TwitterGov: many tools available
Twitter is the new fast growing web 2.0 global phenomenon. It became a top 1,000 site that reaches over 1.9 million U.S. monthly people. The site attracts a more educated, slightly more female than male, young adult audience.
On his blog, Brian Solls, a Siicon Valley PR guru writes : “The social fibers that weave together this unique micromedia network is strengthened by the expertise, respect, trust, admiration, and commonalities. These fabrics bind the people who breathe life and personality into the global community as well as fueling the disparate micro communities that ultimately extend across the Long Tail.”
“Almost every single day, a passionate developer, b2b or b2c application company, or tech enthusiast will develop a new tool, service, or solution to make Twitter a more personalized, professional, streamlined, effective, and/or fun experience.”
Brian presents a comprehensive guide of more than 50 Twitter tools aready available.
Here is my selection of tools and applications that might be useful for public sector:
Twitt(url)y is a service for tracking popular URLs people are sharing on Twitter as a way to identify trends, topics, and new and interesting tools and services.
Favrd is a service that channels the most "favorited" tweets on Twitter. You can search by keyword and also see who else has favorited a particular tweet in order to identify like-minded contacts.
TwitLinks aggregates the latest links from the worlds top tech twitter users.
Twist analyzes and presents trend comparisons and volume between keywords and tags on Twitter.
TweetPad provides a visual representation of Twitter feeds and statistics with dynamic typography.
Twitscop is a trendcasting service that aggregates the top topics on Twitter and presents them in a visually rich tag cloud.
TweetDeck is a must for any community manager, marketer or researcher tracking important and relevant conversations on Twitter.
Gridjit is a social portal that lets you view your web universe in a more visually rich way.
Monitter is a dashboard for searching up to three keywords on Twitter and reviewing the results
Tweet Later allows you to schedule tweets for a particular time and day.
Tweetbeep is the Google Alerts for Twitter and is a "listener's" dream service. It allows you to monitor conversations that mention you, your brand, related or competitive products, as well as links to your website or blog.
TwitterFeed connects your blog to Twitter and automatically feeds posts into the timeline with each new update.
Twiffid shows what your Twitter friends are blogging about.
TwitThis is really a potentially powerful and game-changing service, if it gets traction. If you've ever visited a site or blog and have seen or used the "share this" or "email this" feature, TwitThis is similar in concept.
OutTwit seamlessly integrates Twitter into Outlook. You can update your Twitter status directly from Outlook and receive your friend updates as Outlook messages
EasyTweets is a solution for pre-scheduling tweets.
Twubble can help expand your Twitter network. It searches your friend graph and introduces and recommends new people who you may want to follow.
Twellow is a Yellow Pages for finding people who matter to your business or industry, by category.
Twitter Karma is an interesting and also very useful tool for visually identifying those whom you follow, who do or do not follow you, and the relationships that are mutual.
My Tweeple is a Twitter follower/following manager that provides a one-stop dashboard for who you're following and who, in turn, is following you. The service allows you, with a single click, to follow, unfollow, or blog people (or tweeple)
twInfluence allows you to measure Twitter influencers, not just by followers, but also by reach, velocity, social capital and centralization. It also publicly ranks the top 50 influencers in each category.
TwitterGrader measures the relative power and authority of a Twitter user by calculating the number of followers, the power of the network of followers, the pace of updates and the completeness of a user's profile.
Twittertise allows you to advertise on Twitter and track the success of branded communications with your customers.
Twittad is a micro ad network that connects advertisers to Twitter users to create opportunities for paid product placement and website promotion directly on a Twitter user profile (usually as a background image.
twInfluence allows you to measure Twitter influencers, not just by followers, but also by reach, velocity, social capital and centralization. It also publicly ranks the top 50 influencers in each category
Ping.fm, Feedalizr and Hellotxt are tools for central update of your status and read your friends' status across all main microblogging and social networks all at once - all from one dashboard.
BrightKite is a location-based social network that connects directly to Twitter. In real time you can see where your friends are and what they're up to.
TwitterLocal is the ideal service for quickly finding active voices within a specific city, state, postal code as well as the vicinity, ranging from 1 mile to 20. Ideal for local government and community engagement.
Twitzu is an event invitation management service for Twitter. You can create an event, broadcast it to followings and manage RSVPs. Fantastic tool to promote online or offline public sector events.
LiveTwitting is a streamlined solution for livetweeting (covering) conferences. An easy way to cover conference sessions. Blog readers can follow your session coverages in real time, and its easy to format and republishLiveTwitting provides an efficient and elegant solution to record, edit and repurpose the stream, and mark topics, segments, and speakers. Example: media democracy day vancouver
Public sector leaders and webmasters should discuss how to engage with micro blogging. During the last three hours, browsing all this sites, I came to an obvious conclusion. There are no shortage of tools available to measure, search and analyse Twitter posts, to manage communities and publicity, to publish and promote events, to manage online reputation. First movers will learn by doing and can create new services. I believe TwiiterGov here is to stay.