retweets) on their tweets.

Buffer helps prevent you from over-tweeting by spacing out your tweets, as well helping users who don’t tweet enough to reach more people by sending their tweets at optimal times. It helps both over- and under-tweeters!

Just some of its cool features include:

  1. It tells you how many clicks, retweets and reach you get for every tweet you send!
  2. Super-simple drag-and-drop interface to change when tweets are sent.
  3. Complete customization of tweet times and days.
  4. Tweet recommendation feature when you are looking for something good to tweet.
  5. It has both free and pro versions.
  6. Facebook integration coming soon!

Tools For Newbies

A Place To Read And Organize Your Tweets: MarketMeSuite

Formerly a paid service, now free for everyone!

MarketMeSuite follows many of the same conventions other dashboard apps use, like Twimbow, TweetDeck and HootSuite, so it’s a great app to start with. There are tons of great features. You can

  • Create Reply Campaigns,
  • Pull In Rss Feeds,
  • Track Keywords
  • Collaborate With Others
  • Compare The Klout Score Of The Users You Are Interacting With,

Cool Feature: This social media dashboard also includes great tutorial videos on each feature as soon as you sign up for it to help you start getting results right away.

A Place To Share And Promote Your Tweets: Twylah

As you send out more and more tweets, you’ll want people to see them, and to be able to browse through them yourself.

Twylah is great for that, because it automatically turns all your Tweets into a beautiful website, filled with your tweets organized by category and displayed with rich media. It makes it very easy for your followers to understand what you’re Tweeting about the most and whether you’re a good fit to follow them. It automatically “promotes” you to new people!

At a glance you or anyone can quickly review your past Tweets. Try putting your Twylah page in your Twitter bio, in your email signature, or on your blog.

Cool Feature: All of your Tweets are also indexed in Google via Twylah, which is a great way to get more exposure from your Twitter efforts!

Create Twitter Lists Auto-Efficiently: Formulists

Twitter lists are a powerful way to grow your community, and an easy first step when you begin tweeting and following people. But it can be time-consuming to remember to organize everyone into lists!

Fortunately, with Formulists you can easily automate triggers that put people into the right list. So if someone retweets, mentions or follows you, you can have them in the right list of your network…automatically. And by reviewing lists that show who is retweeting you the most, you can stay engaged with your growing community.

Cool Feature: The most engaged people in your network are always shown in an open tab.

Tools For Experienced Users

Connect Deeper With Your Own Twitter Chat Room: Nurph

Nurph lets you tweet a link to bring your friends & followers together for a real-time chat without taking over your follower’s timelines with long conversations.

What’s great is that all Twitter accounts automatically already have their own Nurph chat room.

It’s great for providing more details than is easy to do in tweets, or for long or involved chats.

Cool Feature: All your tweets can be streamed right into your chat room, so it’s easy to reply right from a tweet.

Participate More Seamlessly In Twitter Chats: TweetChat

Hashtags are words added to tweets that act like topic or event labels. They let you search more easily for tweets by topic. Even before you start tweeting yourself, hashtags are a fun and useful way to get value out of Twitter. To turn a word into a hashtag topic label, all you do is add a “#” to the beginning of it (iPhone becomes  #iPhone, for example).

One of the coolest uses of #hashtags is to create Twitter Chats. To talk about the topic, just add the topic hashtag to your tweet (such as #BlogChat or #ToolsChat). Hashtags are one of the very best ways get started tweeting. You can just listen, or chime in anytime!

Chats let you participate in discussing a particular topic with other Twitter users, and last only an hour or so. There are Twitter chats for web design, blogging tips, Social Media and much, much more. Here is a great list of hundreds of Twitter chats.

TweetChat makes chats easy for you. Set the dashboard to the chat hashtag you want to follow, and it will automatically show you all new chat Tweets as they are sent.

Cool Feature: The interface lets you hide any user that might be over-tweeting or off-topic to keep things focused and useful for you.

Get Advanced Twitter Hashtag Analytics: Hashtracking

Once you have begun to understand the power of hashtags, you’ll want to study more of them.

To see how many people are using a hashtag or for tracking an online or offline Twitter event or chat that you want to start, Hashtracking is a great solution for getting powerful, free reports on any hashtag.

It shows how many Tweets were posted, how many people potentially saw a hashtag, and total retweets. Additionally you will get a display of the top 10 users from the hashtag, which is very helpful to identify key people for any topic, chat or event, as you did with WhoTweetedMe.

