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The Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter

Social Media | Mar 24, 2009

Twitter isn’t just a cute way for keeping in instant touch with friends on mobile phones anymore. It has ramped up quickly to be the search engine of choice for some with its human driven results.

Applications galore allow you to find friends all over the world with similar interests and keep up with them in real time.

Businesses can form instant direct relationships with their customer bases simply by signing up and using the service regularly, and according to the models Twitter is trying out, they will soon be able to advertise to the Twitter community as well. It has grown into a behemoth that is hard to get your hands around, which is why we’ve put this article together for you.

We’ve compiled an alphabetized glossary here for you so that you can just scan down the list and find the term that you are looking for, as well as a list of popular Twitter applications and instructions for incorporating Twitter into your website and blogs.

 

Twitter Basics

If you had no idea what Twitter was walking into this article, we’re going to start you off at the very beginning. To sign up for Twitter, go to twitter.com and click on “Get Started – Join!”. Fill out the information and voila – you have your own Twitter account. I set up two accounts; one on my personal name, and one for my business. It’s important to grab your names before someone else does, even if you don’t plan on using the account for a while.

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Then, set up your profile. We’ve found a few free Twitter backgrounds that you can download below, but for now just stick to the ones that Twitter has given you to choose from. You can change these in your “Settings”, the link for which is located under your picture on your profile page on the right sidebar. Be sure to include your website and information about yourself since Twitter people actually want to know these things.

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You’ll also want to upload a current photo of yourself. If you are running your account as a business, you should use your logo instead.design2

The next step is to build your network. Twitter will allow you to import e-mail lists, contacts from instant messaging services, and you can find your friends on their search engine. The best way to build a list of interesting people is to go to the Twitter search engine at search.twitter.com and plug in your interests. This will then spit tons of people back out at you that you can choose to follow. Twitter will also give you some suggestions for people to follow.

Twitter has compiled a list of Suggested Users that they give when you first sign up with Twitter. This list has been the source of some contention in the news lately. It’s a collection of popular Twitter users that Twitter just picks at random for you to follow.

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“Following” someone is the same thing as adding them as a Facebook friend, except that they don’t see your updates unless they choose to follow you as well. Generally the best way to get followers is to add people based on your interests, as most people will follow you once you start following them.

Once you start following someone, their updates, or “Tweets”, will appear in your “timeline”, or your Twitter feed. If you find someone is getting on your nerves with too many senseless Tweets, go ahead and remove them by going to their profile page on the Twitter site; you may do this by clicking on their name. Click the arrow beside “Following” just below the top of their profile page and then click “Remove”.

To post your messages, or “Tweets”, go to your profile page and type your tweet into the box provided. Applications like the ones referenced below make the process a bit easier and remove the need to visit the website to make your updates.

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Twitter was built to accommodate being updated from phones. The origin of the 140 character limit is the 160 character limit for SMS, which leaves some space for a name in addition to a 140 character message. There are a series of commands that can only be used via mobile phone that are explained in our glossary. To get help with any phone-related Twitter questions, visit Twitter’s extensive FAQ on the subject.

In order to enable updates from your phone, first check with your mobile provider to make sure that you have a plan that allows you to update Twitter via text message at a reasonable cost – some Canadian customers may run into issues here. US customers can send their Twitter messages to 40404. While Twitter doesn’t charge, the standard text messaging rates from your provider still apply, so be careful. A full list of Twitter phone numbers for any country in the world can be found here.

For a simple breakdown on what Twitter is in plain English, watch this video.

 

How to get more followers

The first quest of a new Twitter user is to add followers who are interested in the same topics as they are. Once you’ve exhausted your personal and professional contacts, where do you go from there? The way most people take is the one described above, where you search Twitter for your interests and add people based on those interests.

There has been a lot written about this topic and we’ve included links to some more high-profile articles by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger. Here are some tips from the pros:

Tweet From the Heart

While keeping in mind that everything you do on Twitter is public, make sure that your tweets are always coming from a place of honesty and transparency. Put real emotion in your tweets and your followers will stay with you. If you don’t treat Twitter as a more personal experience and spam it with sales messages, you will get unfollowed very quickly.

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Give Your Followers Value

Answer questions that your followers have if you know the answer. Share helpful tips for your industry that don’t have to do with your followers buying your product. Tell a joke. Always give your followers something that they can take away from the conversation and use. They will recommend you to your friends and you will generate tweets that will encourage new people to follow you.

Tweet in Peak Times

Peak times are basically during the day throughout the work week. If you want to account for time differences in North America, aim for morning to early afternoon.

Tweet Regularly

Tweet often, but only if you have something of value to say. You should aim for a few tweets a day. Do not install a bot program to Tweet for you – your followers will figure it out and unfollow you. If you are taking off for a few days use a service like TweetLater to schedule your tweets.

Leverage your Other Online Properties

If you have something of value to offer online, like a blog or a website, share updates that you make to it or new postings that you have written. If you don’t yet have an online profile to speak of, consider building a blog or website so that you can offer your followers more value. If you complete a new website for a client, share it with your followers to get some great real time feedback and make them feel like they are part of the process.

Create a Custom Profile Page Background

This tells your potential followers that you care about your Twitter presence and will probably be a good person to follow.

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Give Out Free Stuff

Sitepoint grew their followers by 10,000 in a week. All they did was give away a free e-book that was usually only for sale as a paper book to anyone who followed them on Twitter or gave them their e-mail address.

Obey the Law of Reciprocity

Retweet other user’s tweets when you think they are relevant or you can help them out. Do unto others as you would have done to you and you’ll be a valued member of the community.

Resources for Getting More Twitter Followers

5 Tips to Grow Your Twitter Presence
Darren Rowse, ProBlogger


All of Darren Rowse’s Posts on the Subject

Darren Rowse, ProBlogger & Twitip

 

Twitter History

Twitter was founded in San Francisco in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. The four were participants in an R&D project with Odeo, a podcasting company. In October of 2006 the company was purchased by the senior management and the company Obvious was started by former Odeo employees to operate Odeo and Twitter. Twitter rapidly gained popularity until April 2007, when Obvious spun the company off into Twitter, Inc.
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Since then the question has been how Twitter will make money. Founder Evan Williams is “encouraged by” the fact that there is a lot of commercial use of the service already, some of which they may be able to charge for. He also states in the interview linked below with Charlie Rose that they haven’t really figured out how to monetize Twitter yet, but the service won’t die because there is no immediate way to monetize. There is too much interest in Twitter. Twitter did start experimenting with text advertising as of March 2009, according to Techcrunch.

 

Twitter Etiquette

Remember that Twitter is Public

The first rule of Twitter is that it is more permanent than the internet. When you post something, at least one person is going to read it and have a memory of that event. Unless you lock your profile, all of your tweets are public record and searchable, forever. While Twitter is all about honesty and just being yourself, you have to act like you are writing something that your parents will eventually read.

Read this story if you think your direct messages are safe from prying eyes.

Avoid Banal Food Updates

Unless you narrowly avoided death by eating a puffer fish, nobody really wants to know about what you are eating today. If you ate at a cool restaurant and want to recommend it, that is fine. Dissecting what you had for lunch if you just went to McDonalds is not. Just ask yourself if this is interesting to your followers – if the answer is “yes”, then it’s OK to tweet.

Tweet Accomplishments Sparingly

If you went live with a new site or posted an article on a blog, that is exactly what Twitter is for. If you have over twenty new posts a day on your site, tweet only the more interesting ones.

Tweet Really Interesting Stuff Only

If you read an article that completely rocks your world, tweet it. If articles are rocking your world a number of times a day, pick only the few that rock your world the most.

Don’t Tweet Confidential Stuff

Tell someone that you’ll go “off-Twitter” if you need to talk about something that you don’t want the world to know about. Remember that your tweets are searchable unless you have locked your account. Even then, it isn’t a good idea as we all know privacy is never guaranteed online.

Snip Your URL’s

Use any one of the URL snipping services out there, like TinyURL, to shorten your links to something manageable. Most Twitter users snip their URL’s regardless of their size just to keep them readable. You can also set up many of the Twitter clients available to automatically snip any URL that is entered.

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Profanity

Just don’t. If you absolutely have to swear in the context of what you are saying, use $#%% characters instead of the swear word.

Twitter is not an IM Client

The basic idea behind Twitter is to produce occasional status updates, not hold personal conversations. Conversations with more than one person are exactly what Twitter is for and these should be encouraged, but if it is obvious that there is only one other participant take it off-Twitter to an IM client.

Try Not To Use Abbreviations

IM contractions like 4 U and the like are best left to IM’s, although most people still use them. For personal tweets, they’re OK. In business tweets, they are best left out.

Automatic Direct Messages

If you are going to use a service like TweetLater to send automatic direct messages to people who sign up to follow you, keep it short and not sales related. If people like what they see of you on Twitter, they will go to your website and read up on you there. Twitter is for relating, not for selling. Unless you are woot.com – they seem to have broken the mold on that one. They do it with a very specific business model, one that doesn’t use sales language or any of the standard spam methods.

 

Twitter Glossary

Twitter has started posting definitions of common Twitter terms on your profile page, beneath your picture. Note: If a term is classed as a “phone command”, it will only work from your phone. Your web tweets will go on functioning the same way. For anything that isn’t on this list, you can go to Twittonary.com, type your term in, and get a definition instantly.

