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    A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

    This post originally published on April 8, 2014. We’ve updated it here with new info, screenshots, and audio.

    Have you ever found yourself explaining hashtags to someone whose only connection with the word is as a telephone button?

    Internet language has evolved considerably over the past few years as social media has taken off. Hashtags are a huge part of this evolution. What once was a telephone button is now a social media phenomenon.  No wonder people are curious.

    When they ask, I tell them that hashtags are a pound sign immediately followed by a keyword. They’re used for categorization on social media. Yes, they can be annoying if overused. And yes, I’ve seen the hashtag video of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

    Hashtags also have the potential to be truly valuable. The stats and info below make a pretty clear case that we should be understanding, using, and appreciating hashtags.

    Scientific Guide to Hashtags

    How to Use Hashtags

    Research says you should be using hashtags

    If you’re looking for a completely cut-and-dry ruling on the topic of hashtags, then here it is: You should be using hashtags.

    The proliferation of hashtags is truly incredible. What began on Twitter has now spread to Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Google search, and almost everywhere in between. (LinkedIn experimented with hashtags for awhile before giving up.)

    The widespread acceptance of hashtags should give you plenty of reason to consider using them. I also really enjoy the case laid out by Steve Cooper, writing for Forbes.com:

    As ridiculous as hashtags might seem to marketing veterans who remember a time before Twitter and Facebook, the younger generation and potential customers/clients don’t. To them, using hashtags is as natural and common as typing their query into the search box.

    Not only could people be typing in your hashtag on a Google search, but they could very well be doing it in Twitter, too. In this sense, a hashtag will make your content viewable by anyone with an interest in your hashtag, regardless of whether they’re part of your clan or not.

    A hashtag immediately expands the reach of your tweet beyond just those who follow you, to reach anyone interested in that hashtag phrase or keyword.

    But how do you find the right hashtags for your content and make sure you’ve got them in the right number, on the right social network? Let’s break it down.

    Hashtags on Twitter

    Tweets with hashtags get two times more engagement than tweets without.

    This data, courtesy of Buddy Media, is one of the most-cited examples of the effectiveness of hashtags, and for good reason: doubling your online engagement is a big deal! Imagine going from four retweets to eight or 10 retweets to 20. And all it takes is a simple # or two?

    Apparently so. Although, you’ll want to keep it to no more than two.

    Buddy Media’s research also showed that the volume of hashtags bears monitoring: one or two hashtags appear to be the max. When you use more than two hashtags, your engagement actually drops by an average of 17 percent.

    Twitter hashtag stats

    Twitter’s own research into hashtags confirms that there is significant advantage to using them. Individuals can see a 100 percent increase in engagement by using hashtags (the same bump as seen in the Buddy Media study). Brands can see a 50 percent increase.

    Engagement, as measured in these studies, can include clicks, retweets, favorites, and replies, yet if it’s only retweets your after, hashtags still would be a smart bet.

    Tweets with one or more hashtag are 55 percent more likely to be retweeted.

    Dan Zarella discovered this effect in a study on retweeting behavior that included more than 1.2 million tweets. The large scope of the study made for a 99.9 percent confidence interval with the results.

    Hashtags and retweets

    The one caveat to hashtags on Twitter might come for those brands looking to gain clicks on Twitter ads. In the case of advertisements, Twitter found that tweets without a # or @-mention generate 23 percent more clicks.

    The reason? Hashtags and @-mentions give people more places to click inside a tweet instead of focusing solely on a call-to-action.

    Hashtags on Instagram

    Hashtags on Instagram

    Instagram is another hotspot for hashtags, and the good news for those who love to extensively tag photos is that there doesn’t seem to be a saturation point.

    Interactions are highest on Instagram posts with 11+ hashtags.

    A rule of thumb could be: Don’t sweat your amount of Instagram hashtags.

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    The best part about this recommendation is that the data comes from a set of users with 1,000 or fewer followers—a group that likely includes small businesses and those just diving in to Instagram. In other words, hashtags could be your best bet for growing a fast following on Instagram.

