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Twittering your Life Away

Okay – I’ll admit it. I am a Twitter virgin. Yes, this is new territory for me. Not for lack of understanding but simply because I was always pressed for time and could not understand how Twitter could make my life any easier. So, I approached Twitter much the way I approach everything else in my life. I did lots and lots of research. So for all you other Twitter virgins out there, or for all you Tweet doubters, this post is for you. Read on…

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows you to send and read other people’s text-based posts (maximum of 140 characters in length), fondly referred to as “tweets”. These posts are displayed on your Twitter profile page and delivered to others who have signed up to receive them (your followers).

Here is a great video Twitter in Plain English from one of my all-time favorites: the Common Craft Show. Check it out below:


Twitter Tools You Should Know About

New to Twitter? Check out these Top Twitter Tools

  1. Tinyurl:A necessity for any Twitter user. Shorten those lengthy URLs. Create tiny links that will fit into the allowed 140 character limit in Twitter.
  2. Twitpic:This tool let’s you share pictures with your friends on Twitter.
  3. Twittersnooze:If only we could use this in real life as well…hit the “snooze button” for a defined period of time on your noisy, verbose friends in Twitter.
  4. Twittervision:A Google Maps real-time view of tweets being posted around the world. Have fun with this one!
  5. Summize:Do a keyword search across the entire Twitter feed. Check out the search results and then create an RSS feed of the results to automatically get updated when new tweets match this search.
  6. Tweetscan:Another way to find out when someone tweets on certain keywords.
  7. Whoshouldifollow:Need help finding people? This tool suggests new users to you based on the people you are currently following.
  8. Twitterholic:See the Top 100 Twitterholics based on followers.
  9. Twitthis:Easy tool that lets people on your blog share your URL via Twitter.
  10. Twitturly:What URLs are people talking about? Find out here.
  11. Tweetmeme:Keeps track of hot tweets being discussed.
  12. TweetwheelFind out which of your friends are following each other.
  13. Twerpscan:Avoid Twitter spamming. Manage your follower list to avoid being followed by spammers who befriend everyone.

Have one to add? Let me know.