Everyone at Evohosting is a huge fan of Twitter, and we’ve tried out almost every available free tool and application for Twitter! With the help of our followers, we’ve chosen 12 of our favourite free applications and services for Twitter, including tools for sharing photos, videos, and audio, a Twitter client for Android, an application for managing your messages, followers, and lists, a tool for scheduling tweets, and much more!
An Adobe Air application, TweetDeck is a personal browser designed to help you manage your Twitter account quickly and easily. With TweetDeck, you can send messages, read tweets from your friends, create, and manage your Twitter lists, and organise your friends and searches into columns. Plus, you can manage multiple Twitter accounts, as well as add your Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace accounts to TweetDeck via the settings panel. You can use TweetDeck on your desktop, iPhone, and iPad, and it’s completely free, making it an awesome tool for serious Twitter users!
If you use Twitter on your iPhone, iPad, and computer, then you probably end up reading the a lot of tweets at least more than once. Thankfully, Echofon, a free application for Twitter, synchronizes all of your unread tweets on all of your devices, so you won’t waste time reading the same message twice! Plus, Echofon can notify you about messages and mentions, and you can set a sleep period for times when you simply don’t want to be bothered.
Twitter is great for sending short message, but sometimes you can’t say everything in just 140 characters. Instead of sending multiple tweets to get your message across, you can use Twitlonger, a service that allows you to write as much you need to and then automatically tweets a link to your entire message. If you simply can’t get your message to 140 characters or less, and you don’t want to annoy your followers with multiple tweets, then Twitlonger is the perfect tool for you!
With Twitpic, you can share interesting or funny images with your followers, and it’s completely free to use! Simply upload your photograph or image, and Twitpic will create a shortened URL for the image for you to post on Twitter. Plus, you don’t need to create a separate account for Twitpic–you can login using your Twitter user name and password.
If you’re following a lot of people on Twitter and you have a lot of followers, then you should definitely check out Friend or Follow. With Friend or Follow, you can find out who’s not following back on Twitter, who you’re not following back, as well the people you’re following who are following you back. This is a really helpful tool, especially if you have a large number of followers, because it makes it easy to figure out who you’ve failed to follow on Twitter. Friend or Follow is extremely easy to use, it’s completely free, and it will save you a lot of time!
If you want a free tool designed to help you track statistics for your Twitter account, then you should check out Twittercounter, an awesome tool for serious Twitter users. Twittercounter will track and chart your followers, tweets, the people you’re following, and your Twitter rank, making it a great tool for businesses that use Twitter as part of their online marketing campaign. Twittercounter even includes a Predictions feature which uses your statistics to predict how long it will take you to hit a certain number of followers and the number of followers you should have at a particular point in the future.
Like Twitpic, TweetCube lets you upload images to share on Twitter, but you can also use it to share video, audio, and pretty much any other types of files. The maximum file size you can upload is 10MB, and your files will be deleted after 30 days. TweetCube is completely free, and you can sign up using your existing Twitter user name and password.
With a limit of only 140 characters per message, you don’t want to waste any space on long URLs. Thankfully, there are tons of free URL shorteners available to help you keep the length of your links to a minimum, including TinyURL. Simply copy and paste the link you want to tweet into the text box, click the ‘Make TinyURL!’ button, and you will be provided with a shorter link made up of numbers, letters, and dashes that you can post on Twitter. Whether you tweet a little or a lot, TinyURL is a must have tool for all Twitter users.
Publicizing your blog posts on Twitter can help increase visitors to your blog and gain you more followers on Twitter, and Twitterfeed enables you to automate this process. Simply register with Twitterfeed, add your feeds, and every time you publish a new blog post, Twitterfeed will automatically tweet an excerpt from the post and a shortened URL for the original article. Twitterfeed is extremely easy to set up, and it will save you a lot of time!
If you’re going on holiday, but you don’t want your Twitter account to take a break, then you need to use TwitResponse, an application that enables you to schedule tweets. Simply register with TwitResponse, create tweets, select the dates you want your messages posted on Twitter, and TwitResponse will automatically tweet your messages for you. TwitResponse is especially useful for scheduling posts about future events, such as conferences, sales, and promotions. Plus, it’s completely free to use!
Twitter Grader uses an algorithm to generate a grade for Twitter accounts, which can provide users with the feedback they need to track their progress and success using Twitter. Twitter Grader’s algorithm is based on multiple factors, including number of followers, power of followers, number of updates, frequency of updates, ratio of followers to following, and engagement. Twitter Grader calculates the values for these factors and produces a score; this score is compared against other users, and Twitter Grader determines a grade. For example, a grade of 60 means 60% of other Twitter Grader users received a lower score. Twitter Grader is a really interesting tool, and I definitely recommend giving it a try!
If you have a phone that uses the Android operating system, then you definitely need to check out Touiteur, a Twitter client for the Android platform. Touiteur offers a much more attractive interface than the default Twitter client for Android, and it’s significantly easier to use. Touiteur is completely free, but there’s also a premium version available, which offers a lot of additional features, including more customisation options, URL shortening, multiple accounts, integrated browser and picture preview, and 3 widgets for your home screen.
Thank you to all of our Twitter followers who told us about their favourite free tools for Twitter–you helped us discover some awesome Twitter applications! If you use Twitter, then be sure to follow us!