Five Apps to Help You Manage Twitter

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.

360 Degree Assessments for Team Development

360 Degrees
Getting feedback from everyone helps you improve

By Jonathan Wickham, Qualtrics Survey Software

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360 degree assessments are quickly becoming one of the most popular tools used for human resources departments. This type of feedback is most often used for professional development, but can also be used to make managerial decisions. It is human nature to act differently to people in different rolls. With 360 degree assessments, you get feedback from everyone around you. It has several benefits over traditional, single source evaluations. Getting information from the people you manage, peers, boss, and partners will drastically improve accuracy.

History of 360 Degree Feedback

360 degree feedback first began in World War II when the Germans were looking for an effective way to evaluate their officers. This proved to be extremely effective for improving leadership. In the 50s the Esso Research and Engineering Company came up with a complex formula for evaluating mid-level management. This was extremely time consuming, but proved to be a sound investment for the company. In the 90s most HR departments were very familiar with 360 degree feedback concepts. Because of the time and expense of running the reports, most companies didn’t conduct the analysis. Everything changed when the Internet made its way into nearly every company. This has made it extremely easy to streamline the 360 degree processes, and get the data from necessary employees. Now, nearly one third of all U.S. companies use some form of multi-source evaluation.

Why Conduct a 360 Degree Evaluation

Many people will argue human capitol is the most valuable asset for many companies. Investing in this asset means developing and improving the work force that runs the business. 360 degree feedback’s main purpose is to improve the way people interact with each other. This can improve product development, customer satisfaction, sales, and nearly all other aspects of a business. There is no question 360 degree assessments are here to stay.