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Twitter Tools


So many people expressed their enthusiasm but newness to Twitter in comments to my last post that I wanted to compile some helpful links: Everything from searching to finding people to follow, and making it easier to integrate Twitter into your web life.   I found that after I got my iPhone, my dependence on Twitter changed from night to day because Twitterific and Twinkle make it so easy to keep in touch.
Here are some fun resources for you:

  • Twitter Search is a great tool for searching Twitter.  Some people are unaware that if you don’t START a Twitter reply to someone with an @theirID, then that the person won’t see it in their replies tab.  This search engine, formally Summarize and recently bought by Twitter, makes it easy to search all Twitters for anything you’re looking for, including lost replies directed to you.
  • Better, if you’re lazy like me, you can automatically search all Twitters and have them sent to your inbox like a Google Alert with TweetBeep.  Very convenient.
  • Added due to smart comment:  Linking your Twitter to your Facebook Update is as easy as installing the Facebook Twitter App.  During installation it will ask you if you want to tie the two together.
  • Desktop ways to keep track of Twitter include  Digsby (PC only) and Twhirl which are very popular.  Digsby includes Facebook and email alert options, Twhirl focuses more on microblogging sites.
  • It’s not as useful in a huge city like LA, but Twitter Local can show Twitters in an area you designate.  Along with the iPhone apps Loopt and Twinkle, that show you people in your area, location-based Twitter tracking could be cool for finding local Twitterers.
  • TwitPic lets you post photos to Twitter and replies to your photo show up automatically as @ replies to the poster.  Very cool and convenient, especially while posting with an iPhone through Twitterific.  It’s automatic, takes your pic from your iphone and you can easily posted (sideways, but oh well, they have a few bugs to fix, haha).
  • Picking who to follow is hard when you first start out.   Twitterholic and TwitDir lists the top 100 most followed and other “most” people, but these aren’t necessarily good guides to follow.   Twello is a great place categorizing people by category.  Twitterpacks is another service like this.   If you’re looking for people in specific careers or interest categories, these are good places to look.
  • Twitscoop has a cool dynamic search of what is hot on Twitter, like a tag cloud.  Twiturl tracks hot links that people are currently Twittering and ranks them.
  • Lastly, FriendFeed is a lot more than just Twitter, it’s a whole Lifestreaming service.  I won’t go into details, but you can have comment threads to your Twitters here, saves “@trash” as I like to call it (When people reply to others with @ Twitters and you don’t know what the hell they’re referring to, lol.)  I try not to use too many of those in my Twitter stream because it’s not interesting to followers other than your replyee most of the time.  I use Friendfeed and connect my Facebook status update to my Twitter to have threaded conversations there.
  • If this isn’t enough information overload, the Twitter Fan Wiki has a listing of just about every Twitter app, anything you need or never wanted will be listed there!

If I left anything off, please post in comments and let other people know what you use to get your Twitter on!

  • farfly

    The girl just doesn’t do anything halfway. Thanks for all the info..:-)

  • Jonathan (a fellow Math major)

    Thanks for the Twitterific information. Is there an application for Facebook status to Twitter or vise versa Twitter to Facebook status? If not maybe you can make one?

  • Install that and it will ask you if you want to link them up.

  • Dani

    Seriously, Twitter has to start paying you for all the advertisement!

    Thanks for the tips! Really liked the Twitter local! Now I can find friends that have twitter and I didn’t know about here in Brazil.

  • I use the AdobeAIR app Tweetdeck on Windows, and managed to install it on Ubuntu 64bit at home as well. I find it quite slick.
    @Felicia I signed up for friend feed and added the rss of my collection to my blog, but your has pretty pictures and stuff while mine doesn’t. Is yours added as with a wordpress widget, or is it hard coded another way?

  • I found a WordPress Friendfeed widget that does it all for me.

  • b!X

    I need a good tool that will help me twitter under the table without anyone knowing. Any suggestions?

  • BryanS

    I might take a look at this, just in case I get arrested in a foreign country or something.

  • Ah ha! Thank you!

  • Thanks for the list Felicia!

