David Nour is a globally renowned social networking strategist. The following is an excerpt from his blog "Relationship Economics":
In advance of my upcoming Social Networking Technology Best Practices Book & DVD on Twitter for Business (with co-authors Michelle Cullison and Nhat Pham) my team and I have researched well over 1200 Twitter tools. Many are candidly silly and useless – you could say the same for 50% of Twitter users! Many were unique ideas, which became interesting products – but unfortunately, as we’ve seen too often, interesting products will not make a profitable and thus sustainable company. In fact, many are developed by individuals and only a few weeks after their launch, are found to be broken or no longer available.
As Twitter continues to become an incredible tool for building and nurturing online relationships, so will the Twitter business model, its security infrastructure (given the recent Russia vs. Georgia cyber attacks and Twitter shutdown for two days – an eternity for social networking sites), and third party applications. Millions more will use it to expand their social circle, promote their business, keep their coursework organized, and more.
If you’ve heard me speak, attended one of our webinar, or read any of my books, you know that I talk about Relationship-Centric goals: business goals you can not achieve without building and nurturing great relationships with others. Some of these tools will help you get there; others will simply enhance your Twitter user experience; most will undoubtedly raise the bar on your efficiency and effectiveness in the manner in which you use Twitter – not as a destination, but as a platform. And that’s the real power and promise of social networking applications. Just imagine…
For a complete list, see the booklet and DVD coming out next month. Until then, here is an abbreviated version:
Chapter Two - Top 20 Best Practices for Personal & Professional Branding. Your name is your biggest brand, so what are you doing to package, market and sell “the brand called YOU?” (so famously asked by Tom Peters back in the 1990s)
1. SumtnSumtn: bring Twitter-conversation directly onto websites – for everyone – on every page. It opens up as a sidebar and people can login via Twitter and leave messages. You can also see what messages others have left for the page/site.
2. TweetMeUp: a simple way to organize tweetups (Twitter events/meetings). You can specify the location and mark it on a Google Map.
3. Twinester: lets you create or join groups and communities for Twitter. These groups are called Nests. There are various categories to choose from. The landing page displays the hottest nests.
4. KeymanWeb: allows you to tweet in over 200 languages! You don’t need to download or install anything. Just login to Twitter and select your preferred language. A virtual keyboard pops up and you can type away in your favorite language. You can tweet in over 15 Indian languages!!
5. Twitroduce: allows you to make an introduction, suggest a user, and receive user suggestions based on your unique interests. Think of Twitroduce as a more effective way to do #FollowFriday
6. Autopilot Tweet : provides full Twitter automation software for Twitter marketing. This includes a Twitter Friend Adder / Follower Adder, auto follow, follow by keywords, follow your followers, auto unfollow, and schedule tweets. Autopilot Tweet costs $40.
7. TwitterFeed: Announce your blog post on Twitter with a customized message using TwitterFeed.
For the rest of the 101 tools, visit David's blog.
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