    Hashtags on Facebook

    So yes, Twitter and Instagram are clear winners for hashtags. But what about Facebook? Here’s where the recommendation gets a little trickier.

    Facebook posts without a hashtag fare better than those with a hashtag.

    Hashtags have only been around on Facebook since June 2013, and three months later, research from EdgeRank Checker found that using hashtags on Facebook has zero positive effect on reach. Posts without hashtags outperform those with hashtags.

    Facebook hashtag study

    A lot could have changed since September, when this data was first released. Should you abandon hashtags on Facebook solely due to this research? It’s probably best to test. There’s still a lot of analysis left to be done. For instance, Social Bakers studied posts in February of this year and found that using hashtags might not be the main worry, but rather using too many hashtags (just like the advice on Twitter).

    Too many hashtags

    Hashtags on Google+

    On Google+, your posts are given hashtags automatically based on their content, but you can also edit them or add your own. Also unique about Google+: You can add hashtags in your comments as well as your post – double the opportunities to be found.

    And since Google+ is Google’s social network, hashtags are now built right into Google searches. If you type in a hashtag search, you’ll get the normal search results plus a sidebar of relevant Google+ posts. Hashtags have truly arrived!

    Hashtag search Google

    Google+’s “related hashtags” also offer smart marketers a brainstorming opportunity to discover new content ideas and gauge interest level in specific topics.

    Tools to find and manage your hashtags

    Using the right tools, you can use hashtags as an organization system for your social media campaigns. With everything collected under one hashtag banner, you can see at-a-glance the reach of your campaign and the discussions happening around the topic.

    1. Hashtagify.me

    One of the most complete hashtag tools you will find, Hashtagify.me has reams of data you can use to analyze hashtags. The most helpful could very well be the first data you’re shown: related hashtags and their popularity. When you type in a hashtag, the service will show you other hashtags to consider and will display visually how popular each hashtag is and how closely it correlates to the original.

    2. RiteTag

    RiteTag helps ensure that the tags you use are well-chosen by showing you how good, great, or overused a particular hashtag is. The visual organization of hashtags into colored bars works great for quick analysis at-a-glance.

    3. Tagboard

    With Tagboard, you can see how your hashtag is used across multiple networks. The results pages on Tagboard show hashtagged posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Vine, and App.net

    4. Twitalyzer

    Though not an explicitly hashtag tool, Twitalyzer does show hashtags as part of its audit of Twitter accounts. Input the username of someone you want to investigate, and Twitalyzer can tell you what hashtags he or she uses most often. This can be really helpful in finding out how your niche’s influencers tweet.

    5. Trendsmap

    Local businesses might find value in Trendsmap, which shows you relevant hashtags that are being used in your geographic area. (#wrestlemania is a popular one where I am in Idaho.)

    4 steps to find the right hashtag to use

    Using the tools above, you can hone in on a few ideal hashtags to start with, and like most things online, test and iterate from there.

    1. Learn from the best: What hashtags are influencers using?

    Twitalyzer can give you a good foundation of where to begin for your hashtag search by showing you how influencers are using hashtags. Grab a handful of usernames of people and brands in your industry whom you admire, and input the accounts into Twitalyzer. At the bottom of the results page, you’ll see a section for their most commonly-used hashtags. Add the relevant ones to your list of potential hashtags.

    Let’s say I wanted to find some hashtags to use in promoting social media marketing content. I might start with a list of names like Jeff Bullas, Jay Baer, Mari Smith, and Ann Handley. Here is what the hashtag results on Twitalyzer look like for Jeff Bullas:

     Twitalyzer results

    Info like this would lead me to start a short list of hashtags like:

    • #socialmedia
    • #SMM
    • #twitter
    • #contentmarketing
    • #social
    • #content
    • #marketing

    2. Cover all your bases: Are there related hashtags you should be considering?

    Armed with an idea list of hashtags, you can then hop into Hashtagify.me to see which related hashtags might also be worth pursuing. While you’re doing this exercise, take note of the circle size on your results: The larger the circle, the more popular the hashtag.

