There’s a new Internet phenomenon taking the social media world by storm. And while it’s not exactly “new,” you may or may not have heard some buzz about “tweets, retweets, twavatars, tweeps, tweetspeak, twitterverse…” you get the idea. What is this new language, and where does it come from? In a word: Twitter.
Twitter, according to www.twitter.com, is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
I would consider Twitter to be the number one social networking tool out there that I use – and it’s incredibly convenient to keep up with your fellow “tweeps” by updating via the web, phone, IM, or by using any of the hundreds of applications available that integrates with Twitter. (Check out my blog on Diggin’ Digsby, my personal preference of keeping up with Twitter as well as Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace.)
Since the formation of Twitter, there have been numerous, and by numerous, I’m guessing well into the hundreds, of Twitter tools to make your Tweeting experience more productive, pleasant, and just plain fun. But before getting started on Twitter, I recommend familiarizing yourself with a Twictionary to get you up-to-speed with your “tweetspeak.”
Just a few good Twitter tools to check out and get you started:
Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release.
TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application that groups together your Twitter feeds into more manageable bite sized pieces.
Mr. Tweet looks through your extended network to help you build effective relationships on Twitter, by asking: “Which of my followers I should be following in return?” and “Who are the influential people I should be following?”
Auto-follow people on Twitter based on key words.
Twitter + history = Twistory. Add your Twitter feed to your favorite calendar application and browse through your personal Twitter history.
Keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company, or anything else that comes to mind.
Create events to promote through Twitter
So, what are you waiting for? If you’re not on the Twitter bandwagon, sign-up for a free account at www.twitter.com. And while you’re at it, follow The Ohio Society of CPAs at http://twitter.com/OSCPA, myself at http://twitter.com/kvitartas, and Chris Jenkins at http://twitter.com/Chris_Jenkins.
For a list of more Twitter tools, visit wtips.blogspot.com.