The Software Developer’s Ultimate Guide to Twitter Tools

Twitter tools for developers

So you’ve heard about this thing called Twitter. As much as you try, you can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere on the Web.

And as a developer, you’ve probably tried it out, got hooked and became an official Twitter addict. But there’s something missing—a feature you can’t find; a convenience you need; a functionality you wish your Twitter tool had.

If only you could find a tool that had the features of one application and the functionalities of another, right? Why not develop your own mashup tool? Despite the many Twitter tools online, there’s always room for another.

The trick is finding the right resources. Tech resources are the first part; finding the inspiration for your own tool is the second. To help, we’ve made up a collection of the most useful Twitter tutorials around and the most popular Twitter tools online.

Get inspired right here with a software development guide made especially for Twitter developers.

BEFORE YOU START: THE TWITTER DEVELOPER ESSENTIALS

It takes some inspiration, a bit of know-how and a few handy related tutorials along the way, but you also need the basics. Make sure you have these Twitter library resources handy before you start.

1) Twitter API Developers’ Portal
2) Twittut—Twitter programming for dummies
3) Ruby Class for interacting with the Twitter API
4) Python-Twitter–A Python wrapper around the Twitter API
5) PHP Twitter wrapper class to interact with the Twitter API
6) JTwitter Java Library for working with the Twitter API

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ACCOUNT CREATION

account creationKeeping updated on friends, personal branding, passing on information—for whatever reason they’re made, Twitter accounts are a hot commodity, high in demand. However, the Twitter backgrounds and colours they provide users with can leave you with a LOT of room for improvement.

With the Twitter API handy and your favourite developer tools though, you can start developing tools that’ll personalize Twitter accounts even further than Twitter itself will let you.

These tools and tutorials on account creation and customization are just a starting point for what you can do with username tools, background customization tools, and icons, images and buttons.

Username Lookup Tools

If you’re looking to create more than one account, be warned: it can be difficult to come up with a user name that you like and that’s available. Make it easier for yourself and test out a few of these tools.

7) Twitter Username Alert

Is your desired Twitter username taken? Twitter Counter offers a service to alert you as soon as that username becomes available again.

8) TweetClaims

This free online tool checks availability of up to 10 Twitter usernames. If you sign up for their free monitoring service, you will be notified when any of those usernames become available.

9) Tweexchange

Tweexchange lets you check availability of your username.

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Backgrounds and Customization Tools

Customization tools are definitely in high demand. A few of the best online resources and tools might give you some ideas on a background idea or a background generation tool. Find out what these sites have to offer you.

10) Twitpaper.com

Twitpaper is the site to check if you want contemporary and cool Twitter backgrounds, themes and layouts.

11) Twitter Background Checker

To check if your Twitter background page works, a function like the one Twitter Background Checker has to offer is a great way to do so.

12) Twitter Backgrounds

You want retro Twitter background? Or an artistic one? Maybe girlish? Or abstract? If you can`t decide, just visit this site with tons of free Twitter layouts and backgrounds and wear them all!

13) twitrounds

Users love to customize. Check out a number of free Twitter backgrounds that everyone’s checking out.

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Icons & Images & Buttons

Where would Twitter users be without the ability to click on a Twitter icon, button or image? Users love clean, easy to read and eye catching buttons. Try making yours just as cool as these ones.

14) Twitter Buttons

Are you a geek? A coffee lover? Or simply looking for cool and highly customized Follow me button? If your answer is yes, then don`t miss this site.

15) 31 Logos and Buttons For Twitter

Blog Marketing Web 2.0 et Techno may be a site completely in French, but you don’t need a translation to appreciate the style of these buttons and logos.

16) Twitter My Site

It’s a necessity to make it easy for people to follow you on Twitter. Do it with a customized button like the ones found here.

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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

Take a look at these related tutorials. Here’s where you literally get to customize your own customization tools and ideas! They help you do exactly what they say they do.