    Again, following our social media marketing example, here is what the results page would look like for a search of #socialmedia:

    Hashtagify.me results

    Not every hashtag listed here will be relevant to you, but it does help to see some that you might not have previously considered. In the case of our example, I might add #business, #infographic, and hashtags of specific network names like #twitter and #facebook.

    3. Identify the all-stars: Which hashtags are the best to use?

    Popularity and volume can be good indicators of the value of your hashtag, but you may wish to go one step further. Hashtagify.me has advanced, premium tools that let you go deeper into statistics on individual hashtags. In a pinch, you can also get some solid data from RiteTag and their visual expression of how much each tag can boost your post’s reach. 

    Among posts that contain the word “marketing,” RiteTag shows these tags as the most likely to be great, good, or overused. (There’s that #wrestlemania tag again!)

    RiteTag results

    4. Double check: Could your chosen hashtags mean something else entirely?

    One last check before you finalize your list of hashtags should be whether or not the hashtag you’ve chosen is being used elsewhere in an entirely different context.

    The worst thing that can happen when using a hashtag is to realize after it’s tweeted that the same hashtag is used for an entirely different topic.

    Jawbone tried a #knowyourself campaign on Instagram, only to find that the hashtag was already being used generically by thousands of users in all sorts of different contexts. This didn’t necessarily ruin Jawbone’s campaign, but it may have made life a little more difficult for the marketing team. 


    Hopefully you’ve learned the value of hashtags here and a few neat ideas on how to find some to use in your social sharing. If you’re looking for a simple rule of thumb for hashtagging posts, I think there’s a lot of truth here in this advice from The Next Web:

    Rule of thumb: 1 – 3 tags is best over all platforms.

    • Twitter: to categorize
    • Pinterest: to brand, and be specific (tags are only clickable in pin descriptions)
    • Instagram: to build community, and be unique/detailed
    • Google+: to categorize; autogenerates tags based on what it thinks your post is most relevant to
    • Tumblr: to categorize interests, can be specific and general (has a “track your tags” feature)
    • Facebook: sort of a hashtag fail – if your audience is very business-minded, follow Twitter rules; if it is community-oriented, follow Pinterest/Instagram rules

    What hashtags do you routinely use on social media? I’d love to hear how you’ve put hashtags to work in your social media strategy.

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    The Big List of Twitter Tools: 91 Free Twitter Tools and Apps to Fit Any Need

    Monday, July 6th, 2015

    This post originally published on August 11, 2014. We’ve updated it here with the latest, newest tools and screenshots.

    For those familiar with the original post, we’ve added these new tools: BrookWarbleTwitterificTwurlyFiltaHashKlearTwitter account homeSocial BearingStats for TwitterPabloSpruceTwitshotShare As ImageTagboardListen to TwitterSquallThunderclapPeriscopeMeerkatTwitter FeedTwitterfavClick to TweetBedazzlePullquote.

    Twitter is a fascinating adventure of relationships, entertainment, education, and fun. Now imagine layering on a few dozen power-ups.

    That’s how it feels sometimes when you find just the right Twitter tool. And there’s a tool for practically every desire or whim.

    Tools for productivity, for efficiency, for research, and so much more. With such a generous API, Twitter tools have become legion—and we social sharers are better off for it.

    At Buffer, we tend to come across a fair share of social media tools. We’ve collected a great bunch to share with you! Here are all the tools we’ve found helpful and many more that we’re excited to try. If there’s a free Twitter tool out there, you’re likely to find a mention here in our list. 

    (If I missed any good free Twitter tools, let me know in the comments!)

    free twitter tools

    The big list of 91 free Twitter tools for marketers

    Navigate this list fast

    Looking for something in particular? Try clicking one of these categories:

    Analytics | Chats | Discovery | Follow/Unfollow | Hashtags | ImagesMentions & Monitoring | Scheduling | Timing | Trending Topics | Twitter Clients | Other

    Twitter Tools for Analytics

    Daily 140

    1. Daily 140: Recent follows and favorites of 3 tweeps of your choosing

    Find three folks on Twitter, and Daily 140 emails you once-a-day with all the new people they’ve followed and tweets they’ve favorited.

