7 key apps that can enhance your Twitter experience

So if you are the type who spends a lot of time on Twitter, here are 7 apps you should be considering to do more than just tweet


TwIM changes Twitter into a messaging app by focusing only on the messages. Photo: iStockphoto
TwIM changes Twitter into a messaging app by focusing only on the messages. Photo: iStockphoto

Mention Twitter, and most people will believe you are referring to the micro-blogging platform that allows you to express your opinion on just about anything in 140 characters. While “tweets” are indeed a boiling pot of opinions, controversies and outrage, there is more to the social network than just writing and reading tweets. Indeed, if you use the right apps, you can do a whole lot more on the social network. So if you are the type who spends a lot of time on Twitter, here are some apps you really should be considering to do more than just tweet: 

TwIM

iOS

Twitter has a feature that allows you to send messages to people you are connected to on the social network, but using it involves opening the Twitter site or an app, which can be tedious. TwIM, however, changes Twitter into a messaging app by focusing only on the messages. This app does not concern itself with tweets, retweets or likes, focusing wholly on the messaging aspect, letting you send and receive messages like an instant messaging app. It is even designed like a messaging application, with conversation bubbles. 

Nuzzel 

iOS, Android

Yes, it is interesting to read the tweets of people one is following, but it can be even more interesting to figure out what people you follow are re-sharing. Nuzzel, the app for those who love to read on Twitter, simply serves up the stories that are being shared by the people you follow in a newsletter-like format so you can read what they are reading. You can even create your own newsletter with stories curated by you.

Paper.li 

Web browser

Imagine being able to make an online newspaper comprising the best links shared on Twitter. Well, Paper.li does just that, making you, in effect, the editor of your own Twitter newspaper. It is simple; you can arrange and edit news items and even give the paper a name. It has been around for a while, but remains as useful as ever. Best of all, this browser-based service can be used for free and works from any Web browser on any device. 

Tweetroot for Twitter 

iOS

Want to find out which words a particular Twitter user uses most often? Or which words are associated most with a particular hashtag? Well, Tweetroot lets you do just that. What’s more, it even arranges the words in a colourful cloud, letting you see exactly which terms are associated with a person’s Twitter feed or with a particular hashtag. A great way of finding out what people are concerned and tweeting about. 

Tweriod 

Web browser

Timing can be very important on Twitter. It is one thing to send out a tweet, but quite another to send it at the best time for it to get noticed. If you are concerned about sending a tweet out at the right time, head to Tweriod (Tweriod.com) and the site will analyse your followers and suggest the best time to send out a tweet. 

Listen to Twitter 

Web browser

This is an extremely innovative service, especially for those who want to know how Twitter users are reacting to certain phenomena and trends. All you need to do is head to Listentotwitter.com to gauge Twitter sentiment. Listen to Twitter will literally play a music track based on live tweets coming in about the subject; the more the tweets, the faster the music; the more positive the discussion, the higher the pitch.

T.U.N.S. 

Web browser

T.U.N.S. stands for “Twitter Unfollow Notification Service”. While there are apps that let you monitor who follows and unfollows you, T.U.N.S. also sends you the details of the user who has unfollowed you, via email.

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