Tools that help you get more from Twitter
All of us who relish the social aspect of the Web can be thankful to the great gods of social media that a website such as Twitter came along.
The short-messaging-service knockoff has retooled the way we interact, 140 characters at a time, so that now Twitter is among the top-10 websites worldwide and has been used in a variety of ways — from college lectures to civil unrest.
But not everyone apart from newspaper headline writers believes they can express themselves in a mere 140 characters per post, or believes that words alone can convey their messages. That’s why a wide rage of tools has appeared to help Twitter users — or “tweeps” — get the most out of their Twitter messages — or “tweets.”
When paired with Twitter, these tools transform a site for blurbs into one of exposition, even journalism. Among the worthwhile tools and associated websites:
Twitpic — Allows users to upload images to their Twitter feed.
Tweetie — A Mac application, permits simultaneous access and update capability for multiple Twitter accounts.
Formulists — Helps users organize their Twitter lists by activity, number of followers, location, keywords, among other means.
Tweet Memo — The rough equivalent of a Post-it note, it lets users send themselves reminders that will pop up on their feed updates at scheduled times.
Only the Links — Sorts tweets containing Web links.
Tweriod — Analyzes followers Twitter streams, determines when they are online most often and lets users know the best times to send tweets.
Storify — An exquisite and burgeoning tool for journalists, it allows users to create narratives by knitting tweets together.
David Sheets is a sports editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STLtoday.com, and president of SPJ’s St. Louis Pro chapter. Reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at @DKSheets, or on Facebook and LinkedIn.