17 Twitter Apps for Writers

17 Twitter Apps for WritersYou don’t have the time to sit in front of the computer all day and post information to your Twitter account. That’s where Twitter apps come in.

After finding or creating information to tweet, spend just a few minutes scheduling your tweets (and other posts) throughout the day by using scheduling applications designed to make your life easier.

Note: My suggestions aren’t exclusively just for Twitter. For example, Facebook has a scheduling feature for your Facebook author page, which I urge you to use instead of an application. You see, Facebook downgrades scheduled information coming from an application.

By using a scheduling application, you can schedule your tweets as well as other updates, and even your Pinterest pins, for the entire day or week or even a month.

A Word About Automation

Some people become carried away and go so far as to automate direct messages on Twitter to new followers. Don’t do this. First, most Twitter users rarely read direct messages because they tend to be promotional.

Secondly, if you want to acknowledge a new follower, personalize your message. Follow a link to their blog or website and comment about that. Or if you’ve read one of their books, tell them how much you liked it. Just stay clear of automating personal messages because as soon as you do, they actually cease to be personal.

Twitter Apps to Fit Every Desire & Budget

Hootsuite

Writers new to social media tend to start with the free version of Hootsuite for scheduling their updates. It’s easy to set up, and Hootsuite allows you to post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ page, and Twitter, as well as some LinkedIn groups. However, if you use a free account, Hootsuite will limit you to three social profiles. With a paid account, you’ll have access to even more social media profiles and analytics.

TweetDeck  

TweetDeck is a free download offered from Twitter. You can check your Twitter account from your desktop and respond to mentions, direct messages, and retweets as they arrive. It’s the easiest tool to set and use, but it only allows scheduling to Twitter.

SproutSocial 

SproutSocial offers many benefits. You can schedule your posts to ten social profiles, including to your Google+ page, connect your account with the URL shortener Bit.ly to track click-through-rates (hits to your website) and unfollow users on Twitter. It also provides outstanding analytics. Plus, you can monitor keywords and maintain a social content calendar. The monthly fee starts at $99/month.

Plugg.io

This application interfaces with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and offers a free plan. The free plan allows up to five Twitter accounts and ten scheduled tweets and will help you to find new friends to grow your following. Paid accounts offer additional features.

MediaFunnel 

MediaFunnel will help you to distribute your content on Twitter and Facebook accounts. In addition, you can use MediaFunnel to manage your brand and engage with your followers. You can monitor mentions of you and your books, engage with your audience, and drive more people to your landing pages. Previously, the monthly fee started at $6. Prices are no longer listed on the website so you’ll have to inquire about pricing if you’re interested in this application.

Netvibes 

This versatile dashboard will download onto your PC and mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) to keep you up-to-date while you’re on the go. Use it to keep track of news and trends and to monitor your accounts. The basic account is free, and the VIP account is $2/month.

SocialOomph 

SocialOomph is a scheduler on steroids. It will allow you to schedule your social media posts for LinkedIn, Twitter, and your blog, set up recurring tweets and LinkedIn posts, track your click-through-rates and keywords, and provide some basic analytics. It will also help you to find new followers. Test this application with a free account.

Buffer

The free plan will allow you to have two social media accounts and schedule ten posts per social media profile. The social profiles can include Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and a Google+ page. The Awesome plan costs $10/month and allows up to ten social accounts, 100 updates, and also allows the use of Pinterest and Instagram.

Twuffer

The free account allows 50 scheduled tweets per month. The $5.99/month plan allows unlimited tweets, the ability to upload images, multiple Twitter profiles, and more. Like TweetDeck, the program can run on your desktop.

Dlvr.it 

Once you write and post your blog post, Dlvr.it will automatically send information about it to your social media profiles. The free plan allows you to post to three social media platforms whereas the Pro plan, which costs $9.99/month, allows you to post to ten social profiles. Note that Dlvr.it, once it’s installed on your blog, will post to your designated social media profiles as soon as your blog post is live. Also, note that Facebook downgrades auto-posted blog posts to your Facebook author page. Dlvr.it will save you time, but there will be consequences on Facebook.