Cool Feature: Hashtracking makes it very easy to export all results to be used in a presentation, and will also soon include a geographic analysis option.

Tools For Real Twitter Addicts

Get Control of Troublesome Spammers and Quitters: ManageFlitter

After you’ve been tweeting and following people for awhile, you will sometimes come across people you want to unfollow. The longer you’re on Twitter, the more frequently you’ll encounter this problem. Some people you follow just quit, others simply waste your time and clutter up your stream of tweets. ManageFlitter has a wonderful, easy interface to help you keep your Twitter connections with great people uninterrupted by folks you don’t want to connect with any more.

Cool Feature: ManageFlitter has one of the simplest integrations of Google Plus into Twitter.

Get Great Looking Reports On How You’re Doing: TwitSprout

Once you really get going on Twitter, you’ll want to track how you’re doing in a glance, and maybe have reports you can share and save. TwitSprout makes it easy.

See your follower growth, total retweets, and mentions over time and more on a single page. The app interestingly even overlays them for you to make it easier to understand whether your growth is happening organically.

Cool Feature: TwitSprout lets you export charts of your data to use in presentations or reports.

Get More Information From Tweets In Less Time: ParrotFish

ParrotFish displays all links from Tweets you come across with rich text preview. This means you can see the website or the media from the link, before clicking anything. They automatically display information from tons of sites for you:

What a great way to stay focused on reading news and not get distracted by clicking on posts which aren’t worth your time!

Cool Feature: Save items to Instapaper directly from Twitter.com with the Chrome extension for a big efficiency boost.

Regardless of which kind of Twitter user you are, I think you’ve found something to help you here.

Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Add your comment in the box below. Thanks!

How to create “special delivery” tweets that reach more people

Here’s what sucks:

If someone misses your tweet, it will probably never be read or seen again. This is because most people read only primarily current tweets. Since everyone uses Twitter in their own way, there are exceptions, but generally this is a problem that Tweets have that things like email, voicemail, regular mail, etc. don’t have:

Tweet at the wrong time and most of your followers could miss your tweet.

So most of the time if someone starts reading tweets much before or after you send one, they won’t see it, and will never read it.

What You Need Is a Special Delivery Tweet.

This is a tweet that automatically shows up in your followers’ stream when they are most likely to see it.

To create special delivery tweets whenever you want them, choose where you tweet from the most in the list below (you can choose more than one), and add what’s called the “Buffer button” to your browser or app:

Next, sign up for a free BufferApp account by clicking the “Signup for Free” button here. (Sign up is fast, easy and free.)

Auto-magic, one click special delivery

Now, to automatically reach people at the next time they are likely to be online, just use the Buffer button in your browser.

Plus, Buffer gives you cool analytics on all your special delivery tweets, and is working on a feature so that the more you tweet, the smarter Buffer gets about sending your tweets out when people are most likely to see them. (Sign up for free now to be first in line for this special feature.)

If you want to do your own modifications, Buffer allows you to completely customize when your tweets go out. While Buffer is working on building more advanced intelligence into the tool, you might want to check out some of the different strategies people use to find the best times to tweet.

Buffer can also be used in a wide variety of cool ways. I use it to increase my #TweetCred, making it easier for people to check me out and get to know me on Twitter.

Got questions on how best to create special delivery tweets? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!

 

 

Top Twitter tool gets $120,000 to keep innovating

One of my favorite Twitter apps just received investment to help make it available wherever you are reading and consuming content. Many different kinds of apps (Reader Apps, Twitter Apps and Content Aggregation Apps) have approached Buffer and asked for a way to integrate a Buffer button.

Joel and Leo, the team behind BufferApp, have been accepted to the AngelPad incubator. It’s a hands-on experience working with 14 other companies in this year’s batch.

I know from talking to them that just the day before they had decided to to stop all work on Buffer and focus completely on fundraising in order to move forwards, which was a frustrating and tough situation for Joel and Leo. Fortunately, the deal from AngelPad is a $120,000 investment alongside a 10 week mentorship program.

So now Buffer can be taken to the next level immediately, which is to create a new way to share content on Social Networks that is more intelligent and convenient than any of the current forms out there.

If you want more followers, retweets, clicks and Klout, you’ve GOT to try this!

Here’s the tip: Tweet when more people are listening by using a tool that takes care of everything for you.

How much can it help?