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# sign
The hash sign is used to mark a word as a keyword, which denotes a “hashtag”. More on hashtags further down the list.

@ reply
The @ sign is used to indicate that you are replying to a specific username. For example, if DickCheney tweets a question about font tags, you will reply with @reply DickCheney “nobody uses font tags anymore, try CSS” or something of the sort. Remember that when you use @reply it is visible to everyone – for private communications use a direct message.

140 character limit
Twitter messages are meant to be short. Most people don’t even go up to the 140 character limit when posting a tweet. This is the reason for utilities like URL snippers, which we’ll get to.

Block
The act of blocking a particular user name from following your tweets. You block someone by clicking on their profile and choosing “Block” on the right sidebar.

d USERNAME
Updating Tweets from a Mobile Device: You can send tweets from any mobile device using text messaging. Text “d YOURUSERNAME” and your tweet and send it to 40404, Twitter’s text message number.

Direct Messages
Direct Messages are sent from twitter by entering d RECIPIENTUSERNAME Text of Message.

DM
This stands for direct message, which is the Twitter equivalent to e-mail. You may only send direct messages to those following you. To do so, click on “Direct Message” on their profile and type out your message, again only up to 140 characters. Automatic direct messages can be set up to thank someone for following you using a free service such as TweetLater. Keep in mind that you cannot send Direct Messages to people that are not following you, even if you are following them. This is Twitter’s built-in spam protection.

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Drunk dialing on Twitter.

Dweet
Related to above, Tweet sent while drunk.

Failwhale
The whale logo that pops up when the Twitter service crashes.

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FAV
You can favourite a tweet by typing FAV in all caps plus their username. This will automatically favourite the last tweet from that user.

Feed
Your posts on Twitter are commonly referred to as your “Twitter feed”, or “timeline”.

FOLLOW username
Phone command. This command sends the message that you want to follow a specific user on Twitter.

Followers
People who follow your updates.

Friendapalooza
A round of friending on Twitter.

Geotwitter
Type it in to get the geolocation of the most recent tweets.

GET username
Retrieves the most recent tweet from that user.

Hashtags
Hashtags, such as #BSG for “Battlestar Galactica”, denote groupings on Twitter for popular, commonly referenced items. You can follow updates on hashtags in real time at Hashtags.org They were developed as a means to create groupings on Twitter.

In order to have hashtags tracked, start following @hashtags on Twitter. It will follow you automatically and your use of hashtags will be tracked. Hashtags became popular during the San Diego fire, when Nate Ritter used the hashtag #sandiegofire to chronicle his updates of the event. Since then they have been used to track specific events in real time on a regular basis.hashtags

INVITE phonenumber
This will send a Twitter invite to a mobile phone.

LEAVE username
Phone command. Sends the message that you wish to stop following a certain user.

Locking Your Profile
You can “lock” your profile so that only friends can see your updates by scrolling down to the bottom of your “Settings” tab on the Twitter website and clicking the box beside “Protect My Updates”. This may deprive you of followers who would have otherwise followed you based on keywords in your posts and isn’t advised for general use. You would only want this if you wanted to use Twitter, but need to avoid public communication for a specific reason. Even celebrities have public profiles on Twitter.

Microblog
Twitter is a microblogging platform. A shorter and usually more immediate version of a blog.

mistweet
Similar to “mistell”, a term coined by gamers, a mistweet is a tweet that you will regret. You can delete your tweets on your profile page, but everyone on your follow list will still have seen it when it was posted.

NUDGE username
Reminds one of your friends to update.

off-Twitter
A variant of “offline”, usually used when someone wants to share something with someone privately.

OFF
Phone command. Turns all notifications to your phone off.

OFF username
Phone command. Turns all notifications to your phone from a certain user off.

ON
Phone command. Turns all notifications to your phone on.

ON username
Phone command. Turns all notifications to your phone from a certain user on.

Public Timeline
The timeline of all public Tweets. Seen here.

ReporTwitters
Reporters publishing tweets in conjunction with their articles or broadcasts.

RT/Retweeting

This stands for retweeting, the process whereby you repost someone else’s Twitter post on your feed. The proper form for this is:
RT #usernameyouarerequotingfrom “text of the retweet”
. You are specifying that it is a retweet and putting in the full username so others on your list can choose to follow them if they like it.

Search
Go to search.twitter.com to search tweets for a specific keyword. Also, http://twitter.com/invitations/find_on_twitter will allow you to search by name.

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STATS
This is a command that returns how many people you are following, how many people are following you, and which words you are tracking.

TinyURL

Name of the most popular URL snipping service which trims URL lengths to allow for inclusion in twitter messages. Located at tinyurl.com. There are others out there but this is the most commonly used one.

Twactor
Someone who impersonates another person on Twitter.

Twittcrastination
Using Twitter to procrastinate.

Twadd
The act of adding someone as your friend.

Twaffic
Traffic on Twitter.

Twaggle
A bunch of followers.

Twaigslist
To sell something via Twitter.

Twaiting
Twittering while waiting for something.

Tweeps/Tweeples
A cluster of friends on Twitter. Frequently used to address all of your followers at once, e.g.”Morning, Tweeples!”.

Tweet-back

Bringing a previous tweet back into the current conversation.

Tweeter
A Twitter user.

Tweeterbox
Someone who Tweets too much.

Tweetard
Someone acting like an idiot on Twitter.

Tweetheart
Another way to refer to friends on Twitter.

TweetIn
A group of users agree on a set time to Twitter to each other.

Tweets
A collection of posts on Twitter.

Twerminology

Lingo used on Twitter. See this Glossary.

Twhepard
Twitter employee that restores your lost followers if you have lost them due to a technical glitch.

Twhiner
A Twitter user who posts a high number of negative items.

Twike
To ride a bicycle while Twittering. Don’t ask for a how-to.

Twis
A “dis” of a fellow Twitterer. Not a good idea since everything on Twitter is public.

Twittectomy
The act of unfollowing someone on Twitter.

Twitterati
The Twitter L33T. This is not a comprehensive list at all, but it is generally accepted that a member of the Twitterati has 30,000 or more followers. A very nice graphing of Twitterati networks is available here.

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Twitterbate
This was meant to be a comprehensive list. Self-explanatory, but the mental images are disturbing.

Twitterific

Something awesome related to Twitter.

Twittering

To send a Twitter message.

Twitteritas
Ladies who use Twitter.

Twitterject
To insert your tweet in an ongoing conversation between other people on Twitter.

Twitterlooing

The act of Twittering from a bathroom.

Twitterphoria

What you feel when something good happens on Twitter, like being followed or retweeted.

Twittermob
Similar to a “flashmob”, this is a bunch of people who descend on an often ill-prepared location based on a Twitter message.

Twitterstream
The Twitter timeline, both your own and the public one.

Twittfessional

A confession made on Twitter.

Twittosphere
The community of Twitter users.

Twittworking
Networking with other Twitter users.

Twoogle
Twitter as the human version of Google, since you can post a question and get instant results.

Twoops
Sending a private message to Twitter by accident.

Twoosh
A full 140 character Twitter message.

Twurvey
A survey conducted over Twitter.

Twype
Typing a Twitter message.

WHOIS username
Gets profile information for a Twitter user.

 

Twitter in the News

Most of the mainstream news media articles on Twitter lately seem to be focusing on the negatives of the technology while having to admit that not only is Twitter useful, it is here to stay.

You can tell from the headlines on some of them that they are trying to capitalize on the “Twitter Backlash”, a cultural moment that reached its apex when Brian Williams, an anchorman on MSNBC news, offered up to Jon Stewart that he would never use Twitter. The rest are an interview with Evan Williams and positive articles on the use of Twitter in small business.


Juror in Hot Water for Tweeting During Trial

In a recent case worth $12.6 million in settlement dollars in the US, one of the jurors was found to be tweeting during the trial. This may have some serious legal implications for the juror, particularly since he was telling his followers to divest stock in the company being sued.
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Shut Up About Twitter Already
Despite the title, the author grudgingly admits that Twitter has its usefulness.

Twitter’s Not a Google Killer
This Slate article argues for the usefulness of Twitter as an integral tool and against recent charges that it could be a Google or Facebook killer.

Tweet Smell of Success

This article argues for adoption of Twitter by small business and reports on the success of crowdsourcing via Twitter versus traditional media coverage.

Evan Williams on Charlie Rose
In this 2 minute outtake, Mr. Williams, the founder of Twitter, talks about the 140 character limit on Twitter. Those who want the full 22 minute interview can click here to see it.

Facebook Moving Into Twitter Territory
A San Francisco Chronicle story about how Facebook’s redesign is moving them towards being a more Twitter-like service.

Digg Founder Kevin Rose Founds Twitter Directory
Rose’s new Twitter directory lists the top twitter users for tags that they want to be associated with. Send a reply message to @wefollow #yourtags #yourtags #yourtags where the “yourtags” are the keywords that you want to be associated with.

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Techcrunch Talks about the Amount and Value of Twitter Traffic
This article is in response to the request of some parties to pay to be a “recommended” person to follow by Twitter. Techcrunch reports on their own experience with being a recommended user name to follow with some interesting results.

