The 25 Most Popular Twitter Apps : Have You Heard of Them All?

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One of the amazing things about Twitter, when compared to a LinkedIn or a Facebook, is that it’s core functionality is so simple yet complemented with complexity by hundreds if not thousands of useful 3rd party apps because of its open architecture and growing ecosystem.  Where you don’t really need any external tools to maximize your presence on LinkedIn or even Facebook for that matter, using external apps on the realtime platform for tweets can not only help save you time, it can also help you unearth critical business intelligence and allow you to truly maximize your presence for whatever business or professional objective you might have.

The funny thing is that it’s hard to find out which apps are out there and which of them are popular.  There are many lists that have been created in the past, but I have found that many Twitter apps, even the beloved Mr. Tweet which I blogged about, no longer exist.  On the other hand, there are some excellent Twitter directory websites out there,  like oneforty, but there are so many tools listed it begins to feel like you’re a mouse in a maze looking for a morsel of cheese…  I won’t even mention that there is still a continuous new flow of great Twitter apps into the market, including the promising Research.ly which was just announced yesterday.

As I proceed forward on writing my Twitter book, I wanted to share with you my initial findings on what the 25 most popular apps are so that you can concentrate on only those tools that others have found valuable because of their popularity.  I have listed them below according to their ranking on Alexa, but I have also taken the privilege of omitting those that were either non-English (ごめんなさい!) or I felt were not necessarily useful from a business or professional strategic perspective.  What remains are 25 apps that surprised me in their popularity.  I am hoping through this exercise that you find a tool or two that you might not have heard of that will enrich YOUR Twitter experience.

Before I provide the list, be forewarned that apps that are popular mean that they get a lot of website visits.  Some of these apps are websites that provide services that allow you to manage all of your social media platforms from one single dashboard (like HootSuite) or shorten URL links that you could use to track the effectiveness of your content on various social media platforms (like Bit.ly).  I have tried my best to categorize these apps to give you a feel for alternatives if you are looking to move off your current app and try something new.

  1. Twitpic – Photo Sharing on Twitter Tool
  2. Bit.ly – URL Shortener
  3. Yfrog – Photo & Video Sharing on Twitter Tool
  4. HootSuite – Browser-Based Social Media Client
  5. TweetMeme – Twitter ReTweet Directory
  6. Adf.ly – URL Shortener with Advertising
  7. TinyURL – URL Shortener
  8. Ping.fm – Social Media Status Update Management
  9. Paper.li – Tweet (and now Facebook) Digests
  10. Goo.gl – Google’s URL Shortener
  11. Topsy – Twitter Search Engine
  12. TwitterFeed – RSS to Twitter & Facebook Automation Tool
  13. Ow.ly – HootSuite’s URL Shortener
  14. TwitCause – Help Support Causes (from the Experience Project)
  15. Social Oomph – Twitter Automation & Management Tool
  16. TwitterCounter – Twitter Profile Statistics
  17. TweetDeck – Browser-Based Social Media Client (note that their PC client is more popular but does not show up as a website visit)
  18. MobyPicture – Photo, Video, Audio & Text Sharing in Social Media Tool
  19. Favstar.fm – Analyze Tweets by Number of Favorites & ReTweets
  20. Sponsored Tweets – Twitter Advertising
  21. Friend or Follow? – Follower Management Tool
  22. WeFollow – Twitter User Directoy
  23. Social Mention – Social Media Search Engine
  24. Seesmic – Browser-Based Social Media Client
  25. CoTweet – Browser-Based Social Media Client

If you have already heard and tried out all of these apps, you are a true master of tweeting!  Regardless, if your URL shortener or social media client doesn’t appear on the above list, you might want to try out one of these popular apps for a test drive.

My Fave 5 from this list? HootSuite, TweetMeme (as a WordPress plugin), Topsy, TwitterCounter, and WeFollow.  How about you?

About the Author:

Neal Schaffer, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer

Neal Schaffer
The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer
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Comments

  1. says

    Neal TweetMeme is by far the one I use the most and it has been a life savor. I just can’t believe you were able to list all of these..thanks bro

    BTW Neal..Can you can contact me on my contact page..Its very important..I need your help.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • says

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, TweetMeme is the granddaddy, but I noticed that they made changes to their page that make it less of a pure search directory for Twitter RTs…

  2. says

    Neal:

    I am familiar with all but three on your list — those three being: Adf.ly, MobyPicture and Favstar.fm.

    I love Hootsuite and because I manage accounts for clients I gladly coughed up the money to pay for it. I use three different platforms for actual tweeting (all for various reasons). TwInbox (I have it set up to bring all my DMs and mentions into my Outlook for my personal account) and MyVBO (does more than just Twitter but I only use for Twitter).

    While personally I hate, hate, hate (did I mention hate) the Auto Postings from SocialOmmph I do like their keyword digests (especially when setting up a new account and trying to find people to follow) and for the beloved DM Purge feature they offer.

    I know your list is based on Alexa rankings but two others that may be worth checking out for “cleaning out” are ManageFlitter.com and JustUnfollow.com.

    • says

      Hey Michelle,

      Thanks for your resourceful comment! I also was not familiar with Adf.ly and Moby Picture myself. I haven’t seen many Adf.ly links in Twitter, but then again I try to avoid those Internet Marketing bots who are probably using them!

      I also evangelize the use of HootSuite and paid for the professional account as well. Haven’t used Twinbox and MyVBO before so i will definitely check them out. Thanks for the advice!

      Never really used SocialOomph for the same reason you pointed out. If I want to find people for keywords and do DM purges, my choice tool is Tweetspinner.

      Yes, there are a lot of other great tools out there, and introducing the best ones wasn’t the objective of the list. I also LOVE ManageFlitter.com and have used JustUnfollow.com as well. FYI MF would come in at #28, and JU at … wait … how could I have missed them? JustUnfollow.com would come in at #22!!! Uh-oh…may need to revise my post now! Thanks for pointing that one out!!!

      • says

        Does the free version of Tweetspinner allow DM purges? I played with it for awhile but after they changed it around a few months back I lost interest in it.

        And you don’t have to revise your post on my account! :-)

  3. says

    I like TweetCause. I’d love to offer a similar service like the ones profiled in your post. I guess it’s a head ache to maintain such projects, and it’s well worth in the long run, right? :)

  4. says

    Hey Codrut, to be honest with you I had never heard of TweetCause until I did research for my upcoming Twitter book, but I agree that it’s a cool service.

    If you wanted to do your own Twitter, you need to think hard as to how you would want to monetize it…and preferably have an exit strategy ;-)

  5. says

    Great list, Neal. Like many others who commented so far, I haven`t heard of Adf.ly.
    My favorite ones are TweetMeme, Topsy, Tredistic, TweetDeck and Paper.li. I am big fan of Paper.li and I am especially glad that you included it into your list! It is interesting though that Paper.li is has better ranking on Alexa than TweetDeck.
    One of the the apps that I also like is Trendsmap.

    • says

      Thanks Goranka. Yes, Adf.ly was a surprise to me. As for Tweetdeck, you have to remember that most people use it as an app, not by going to their site on a browser, so those don’t get registered as website visits. Trendsmap, by the way, was #54 ;-)

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