Twitter Tools & Apps:
Even though Twitter is adding more and more functionality to its website, the following Twitter tools and apps are indispensable when it comes to managing multiple users or Twitter accounts, or simply keeping better track of incoming tweets:


Shorten Your URL

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Turn long URLs into short ones for posting on Twitter, using in e-mails, cloaking affiliate links and for redirects with URL shortening service TinyURL. By clicking on “preview feature” you can also preview the link to see where it’s taking you before clicking it (works with cookies). Short URLs created by TinyURL don’t break and don’t expire.

Try TinyURL here:

 

Enter a long URL to make tiny:

 

 

Manage Multiple Users Over Several Twitter Accounts

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Another popular app for Twitter is hootsuite, which lets you manage multiple users over multiple accounts. Create groups, manage your feeds into Twitter, schedule tweets and view user info without leaving your current window.

There are so many services available now for managing Twitter – how do you know which one to choose? Why not sign up with the top three that appeal to you most and simply try them. You can make a checklist of the features that are most important to you: Do you like the interface? Can you customize the interface to your needs? Does it allow you to add as many users as you need to? How many accounts can you add? Does it allow you to share and manage tweets with other users in your group? How long can you save tweets to share or work on later? How many can you save? How useful are the statistics? Do they give you the numbers you need? Does it have integrated Twitter search? Does it have way more features than you need? Are they planning to charge you for the service in the near future? etc.

It may take some of your time, but finding the right Twitter management app will save you a lot of hassle later on.

Verify Your New Twitter Followers

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Sure, having lots of followers on Twitter may sound good, but how many of them have followed through spambots in the hope you will follow them back? How many of them have no true interest in your tweets? Only get true followers and weed out the spam with TrueTwit. How it works: all of your new followers will get a validation notice via direct message. If they too are TrueTwit users or pass the CAPTCHA test, you get an email indicating they are a TrueTwit validated human.

Expand Shortened URL

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Social sites are full of them, including Twitter: Wonder where this bit.ly or tinyurl will take you before you click on it? Try Sucuri’s URL expander tool.

Join Twibes Twitter Groups

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Find, create or join Twibes Twitter groups. A Twibe is a group of Twitter users interested in a common topic. To join, simply tweet the full URL, for example http://www.twibes.com/group/nonprofits from your Twitter account – no sign in required.