Twitter can seem deceptively simple. Yet once you gain experience on Twitter, you may be overwhelmed. That’s why it’s wise to consider how to effectively use Twitter applications to help you stay focused on your Twitter goals.
Disclaimer: There are probably thousands of third-party Twitter applications. As this is an article and not a book I’m only going to talk about a few, including the ones I like the most.
Use tweetbeep.com to track your interests
For purposes of monitoring conversations that connect to my business and my other interests, tweetbeep.com is my favorite. It works like Google Alert and I use the free tool although you can upgrade to a paid account.
One of the phrases I have tweetbeep track is my name. Often in tweets people don’t use my Twitter username (which automatically shows up in my Twitter account) but instead use my full name. It is important to track your name if you like saying thank you to people for retweeting your material.
Use twitwall.com for announcements
When I have an announcement for Twitter that I don’t want to link to a blog post of mine yet requires more than 140 characters, twitwall.com is my application of choice. I particularly like that you get to designate what is the headline and what is the body of the announcement.
A similar application I tried did not allow this distinction. I found this very annoying when, in the automatically generated tweet, the beginning of the body of the announcement ran into the headline.
Use tweetchat.com for joining in a tweetchat
When I participate in a tweetchat I like to use tweetchat.com. Again, there are other applications that allow you to participate in a tweetchat. Yet I find tweetchat.com the easiest to use. (Just remember you can adjust the refresh time depending on whether you are a fast or slow typist.)
“Gimmick” applications are numerous
There are numerous what I would call “gimmick” applications for Twitter. If you have lots of time on your hands you might enjoy these. On the other hand, if you are easily distracted, stay away from these.
In conclusion, when you use Twitter applications, they should support your goals on Twitter rather than interfering with your focus on your goals.
Review which Twitter applications are helping you and which are hindering you. Then focus on the helpful ones.
Author Bio: Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller on Twitter) has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is an Internet business consultant. She writes numerous articles and posts throughout the Internet, including for the blog at her company website www.MillerMosaicPowerMarketing.com. Grab her FREE report on ???How to Become a Twitter Marketing Expert???