How to survive Social Media: my toolbox

November 2, 2009

Social Media tools ARE time consuming. This post list the tools I’m using to organize my Social Media activity and lists others sources and articles talking about time saving methods when using SM tools.
This is an open toolbox: feel free to add more content in comments.

Tools

  • Google RSS reader: used to subscribe to blogs and organize these subscriptions in folders. I will not explain how I organize them in more details. When you are subscribed to a fast growing list of 297 blogs, Google RSS reader is not very convenient to read so much content.  Google Reader has an interesting option to share a post you’ve read – John Jantshch has published a cool post “A Twitter sharing time saving tip” on how to combine this with TwitterFeed in order to publish automatically blog posts you like to Twitter.
  • Feedly: outstanding tool to read -even subscribe- your Google RSS reader content. Display is very natural in a news paper like style that allow fast reading, quick hiding or zoom, easy forward -to mail, to Twitter, to FaceBook (FB)- easy bookmarking -to Delicious and more-. Once you opened in a browser, you get a small toolbard, located at the bottom-right of your screen very convenient to forward links while you are browsing other pages.
  • TweetDeck: to organize tweetos by groups -I find it more convenient than Twitter lists-, follow direct mentions, follow on other specific words -brands, company, etc.- everything I want to follow on the long run. I read it from time to time.
    Tweetdeck supports multiple Twitter account and can also post your message to FB or post the same content to Twitter and FB.
  • An alternate choice for TweetDeck, HooSuite – it’s an online tool, for some reason search are easier than in TweetDeck, you prepare tweets to be sent at a later time and from multiple accounts.
  • For other searches, day long or just to check, I’m using an online tools Tweettabs – no user creation, fast to start. Once the search terms are tuned, you can use Tweetalert to automatize and receive tweets emails -check webworkerdaily’s blog post “Tweetalert-google-alerts-on-twitter” for a how to guide.
  • Twittertim: when I’ve been off for most of the day I use Twittertim to get in touch fast and see the links tweeted by friends and friends friends. An easy way to get an idea on what’s hot in my sphere.
  • Delicious.com: to organize my bookmarks as well as share them via Twitter -you can do both at the same time.
  • bit.ly – default tool to shorten URLs in Twitter tools like TweetDeck. Once you’ve created your own account you can easily follow stats -how many read and clicks- on links you’ve sent.

Links to related articles


How to analyze tweets and RT on YOUR content

October 6, 2009

Jennifer Van Grove reports on a interesting tool TweetMeme Analytics to follow tweets on your content and how they spread – check here her post “TweetMeme Analytics Show You How Retweets Spread on Twitter”.

Based on her test, one can follow retweets and measure the influence of the ‘retweeters’ – see pic below.

I have started a 30 days trial today… let’s see how this works 😉


Giving a shot at comparing SM tools buzz – Twitter, Facebook, Linked In & MySpace

March 26, 2009

For some reason I have missed the launch of a very interesting tool: Google Trends. Discovering a graph in a blog gave me the idea to compare if not measure the buzz-race between the main social media tools: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Myspace.

Here is the result obtained today:

Social Media Buzz Trends

Social Media Buzz Trends

Google Trends is measuring:

  • the number of searchs done on the keywords,
  • the number of time the keywords appeared in Google News.

The above graph gives interesting insights:

  • comparing interest in Facebook and Myspace over time,
  • measuring current interest in Facebook and in Twitter – first graph shows very few search for Twitter, second graph shows a lot of News published on Twitter about the same amount being published on Facebook.

The above confirms Twitter is not yet known on a large scale, that the buzz is growing fast among Web-versed people (press, bloggers….).

Do you know how google-friendly are the Twitter pages? Do they build mostly Twitter’s visibility or the page owner’s brand?

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