@AskAaronLee and @DanaMStanley gained 11 and 15 points on their Klout score when they started using BufferApp in barely three weeks. BufferApp takes whatever you click to share, and posts it when the most people will be listening. Other people who’ve tried Buffer have found it doubled their retweets,  gotten over 100 new followers, increased clicks (200% CTR rise) and raised their Klout score several points.

You should definitely try it yourself!

The information I’m quoting about increased engagement on tweets is from a study of 2000 Twitter users done by Buffer, which is a free tool that helps people automatically schedule tweets for the best times of day, and helps you tweet more while spreading out your tweets more easily. The study is of Buffer users.

You can do this by adding just one click to your sharing routine

Buffer simplifies your sharing by integrating with other tools, so making a maximum impact is always just a click away. For example, here’s what it looks like when integrated with Twitter.com:

Buffer automatically sets itself up for  times you are likely to get more engagement (clicks, retweets, comments, etc.) or you can use your own research and resources to determine your own best times to tweet and adjust Buffer accordingly. It’s easy and simple to use. I use it, enjoy it, and recommend it. To make the most of your tweets, you should also be familiar with the “What makes a tweet great?” article.

Some of the many places you can integrate Buffer into your sharing routine include:

  • Your browser: Available for Chrome, Firefox or Safari or as a Bookmarklet for any browser
  • Twitter.com
  • Google Reader
  • Android mobile browser
  • On any Mobile
  • On your website or blog (help others share your posts)
  • StrawberryJam
  • Refynr

(If you’d like more information on the methodology and findings from the study, contact @LeoWid.)

 

A better way to reply to people on Twitter

BufferApp lets you set up time slots, and then automatically places whatever you tweet now into the next available time slot. Many people use it in conjunction with other apps that allow scheduling, e.g. see “How to Automate a Twitter Feed with Hootsuite and Bufferapp.”

I’m experimenting with using BufferApp to let me send dozens of @replies each day without overwhelming people who read through @TweetSmarter tweets looking for tips. I set it up for ten minutes slots, so my replies go out every ten minutes (or so). Many people have told me they have a column in TweetDeck or elsewhere exclusively for TweetSmarter tweets, and they mostly skip reading the replies to get to the “good stuff” :)

It’s working very well, and it’s even fun to use! I would say BufferApp is one of the most enjoyable Twitter apps I’ve ever used.

Any downside?

Not really. The average time for one of my replies to go out is well under ten minutes. It’s very close to the kind of real time I usually interact in on Twitter, and I can set up Buffer for any time interval I wish if I desire faster interaction, or fewer tweets per hour.

And generally, when I want to have a longer back-and-forth conversation with someone I switch to messages (DMs/Direct Messages) anyway. New Twitter does a good job of showing a conversation in the messages tab, and I prefer it to trying to converse via tweets, since the inevitable time gaps and digressions make it harder to follow.

A tip I follow is to go ahead and start conversations by tweets, but switch to DMs/messaging if it goes on. That way people can still see that a conversation has begun and chime in if they want to, and there is a public record that yes, these two people converse. It’s important to be public whenever you can on Twitter because that’s how people get to know you.

Hidden Benefits

Editing tweets after sending

By buffering most of my replies, I have a chance to edit them before they go out. I can use that advantage not only to correct mistakes, but also to look up additional resources that I might want to add.

Sending fewer tweets, and introducing people

Or, in my case, to add other people to the tweet—often shortly after I’ve addressed an issue for someone I find someone else with the same question, and I can add them to the reply, instead of sending multiple tweets on the same issue. Plus, then people with similar issues become aware of each other. Putting multiple usernames in tweets is a kind of stealth introduction service Twitter offers :)

How I Set Up Reply Times

Outside of BufferApp, I schedule tutorial-type tweets on the hour and half hour for most of the day, so I have Buffer set up to skip those times and tweet four times each hour at :10 :20 :40 and :50 (avoiding :00 and :30 when the tutorial tweets go out). This way my replies are spread out between my regular tutorial and news tweets, and a tweet goes out every ten minutes when I am sending replies (otherwise there are just the two tutorial tweets each hour).

I normally send out a few miscellaneous “thank yous” at the end of each day before I go to bed, and so for the hours that I normally sleep, I only set up buffer times at  :45 once each hour. This way these non-time-sensitive tweets can be spread out even further overnight. A side benefit is that a new person checking my tweet stream is more likely to see replies mixed in with regular tweets, and so realize that there is a real person behind @TweetSmarter.

Prioritizing @Replies

Some people need help urgently. For them I skip Buffer and reply immediately.

