The first part of this series was focused on Twitter desktop apps and Twitter clients for the actual day to day tweeting, status updates and carrying on conversations. This next part of the series will be focused on specific tools to achieve various “admin” functions on Twitter.
Personally, I wish I could be on Twitter more than I am. I love having chats and discussions with friends and new faces. As it stands I’m on Twitter at least an hour a day during the week. I do go entirely offline on the weekends. You may read this and think, “Wow, an hour is a lot.” It is and it isn’t. Time is relative. Because I only have approximately an hour every day and I work best if I can “group” tasks I’m OK with partial automation.
Keep in mind that the tools presented may or may not be congruent with your beliefs or what you’ve been told by other people. My intent is to inform you of some of tools available and provide a brief overview of how I use them for myself and / or my clients. What’s right for me, may not be right for you. Make your own call.
The first tool I am going to review in this series is TweetAdder.
TweetAdder (affiliate link), if used properly, is a useful program to help you automate some of the “admin” aspects.
TweetAdder features I use sparingly:
- Follow back new users who follow me (I can always unfollow them later if I find them spammy or annoying)
- Follow new people (I have a “special” way of doing this that reduces some of the spam and bots but that is content for an entirely different post). Tweetadder actually focuses the majority of the features of the program on finding and following new people – there are endless options in the dashboard.
- Unfollow those who do not follow you back.
- Tweets – I don’t use this feature for myself but I do for some of my clients. Those who use quotes or other content they like to “recycle” on a regular basis.
- Tweets sent from TweetAdder show as “web”, which is a bonus. I’m not really a fan of seeing “API” because it’s obvious the tweet is programmed.
Features I don’t use and would personally advise someone NOT to use:
- Auto-DM (they are awful and most people despise them)
- RT other users (although there is some leeway for customization of this feature it’s wonky)
- Keyword searches and then an auto-response (can we say spam?)
- RSS feeds (sending out content automatically from an RSS feed). There are better options out there that I’ll do a post on at a later time.
- Thank you messages (aren’t those best if personalized?)
Serious disadvantages of TweetAdder:
- Good luck getting help from the support team when you need it. They are pretty lousy at responding.
- It is not web-based which means it must be running locally on your machine at all times. This may not be good for those who travel a lot or otherwise have their machine turned off.
- It uses a fair amount of RAM when running processes. OK if you only have one or two accounts. If you have numerous accounts loaded then you will likely experience some lag time using your computer for other tasks.
Overall it is a good program particularly for follower management. Do I think it is the best thing since sliced bread? No. But it has a number of features I need for my clients that make it worth the investment and I have an extra computer so it’s not hogging up resources on my laptop.
The cost is $55.00 for one profile (Twitter account) . If you have a number of accounts you want to manage then I’d suggest upgrading to the 5 profile package or the unlimited, which I have. I did a quick peek at their landing page (affiliate link) and it wasn’t readily apparent if they have a trial period.
Check it out and decide for yourself. Do you use it already? What do you think and what features do you like best?
Stay tuned: the next post is going to be a quick round-up to some of the guest posts I’ve written for other sites with various tools. And there will be many more tools featured in upcoming weeks.