Twitter Suggested Users – Problem and Solution
User suggestions by Twitter draw ire of some Twitter Users

Problems and Solutions for Twitter Suggested Users
This article discusses the offer of $120k for one of the “Suggested Users” Twitter spots from a prominent blogger.

 

Twitter Rank

The following sites rank Twitter users based on various criteria.

Twitterholic
Top 100 lists based on updates, followers, and friends.

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TwitterCounter
Top 100 most popular Twitter users with awesome graphs.

Twittown
The unofficial Twitter community has top 150 lists of followers, updaters, and people who are following. More than just a ranking site, Twittown covers news, tools and just about everything Twitter.
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Twittergrader
This application generates a report on where a user ranks and what their history is like. Addictive.

Twitterposter
A visual representation of the degree of influence of Twitter users.

 

Blogs and News Sites to Follow on Twitter

BoingBoing
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Slashdot

Mashable

TechCrunch
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BBC News

CNN

Huge list of newspapers on Twitter and their statistics

 

20 Most Popular Twitter Users

According to Twitterholic, March 13, 2009

1. CNN (cnnbrk)
Breaking News on CNN

2. Barack Obama (BarackObama)

3. Twitter (twitter)
Twitter’s own twitter feed.

4. Britney Spears(britneyspears)

5. Ashton Kucher (aplusk)

6. The New York Times (nytimes)

7. Stephen Fry (stephenfry)
This actor has accumulated quite the 2.0 following with a blog and Twitter feed that provides substantial, interesting content.
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8. Jimmy Fallon (jimmyfallon)

9. Al Gore (algore)

10. THE_REAL_SHAQ (THE_REAL_SHAQ)
The famous basketball player displays more wit than you could imagine, as per this recent post: “forget tony danza I’m da boss“.

11. Lance Armstrong (lancearmstrong)

12. Kevin Rose (kevinrose)

13. Evan Williams (ev)
The CEO of Twitter.

14. NPR Politics (nprpolitics)

15. Coldplay (coldplay)

16. Pete Cashmore (mashable)
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17. woot.com (woot)
This site defies any advice that Twitter can’t be used for sales by posting very interesting items and their prices, with links. They only sell one item per day until it is sold out. They claim that they will only achieve profitability by 2043.

18. Wil Wheaton (wilw)
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19. Zappos.com CEO Tony (zappos)

20. Whole Foods Market (WholeFoods)

 

Twitter Apps and Services

Disclaimer: By Evan Williams’ own admission, there are over 2000 third-party apps for Twitter out there. We’ve given you a representative list of the most commonly used ones here. If we’ve left one out that you feel should be here, please post it in the comments section.

BiggerTwitter
Lets you post larger tweets by posting a link to the rest of your message.

BigTweet
A bookmarklet for your browser, BigTweet lets you tweet from anywhere online, making cutting and pasting from sites easy. Available for IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.

BLT
Ever wanted to view your tweets from the command line in Unix? Yes you can.

Chirrup
A client for Twitter with Japanese language support.

Cursebird
A website which collates profane tweets for endless hours of amusement.

Destroy Twitter
A compact Twitter application that displays incoming tweets in a temporary window in the upper right hand corner of your screen and allows you to choose to save, reply or retweet under each message.
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FriendFeed
A site that lets you view all public feeds.

Friend or Follow
Lets you see who you are following that isn’t following you in return.

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Use Twitter to keep track of your gas and mileage with this application.

GroupTweet
This service lets you sent private messages to selected groups on Twitter.

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m.Twitter
Twitter’s own way of delivering your Twitter feed to your mobile device without a third-party application. Simply point your smartphone internet browser to m.twitter.com, sign in, and your feed will be there.

Mr. Tweet
A personal networking assistant for Twitter. Recommends users to you based on your interests, suggests who you should unfollow based on lack of activity.

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My Tweetheart
Dating service for the Twitter community. Online dating sites just became so 2001.

tweetheartSplitTweet
A must-have if you have more than one Twitter account. Suggested for heavy and corporate users.

Straw Poll

Create polls and see what other Twitter users are voting on with this visually appealing service.

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It turns off the ability to receive Automatic DM’s from services like “TweetLater”.

TweetBeep
This service sends you an alert whenever specified terms are mentioned on Twitter. Like Google Alerts, only for Twitter.

Tweetdeck
One of the more visually appealing Twitter clients for the PC, based on the Adobe AIR platform. Organizes your windows into three panels; tweets, replies/DM’s, and Twitter profile.

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TweetLater
Schedule your tweets with this service. It also allows you to send those automatic welcome messages that you’ve probably seen after following a couple of people. The makers of TweetLater have deliberately turned off the ability to schedule @replies and direct messages to discourage spammers.

Twellow
Directory for Twitter.

Tweetmeme
Tweetmeme tracks the most popular links on twitter every 5 minutes.

TweetStats
A must-have for statistics junkies. Graph your tweet density, how many replies you have sent to certain users, time of day that you are tweeting, etc. Amusing status messages.

Tweetvolume
A basic keyword research tool for Twitter – graph keywords that people are using.

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Tweet What You Spend
Cash tracking from Twitter.

Tweetizen

Sort tweets by groups based on your interests.

Twitdom
The Twitter application database.

Twitter Job Search
The Twitter job search engine.

Twitscoop
This service allows you to track topics and conversations.

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Twitseeker
An alternate search engine for Twitter that returns results based on your queries and then allows you to add people talking about your interests from one interface. Highly recommended as an alternative to Twitter Search.

Twhirl
Twitter client that performs the same functions as Tweetdeck in a smaller window.

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Twibs
Business directory for businesses on Twitter. It is free to add your listing.

Twiddict

This service allows you to post to Twitter when it is down or when you can’t reach it over a firewalled network.

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Twitblocker
Temporarily block a user who is annoying you without unfollowing them.

Twitfave
Website that allows you to track who has favourited your Tweets and favourite Tweets from other users.

Twitpay
A site that lets you send payments via Twitter.

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The most popular photo-sharing app on Twitter.

Twittearth
A mapped out version of the public Twitter timeline. Very cool and addictive to watch. Screenshot below.
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Twitterbuzz
This shows you the most popular items being linked to on Twitter in real time.

Twittercal
Tweet your Google Calendar and add events to your Calendar from Twitter

Twitterfone
Send messages to Twitter using voice.

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Twittergadget
This gadget for iGoogle and Gmail fully integrates Twitter with your Gmail and iGoogle pages.

Twitterless
Get stats on who is unfollowing you and when they are doing it.

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Twitterfall
This site gives you a quick way to find current tweets that match your interests.

Twitterfeed
This service gets your blog postings automatically sent to a number of microblogging platforms, including Twitter.

Twitterfox
This extension for Firefox integrates your Twitter feed into your browser.

Twitterholic
Service that tracks the popularity of Twitter accounts, listing the top 100.

Twitturly
A service that tracks the popularity of URL’s on Twitter.

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Twitwall
This service is like a Facebook wall for Twitter. If it is too long to post, post it here and send a link to the post on Twitwall.

Twollo

Twollo is a service that finds new Twitter friends for you automatically based on your interests.

 

Twitter for the iPhone

Tweetie – $2.99
The paid application with the most props. Allows you to use Twitter exactly as you would use it from your computer. Automatic link shrinking and automatic posting of pictures to Twitpic.

Twitterific – Free with Ads
Twitterific is one of the more widely used free iPhone apps. It may not have the more advanced features of some other apps, but it keeps users from switching with its fast and seamless interface.
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Twinkle – Free
Twinkle keeps the easy-to-use streamlining intact with a few extra features, including Geolocation so that you can talk to other Twitter users around you.

Twittelator Pro – $4.99
A full service application for Twitter for the iPhone. Voted #7 of all social media networking applications for 2008 in the AppStore.

Twitterfon – Free
Simple application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Not many advanced features but very easy to use.

UnTweeps
Unfollow people who haven’t posted recently.

 

Twitter for Blackberry

BlackBird – Free
This app has been working with Twitter for some time. The screenshots featured on its website are a bit old-school. Blackbird now apparently shows the user’s avatar, updating the look of the app a bit.

Twitterberry – Free
This app works over the data network so you don’t need to use SMS and be charged for texting. Data pack charges will probably still apply, though.
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All Mobile Phones

Tiny Twitter
Tiny Twitter will work for any older smartphone as well as the BlackBerry. The homepage features a 140px column in an homage to the Twitter message character length.
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Twitxr

Share pictures and text from Twixtr from any mobile device.

GPS Twit
This geolocation app lets your friends find you using Twitter.

 

Twitter Graphics

Divageek Designs
Massive collection of Twitter buttons and badges.

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Dr. Web’s
Collection of 30 Twitter icons for use on websites.

Hongkiat’s roundup of icons
Over 100 icons and buttons

Create a Free Twitter Background
Twitbacks.com allows you to create a custom background for your profile page based on your branding.

Create a Free Twitter Background, Part 2
Twitterbacks is the same kind of service as the above.

Free and Custom Twitter Backgrounds
Twitterimage.com offers up both designed and free images for your Twitter profile background.

twittbackgeekmommy
twittbackstream

twitterimage

FreeTweets
A collection of free background designs for your Twitter profile page.

 

How to Add Twitter to Everything

Adding Twitter to Your Website

Option 1 – The Official Way:
Follow Twitter’s instructions to create a “widget” that you can place on your pages.