TwittTimer

This app allows you to schedule updates on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as images and videos. You can also archive your messages, view statistics, and manage your campaigns. TwitTimer is free.

More Fun Twitter Apps

Tweetbot

Sync your timeline across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Mute tweets by user, hashtag, tweet source, or keywords. The app includes third-party support for image, video, read later, and timeline sync services. Version 4 includes an Apple watch app, iPad support, and more. The IOS app costs $4.99 in iTunes.

Plume

Android users might want to try this app. You can use the app to share text, links, and photos to Plume and other applications. Plume also has a suite of widgets to make it quick and easy to send tweets. There’s more to this app as well. You can purchase Plume from Google Play.

UberSocial

UberSocial will keep you up-to-date while you’re on-the-go, offers fast functionality, curated content, customization options, and a richer, more user-friendly Twitter experience. The app is both iPhone and Android friendly.

Twitterific

You can download this app for free. Track your Twitter stats, view your most recent activity, receive notifications, follow new users, and give favorites to tweets from your following base.

Echofon for Twitter

This free app for iPhones and Androids will notify you of mentions and messages. You can avoid duplicate alerts with this app and set a sleep period. There’s also an Echofon for Facebook.

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Authors: Engage with Your Readers on Twitter

Engage with Your Readers on Twitter by Frances CaballoYou’re reading the text version of the Social Media for Authors Podcast, Episode 33 published and copyrighted by Frances Caballo every week.

As usual, this week’s episode includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome Tips about Twitter and, of course, I have your tip of the week. Enjoy!


 

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Everyone seems to be talking about Blab, a new live-streaming video app. I’ve been receiving Blab announcements in my email all week from a variety of users.

For example, people like Jon Loomer seems to be holding Blab gatherings every day.

But what is it, you ask?

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My Fave New Twitter Apps: Swayy & ManageFlitter

Avoid Social Media Time Suck by Frances CaballoI am using two Twitter apps that I adore. Why do I love them? They economize my time on social media and when applications allow me to work more quickly without compromising the quality of my work, I’m happy.

When I was writing my newest book, I tried dozens of applications. I tested content curation apps, tools to schedule my tweets, and apps to configure my metrics.

There were a couple that seemed too expensive for my needs and there were others that duplicated applications I already use and like. However, I did discover some great new applications that I’m now using. Swayy and ManageFlitter are two of them.

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Swayy

The founders of Swayy describe their product as “a personalized content discovery platform” that helps you to discover the perfect content to share on your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first. I already use Scoop.it, Google Alerts and Talkwalker and I’ve been satisfied (somewhat) with them. I tried using Twylah’s BrandBuilder and liked it at first but then became frustrated with the tool, for which I was paying $29/month.

Then I heard about Swayy and I thought I’d try it. The morning after setting up my account, I received an email with links to killer content. By the second day, thre were 25 pieces of content on my dashboard.

Swayy not only finds content for you, it also offers the options to post the links when you see them or schedule them for later. In addition, the tool recommends hashtags you can consider including with your tweet.

Did I mention that I’m using their free account? Even with the free account I’m able to access analytics. The three stories I shared in two days generated 32 links clicked.

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 3.29.44 PMThe app also tracks the number of times my tweets are retweeted or maked as a Favorite, the number of times I’m mentioned on Twitter, and it tracks the number of new followers I gain each day.

 With a free account, you can link your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, create a dashboard, and see your analytics. Paid accounts start as low as $9/month but most authors would only need the free account.

 

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You can use the free version of this tool to unfollow Twitter users and to use some features to grow your account.

If you’re willing to pay $12/month, you have access to additional features. You can:

  • Unfollow users who aren’t following you back.
  • Unfollow people who don’t use an image for their avatar
  • Unfollow people deemed to be inactive on Twitter
  • Unfollow fake accounts you are following
  • Block accounts that are fake
  • Unfollow users based on their influence (I don’t use this feature.)
  • Whitelist followers you never want to unfollow (I love this feature.)

In the example below, I added Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson manually to my whitelist.