  • Wow! That was very informative! Thanks =D

  • Jeff


    Twitter has another use you haven’t touched on. Because Twitter’s API is open, you can use Twitter to communicate with other web apps. For instance, you can use Twitter to add tasks to Remember The Milk, add calendar entries to 30Boxes, or add “stuff” to You can hook your RSS feeds up to Twitter via TwitterFeed. You can even use Jott to update Twitter.


  • Seriously, I love the fact that there are so many amazing tangents to Twitter, its pretty much amazing. Oh, and I loved your twittering accident at the Dr. Horrible press meeting. Fucking hilarious.

  • Twitter has got less useful since yesterday – in the UK it no longer sends SMS.


  • Another twitter service:

    feel free to
    @ioubeer @murkee for telling us all about ioubeer 🙂

  • Thank you so much! You are AWESOME!

    The only thing I’ve tried besides the Facebook app was LOUDTWITTER to post a day’s worth of tweets to my LJ… man that was a bust!

    It posted the same thing five times in a row including all my @trash and it just looked like garbled spam. So I turned it off.

    Maybe I can find something that works better in this list!

  • John O’Keefe

    I also like Socialthing, though I have been playing with Twhirl pretty exclusively the past couple of weeks.

    Socialthing pulls your Twitter and Facebook updates together in one nice package.

  • corsa

    Thanks this is a great list with several things on it I haven’t checked out yet.

    You mentioned Twitterific for the iPhone, but don’t forget, they also have a great desktop client for the Mac too, well worth checking out.

  • Okay – Digsby is officially the COOLEST THING EVAR.

  • I linked to Facebook from within the Twitter site. Does the application do anything special that Twitter’s own thingy doesn’t do?

  • Twitter is taking over the internet. I think it’s the Mark of the Beast. Might as well go willingly…haha.

  • b!X

    Anyone have any thoughts on versus

  • @TheGamut When you update Twitter, it syncs to the facebook status. This effectively allows you to update both sites from your mobile device.

  • Pointy

    So helpful!

  • Ben

    Felicia–I never thought of myself as a technophobe but you’re pulling me into areas that are scary and disturbing (and a little ichy).

    I used to be the guy that people called when they wanted their VCR display to stop flashing 12:00. I opened a twitter account about 8 or 9 months ago when you were first touting its virtues. Didn’t really “get it” then…color wars…rock paper scissors with jpegs…when I couldn’t get it to work well, I put it down.

    At least now I understand it and like I said, it scares me. Well, maybe baffles is a better word. Other than being “connected”, is this tech underground phenomenon just for social networking? While it’s cool to read that you just ate a burrito or are sitting in the lobby of a movie theater, what is the real attraction? Granted, you’ve got half the world interested in reading about your day-to-day antics but 99.99% of the people out there have few, if any, thread followers.

    I guess it’s kind of like a blog with everyone and their brother blogging but nobody visits their sites. Am I missing something?

  • b!X

    FWIW, lifestream (which I scored some invite codes to) is basically a friendfeed competitor, but so far it looks like it might be positioned to out-do friendfeed.

  • If I may suggest another Twitter-related tool, a great one is It lets you post to dozens of sites at once, including Twitter, Plurk, Pownce, Facebook, MySpace and many more. It’s in beta right now, but the code to get in is “pingitlikeitshot”. Enjoy!

  • korkster (Korki)

    Thank you so much, Felicia! This is just what I needed, to navigate the colorful-yet-murky waters of Twitter.

    Not only are you my Red-Headed Hero, you’re my new best friend. 🙂

  • Man I love it when a beautiful woman talks tech, sends shivers down my spine. Have fun at #nme

  • Hey Felicia,

    I’ve got another one I’d like to advise to twitterers/bloggers *cough cough*YOU*chough cough*. automatically posts your blog to twitter, so your @contacts know when to check for updates. Quite handy.

  • Kairinnia

    Wow thanks for all these links! Some of them I already knew about (use Digsby and love it) but some I had no idea about. You are totally the woman with her finger on the pulse of the interwebs 🙂

  • Here’s a great video did called “Twitter in Plain English” It’s a great intro –
    Another tip: New Twitters can find folks to follow by clicking on the blogs linked by commenters. Many folks include their Twitter links there. So go ahead, follow me and others, search the cool folks we follow (like @feliciaday )to add to your growing list. 🙂

  • T’piac

    I was just planning on what to comment on your last blog entry when I read this one and… goi. I’m on a twitter!info overload right now. (Which wouldn’t be so bad except I haven’t the time to look at it all right now). Thanks for all the info though!

