There are so many aspects of Twitter that are fun and/or useful that it’s hard to experience them all within the official Twitter app. Put differently, there are are so many ways of slicing a stream of tweets that an entire batch of third-party apps and solutions have appeared. This post is a long overdue followup to the mega-popular list of Twitter tools I made in 2012 (note: many of the services and items featured back then no longer exist today). And it’s so interesting to see how Twitter has changed over the last few years.
I decided to mix together personal and business-related Twitter apps, services and products in this list because I think a lot of people use Twitter for both purposes. I personally love Twitter for following the interests and ideas of people in my industry. And I love that it allows me to connect with people who follow me for the same reasons. The new news portion of the app is growing on me as well. In fact, now that I’m thinking about it, Twitter is actually quite important to my life.
So whether you want to find interesting content to read, want to grow your Twitter followers or simply want to communicate better with people who share similar interests, you’ll find several awesome Twitter tools here that can help you get the most out of the platform. What you won’t find is a lame grouping of Twitter clients (i.e. Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc.). Enjoy!
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A Physical Twitter Follower Counter
Whether you’re an individual or part of a business team, one of the coolest things about Twitter is watching your follower count grow. But now, thanks to the awesome people at Smiirl, you don’t have to constantly refresh Twitter to know when someone new follows you. That’s because they’ve built a sleek wood and plastic physical Twitter follower counter that you can set on your desk or hang on the wall. It’s a gorgeous way to get that endorphin boost that comes from seeing people interested in what you have to say in realtime! And you can also buy boxes designed for other social networks like Facebook and Instagram.
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