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You can also create a list of Twitter users you never want to follow.

The feature I love is the PowerMode. You can create your own filters and use them to create criteria for unfollowing people. First you make a selection in the top box.

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Let’s say that I selected “Users You’re Following” in the top field. Then I need to create filters from the bottom set of options. The screenshot below doesn’t capture every option offered.

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In the example below, I created a filter for users who aren’t on my whitelist, have not tweeted in a month, and who have unfollowed me in the past 10 days.

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 3.56.00 PM Once you create your filter, you click on Save and name your filter.

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You will also have access to the following metrics: your growth in followers, your following trends, your influence and your spam probability.

 

In addition, you can sync your Google+ account with your Twitter account, allowing your Google+ posts to appear on Twitter, not vice versa. I haven’t elected this option since I prefer not to sync any of my social media platforms. I think each network has its own voice and it’s best to keep them separated. However, if you are looking to save time, this might be an option you’ll want to try.

PowerPost is another awesome feature. ManageFlitter determines the best hour and day to send a power tweet. It also tracks tweets you’ve sent through this app and offers an option to schedule a recurring tweet – one that will repeat as often as you’d like.

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 4.08.07 PMFinally, ManageFlitter will remotely approve new followers that you select. Once you choose the accounts to follow, ManageFlitter will have members of its team do the clicking for you. This feature is offered at an additional fee and enables you follow people in large batches.

What applications do you use that help you to economize your time on social media?

photo credit: Alan Cleaver via photopin cc

 

Social Media Time Suck Final 200About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+. 

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9 Twitter Apps You Need to Know

3-31-14 400I am a Twitterholic. There, I admitted it. I love Twitter and I pour far more time into this microblogging platform than I do Facebook or even Pinterest. (Confession: I’ve been neglecting Pinterest of late even but I promise to return to you real soon.) I’m always checking out lists of Twitter applications to see what’s new, which ones are worth trying and which ones are worth recommending.

Here are my recommendations of some twitter apps I’ve discovered recently as well as the tools I rely on to manage my Twitter account.

8 Really Cool Twitter Apps

Hibari

This app is for Mac users only (sorry PC users). Once you download this tool, you can block tweets from users based on keywords, mute Tweeps you need to follow but whose tweets may be annoying (such as those from coworkers, relatives, etc.), and highlight the type of information you want to find. As its slogan says, this program “blocks annoyances and reveals gems.”

TweetCaster, A GooglePlay App

This app has many features so I’ll just highlight my favorites. You can use it to add captions that you upload to Twitter and filter your tweets so you’ll quickly find the nuggets you’re looking for. Its “zip” feature deletes annoying tweets from your timeline.

Tweetings

You’ll find this tool for your iPhone at iTunes for $1.99. This app will create a map that shows where your Tweeps are from and it will let you update both your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Themeleon

Every Twitter account needs professional background themes and header images. If you aren’t using your book cover, you’ll want to use this application to create a theme that matches your brand.

ArTweet

If all you want is a simplified background theme that includes your picture, information about you and your book, then try this application.

Nutshell Mail

I’ve used this application for at least two years. Once you sign up for it, you will determine whether you want to receive an update once or twice daily and at what time. It will keep track of new follows and unfollows, mentions, and tweets from your favorite lists in your Twitter summary. You can even tweet, reply, retweet, and send a direct message without leaving your in-box.

Twubs

Once you sign up with Twubs, you can join chats, and the application will automatically add the hashtag to your tweets. You can even join Twitter chats right on the Twubs website. It’s convenient and fast and keeps you updated about the latest addition to the conversation.

ManageFlitter

Use this application to find new followers, unfollow spammers you hadn’t suspected, and unfollow those users who simply aren’t following you back or never started tweeting. You can also use this application to send Power Posts and track your keywords.

My Favorite New Twitter App

TweetBeep

Did you know that your Tweets carry a sound? According to the developers of this application they do. TweetBeep is designed to keep track of conversations that mention you and your books with hourly updates. My tweets had a techno sound to them. Find out what your mentions and retweets sound like and let me know.

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

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