For people I just want to touch base with, it doesn’t really matter when I reply, and I let Buffer fill them into the next upcoming slots.

For a few people who it would be good to  reply to soon but not immediately, I buffer my reply to them, and then use the “Drag to re-arrange” feature in “My Buffer” to move their tweets to the soonest available time slot. I scroll-wheel click on the link to the Buffer dashboard that (temporarily) appears when buffering to open “My Buffer” in a new tab as needed to rearrange upcoming tweets.

(Didn’t know you could click—not scroll—on your mouse’s scroll wheel? When you click on a link that way, most browsers treat this action as “open this link in a new tab.”)

Changing Retweet into @Replies

I have created a macro via keyboard shortcut that automatically edits the Tweet created via BufferApp’s Twitter integration, since I use it to send replies, not retweets. It reformats approximately like this:

RT @AltHealer7: @TweetSmarter How do u check ur Twitter rating? Thanx ; )
 becomes:
@AltHealer7 re: “How do u check ur Twitter rating?” …

…and then I edit from there. I start from a Twitter search page of people contacting @TweetSmarter.

Interestingly enough, by not using Twitter’s “reply to” function, the tweets become more understandable. It’s especially a benefit when I’m helping someone with a question, and I have to restate the problem and give the answer, because that means anyone who sees the tweet can instantly benefit from understanding what the answer is in reference to.

Summary

One of the great side effects is that I feel more comfortable replying to some people that I would have avoided before, because I don’t have to worry about dozens of replies clumping all together, or trying to schedule them all manually to avoid the “clump.” So it allows me to interact with more people…always a good thing! And even though I’m replying to more people, my stream looks more balanced.

Also, I now can segment my efforts across different levels of replies:

  1. Immediate engagement;
  2. Near-immediate engagement;
  3. Non-urgent messages.

Using these features together has made Buffer absolutely indispensible to me for replying to people:

  • Allowing me to have dozens of scheduled daily times (I have about 75 time slots scheduled, but of course they are empty unless I am buffering replies to people);
  • Twitter integration;
  • Temporary link to Dashboard that appears when buffering;
  • Drag to re-arrange feature in “My Buffer.”
  • Editing the built-in retweet feature to turn it into a reply

How Twitter RSS feeds for Tweets, Searches, Hashtags, Lists or Favorites used to work

UPDATE: Twitter no longer supports RSS. For many purposes, a Twitter Widget might be a better solution. 

How to create a feed manually:

Just put your username where the blank appears:

  1. http://twitter.com/favorites/_______.rss
  2. http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/_______.rss

For example:

  1. http://twitter.com/favorites/TweetSmarter.rss
  2. http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/TweetSmarter.rss

For search results, the RSS/Atom feeds can still be found here:

  1. http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=search%20term
  2. http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=search%20terms

Just change “search%20terms” to your search terms. (If you’re searching for more than one word, you need to put a “%20″ between each word.)

For hashtag searches, you need to put a “%23″ before the word. For example, if you’re searching for #love, the URLs would be

  1. http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=search%23love
  2. http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=search%23love

One-click RSS creator from any browser:

Want to automatically find the RSS feed for any Twitter user? It’s easy! Drag this box:  Twitter RSS to your bookmark bar, and click it when you’re at any user’s Twitter.com page. It will add an “RSS” link to the very bottom of their bio that will look like this:

(HT Alex Chaffee.)

 

Top Twitter Tips & Tools For Week 14, 2011

Here are the most clicked tweets from @TweetSmarter by category in order of popularity for Monday April 4, 2011 through (and including) Sunday April 10:

Tools

  1. List of FREE Social Media Monitoring tools
  2. Five free Twitter tools worth bookmarking

About Twitter

  1. The dirty Twitter secret of many accounts with lots of followers
  2. 10 Twitter Do’s and Don’ts
  3. Fourteen Very Cool Things People Do On Twitter
  4. 90 million Twitter accounts have zero followers

Tips

  1. Bookmark and learn Twitter’s advanced search cheat sheet
  2. Subtle but Very Important Twitter Tips & Techniques You Must Know!
  3. How To Delete A Drunk Night On Twitter & Facebook
  4. 8 Things to consider before following someone—do you check these things?
  5. 10 Ways Twitter Makes You a Better Writer
  6. How to know when your Twitter friends are online?

Humor

  1. Hi, my name is Bob, and I’m a Twitter addict… [Cartoon]

Internet

  1. Twitter co-founder explains “The five parts of your online identity

Alert

  1. Really Nasty Android malware going around