Option 2 – The Unofficial Way:
1. Download twitter.js from Google
2. To install the code so that it doesn’t “hang”, follow Remy Sharp’s excellent step by step guide

Adding Twitter to Your Blog

WordPress

  • Download the Twitter plugin
  • Install it in your plugin directory
  • Enter your Twitter user name
  • All of your updates will now automatically post to your blog.

Joomla

Any Blog

Follow Twitter’s step-by-step instructions to add a “Twitter Badge” to Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, or TypePad.

 

WordPress Plugins

Tweetbacks for WordPress
This plugin imports Tweets about your post to your blog as comments.

Tweet This
This plugin allows you to add a “Retweet This” button at the end of your blog posts. Run, don’t walk, to install this now. This is so much more effective than an “e-mail this” button according to everyone who has installed it.

Twitter Counter
This counter allows you to show the number of Twitter followers that your blog has. See the upper right hand corner of the screen on this blog for an example.

Twitter Tools
This plugin allows you to post tweets from your blog and the wp-admin panel. You can also archive your tweets and create blog posts from each of them. You can even create a weekly or monthly digests of all your tweets.

Twitter Widget
Those who prefer the classic official “Twitter Widget” can use this plugin to sleeve the widget into their WordPress installation. Based on the Javascript from Twitter.

Twitter Blaster
This plugin lets your visitors update your Twitter stream.

Twitter Feed
Like TwitterTools, a fuller service plugin for all things Twitter. Allows prioritization, ordering and filtering of tweets.

Top Twitter Links by TwittURLs
Displays the current top posted twitter links.

Create Your Own WordPress Twitter Widget

Step by step tutorial

 

Website Tools & Tutorials

Blogo for Mac
This tool is a blog editor for Macs that integrates Twitter along with other microblogging platforms.

Twitter API Wiki
More for app designers, but some useful stuff here for web programmers as well.

Tutorial for Designing a Unique Website for Twitter Updates

Adding More than One Twitter Feed to the Same Page
Install more than one feed in one place.

Twitter Followers Counter Tutorial
Build your own funky counter.

 

Resources

Ever wonder where the meat is when it comes to Twitter on the web? These are the sites that we used to put together this article.

Help.Twitter.Com
The service has an extensive help section, with links off of it to its blog and developer resources.

50 Twitter Tools and Tutorials for Designers
From Smashing Magazine. Highly recommended if you want to get into the more technical aspects of Twitter app building and script libraries.

99 Essential Twitter Tools and Applications
Smashing Magazine’s updated list.

Twitter Fan Wiki
Extensive Wiki on Twitter.

Twitterati

This site gives up-to-the-minute news on all things Twitter.

Twitip
Like Twitterati, loaded with tips and tricks for using Twitter.

My Twittionary
Extensive List with a number of terms, actions and tools.


Compiled exclusively for WDD by Angela West

Disclaimer: Twitter is growing at a tremendous pace. We have tried to be as thorough as possible with this article however, there will always be new developments, services and more applications. Feel free to add them in the comments section.

Do you know of any other excellent resources for Twitter? Please share with us.

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  • http://www.webanddesigners.com Webanddesigners

    A bit of research from you guys :).
    This is best place to know about twitter. Bookmarked it, definitely read it
    when i’ll be free.

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    wow good read about twitter. really nice stuff. you can follow me https://twitter.com/insic

    • Jay

      Clever

  • http://www.timeatlas.com Anne H

    Nice roundup. I’m relatively new to Twitter so this had some good resources I plan to look into. And yeah, you could probably turn it into an ebook to get subscribers too;-)

  • http://www.dileepsharma.com Dileep k Sharma

    What a great post. Awesome!

  • http://www.webair.it/webdesign.html Realizzazione Siti Web Bologna

    WOW! The Twitter Bible!!

    Here an other interesting twitter’s article > Twitter Checklist – How Twitter Works for You! http://www.webair.it/blog/2009/03/17/precious-twitter-checklist-how-twitter-works-for-you/ Tips and Tools about Twitter and your Business

    you can follow us http://twitter.com/web_air

  • http://twitter.com/barbaraling Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach

    Super compilation! Stumbled and tweeted, thanks for gathering all the resources in one place.

  • http://twitdom.com/ Anuj Seth – Twitdom

    This is a great introduction to Twitter.

    Might I suggest an addition — Twitdom

    This is a Twitter Applications Database with nearly 600 Twitter Apps listed under various categories. All apps are tagged for easy access.

  • http://www.danielooi.com Daniel Ooi

    Great tips on the twitter background, been looking for it around the web. =)
    Follow me on twitter too! http://twitter.com/danielooi

  • http://twitter.com/summerrainx Joanna Siew

    Awesome post! It’s like the twitter bible, or twitter 101. :)

  • http://adamtrickett.com Adam Trickett

    Not everybody has an iPhone. I have a HTC P3470 with Windows Mobile 6. For this phone I use ceTwit. It supports TwitPic and Ping.fm too.

  • http://spyrestudios.com Jon Phillips

    Ok, now that is one hell of a long post! Great resource for sure!
    Mind adding: http://turnthisthingoff.com/ ? :D

  • http://www.theroxor.com Kevin

    Very informative article. Bookmarked it

  • http://twitter.com/joffrey Joffrey

    Oh my god, this is the best post about Twitter I’ve ever seen.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    (and check me @joffrey)

  • http://www.patternhead.com Patternhead

    Fantastic resource, thanks for putting this together.

  • http://www.twellow.com Rich Ord

    You neglected to mention the first and largest Directory of Twitter, Twellow.com. It is referred to as the Twitter Yellow Pages. Twellow was launched in July 2008 and is getting tens of thousands of pageviews per day.

    Twellow is getting great feedback from its users as you can see here:
    http://search.twitter.com/search?q=twellow

    Twellow is owned by the iEntry Network and is part of the WebProNews group of Internet properties.

    Thanks,
    Rich Ord
    CEO, iEntry Network (which owns Twellow)

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Added, thanks for mentioning it.

  • http://www.thecogworks.co.uk Adam Shallcross

    Excellent article…Twitter is an excellent example of how the web can be used to create simple, yet highly effective applications to make our every day lives easier and marginally more exciting :)

    Long live twitter…follow us on http://twitter.com/cogworks

  • http://adelineyaw.com Adeline

    I’ve finally succumbed to the ‘twitter’ and this is definitely a great start for newbies :) Cheers! http://twitter.com/adelineyaw

  • http://blog.websenat.de Ramón

    Great post! Thanks!

  • http://www.susuh.de Stefan – @susuh

    Wow! I’ve tweeted about several compilations – but this one is outstanding! Why not turn it into an e-book? :)

  • http://www.onedaywithoutgoogle.org ODWGOOG

    can you imagine a day without twitter?

  • http://www.brushthis.com Liora

    OMG. This is a Twitterdise!! (I hope I haven’t gone too far with that, I mean “paradise” in Twitterese. Who knows? Maybe I’ve coined a new internet meme!!!)

    I think I will have to spend the next few days going over it all to see if I’m missing out on anything. This is an exhaustive list and I appreciate all the time and research that must have gone in to this to make it the success that it clearly has/will become.

    I will tweet this immediately!

  • http://www.cranefactory.com Paul

    I’d be happy for you to add my free Twitter and WordPress Integration Guide to your list. Completely free download, no email address or anything else required.

    http://www.cranefactory.com/twitter-and-wordpress-integration-guide-free-download

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    Wow, what a list! Feel free to follow me,

    http://www.twitter.com/timothymarshall

  • http://creatinginspiration.net Joel Laumans

    Wow!! Extensive list, thanks for this!

    joel (@piksels)

  • ml

    If you’ve got open questions on Twitter after reading this article you did something wrong.

  • http://www.wchingya.com Ching Ya

    Wow, you’ve just hijacked my idea of creating an Ultimate Guide for Twitter. ha.. well, I couldn’t do better than you anyway. Splendid job, really impressed. Thanks for sharing with us these wonderful findings. It could actually become an ebook itself, if I may suggest. ^^

    @wchingya
    Social Media/Blogging

  • http://www.wedomarkup.com Jesel Morga

    Great post… Thanks for this article…

  • http://unglud.ru Alex

    Wow, very huge and most interesting material about twi ever!

    I would like to ask for permission to translate this article to russian language and public it on my personal blog unglud.ru. Can I?

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Yes, you can do this as long as you link to this page. Please post the link after you’re done, so other readers can find it.

      Thanks.

      • http://unglud.ru Alex

        Thank u very much!

  • http://customizedmarketing.com/ Customized Marketing

    This is the best compilation (and the most beautifully organized in terms of design) that I have seen! Thanks – will refer to this often.

  • http://www.twitterjobsearch.com Henry – TwitterJobSearch

    This is a really great resource – thanks!

    Might I also suggest an addition? TwitterJobSearch.com is the first semantic search engine for twitter. It goes beyond the tweet and looks at the intent and context of twitter job posts.

  • http://dankorn.com Dan Korn

    Great work. A couple of quibbles:

    First: You left out m.twitter.com for mobile devices. This allows Twitter to be used from any PDA, cell phone, or other device with a web browser without having to use SMS (text messages), and without installing a third-party application which will use up your Twitter API.