    2. My Top Tweet: Your Top 10 list of tweets

    Find anyone’s Top 10 tweets, ordered by engagement.

    3. SocialBro: Analytics, optimization, and more

    A nearly all-in-one platform for all things Twitter. The free plan comes with analytics, best time to tweet, follow/unfollow tools, and community segmentation.

    4. Riffle: Data visualizations for any Twitter user

    This browser plugin reveals vast insights into any Twitter user you choose. Discover statistics, popular hashtags, most shared links, connected profiles, and much more.

    5. Twitonomy: Detailed analytics on users and tweets

    A dashboard of analytics for whichever Twitter user you choose (even yours). Analyzes profiles, tweets, engagement, and more.

    6. Klout: Twitter scores

    Track your influencer score (on a scale of 1-100) and use the Klout dashboard to create and schedule new tweets.

    7. SumAll: Email reports for Twitter stats

    Sync your Twitter to SumAll, and start seeing daily or weekly emails on how your followers are growing, your mentions, and your engagement.

    8. SocialRank: Follower analysis to find your most awesome fans

    Receive a sorted list of your best followers, most influential followers, and most engaged followers. Useful to track the important people to engage with on Twitter.

    9. Klear: Social media analytics & a Twitter resume

    Plug in your Twitter account to see a snapshot of who you follow, which demographics you fit, who’s in your close network, and more.

    10. Bluenod: Community visualization

    Type in a user or hashtag and see a detailed map or visualization about the community around the user or the people using the hashtag.

    11. Twitter account home: The official overview of your Twitter profile

    Head to analytics.twitter.com for a detailed overview of all your activity in the past 28 days, including your top tweets, top mentions, and top followers.

    12. Social Bearing: Powerful search for tweets and profiles

    Search Twitter keywords, locations, usernames, interests, or followers, then use your new-found knowledge to analyze your fellow tweeps or find new ones to follow.

    13. Stats for Twitter: Beautiful iOS app to analyze yours and others’s Twitter accounts

    See a visual breakdown of all sorts of Twitter stats: Followers analyzed by activity and popularity, competitors shown side-by-side with your account, etc.


    Twitter Tools for Chats


    14. Beatstrap: Team liveblogging

    Cover live news, sports, and events through Twitter, via hashtags, and collaborate with your team on the coverage. Completed “Beats” come with an embed code.

    15. TweetChat: Twitter chat management

    Log in to follow a specific hashtag, hang out in a room that collects the hashtagged tweets for you, and reply as you like (with the hashtag added automatically to your tweet).

    16. Chat Salad: A calendar of Twitter chats

    See upcoming Twitter chats and when they’re scheduled, as well as the hashtags they use (so you can follow along).

    17. Twubs: Twitter chat homepages

    Register a hashtag for your chat and collect/view the tweets from one location.

    18. Nurph: Chat planning and organizing

    Nurph channels let you plan and organize your chat, complete with follow-up stats and replays.

    19. TwChat: Real-time chat rooms for Twitter chats

    Submit your hashtag. Enter your chat room. Have fun!


    Twitter Tools for Discovering Fresh Content and Fun Users


    20. Nuzzel: Discover what your friends are reading

    As described by Twitter’s Joanna Geary, “find out what’s trending among the people the people you follow follow.” Make sense? Translation: Content discovery from friends and friend of friends.

    21. BuzzSumo: Find influencers, topic-by-topic

    Type in a keyword to see which voices get the most shares on Twitter. Find influencers, sniff out headline ideas, and learn what works on Twitter and who’s working it.

    22. Swayy: What your followers are interested in

    See the content that your followers recommend plus the topics they most enjoy. View it all via the dashboard or from a daily email digest.

