Posts Tagged ‘tweets’

10 Useful Twitter Tools (Twools) for the business user

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

If you’re a regular tweeter you’ll know that there’s more to tweeting than meets the eye. Since Twitter’s inception thousands of twools have been created. (No, that’s not a typo… I just made that word up… or rather I started off with Twitools, but thought maybe twools sounded better.)

According to Jason Hiner of Tech Republic, this has been made possible due to Twitter’s simplicity and the ability for open API (application programming interface) development, which has allowed developers to experiment with tools and utilities to improve Twitter’s functionality.

Since not all twools are useful, Jason created a top 10 list of useful tools for business users. Up till now I only used one twool, but that’s probably more to do with a lack of time rather than a lack of need. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share his list with you, and even went as far as checking some of them out.

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Twitter spam is an escalating problem

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

A news article on Yahoo! Tech news today that I followed from my Technology and Software News page says the problem with Twitter spam is going to get worse before it gets better. And after only a couple of weeks on Twitter, I could see what they meant!

As a newbie to Twitter and with a public profile, I have already noticed a few of my new followers have been purely following me in the hope that I would follow them. However, unlike most new Tweeters, who more than likely reciprocate by following out of politeness, I blocked them instead.

Why? Because when I looked at their profiles and saw their tweets, it was obvious they were only their to market themselves… in a BIG way. This was even more apparent when I saw that the number of Tweeters they were “following” far exceeded the number of “followers” .

It’s already hard to keep up with tweets on a day-to-day basis from just the few Tweeters I’m following. It was obvious these new followers’ only intention was to spam me and I definitely don’t want to be spammed.

So, my advice to newbies like me, is to check out who has started following you before you start following them. If their Twitter page is full of self-promoting tweets (probably automated), and their followers are few and far between but they are following a huge number, block them. Hopefully, this will help prevent your Twitter page from being spammed.

After reading the article on Yahoo! News I followed another link with suggestions on how to banish Twitter spam. It pretty much reiterates what I’m saying here. Take a look, you may find it useful.