As great as Twitter is, with all its features and constant news streams, it can quickly become an attention seeking infant taking up all your time if you let it.
Luckily, with the constant stream of Twitter tools being created to increase productivity on this network, we’re positively spoilt for choice on which to select to enhance our Twitter experience.
You might have yours, but here are some of my favourite Twitter tools that are also worth checking out.
ManageFlitter is a simple tool that keeps you up to date with the going ons of your followers.
From various tabs you can check reciprocal and non-reciprocal followers, bulk un-follow users, easily view the last tweets and bios of who you follow in one simple interface.
With the basic free account you’re allowed to unfollow up to 1,000 account a day. If you upgrade your account you can download all fans and follows, and mass follow back people you engage with, as well as see who unfollowed you and when.
Timley schedules your tweets at the optimum times for your followers. It works out when your followers are most active by analyzing your last couple of hundred tweets and creates time slots based on these findings.
It’s a great way to ensure your followers are actually seeing your tweets and provides simple analytics on the dashboard as well as regular email reports with a simple summary of your reach.
You can schedule up to 9 tweets a day, see who has retweeted you and how many people you are reaching. When using this tool don’t forget to change the time settings to your local timezone.
Another great thing about Timely is that you can add other admins for collaboration with your team. Timely works for Twitter and Facebook.
Social Bro provides detailed analytics into your Twitter account. It can tell you so much from who’s online to which accounts are the most influential.
Social Bro is helps you be strategic about which Twitter accounts to unfollow and which are worth building relationships with. A quick and dirty tool it isn’t, but if you take the time familiarise yourself with it, you won’t be disappointed.
I absolutely love KnowYourFollowers. Not only is it interesting, but it gives you qualitative as well as quantitative insights into your followers such as their interests, profession, gender, even whether or not they have kids etc.
It lets you dig deeper into the lifestyles of other Twitter users- offering more than the typical metrics like tweet frequency etc. With KnowYourFollowers you can really cater your tweets to suit your followers and encourage more interaction.
This tool has a free and paid version. The free version requires you to promote the service with a tweet to unlock its features and if you upgrade to their paid version you’re not forced to do this.
The paid version rates range from $4.95 to $19.95 depending on the number of followers you want to analyze.
Twitalyzer allows you to gain deeper insights into your Twitter account. It analyzes your account to feedback how many times you are retweeted, your influence, your impact, how you compare with other Twitter users and plenty of other metrics.
With Twitalyzer you can even set yourself impact goals and it will measure your progress.
This tool is great for marketing agencies as it allows you to create and client reports with pretty graphical representations of their Twitter account.
With itweetlive you can mass tweet people who have either engaged with you on Twitter, or have tweeted about topics you have set alerts for. The aim of this tool is to encourage engagement and activity.
Once you’ve prepared your tweets and they’ve been sent itweetlive can then tell you which tweets were more effective in receiving responses or being retweeted.
It’s a great way to gain new followers and engage with the Twitter community in a time effective way.
Bubble tweet is an innovative way to interact with your followers via Twitter. It allows you to make short video posts that appear in the form of a small bubble.
You can use this tool to add a bit of fun to your account, maybe do a rant of the day or perhaps review/product of the week. Bare in mind you only get 60 seconds of recording time.
There’s much buzz surrounding Twylah and there’s even been some mutterings about it being great for search engine optimization.
Twylah links back to your Twitter account via power tweets and pulls out your tweets, puts them in context and displays them in an attractive magazine format.
Twylah essentially adds more depth to your tweets and enables you to create tabs to promote your other social profiles such as Twitter or your blog.
So there you have it, my favorite Twitter tools so far – I say this because of the speed in which new ones are being added.
What do you think of this round-up and are there any other Twitter tools you recommend?
Rita is a marketer at London based web design agency Activate Media. Connect with Rita on Twitter @ritaauta and Google+. You can sign up here for a free 5-part course on how businesses can really get more sales and leads online.