    23. Twipho: Searchable Twitter feed of photos

    Search by keyword or by location to find photos shared on Twitter.

    24. Topsy: A search engine for social

    The most recent and most relevant tweets (and other social updates) based on a keyword search. Also shows keyword volume, sentiment score, and other analytics.

    25. Digg Deeper: The best stories from your friends

    An algorithmic display of the top articles and links that your Twitter followees have shared. Pair with News.me: a daily email newsletter of what your friends share on Twitter.

    26. The Latest: A museum for the day’s best Twitter links

    A real-time, constantly updated list of the most interesting links on Twitter, culled from the accounts of interesting people

    27. Twurly: Daily email of top Twitter links

    An easy way to stay on top of the best links in your timeline. Twurly analyzes the popularity and page authority of the links so you only see the best.

    28. Filta: Bio search all your followers

    Curious which of your followers are into football? Use Filta to search the bios of all your followers for any keyword you want.

    29. Hash: Top stories on Twitter

    A visual look at the leading stories and hashtags on Twitter. Available on the web and as an iOS app.

    30. Brook: Customized Twitter digests of top tweets from top tweeps

    Receive a daily email of the five best tweets from the Twitter users you choose.


    Twitter Tools for Following & Unfollowing


    31. Crowdfire: Powerful follower management

    Prune your list of those you follow by seeing who follows you back, who’s recently unfollowed you, and who’s inactive, plus build a whitelist of accounts you’d always like to follow no matter what.

    32. ManageFlitter: Follow/unfollow in bulk

    Segment your followers according to a number of factors: last tweet, follower count, location, language and whether or not they follow you back.

    33. Tweepi: Tidy up who you follow

    Cleanup inactive follows, flush those who don’t follow back, and reciprocate someone else’s follow—all done in bulk and with a few clicks of a checkbox.

    34. Unfollowers: In-depth follow/unfollow

    Get a complete breakdown of those you follow, and unfollow with ease.

    35. DoesFollow: See who follows whom

    Does A follow B? Does Bill Gates follow Skrillex? Does Guy Kawasaki follow Jay Baer?

    36. Commun.it: Complete follower management dashboard

    See all the information on all your followers – top tweets, influence, and more.

    37. T.U.N.S.: Twitter Unfollow Notification Service

    Receive an email every time someone unfollows you.

    38. Twindr: Tindr for unfollowing people (iOS)

    Swipe left to unfollow, swipe right to keep following.

    39. Toolset.co: Twitter toolset for finding people to follow or unfollow

    Simple tools to grow your followers. Copy the follow list of another user, find users to follow based on keyword or device.

    40. Linkreaser: Grow your following by finding accounts based on keyword

    Share a keyword, and Linkreaser will find tweets and influencers you might like to see and follow.

    41. FollowFly: What else are Twitter users sharing?

    Search Twitter users, find their best content on Twitter and beyond – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Reddit AMAs are currently supported.


    Twitter Tools for Hashtags

    Rite Tag

    42. Rite tag: Hashtag recommender

    Plug in a hashtag and see feedback on the tag’s reach and popularity as well as suggestions for some alternatives to try. Complete with pretty colors to see at-a-glance which hashtags are best.

    43. Hashtagify.me: Complete analytics into any hashtag

    Enter a hashtag to discover related tags, recent conversations, usage patterns, and influencers.

    44. Seen: Hashtag-based curation

    Collect the media that was shared with a certain hashtag, then rank the results. Share your curation with friends and followers.

    45. Tagboard: Mood boards for hashtags

    Enter in a hashtag and Tagboard will pull all the most recent and relevant content into a highly useful board of tweets and visuals.


    Twitter Tools for Images

    Pablo screenshot

    46. Pablo: Create beautiful social media images in 30 seconds

    A tool we build here at Buffer, Pablo lets you quickly share a quote or build an image with beautiful backgrounds from UnSplash and the best, catchiest fonts. Customize with your logo, too.