    Second: search.twitter.com does not return “a collection of popular Twitter users that Twitter just picks at random for you to follow.” It merely returns the most recent Tweets containing the search terms. It has nothing to do with popularity. The “Trending topics” lists the most common search terms in recent Tweets, but again, it has nothing to do with the “popularity” of the users who posted them.

    @dankorn

  • http://www.multidesign.com.mk Multidesign

    Folow me on Twitter!

    Great (ULTIMATE) post by the way. tx!

  • http://www.datome.com IbnDrupal

    One thing i’d love to know is how you guy managed to get the retweet widget on this page? (The widget next to the digg redit widgets at the end of the article).

    Cheers

  • http://web.mac.com/kylekimkai/iWeb/KyleWilliams/Welcome.html Kyle Williams

    Great post. Dugg it.

  • http://DCincome.com Matthew Loop

    Now, that’s a kick-ass and comprehensive Twitter post. Twittelator pro is awsome, by the way :)

    @MatthewLoop

  • http://soumyadipc.blogspot.com Soumyadip

    This is going to make my Tweets better. Thanks.

  • http://www.franklyfranklin.co.uk/ Tim Ngwena

    Great post. I’ve sent it out to newbies who keep asking what Twitter is. Also great advice for those who are still trying to find their way.
    Love It

  • http://twitter.com/northlight Steve E

    Nice job. Check out the Big List of Twitter Resources: http://delicious.com/twitterfaves and you can follow me at http://twitter.com/northlight.

  • http://www.chrisfoxsays.com Chris Fox

    Nice post, some awesome information twitter there :)

  • http://www.goeverywhere.com GoEverywhere Team

    Wow, this is an amazing list of tools for Twitter!! I’m definitely bookmarking it to send to those colleagues who still have no clue what Twitter is, or what it can do for them. I even learned a thing or two and had to LOL at twaiglist!

  • http://dtsn.co.uk daniel

    Where’s tweetmeme? http://www.tweetmeme.com

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      It’s been added – thanks for letting us know.

  • http://www.productivedreams.com Gopal Raju

    Nice Stuff!

    Gopal Raju
    productivedreams.com
    twitter.com/gopalraju

  • http://www.danielschuyler.com Daniel Schuyler

    This is definitely one of the most comprehensive Twitter resources on the web!

    Thanks for putting this together! Bookmarked.

    http://www.twitter.com/dschuyler

  • http://twitter.com/desizntech desizntech

    Wow I have to say this a really well written post. Thanks for all the good info.

  • http://www.iBrandOnline.com Liam

    Great info, the best I have come across.

    http://www.twitter.com/liamlive

  • http://www.flashtweet.com FlashTweet

    First I just want to say that your blog design is friggen AWESOME!!!

    Nice post… some great info on Twitter! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • http://www.learningpool.com Lynn Jennings

    Best Twitter guide I’ve come across, very comprehensive, well done and thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/pepelu12 Pepelu12

    Great tips, hope to get some more followers with some extra work

  • http://thetoydetectives.com John (Toy Detective)

    Now I understand much more clearly.

    Thank you, for an excellent, well-researched guide.

    I may soon find myself joining the Twittering classes.

  • http://www.hellokitty.su Hello Kitty

    Wow! This article is the biggest one from all WWW. Very great and hard work you did. Thank you very much. It is really the ultimate and for everything.

  • http://twitter.com/TravelTweet TravelTweet

    Wow, a lot of work went into that.

    Awesome!

    Twitter Travel Directory
    http://travel-write.com/tweet/

  • http://adelineyaw.com Adeline

    A really extensive list! great job :)

  • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

    Thanks for the great feedback – more links were added where appropriate. Feel free to add more resources, we’ll add the ones that we feel compliment the article best.

  • http://www.twitterforbusiness.co.uk Mark Shaw

    I have seen a lot of Ultimate this and mega that type websites and reports etc… But this really is.. You have done tons of research and it has surely taken you hours of work to compile this list..

    Fo any new people to Twitter, or even us older hands.. there are some great resources in here…

    Well done

    Mark Shaw

  • http://namloc.typepad.com/ Richard Lubbock

    Geotwitter?

    Wot’s this? Exactly.

    Where d’wI put it?

    I’m intrigued. Tell more.

  • Sagehorse

    I disagree about abbreviations. I think they are cool and efficient. I am happy to finally find a communication tool that isn’t all hung up on grammar, spelling and punctuation. Twitter is about content, meaning and networking.

  • http://www,masterthenewnet,com susan rice-lincoln

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. A complete list, clear explanations….Wish I’d written it myself! Thank you so much…
    Susan

  • http://twitter.com/jones101 Elliot

    Awesome! Official Twitter Bible a must read for all those new to Twitter! Thanks for putting this together

  • http://www.fluxblog.net/franzferdinand_luciddreams.mp3 Scott

    Holy HELL!! Bookmarked!! And tweeted! =) Many thanks!

  • http://www.rossmartinmd.com Ross Martin

    I’m clearly not part of the Twitteratti as I don’t tweet nearly often enough. Still seeking to have a life, perhaps. But now I have a better appreciation of all that tweeting can be. Thanks for the great overview!

    Btw, Rocketboom did a great piece this week on Twitter and its addictive qualities. http://www.rocketboom.com or http://www.twitter.com/rocketboom

  • Suze

    Great article. Informative, helpful, thorough. I’m a Twitter newbie, so couldn’t ask for a better guide. Bookmarked, RT’d and emailed to my non-tweeting colleagues. Thanks!

  • http://www.antidigital.de antidigital

    holy! that shit rockz dude! so nice… i send it all my colleagues!

  • http://www.delogo.ro Ionut

    Really stunning article. I try to convince my company to use it for business and they don’t know what is it and how it works. Bookmarked it and also posted it on my twitter: http://www.twitter.com/delogo

  • http://www.wordcaster.wordpress.com Vanessa

    Great work – very informative and a good way to accelerate the learning curve – thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/Shellra Michelle Dancer

    Tweetertags is another handy site for finding new followers based on interest.

    You can add unlimited tags to your own profile and the tag search shows you both people and recent tweets using that tag.

  • http://spotmeon.blogspot.com Gaurav M

    You have done lots of efforts for this post.
    I like the definitions too :)
    thanks for great share!

  • http://twitter.com/home Jibran

    comprehensive and well done
    thanks

  • http://www.chris-lund.co.uk chris

    great article thanks – really helped explain Twitter to my colleagues, clients and non-believers!

  • http://spyrestudios.com Jon Phillips

    http://twitoria.com/ is also a good one! :)

  • http://www.danhbaweb20.com/ Danh ba web 2.0

    Great giude for Twitter. Thanks a lot
    You can see more tool Twitter in my blog: http://tr.im/huZC

  • http://twitter.com/artsist Arturo Gudiño Chong

    Excellent, great job. A complete list. Thanks.

  • http://youforgot bobm

    i’m not sure if anyone is doing this but mapping semantic concepts and connecting the users based on relational concepts from the unstructured texts in the URL:

    http://www.mashmeup.com

    check out the twitter viewer once you put in a full URL like http://www.cia.gov

    appears to be this gets away from knowing keywords and is a much more powerful tool and can allow URL based content searching.. I think they call it “tweaning” bringing meaning to twitter.

    bob

  • http://www.berichandcreamy.com RichandCreamy

    Actually you can build quite a following by being vulgar and generally NSFW.

  • http://www.sem-answers.com Jim

    absolutely the ultimate guide

  • http://www.twitter.com/guarruda Gustavo Arruda

    Amazing post. Thanks for this. This is a great resource for people who want to learn more about Twitter.

  • http://cindymcasey.com Cindy McAsey

    I’ve seen lots of blog posts on twitter, but this is the most comprehensive and beautifully put together posts I seen.

    Great work!

    Cindy McAsey
    Barefoot in the Garden

  • Howard Feight

    Tweet this is real tweet, all I need to move forward, thanks to someones great efforts!!

  • http://www4.ncsu.edu/~nmswishe NancySwisher

    Fantastic guide! Thank you. I am exploring the feasibilty of using Twitter for instructional purposes with my English as a Second Language students at the university level. In order to streamline my personal Twitter site, I want to remove from my profile the avatars or photos of people I have unfollowed. Depite searching Twitter help and other resources, I can’t figure out how to do this. Perhaps it can’t be done.

    Bottom line: once you have folowed someone, can you never get rid of their photos under your profile list of “following”?

    Thanks for any help.

  • http://www.jonnytdesigns.com Jonny T

    Amazing post I am just barely starting to dig the surface of what a powerful tool twitter can be.

  • http://TheSocialNetworker.com Chris Miller

    Great posting and we actually run the website http://EverythingTwitter.com which catalogs over 300 Twitter tools, clients and add-ons in easy to find categories. Hopefully that helps as well for your readers!

  • http://twitter.com/jgraziani jgraziani

    Wow, the most info about any program, app, etc., all in one place that I’ve ever seen. Great post and thanks for doing all the work it took to get it here. Just one question: I see enormous amounts of blank white space interspersed with a few sentences. I imagine there are supposed to be images there? How can I see them? It looks the same with both Firefox and IE7. If anyone has any ideas about that please reply or DM me. Thanks!

