Tame the bird

By Anita Hovey, Twirp Communications



Twitter…you either love it…or you’re indifferent. I have yet to hear of someone who is actually using it a decent amount and hates it. Businesses of all sizes and across all industries are using Twitter to reach new customers, build relationships with loyal customers, create new customer experiences and increase brand awareness. As far as social media goes, Twitter has a lot to offer. It can be a lot of work to get a handle on it though. Here are my five favorite Twitter helpers.

1Mr. Unfollower is a great little Twitter account. All you have to do is follow @unfollowr from your Twitter account and follow the directions you receive. Each week you will get a digest of all the accounts that have unfollowed you. I like it as a means to see if I’m still interesting to people. I check to see that nobody I am REALLY connected to has unfollowed me becuase that would mean I did something really wrong probably. Most of the time it is businesses who are looking for a follow-back and are out of my area. A lot of the accounts are suspended users, meaning they were probably bots or spammers. I don’t worry about who’s in the list too much, but it’s nice to know I hardly ever lose a real friend.

2. Tweriod will analyse your Twitter account and tell you the best times to tweet based on when most of your followers are online. You can get a free Tweriod analysis once a month and there are paid upgrades available. This is useful for everyone, but especially for businesses who want to tweet out today’s specials. You want to hit as many followers as possible to spread the word. Once you’ve got your Tweriod analysis, you’ll want to check out my next tool.

3. Buffer helps you spread out your content-based tweets so they are posted at optimal times. A quick set up tells Buffer when you prefer to tweet (perhaps based on your Tweriod analysis) and then you simply add your tweets and RTs to your Buffer queue from a button in your browser bar. I don’t use this nearly as much as I could, but it is a great program. They are unveiling Buffer for Facebook soon, too.

4. Twilert is like Google Alerts for Twitter. Get e-mail digests about what is happening on Twitter for keywords, competitor accounts, events, or anything else you can search for on Twitter.

5. Manage Flitter is my most recent discovery, ironically thanks to Facebook guru Mari Smith. This app helps you organize and clean up your Twitter account by looking at who is not following you back. Let me be clear…I do not follow everyone back and I do not expect everyone to follow me back. Manage Flitter is easy to use to find inactive accounts. You can simply unfollow everyone, but that’s not how I use the program. I find Manage Flitter much more user friendly than some of its competitors and everything I need from it is free.

Are there other fabulous Twitter apps out there? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Klout and Tweetreach are great for assessing whether you’re having an impact and what that impact is over time. I also use tweet adder sometimes (when I remember) and of course there’s Hoot Suite and Tweetdeck and those kinds of things which are great for managing multiple accounts but I don’t like the way tweetdeck tells people you’re using it in the tweet.


  2. I find the post to be informative and useful. I have been exploring the upsides of a Twitter account. Such apps. seem to help one to build and nurture relationships. With the hype of social media, I think it is best to create a social media account where I could actively participate and manage in the long term. Now, I do not see the reason why I should hesitate with Twitter. Thanks for the five Twitter helpers.


  3. Hi Anne,Thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post.Awesome, great job on ctnrevoing them and amazing to see you are getting fully involved on getting your school hooked on social media! That’s something I tried hard too, but turns out to be a very tedious process.Hehe, tell me about it. I am sure you are going to be successful with all the effort you are putting in!


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