  • kerri

    Hi Felicia!

    Your blog has been a great source of information and inspiration over the last 6 or so months I’ve followed it. I must tell you it is absolutely refreshing to read your life’s material. I laughed out loud at the posting about your quest to mail all The Guild DVDs. Loved the series btw. And wow, the momentum your career is experiencing by your committment to be true to yourself.

    So, way to go using all the resources given you and using them to gather more! Though I am so tech unsavvy, still thinking it is so cool to alt print screen something and paste it into Word, you have inspired me to learn the cool, new, juicy stuff so I can hang with my kids (17 and 16) in conversation.


  • I just stopped by to check out your site and noticed you had a list of Twitter Tools here! 🙂

    I just updated Twitterbook today, which lets you use your Facebook status to update your Twitter account.

    Excellent job on Dr. Horrible — I just got around to watching it last week, and was really impressed.

  • I never thought about starting down on the path to twittering, but information like this just may be the push I needed.

  • Cool tips… now all I need is an iPhone:) .
    And you can’t pat yourself in the back… that’s our job.

  • Felicia!!!

    You need to blog!

    Are you endorsing any new Nintendo DS or reading any good novel lately? I’m yearning to know!

  • Ms. Day, I’m not sure if this is the right place to put this but I want to thank you. Yourself along with the likes of Kevin Smith, Wil Wheaton, Diablo Cody, Joss Whedon (So help me God if I misspelled his name, may the Serenity land on my car) and quite a few others has shown me that it’s possible for the nerd to succeed in entertainment. I’m going to be working hard to make it to California and try my best to get into acting with a realistic mindset. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of the many individuals giving me that hope of success.

  • @mike – Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Tom Hanks – there’s tons of groundwork laid, don’t be worried about that. Just try.

  • Kat

    Hi Felicia,

    There’s a little known service at for those times you desperately need to write more than 140 characters.

    At first I thought it was kind of silly since the point of twitter, for me at least, is to post short blurbs. I’ve since discovered how convenient it is for posts that would make so much more sense with another phrase or two.

    It works like a tinyurl. You type in what you want and it’ll give you a link to your tweeeet to post on twitter.


    I thought you might like this, since you seem even more twitter-obsessed than I am. (I’m a little limited since I don’t have an iphone!)


  • Bird2Brain

    Finally convinced to connect with friends on Twitter, Felicia’s was one of the first on my list. Speaking of cats, though, one needs to see the Ninja cat on 9/16/08

  • This is gunna sound weird… so I will be brief, I hope. I follow your twitter, and saw the comment about having a character icon made for you (lil bit of envy at wil wheaton?) So… because I absolutely love your work..

    It might not be the right size, but thats fixable. Enjoy, and I have a fullsize version if you want that.

    Seriously, I’m not a creepy fan… just a fan 😀

  • It is beautifully turned out .. I liked ..) would be continuously zahazhivat to you.

  • i tried FF but the layout is just too bizarre for me

  • A bit late to the party here I guess but a handy one would be which can daily export tweets to blogs like LJ and blogger etc.

  • Thank you for all the info. Can be rather crazy task to start up with Twitter. Seems like there are so many rules and informal guidelines to follow.

  • SBGrad

    Don’t forget about the Twidroid app for ANdroid phones.

  • I joined Twitter today and I knew *just* who I wanted to go to for tweet-tips – you! I remembered you had written all of this great stuff. It’s relatable, informative, and while there’s no ‘alien technology’ speak, it’s not talking down to anyone. 🙂

  • Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  • Peter

    It is just a cool tool and too frankly, most people have an idea of how to use it. Just be smart with it and you can easily get some amazing and great results.thetwittersecret

  • Sign: wdpad Hello!!! basvh and 3995mhnzrngxwe and 9251 : I love your blog. 🙂 I just came across your blog.

  • Very useful. Thank you.

  • Tomorrow is another day , should have new features.

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