  • http://www.antitwitter.com TooSmart

    ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……………..Twitter The Next Myspace ……soon to be home of the spammer supreme……

  • http://www.novelldesignstudio.com Rick

    Very helpful. Who knew such a simple premise has so many layers? I “tweet” about my company’s wedding bands – http://twitter.com/rikraff.

  • http://theresiawhitfield.wordpress.com Theresia Whitfield

    This is the best source of information about Twitter that I have found yet! Thanks for your hard work on this!

  • http://www.jampmark.com Jamp Mark

    What a post. I think it covered all I need to twitt. Excellent.
    I’m new to twitter, hope you guys follow me
    http://twitter.com/jampmark – about practical web development
    twitt you there.

  • http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/birdingPeru/blog Gunnar Engblom

    Fantastic resource. Thank you very much!
    I did a similar manual to my niche:
    Twitter for birders, part 1. Introduction.
    http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/birdingperu/blog/index.php/twitter-for-birders-part-1-an-introduction/
    and
    Twitter for birders, part 2. Hashtags and RSS to create rare bird alert systems through Twitter.
    http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/birdingperu/blog/index.php/twitter-for-birders-part-2-rare-bird-alerts-with-twitter/
    It is a small niche on twitter, I admit, but it shows how powerful Twitter can be in other contexts

    Saludos
    Gunnar

  • http://www.lunchwithouted.wordpress.com Gina

    ….Avoid Banal Food Updates….Unless you happen to be tweeting me re your Eating Disordered lunch. ;)
    Love this post Wow! Will tweet and RT it.
    Mahalo for the easy access to so much info.
    Aloha~

  • http://www.graberpartners.com/newsandnotes Graber Partners

    This is a great, very comprehensive post. It’s twitterific. I just put in a blog link for my readers. There’s something for everyone that tweets. http://www.graberpartners.com/newsandnotes/?p=482 .

  • http://www.susanroane.com Susan RoAne

    THANKS. Terrific information! Well -organized. I’m not a good techie and am enamored -and a bit addicted -to Twitter and this site is a combo of Twitter 101 and advanced placement.

    We must never forget that our tweets will outlive us. So we must be smart, savvy and thoughtful about anything we write as it will live on. (Hopefully, not in infamy).

  • raymundmitchell

    Great post. Will definitely share with my small and growing league of followers.

  • http://realcostdomains.com Steve S

    What fantastic work – thanks for the walk-thru!!

  • Nikki

    Absolutely awesome! Thanks so much – I never realised that tweeting was so diverse.

  • http://twitter.com/ptamaro ptamaro

    Wow, this is completely AWESOME, thanks for getting it all in one spot!

  • http://www.graphicrating.com Andy Gongea

    This is an awesome post. Now this is what we call research. Honestly I’m impressed with the information from this post. Best Twitter post ever. Cheers!

    http://www.twitter.com/andygongea

  • http://www.dan-london.com Dan London

    Great compilation of posts. Can’t think of any resources that are missing.

  • http://www.tobbis-blog.de Tobbi

    Thanks, great article.

  • http://tentonweb.com/ Jim

    Best Twitter post ever! Good job!
    -Jim

  • http://www.seo-check.dk Steen Seo Öhman

    Great guide … the Twitter part is outstanding.

    Thanks

  • http://spiral-scratch.blogspot.com Liz

    I applaud you gathering all of this information one loooooong blog entry. Maybe it would’ve been more readable if you had broken this up into a series of 7 or 10 different entries. I print out blog entries I want to read later and this one was impossibly long and my old printer couldn’t handle it. It’s also a pain to continually scroll down the page.

    I’ve been on Twitter a year and I think most people who have some experience on it will say that there isn’t a wrong or right way to use Twitter. Twitter etiquette are meant to be guidelines, not rules. A friend this weekend tweeted that his wife was going into labor and then sent some Tweets from the hospital. Definitely “confidential” information but it made for an exciting afternoon for those who follow him as we waited for his new child to enter the world.

    Some people use Twitter for recreation & Tweet from a bar they are at, others use it to find potential clients for their business. There are people who create Twitter haikus and others use it to keep in touch with friends who have moved away. Some people use Twitter just to post announcements they have updated their blog and organizations Tweet mini-press releases. CNNbrk posts news alerts and The_Real_Shaq talks about the game he’s going to play that night.

    There are a million different Twitter social networks that co-exist and the key is to find people who are interested in using it in the same way that you are. You might have shared interests or have nothing in common but your occupation. Twitter is whatever you want to make it to be.

  • http://alisonfoxall.com Alison

    You failed to mention the Twitter applications for Android on The G1 Google phone. I use one called Twidroid and it’s awesome.

  • http://twittercism.com Sheamus

    A fantastic resource, valuable for newcomers and veterans of the Twitter network. I’ve re-tweeted accordingly, and also included a mention in my own Twitter blog: http://twittercism.com. Be fantastic if you could add me to this article during your next update. Cheers!

  • http://www.shapeshiftersecrets.com Jacob Nordby

    Wow. I have sensed that I am swirling lazily around in an internet backwater with this rush of new-new stuff happening “out there” in the Twitterverse (wait…did I just coin a twitterm?). Anyway, this great post makes it clear what I should do and (more importantly) WHY.

    thank you!

    Jacob “the ShapeShifter” Nordby

  • http://www.stephanieagresta.com Stephanie Agresta

    Great job on the overview. Especially good for newcomers to twitter. Will def. share.
    @stephagresta

  • Dave

    As an url-shortener, I recommend bit.ly – it does the basic of uhhh.. shortening an url, but the reporting on it is incredible for those interested in seeing the stats on their links.

  • http://teach-me-birdwatching.blogspot.com/ Mel

    Wow, some research!
    Awesome post, thanks for sharing :)
    Tweet on!

  • http://synapticlight.com Phillip Gibb

    wow,

    that’s a lot of info
    great collection

    shot
    @phillipgibb

  • http://geekmommy.net Lucretia Pruitt

    Wow!! Adding this to my “Link it rather than rewrite it” folder. Awesome job!

    Must’ve taken you awhile, but the outcome is definitely worth it. :)

  • Colombian Coffee

    awesome post! very very helpful!

  • http://www.mariaferguson.com Maria

    “Holy Rusted Metal, Batman!!!!!” This is WAY informative and WAY too FREAKING cool!!!!

    You all did good…real good! Maria Likey…Maria Likey A LOT!!!!!!

    Thanks guys! Keep up the good work!
    Maria – Simple Life Lessons…Unique Perspective

  • kapil

    awesome research man , really im a big fan of twitter now

  • http://www.interhostsolutions.be Webhosting

    At the begining i didn’t understand twitter at all, here in belgium it isn’t that possible (facebook rules the www here) But thanks to this article and some other research i did earlier, twitter begins to get my attention now

  • http://ivanabrego.mp Francisco I Ramirez

    A comprehensive guide to Twitter. No kidding!

  • http://www.LollyBopBaby.etsy.com CrochetCafe

    Lot’s of great information, the most I have seen in one place.
    Ok then, back to reading….

  • xaga

    Super awesome collections! m_ _m bow bow bow

  • http://www.sandersdesign.com martin

    If your using the MODx CMS and would like to auto post articles on your Twitter account the plug-in at http://www.muddydogpaws.com/notebook/auto-post-to-twitter-when-publishing-in-modx.html could be of interest.

  • http://www.mydesign7.com Julio

    this is one of the best blogs about twitter up to date thanks for this.

  • http://www.kodered.net adam

    fantastic post! thank you for such a comprehensive one stop twitter shop.

  • http://www.patricealbertus.com/_blog Patrice Albertus

    Twitterific !
    Thanks a lot for this FUNDAMENTAL post on twitter use ;-)

  • http://www.yocofashion.com Steven

    Thanks for this informative post! It was awesome!

  • http://erichernandez.info Eric

    great stuff! thanks for the info.

  • http://www.squirrelthrower.com Squirrel Thrower

    thanks for the great info on Twitter.

  • http://www.empulsegroup.com Empulse Group

    This article was very useful in helping me set up my new Twitter account.

  • http://www.plasticprinters.com/plasticbusinesscards/ AnthonyProulxofPlasticPrinters

    Most comprehensive twitter article I have yet to see. Well done web designer depot!

  • http://brunopaiva.art.br Bruno Paiva

    really a nice post, Twitter is the King…

    please, follow me: @brunopaiva

  • imagdotcom

    Awesome post! Very helpful.. thanks =)

    @imagdotcom

  • http://lindenamueller.com/blog/ xgravity23

    Love, love, love this article! Don’t forget @hootsuitefor easy multiple account management, including schedule tweets, auto RSS tweeting, and posting to multiple accounts. Shamless plug alert: I just co-authored a great series for Twitter beginners. Here’s the first post in the True Beginner’s Guide to Twitter by me (@xgravity23) and Sarah (@sarahjoaustin).

  • http://www.projectmusical.de Dragon013

    Thanks for the article! Exactly what I search for. Now I know what “RT” means, and much more-

  • http://cupcakemarketing.org Mia

    Great article! The most comprehensive Twitter 101 article I’ve seen … bookmarked and passed around :)
    @miawv

  • cathie

    twitterific! you can follow me at http://www.twitter.com/catdy16, or @catdy16

  • http://www.livebinders.com Barbara Tallent

    Wow, that is quite a post. I love Twitter (now that I finally get it). I’m adding great post this to my collection of resources for using Twitter in business: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1501

  • cees.swe

    Tip for short url’s

    http://x.vu/

    There is no shorter ;-)

  • http://www.jimwestergren.com Jim Westergren

    Great article! I have retweeted it :)

  • http://www.losetheflabnow.blogspot.com Kai

    A.Ma.Zing.