    47. Spruce: Text over image

    Create an attention-getting image with Spruce’s simple and quick image-making app.

    48. Twitshot: See & share the images from any web page

    Give Twitshot a URL, and it will pull in all the images associated with that page, giving you an easy option to see what to share.

    49. Share As Image: Highlight text, create image

    Highlight text from whatever page you’re on and click the Share As Image bookmarklet to toss that text directly into an eye-catching image.


    Twitter Tools for Mentions & Monitoring


    50. Warble: Alerts every time your blog posts are shared

    Get an email whenever someone shares from your website—even if they don’t mention your username or if they use a link shortener. Warble also does full keyword, mention, and hashtag tracking.

    51. Keyhole: LIke Google Alerts for Twitter

    Ask Keyhole to notify you whenever a particular keyword, hashtag, or URL is mentioned. Helpful to track mentions of your own name or your company’s blog or campaign.

    52. The One Million Tweetmap: Geolocated, real-time tweet monitoring

    Track and follow keywords as they’re tweeted in real-time and at real places. Zoom in to a geotargeted area for super fine results.

    53. Twilert: Real-time email alerts for keywords

    Track keywords on Twitter and receive an email notification every time they’re mentioned. Great for keeping an eye on company names, new products, and branded hashtags.

    54. Mention: Monitor your mentions

    A listening tool for keeping up with all your mentions on Twitter. Tracks, analyzes, and displays any number of keywords via the Mention dashboard or via email digests.

    55. MentionMapp: The web of you and those you mention

    Get a visualization map of you and all the people you mention (and they people they mention).

    56. Twazzup: Real-time keyword monitoring

    Search and track any keyword, username, or hashtag. See a results page full of relevant tweets, user accounts, and influencers.


    Twitter Tools for Scheduling Tweets


    57. Buffer: Schedule your tweets (plus a whole lot more)

    Simple social media management. Fill a queue of tweets, analyze their performance, and find new, hand-picked stories to share.

    We also take a lot of inspiration from the great work of Hootsuite and Sprout Social, which offer an amazing list of management tools.

    58. Tweet4me: Scheduled tweets via DM

    Send a direct message to the Tweet4me account, use shorthand and prefixes to denote when to share, and let Tweet4me schedule and send the tweet for you.


    Twitter Tools for Timing

    Followerwonk screenshot 2

    59. Followerwonk: Search Twitter bios and analyze your followers

    Every analysis imaginable for your Twitter feed, your profile, your followers, and your competitors.

    60. Tweriod: Find the best times to tweet

    Tweriod analyzes the tweets you send and your followers’s tweets to find the optimal time for engagement.


    Twitter Tools for Trending Topics


    61. Trends24: Detailed breakdowns of trending terms

    See trending terms from the last—you guessed it—24 hours, broken out hour-by-hour and country-by-country. Enlightening for social media campaigns and geographic/timing research.

    62. Trendsmap: Monitoring for local Twitter trends

    A zoomable map that shows popular hashtags and terms from anywhere in the world with easy-click buttons to hone in on My City, My Region, and more.

    63. iTrended: Did it trend?

    Search the past 15 days to find whether certain keywords trended or not.


    Top Twitter Clients


    64. Tweetdeck: The king of Twitter clients

    Via the app or the web, stay on top of your Twitter stream with Tweetdeck’s organization and tracking tools. Split your stream into segmented columns to stay engaged with what’s important.

    65. YoruFukurou – Twitter client

    A native Twitter client for Mac OS X. Dashboard views of incoming tweets, lists, and searches, split across multiple tabs. Comes highly recommended from Kottke.org.

    66. Happy Friends: Mailbox-type reader

    Pick the friends you want to hear from. Never miss their tweets. View all their activity via an inbox-style layout with nested updates.

    67. Twitterific: Twitter client for iOS

    Powerful Twitter client for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, with cool features like color-coded timelines and muffled keywords or hashtags.


    Miscellaneous Twitter Tools

    Like Explorer

    68. Like Explorer: See shares per article

    Type in a URL. See the share numbers. Simple.