17) Give A Personalized Touch to Your Twitter Page
18) Pixel Perfect Background Photoshop Template
19) Custom Twitter Backgrounds Tips for Better Readability
20) Build Your Own Social Home
21) GoDaddy Wants You to Go Twitter

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SEARCH

Twitter searchOnce a Twitter account is up, the fun begins. Usually the next thing needed is to add people to the account, but that first involves searching for people, aka Followers. This is one of the major reasons why Twitter search engines and directories are popular Twitter tools. But with search engines and directories especially geared towards working with Twitter, users can find others conveniently. Here’s a variety of online searching tools that can get you started on building your network quickly.

Tools for Finding People by Interest

These people finding tools are perhaps the best starting point as they can help tailor your following network immensely.

22) Twollow

This tool is useful, especially for businesses, because it lets users discover others based on keywords and automatically follow them.

23) Twiangulate

Users may find it tough to find people to follow. Twiangulate makes it easier by making suggestions on interesting people to follow.

24) find2follow

find2follow is a safe way to find people to follow on Twitter as it doesn’t even ask for your password.

25) Tweepz

Tweepz helps you discover interesting people on Twitter. They let you filter users by specific text in the bio (e.g. bio:“geek”), name, location, adjacent words (e.g. love NEAR Internet), words starting with and even forbidden term.

26) Justtweetit

Justtweetit is popular because it makes finding other Twitter users just like you as easy as choosing a category.

27) Google Follow Finder

Google Follow Finder suggests people you might want to follow based on your following and follower lists. It divides its recommendations into  “Tweeps you might like” and “Tweeps with similar followers” and displays their latest tweet.

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Twitter Directories

Yet, sometimes, as a Twitter user, you aren’t looking for an individual Twitter profile. Sometimes it’s a company profile you’re looking for. See how these Twitter directories can come in handy for you.

28) GovTwit

GovTwit, as the name suggests, is a directory of official government Twitter profiles around the world.

29) Twellow

The Yellow Pages of Twitter with all the same conveniences.

30) Twittaholic

This site is popular because it lets users find the top 1000 Twitter users and accounts easily—celebrities included.

31) WeFollow

The Twitter directory that lets you find popular Twitter profiles by tags.

32) Twibs

A Twitter directory designed for finding out which businesses are on Twitter.

33) Localtweeps

Localtweeps lets you find tweeps near you or in another geographical area. You can search the directory by ZIP code, city or keyword.

34) Chirp City

Another Twitter location based directory. However, it doesn’t rely on ZIP code like most other geographic directories, but on the mention of a city name. Include the city name in one of your tweets and you’ll be listed in the directory.

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Search Engine

Each search engine in this section comes with its own special feature that makes searching for people and things on Twitter easy. Get some inspiration for a search engine that you can add to your own Twitter projects and tools.

35) Twitter Power Search

A powerful real-time Twitter search engine. You can run multiple real time searches of Twitter’s current top trends.

36) Twitter Search

One of the most popular Twitter search engines that lets users see what’s happening on Twitter.

37) Tweet Scan

Another great searching tool for Twitter. One special feature of TweeScan is that it notifies its users with email updates when their keywords come up on Twitter.

38) Twazzup

Its landing page may look simple and uneventful, but when a search word is typed in, Twazzup offers a lot to ensure users find what they need—popular links, real-time tweets, trendmakers and featured tweets.

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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

With the above searching tools, you may already have some ideas on what to add to your own. These additional tutorials provide you with easy instructions on a small range of things you can do to your own Twitter search engine.

39)  Official Twitter Search API Documentation
40)  Using the Twitter Search API
41)  Simple PHP Twitter Search Ready to use in your Web Projects
42)  Create Automated Tweet Searches

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ADDING FOLLOWERS

Adding Followers on TwitterOnce a Twitter account is up, the fun begins. Usually the next thing needed is to add people to the account, but that first involves searching for people, aka Followers. This is one of the major reasons why Twitter search engines and directories are popular Twitter tools.

