I’ve had a few people ask me how to get more Twitter followers and what apps I use. I have to spend some time thinking about how to word my condensed answer on how to get Twitter followers – I don’t have zillions of followers, so I’m a bit relunctant to say I know anything special, but I do have a few, so I guess I must have done a couple of things “right” along the way (or I just got lucky, which is probably a lot of it). In the meantime, here are a few things I’ve been using and Tweeting about:
If you use Tweetdeck, Twitpic is incorporated into the functionality. You can link your Tweet with a photo – and with only 140 characters to use, it’s nice to allow your picture to tell your story because a “picture is worth a 1000 words” and Twitter is only a bumper sticker.
I’m a BlackBerry user, so TwitterBerry is my mobile app. You can Tweet within the app and save SMS charges and you can also see replies and direct messages and reply back in an easy-to-use format.
Well, the name explains it all – enter your keyword, get results.
Want to see who’s Tweeting near you? Enter your city and you’ll see the top Twits in your locale. Interesting but I do admit I felt a bit voyeuristic too.
See that little Twitter widget to the right, with my pic in it? That’s from Korelab and it’s a Twitter balloon. It’s not the easiest to configure, but the instructions are in the blog and I like that it’s a bit more visual than the other Twitter widgets I’ve seen.
I used to get an email every time somebody followed me, but because my inbox is also inundated with Russian spam, I decided to eliminate anything extraneous. I now get a once-a-day summary email from SocialToo that tells me who followed me (and which one of my Tweets was where they began to follow) and who drops me (and which Tweet bored them to tears).
This Firefox add-in cleans up the regular Twitter interface. After you load it up and go to the normal www.twitter.com site, you’ll see photos and video thumbnails, plus links presented in a much nicer format. Plus, the company behind this is from Marin – yo!