    69. Twitter Feed – Serve your feed automatically to Twitter (and others)

    Post a new article on your site. Send a tweet automatically.

    70. TW Birthday: Dig up the date someone joined Twitter (even if they won’t say)

    For those who omit the “date joined” on their profile, there’s still a way to discover it. See how long your new favorite follow has been tweeting or when a new profile officially landed.

    71. Bio is Changed: be alerted when someone changes their Twitter bio (good for job moves)

    Rather self-descriptive, this tool updates you when someone changes their Twitter bio. Useful if you’d like to track job moves and major news or even to learn from how people craft unique Twitter bios.

    72. and 73. IFTTT & Zapier: Automate your tweeting

    Connect multiple apps in unique ways to your Twitter account. For example, post your Instagram pictures as native Twitter photos.

    74. Be Present: Track how fast you respond on Twitter

    Real-time reports on your response time, response rate, and performance based on industry benchmarks. Also, really pretty to look at.


    75. SavePublishing: Tweetable snippets on any website

    Install the bookmarklet, and you can reveal any tweetable sentences (140 characters or fewer) from any article.

    76. GroupTweet: Collaborate with teammates on one account

    Let your teammates and coworkers share to the same account automatically with zero password-sharing. GroupTweet can even append usernames on to the end of individual tweets.

    77. Storify: Beautiful Twitter storytelling

    Grab any number of tweets and media elements, and place them all into a Storify collection that you can embed and share anywhere.

    78. Tweet Topic Explorer: A word cloud per user

    Discover the most-used words of any user you choose (even you).

    79. Listen to Twitter: Listen to the sentiment of tweets

    Type in a keyword and hear an audio track based on the sentiment of the tweets with that keyword.

    80. Squall: Write more than 140 characters

    Write however long you want, and Squall takes your text and turns it into an image to share with your tweet.

    81. Thunderclap: Automated advocacy

    Start a new campaign on Thunderclap, and if you get enough supporters to signup, Thunderclap will send your message out automatically through all your supporters’s Twitter accounts.

    82. Periscope & Meerkat: Livestreaming

    Live stream video of whatever you’re up to.

    83. Twitterfav: Automatic favorites and RTs

    Preselect tweets to be favorites or RT’ed based on rules you create.

    84. Click to Tweet: Get people tweeting your content

    Add a highlighted snippet of easily-tweetable text to your website or blog post.

    85. Bedazzle: Rich text editor for Twitter, using unicode

    Tons of options to make what looks like fancy fonts and styles in your tweet text (it’s really just unicode characters). Looks great on Macs, and perhaps not so much on Windows PCs.

    86. Pullquote: Grab quotes of text from any web page and share easily

    Available as Chrome extension, iOS app, and bookmarklet.

    87. Who Tweeted It First: Find a story’s origin

    Enter a keyword to see which person was the first to tweet it.

    88. Little Pork Chop: Tweet storm

    Write more than 140 characters, and Little Pork Chop chops your text into Twitter-sized snippets, posting them all one after the other.

    89. Hubbble: Favorite reminder system

    Favorite as many things as you’d like, and Hubbble will email you later to remind you to follow up on your faves.

    90. Nudge: Reminders to engage on Twitter

    Select tweets that you can boomerang back for followup later on.

    91. SocialHunt: Track all activity for up to 5 tweeps

    Receive an email every time someone shares to Twitter. Set the frequency from “now” to “daily.”

    Additional resources:

    What are your go-to Twitter tools?

    Which tools are must-haves for you with your Twitter experience?

    Which Twitter tools have you already used today?

    My mornings always start with a read of News.me (the email version of Digg Deeper) and a dip into Buffer to check some stats. I spend most of my Twitter time replying to others directly from the native web app. In the evenings, I’ll grab some content suggestions from Buffer, Swayy, BuzzSumo, and a couple others and fill the Twitter queue for the next day.

    I’d love to hear about your favorite Twitter tools in the comments!

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