  • http://twitter.com/SvB SvB

    OMG,
    Make sense that Twitter has only less than 50 employees …
    (So many parties are doing things the heavy lifting outside).
    Lets see the ones that need more functionality or data updating and the most successful apps going forward !

    Bravo & best wishes to all the brainy people that make those fantastic things happen to this twitter thing.

  • http://getstimulustoday.com Matches Malone

    Two things, maybe more, depending on how you count. Twitter will always be a global chatroom at its base. You misidentified a few of the apps, including BigTweet, which is used for tweets of more than 140 characters. That’s all I really have to say for now, as I have to get back to tweeting.

  • http://www.leaveatip.com Leave a Tip

    Absolutely fantastic! I will bookmark and pass it on. Great compilation of helpful tips. You deserve all the traffic that you will receive.

    Leave a Twitter tip at http://www.leaveatip.com

  • http://www.squidoo.com/LA_or_Bust bluehawk

    Wow! This is like every Twitter guide I’ve read in the past 3 weeks (about 583all mashed into one place! And more!! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/indierockcafe phil

    Excellent resource and very nicely packaged! This is definitely, so far, the most extensive Twitter all-in-one resource I’ve seen anywhere on the web. The ontology and design are great, and the descriptions are brief yet informative.

    Congrats!

    P.S. Will this page be updated over time so that it acts as a central resource (sort of like a wiki)? That’d be great.

  • http://www.freshjen.com Fresh Jen Dizzle

    Twitter should have this link on their home page, upon sign up… most people that don’t get twitter quit after a month.

  • http://mytextiphone.com stantor

    iPhone wallpapers with your twitter nick!
    http://mytextiphone.com

  • http://divageekdesigns.com/ Ibdreamy

    Thanx for adding my site! I tweeted yours. This is the most thorough post I’ve ever seen regarding Twitter stuff and there is a ton of it. So, Great job putting it all together..I know it must of been a whole lot of work. Thanx again for including me. – Divageekdesigns.com

    Twitter Graphics: http://divageekdesigns.com/2008/11/04/need-twitter-icons-tweet-tweet/

  • http://www.judycablepaservices.com Judy Cable

    Fantastic information on all things Twitter. I shall be sure to refer this post to my clients and others. Thank you for sharing it :)

  • http://feedmytwitter.com srdha

    i gust want to say some thing “great job”

    Update your Twitter randomly according to your intrest Or, from Rss Feed Or, from your own tweet message list Or, Any combination of the above three http://feedmytwitter.com

  • http://www.twi5.com Nischal Shetty

    This is easily the most comprehensive list of twitter related stuff I’ve ever come across on the web I guess!

    Would you be able to add http://twi5.com to the list as well? Twi5 is one of the most loved twitter apps site around with thousands of visitors coming to us everyday :)

  • http://deeporterfield.wordpress.com Booklassie

    Fantastic guide to Twitter. You’ve done a great job of compiling the different resources available out there AND organized the information in an easy-to-follow format. Thanks a bunch.

  • http://www.webmasterdubai.com Farooq

    really amazing post containing all info about twitter very huge post

  • LadyClaudia

    Clarísima y completa Guía para Twitter!

  • http://twitter.com/pghseolady Pittsburgh

    WOW, this is quite a Twitter Guide. I did not see this one – http://tr.im/mXBQ – very nice program for advertisers.

  • http://www.robinng.com/newblog Robin Ng

    wow, great stuff here! thanks for your sharing!

  • http://www.htstechtips.com MikeM

    Excellent resource for all things Twitter. Be great to have an updated version from time-to-time. Thanks for compiling all this info.

  • http://www.demogeek.com DemoGeek

    I would say this is just overwhelming! I would recommend Twitter to hire the person who composed this! Wow!

  • http://glennhilton.com Glenn Hilton

    Fantastic resource William. I’ll be definitely linking to this on my blog. Make sure to add PeopleBrowsr to your list of Twitter apps too. It’s the most powerful browser/desktop based Twitter client I’ve come across yet.

  • http://kakvonovo.com Stranica

    Just great ! Thank you.

    PS.S Today was crazy day for twit usernames “

  • http://submitgu.ru SubmitguRuGreat

    Great article ! Thank you !!!
    Bokmarked it.
    And…. follow me http://twitter.com/SubmitguRu

  • http://www.arroyero.es Arroyero

    Thanks for this amazing post. May I also suggest the add-in for MS Outlook TwInbox (http://www.techhit.com/TwInbox/twitter_plugin_outlook.html). Particularly useful if you have Outlook running all day…

  • http://www.webmss.com Cindy Freland

    Wow, thanks so much. That really helps. I want to look into changing my background so I will check out twitbacks.com.

  • http://www.staytubed.de Heiner

    Hi,

    wow, this is really the ultimate Guide for Twitter. Thank you ;-)

    Greetings

    Heiner

  • http://loveandbreakupadvice.com David “Get My Ex Back” Schmidt

    I appreciate having this guide since I am relatively new to twitter. Is there a one point of contact management system for adding followers and unfollowing people that aren’t follow you as well?

  • http://www.dcmentors.com/coaching_our_program.html marketing for chiropractors

    No wonder about it twitter had been one of the most effective marketing tool for some businessman’s online, Many people are now into twitter and twitter growth is continuously rising just imagine its effect marketing your business without spending money.

  • http://www.almcsolutions.com Lea Charlton

    I did not see this new application on your list – http://huitter.com/

    Click on the Mutual link and it takes you to an application to follow or remove.

    It is not the fanciest, but works well.

  • http://www.twitter.com/designiac designiac

    It took me a while to work myself through this list (is that correct English – sounds a little wrong… I’m German)…
    Anyway… there are some good suggestions here … and stuff I cannot image anyone really needs…

    http://www.twitter.com/designiac

  • http://lindenamueller.com/blog/who-is-xgravity23/ xgravity23

    @designiac: Very close: It should be “to work my way through this list.” I commented a long time ago and subscribed to the comments, and I’m an English teacher at a university near Frankfurt, so I thought I’d help. :)

    And good observation on the “stuff I cannot imagine anyone really needs”!

  • RojBlake

    Nice article but how about a section for S60 phones?

    I’m using Gravity http://mobileways.de/products/gravity/gravity/

  • http://hartonooey.com HartonoOey

    I am amazed how a 140 long space can generate this complete article. Good Job.

  • http://www.robinng.com/newblog Robin Ng

    awesome list of twitter stuff! the best i can found so far! great job!
    http://www.twitter.com/robinng

  • http://www.bni.pt Helder

    Thank you for your extensive compilation of Twitter Material.

    You guys rock!

    BTW my twitter is:
    http://twitter.com/bniportugal

  • Paul James

    Thanks for this post about all that is Twitter.

    – Bookmarked and RT’d to spread the word.

    Keep posting!

    Paul
    @pjjames

  • http://www.moinid.com Most Interesting Ideas

    Usefil article. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.stargraphicdesign.com Jessica

    Check out http://www.twitter-gallery.com for a showcase of well-designed Twitter Backgrounds :)

  • http://linkedin.askdrclaude.com Dr Claude Windenberger

    Thanks for the great guide. It’ll keep me busy for a while to try out all the suggested tools and strategies.

  • angela

    thanks for this. This is really made for me n all the “Twitter for dummies” just kidding. Twitter for starters ;)

  • http://computersservicing.blogspot.com/ venkat

    Very useful guide for twitter users.

  • http://www.commissionblueprintdeal.com insic

    Nice roundup. I’m relatively new to Twitter so this had some good resources I plan to look into. And yeah, you could probably turn it into an ebook to get subscribers too;-)

    The first time I think so much interesting information about twitter.

    I don’t know how long you take to make it but BRAVO:)

    You can probably make a ebook no I joking…

  • http://ezinearticles.com/?Acai-Berry-Fruit---One-of-the-Healthiest-Fruits-You-Can-Eat&id=2307928 Acai

    Nice guide for anyone getting started with Twitter, or who wants to learn some more advanced techniques. Definitely useful, thanks!

  • http://zavrab.ru/ SEO rab

    Great post… Thanks for this article…

  • http://folkmedia.org/what-to-write-about-on-twitter/ How To Twitter

    Wow. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen. You basically cover every possible angle of Twitter. It is unfortunate that we have so many people who just start using Twitter without really understanding what they are doing with it. I would recommend they read this blog post first.

    Great job.

    ~ Joel Mark Witt

  • U.Ravi Kumar

    The Definitive guide to twitter. Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.followmetoday.com/ Follow me to day

    thanks for this. This is really made for me n all the “Twitter for dummies” just kidding. Twitter for starters

  • http://randrambles.com Rand

    This is great and I keep recommending it but some of the information is getting very outdated.

  • http://www.aydesign.net web tasarım

    Wow!! Adding this to my “Link it rather than rewrite it” folder. Awesome job!