But with search engines and directories especially geared towards working with Twitter, users can find others conveniently. Here’s a variety of online searching tools that can get you started on building your network quickly.

Tools for Screening Followers

On the Web, it’s easy to be paranoid about the people in your immediate network. With dozens of followers, these tools can tell you which users to keep and which users to bypass. Trust us, it’s necessary.

43) FollowerWonk

FollowerWonk lets you search Twitter biographies. Advanced search enables you to restrict results by locations, names, number of friends or followers. You can even compare two Twitter users.

44) Export.ly

Export.ly helps you to analyze your followers (or your competitors!) the way you want. This tool allows you to export the friends or followers of any Twitter account or Twitter list and get all the data in a spreadsheet.

45) Foller.me

According to the site, Foller.me “can provide you with the most detailed information about a specific Twitter user in the least amount of time!”

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Tools for Mass Adding Followers

Adding a mass amount of followers isn’t as hard as it sounds. There are a few tools that can turn the lengthy and time consuming task into a few clicks. Take a look.

46) TweepMe

TweepMe is the easiest way to get new followers. How it works: “When a new member joins, every other member automatically follows the new member, and the new member follows them back.”

47) TwitterAdder

Voted best Twitter adder software, Tweetadder is intended for users who want to “get more followers, instantly”. It is a paid software, but you can try it for free.

48) LetUsFollow

LetUsFollow works on a simple method of exchanging followers based on credits. It is basically a “community driven by real people who follow you for virtual credits which in turn they use to get followers for their profile.” You can target followers by location, interest, gender and age group.

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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

Do you still feel like something’s missing? A few handy tutorials related to adding Followers might just be what you’re looking for.

49) Tracking Twitter Traffic Trick

50) Automate linking to Twitter users

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TWITTER MASS FOLLOWING TOOLS

Twitter mass following toolsTwitter is all about up-to-the minute posts. It’s great when you have a ton of followers that want to hear what’s going on with you, but when you finally build up a network, you’re then faced with the problem of able to follow all the people you’ve added.

Don’t worry. You won’t have to chain yourself to your desktop in order to update over 1,000 or more people. The right combination of mass managing and mass following tools can have you checking in on your Twitter account less than 5 times a day (less than 20 if you’re a Twitter addict).

Here, we’ve got managing, tracking, monitoring and analyzing tools which can definitely make following 1,000 Twitter users manageable.

Managing your followers

Users always need a way of managing their followers whether it be a single user or 500, a few tools can make it easy to manage a large account.

51) TwitterLocal

TwitterLocal is an example of what Adobe AIR can do for Twitter. The app lets users filter Tweets by location.

52) Twitter Groups

Users can get easily connected with their groups by using Twitter Groups.

53) GroupTweet

Once a user creates a Twitter group, he can broadcast quick messages and updates to them instantly.

54) Twitter100

Twitter 100 makes it a bit easier to handle a number of followers. See up to 100 followers at a glance.

55) Twibes

Twibes helps you find friends and participate in the conversations you care about.

56) Tweetizen

A simple tool for dicovering tweets that matter to you.

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Tracking Tools

Part of the problem with following a large number of people is being able to track things—tweets, URLs, replies, conversations. . . . The list goes on. If this sounds familiar, then this category is just the thing for you.

57) Tweetbeep

With Tweetbeep, users get to keep track of conversations that mention them with hourly updates thrown in.

58) TwitterCounter

Described as the Feedburner for Twitter, TwitterCounter shows you how many people are subscribed to you.

59) Tweetburner

This tool tracks the links users share on Twitter and Friendfeed.

60) Twitturly

Tweeturly  tracks and ranks what URLs people are talking about on Twitter.