  • http://www.wholesalediy.com koko

    Thanks for sharing~

  • http://planetwebfoot.com Social Networking Software

    So this is pretty much the Twitter encyclopedia. Great read and nice web design

  • http://www.madebymari.etsy.com Mari B

    My mind is exploding with information that I can’t even figure out, it’s so good! Thank you? Or am I more lost than before. You are a genius. I am now a speck of dust on the Twitter horizon. Will try to do better…

  • http://www.pelesir.com Bali Hotels

    this is the most complete guide for beginner, awesome work, thank you for sharing.
    You can follow me on http://twitter.com/pelesir

  • http://www.radcraft.com RadCradt

    Where can I find nice “follow me” button? Thanks :)

  • http://feedtwit.com/ Twitter Replies

    Don’t forget me! FeedTwit is a free twitter app that takes an RSS feed and sends it to you as direct messages. Most people use it to get their Twitter Replies as text messages.

  • http://www.ismakineleri.net sepetli platform

    this is the best sitefor machines

  • http://www.creditichose.com lennonrules

    Thanks for the sturdy compilation. There’s tons here to go through and it all looks well worth it.

  • Naren

    I was new to this yesterday. Today i was old after reading the complete stuffs…
    Very good guide…

  • Valentin

    A large rock of work. Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.brokenwhole.com/book.html Keith Adams

    Hey, thanks for this. It’s awesome when somebody takes the time out to provide organized information like this for no gain. Thanks!

    Keith Adams

  • http://www.technokyle.com KYle

    I’m still looking for web pages with twitter api tutorials for beginners…

  • Georgia McCabe

    This is one of the most concise and complete document on Twitter that I have come across. You saved me a tremendous amount of time. Thank you.

  • http://moneymakingresourcesonline.blogspot.com/ sumita

    Thank you for the Awesome and so complete guide on Twitter. I was completely lost till I found this. This is an ultimate guide for Newbies. Cheers!!

  • http://www.inkatechnology.co.uk/twitter-applications.php Twitter Application Developers

    Great article, very helpful. Twitter is much more intimidating than Facebook or MySpace ever was. I guess it’s the simplicity of Twitter that proves to be so confusing.

  • http://www.inkatechnology.co.uk/twitter-applications.php Facebook Applications

    What a great post. It’s so difficult to find articles to send to people just getting started that aren’t all about pumping your follower count and promoting yourself.

  • jOSUA

    Awesome !! Thanks

  • http://chiropractictraffic.com Matt

    Twitter is just so much noise and trending down on good content.

  • Ashleigh

    Great article, very helpful. Twitter is much more intimidating than Facebook or MySpace ever was. I guess it’s the simplicity of Twitter that proves to be so confusing. Thank you for the Awesome and so complete guide on Twitter. I was completely lost till I found this. This is an ultimate guide for Newbies. Cheers!My mind is exploding with information that I can’t even figure out, it’s so good! Thank you? Or am I more lost than before. You are a genius. I am now a speck of dust on the Twitter horizon. Will try to do better… Wow. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen. You basically cover every possible angle of Twitter. It is unfortunate that we have so many people who just start using Twitter without really understanding what they are doing with it. I would recommend they read this blog post first. At the begining i didn’t understand twitter at all, here in belgium it isn’t that possible (facebook rules the www here) But thanks to this article and some other research i did earlier, twitter begins to get my attention now. Nice roundup. I’m relatively new to Twitter so this had some good resources I plan to look into. And yeah, you could probably turn it into an ebook to get subscribers too;-)
    The first time I think so much interesting information about twitter.
    I don’t know how long you take to make it but BRAVO:)
    You can probably make a ebook no I joking… THANKS. Terrific information! Well -organized. I’m not a good techie and am enamored -and a bit addicted -to Twitter and this site is a combo of Twitter 101 and advanced placement.
    We must never forget that our tweets will outlive us. So we must be smart, savvy and thoughtful about anything we write as it will live on. (Hopefully, not in infamy).Awesome !! Thanks

  • http://www.airporthotelsdirect.co.uk Airport Hotels

    Very informatic article on twiitter. It clears all my doubts related to twitter. Thanks.

  • http://sacramentoseoservices.com sacramento seo

    your website design and graphics are the bomb.

  • http://www.chiropracticmarketing.com Chiropractic Marketing

    Nice information on twitter. It’s a great resource for all the folks signing up. Some of the templates are awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/collin248 fish

    They told me twitter was going to be easy!

  • http://www.barua123.spaces.live.com/ Hero Barua

    Last but not the list.
    TWITTER = (T)his (W)onderful (I)nternet (T)hing (T)hat’ll (E)ventually (R)uin your life.

  • johnny

    This is tweediculous!
    How in the heck do you tweet?I’m just gonna start following freaking anyone and being tweetrageous

  • http://www.josweb.co.uk/blog jo

    Thanks for such a comprehensive post, it’s really helping me as I am trying to get more followers and integrate Twitter into my blog. There’s so much to take onboard!
    http://www.twitter.com/jo_phillips

  • http://www.vcaresoftwaredevelopment.com Daniel Jose

    Absolutely awesome information you share with us.

  • http://www.petrunin.com Igor

    It’s really awesome! I have never seen before as usefull posts about twitter as that stuff! Good!

  • http://www.ideaindesign.com Bhargav

    Hey!

    Awesome compilation. Informative too!

    Bhargav

  • http://www.eryamanhaliyikama.biz eryaman hali yikama

    Fantastic resource, thanks for putting this together.

  • http://http//www.telefonkatalogen.biz james eric

    I’ve had a twitter account for years, and it has increased my add capacity by 300%. Great website for wasting your time on.

  • http://garfo.ru CyberMax

    Really great giude for Twitter. Thanks.

  • http://matkavakuutuss.blogspot.com/ matkavakuutus

    very good tutorial, i’m interesting on twitter, but i just the beginner!
    thanks,

  • http://twittercollection.blogspot.com/ Himanshu

    It surely is a very comprehensive guide for every type of twitter user.
    I am just wondering that how so much information can be provided in
    a single article. Awesome

    Would you be please able to add http://twittercollection.blogspot.com/
    It has a collection of regularly updated decent twitter apps.

  • http://www.socialnetworkingwebsitedesigncompany.com Social Networking Web Design

    Excellent how-to for those new to Twitter.

  • http://www.WebDesignDevelopmentServices.com Web Development

    Fantastic resource and with the way Twitter seems to be moving there are going to be a lot of people who need to read this.

  • http://www.phantomtracking.com Motorcycle Alarm System

    This is truly a great resource! But do you still see twitter as being functional or has facebook completely taken over?

  • http://www.ilunla.com seo

    thx for good share.

  • http://www.ne-web.com Ne Web

    Great post! When I saw the title ‘The Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter’, I didn’t really realise how much stuff there would actually be!

    Thanks!

    P.S. There are two broken links in the post – search.twitter.com

  • http://www.blackhatteam.com david sanderson

    I’m still looking for web pages with twitter api tutorials for beginners…

  • http://probablynotnews.info/ Merri Sherr

    Is actually blogengine as good as blogger in a roundabout way? Must be as it’s increasingly popluar as of late.

  • http://disenodepaginas.net luis

    incredible recopilation of twitter material. thanks a million

  • http://anngardening.blogspot.com garde

    great guide, thanks for your sharing.

  • http://www.benstokesmarketing.co.uk Web design Shropshire

    Nice article – and thanks for the help on the peak times, we where actually asked that by one of our clients the other day. We answered correctly but good to see you guys have the same answer :)

  • http://www.mehlan.de Gästehaus Oberstdorf

    This is a great introduction and guide not only for all Twitter Newbies but also people who use Twitter for some time and would like to take advantage of more functions.

  • http://www.soaroptimizer.com Alyssa

    Thanks for huge information, actually don’t know about this, Thanks for a some more useful stuff in my mind, Its really informative article, Thanks

  • http://www.offtheme.com no topic forum

    To be honest, I’ve never liked twitter. I also don’t like Facebook. They both seem to take the “private” out of “private life”.

    • http://www.whoisbid Whoisbid

      I agree with your about Facebook but you can still keep relative general privacy with Twitter. Privacy is becoming like currency. I personally don’t mind paying for privacy.

  • http://www.tweedehands-gigant.nl Tweedehands

    thx for good share.

  • http://vtbfree.co.cc Greg

    I try many twitter programs to promote my twitter but fee day ago i find, i think great system

  • http://www.a-closer-look.com Imogene

    Suppose I want to reach out to people who are in my industry to tell them about a service we have? That’s why I stopped using blogspot because it doesn’t seem to allow you to search by subject. Also, how do I broadcast our service to people outside my followers? Finally, I’m not sure I understand the concept of retweeting. Is that like link or backlinks? Thanks!

  • http://www.a-closer-look.com Imogene

    I guess I was astonished by the news that 50 Cent (the rapper) broadcast a “stock tip” and his bazillion followers actually invested (course, there may be some investigation). I’d like to do that (well, not the possibly illegally passing on stock tips). It’d be nice reach out to more people with our message but I know I’m totally not taking advantage of Twitter. I think I’ve got Facebook down though.

  • http://www.iscipersonel.com iş başvurusu

    a good list, but i think you dont need for using twitter. it is simple. but if you have a company or something like that, you must use that post. thanks

  • Ford Prefect

    Not bad list, but there are a couple of things about Twitter that I haven’t yet found an answer – even on Twitter!