61) Tracking Twitter

Here’s a real-time track listing of the top media, entertainment, and consumer product feeds currently being posted on Twitter.

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Monitoring Tools

Monitoring tools are must have in your Twitter toolbox. They make it easier for you to keep an eye on how things are going and in which direction they’re headed, whether it be the latest trends or your closest followers.

62) TwitIQ

TwitIQ easily creates channels to monitor Twitter across multiple accounts. You can analyze Twitter updates in real time, monitor URL clicks and even track channels sydication.

63) Trendistic

One of the most populars tool for tracking trends that are going on in Twitter.

64) Monitter

A Twitter monitor that lets you “monitter” Twitter for a set of keywords. It ultimately keeps watch on what people are saying.

65) TweetStats

TweetStats graphs a user’s Twitter Stats including Tweets per hour, Tweets per month, Tweet timeline, reply statistics.

66) Alltop

Here’s a great online aggregator news site that gives Twitter users a heads up on everything that’s going on in the Twitter world.

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Analyzing Tools

Twitter analyzing tools are another great way of staying on top of your account. But are you looking to analyze something specific in a certain way?Get some hints from the list below.

67) Twitter Grader

Users can analyze how their own Twitter account is doing, while keeping updated on the power and authority of their profile.

68) Tweetwasters

Spending a lot of time on Twitter? Users can find out exactly how much with Tweetwasters.

69) Twendz

This tool hightlights Twitter threads that revolve around certain themes and sentiment of the tweets that talk about the topics you are interested in. Twendz evaluates up to 70 tweets at a time.

70) Twitalyzer

Twitalyzer evaluates a Twitter user’s relative influence, signal-to-noise ratio, generosity, clout, and other useful measures of success in social media.

71) Tweet Cloud

TweetCloud creates a tag cloud of a user’s tweets to give you insight into the content of their tweets. Good evaluation tool when you are making decision weather “to follow or not to follow” someone on Twitter.

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Tutorials Tips and Tricks

When you need help, look to a few of these tutorials that can help point you in the right direction

72) Twitter Followers Counter Tutorial
73) Set and Retrieve Twitter user status
74) How to Make a Unique Website for your Twitter updates
75) Twitter: Send Message From a PHP page using Twitter API
76) Twitter CLI
77) A Desktop Twitter Client Built on AIR
78) How to Run Multiple Twitter Feeds on the same page

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PUBLISHING & MANAGING TOOLS

Twitter Publishing and Managing ToolsGetting your Twitter account in working order is important. Being able to publish and manage your Tweets online through RSS feeds, blogging, browser plug ins and with plain old usage tools is half the battle. The other half is trying to do it efficiently.

This category has the tools that can do just that.

Twitter Account & Usage Tools

The following Twitter essentials are just that—essential. They’re the tools you suddenly realize you need in the middle of your daily Twitter routine.

79) Twittermail

With Twittermail, it`s possible to post tweets directly to your Twitter account with an email address provided by Twittermail.

80) Socialtoo

SocialToo can help users keep their follower lists in sync across different networks, while getting daily updates.

81) Tweet Backup

With the amount of tweeting going on, tweets can quickly accumulate. This tool can help back up a user’s favourite tweets.

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WordPress Plugins

If you’ve got a WordPress blog, then you’re probably itching to get it to work with your Twitter account in some way and in a smooth way. Here are a few plug ins that might do just what you’re looking for.

82) WordTwit

This tool keeps a user’s Twitter contacts updated on his own blog by automatically pushing a published post to his Twitter account as a tweet.

83) Commentwitter Plugin

A tool like Commentwitter helps a blog’s commenting section by letting a user send his comments on a blog posting to Twitter, allowing other people to follow the comments as well.

84) Simple Twitter Link

Simple Twitter Link returns a URL to Twitter with a user’s post/page URL within it.

85) TweetSuite

A Twitter-WordPress integration plugin that includes TweetBacks, a ReTweet-This buttons for each TweetBack, A digg-like Tweet-This Button, Automatic Tweeting of new posts and more.

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RSS to Twitter Tools

And, no—we didn’t forget about the RSS tools. They’re an important part of keeping readers and yourself updated on the latest. The RSS to Twitter tools give you a few ideas on some Twitter-blogging action.

86) TweetBacks

Works like trackbacks for blogs, but lists Tweets about a specific post instead.

87) Add Twitter RSS

Adds a user’s Twitter RSS link to their blog header. Simple, easy and essential.

87) twitterfeed

With Twitter Feed, users can display the latest tweets from their accounts.

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Browser Plugins

The best things about Firefox is its customizing plug ins. They’re created by developers exactly like yourself who saw a browser need, the opportunity to develop and did it. What’s your Firefox Twittering need?

88) Feedly

A cool tool that can put Twitter content into a fun start page on Firefox. It is also available for Chrome and Safari.

89) HootBar

HootBar conveniently lets users post to Twitter from the Firefox address bar.

90) Echofon for Firefox

This simple extension notifies users of any updated tweets on Twitter while they surf the Web using Firefox.

91) Twitzer

A definite must-have that lets users post more than the usual 140 characters on Twitter. However, it works only with Firefox versions Firefox 1.5 – 3.6a1pre.

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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tutorials for further publishing, managing and using Twitter with blogs, websites and webpages.

92) Develop a Twitter Landing Page
93) How To: Run Multiple Twitter Feeds on the Same Page
94) How to Build a Maintainable Site Using CushyCMS and Twitter
95) How to Create an RSS-Enabled, Micro-Blog with Twitter

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REMOVING PEOPLE

Removing people on TwitterAt last, one of the things you may dread is a network filled with users you no longer follow or relate to. This is normal. There’ll always be a time when you may want to get rid of some followers. Power users oftentimes change, remove or add followers on a regular basis.

We give you a small guide on how to go about.

Tools for Filtering and Managing Unwanted Followers

Here’s where you start dealing with unwanted followers. These tools help you to first filter out the unwanted followers based upon tweets and updates.

96) Nest Unclutterer

The Nest Unclutterer should be a staple for all Twitter accounts as it helps users weed out the Tweeters you don’t want in your “nest”.

97) Twitoria

A tool that tells users which of their followers haven’t posted an update in a while.

98) Twit Cleaner

Twit Cleaner helps you clean your Tweetstream because “Twitter is about Quality, not just Quantity”.

99) My Tweeple

My Tweeple is a tool for complete relationship management. Among other useful features, it enables you to take  actions like follow-back, hide or block new followers.

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Tools for Annoying Followers

Believe it or not, there are tools that can help you with annoying Followers. You can definitely find some inspiration for a similar functionality to add to your own Twitter project.

100)  follow cost

The ability to find out how annoying Tweeters are before actually following them is definitely something all Tweeters should have.

101) Twalala

In addition to letting users control what they see in their Twitter stream, Twalala is also a handy little mute button for Twitter.

102) TwitBlock

TwitBlock lets you scan your followers and friends for signs of spamminess and block them.

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Tools for Mass Unfollowing

Some of the mass unfollowing tools can help you get rid of a number of Followers in one click. Below are some of the best around.

103) TopFollowFriday.com

TopFollowFriday.com tells a user who endorses him, and who endorses whom!

104) Friend or Follow

Users can find out easily who’s following them back and who they’re not following back themselves. An absolute Twitter necessity for power accounts.

105)  TwUnfollow

TwUnfollow notifies when someone unfollows you.

106) Qwitter

Qwitter sends out an email notification to users when they lose a follower.

107) Twitter Karma

Essentially a pagination navigation tool that also contains a bulk unfollowing features.

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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

When in doubt about how to unfollow users properly with your own tools, try looking here for some handy tips on doing it right and doing it well.

108) How to Unfollow with Class

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