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99 Essential Twitter Tools And Applications


If you haven’t heard of Twitter1 by now, you must be living under a rock! It is everywhere, and everyone is using it. To say that the rise of Twitter has been explosive would be an understatement. As a result of this growth, the number of Twitter apps and tools available has become extensive. So, in this post we have filtered them down to a respectable 99.

Below, we present 99 Essential Twitter Tools and Applications, split into the following categories: Tools and Productivity Apps, Statistics and Analytics, Find New Twitter Friends Apps, Search Twitter Apps, Web-Based Mobile Apps, WordPress Twitter Plug-Ins, Adobe Air Twitter Apps and Firefox Twitter Extensions.

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Tools and Productivity Apps Link

Twittercal is a service that connects your Twitter account to your Google Calendar and lets you add events easily, directly from your Twitter account.

Twitter Web App7

TwitPay is a simple way to send payments via Twitter.

Twitter Web App9

Find, follow and interact with businesses, apps and services on Twitter.

Twitter Web App11

Users can post to their Twitter account by sending a message to their own unique email address.

Twitter Web App13

Promote your business, special offers, promotions and events with Twitzu.

Twitter Web App15

Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets and schedule their release.

Twitter Web App17

This app allows you to post Tweets at a later time and date.

Twitter Web App19

Send private Twitter messages to specific groups of friends.

Twitter Web App21

Twitter Alerts22
Keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company and anything else, via hourly email updates.

Twitter Web App23

TwitPic lets you share photos on Twitter. You can post pictures to TwitPic from your phone, the TwitPic home page or your Twitter account.

Twitter Web App25

Your Twitter Karma26
Twitter needs a decent page for your followers, with the functionality to sort them by type. This Web app does that.

Twitter Web App27

Mr. Tweet28
A personal networking assistant for Twitter, helping you identify relevant followers, recommending you to other users and regularly computing your Twitter usage statistics.

Twitter Web App29

Remember The Milk30
Remember The Milk keeps track of your tasks. Simply add Remember The Milk as your friend, and you can add and interact with your tasks through direct messages and get reminders, too.

Twitter Web App31

StrawPoll is the coolest way to follow the opinions of people on Twitter. With this app, you can create your own poll.

Twitter Web App33

If Twitter goes down and you start to feel withdrawal symptoms, use this service to continue using it. Twiddict makes sure all your tweets end up going to the proper place.

Twitter Web App35

Twitter Friends Network Browser36
Browse through your Twitter friends, your friends’ friends, your friends’ friends’ friends…

Twitter Web App37

Post your RSS feed to Twitter automatically.

Twitter Web App39

Twitturly is a service for tracking what URLs people are talking about, as they talk about them, on Twitter.

Twitter Web App41

The Twitter Dictionary, aka Twittonary, provides explanations of various Twitter-related words.

Twitter Web App43

Enhance your social media marketing by offering discount coupons to the Twitter-sphere!

Twitter Web App45

twenglish 46
Twitter translator: Simply type in your tweet, and twenglish will twanslate your tweet for you.

Twitter Web App47

Send a greeting card, a surprise message or an invitation on Twitter.

Twitter Web App49

Tweet What You Spend50
Cash-tracking made simple with Twitter.

Twitter Web App51

Twittertise allows you to advertise on Twitter and track the success of your branded communications with customers.

Twitter Web App53

With TwitWall, you can embed your favorite videos and widgets and upload your photos, MP3 music, podcasts, you name it.

Twitter Web App55

Unfollow Tweeps who have not posted tweets recently.

Select a random Twitter follower, friend or retweeter.

If you become overwhelmed by a Twitter user’s constant tweets, you can keep them quiet with a single click of a button.

Twitterless tells you who stops following you and graphs your follower history over time, displaying the info in a variety of useful views.

With Twonvert, you can easily convert your tweets into SMS shorthand language and say more with less characters.

Create a sticky note for your tweets.

Translate from English to text message shorthand and vice versa.

Twitter Statistics and Analytics Link

This website is constantly being updated to allow you to find the most popular Twitter users. Want to be on the list? Twitter constantly.

Twitter Web App64

An app that tracks your number of tweets per hour and per month. It basically creates a graph based on your tweets.

Twitter Web App66

Twitter Grader67
Twitter Grader measures the power of your Twitter profile. How high do you rank?

Twitter Web App68

Similar to Twitter Grader, twInfluence lets you calculate the indirect influence of you and your followers on Twitter.

Twitter Web App70

A thorough analytical Web app.

Twitter Web App72

Enter keywords or a phrase and see how often it appears on Twitter.

Twitter Web App74

See trends on Twitter; find out what’s hot and what people are saying about it.

Twitter Web App76

TweetRush provides estimated statistics on Twitter usage over a period of time.

Twitter Web App78

Just how much time do you spend on Twitter? Are you wasting time?

Twitter Web App80

Find New Twitter Friends Apps Link

TwitterTroll.com81 is a real-time Twitter search engine to find new friends.

Twitter Web App82

Just Tweet It83
Just Tweet It makes it easier for tweeters to find other tweeters with similar interests.

Twitter Web App84

Friend or Follow85
Who are you following who is not following you back?

Twitter Web App86

Qwitter: Catching Twitter quitters87
Qwitter emails you when someone stops following you on Twitter.

Twitter Web App88

Twubble is a Twitter extension that helps you find more friends.

Twitter Web App90

Twitter Follower-Friend Ratio91
Your Twitter ratio is the ratio of your followers to friends (i.e. people you follow). It is measured with the TFF ratio (Twitter follower to friend ratio). The higher the ratio, the more Twitter heat you pack.

Nearby Tweets92
Who is tweeting close to you? This app helps you connect with them.

Search Twitter Apps Link

WhosTalkin is a tool that allows users to search for conversations on the topics they care about most.

Twitter Web App94

Twitter Search95
Search Twitter is an excellent search engine that allows you to find out what’s happening in the world beyond your personal timeline.

Twitter Web App96

Flaptor Twitter Search97
Comprehensive Twitter search.

Twitter Web App98

Input a Twitter username or keywords in the Twitscoop search box to track a conversation, topic or conference.

Twitter Web App100

With Twellow, you can search for someone on Twitter or browse through various tweet categories.

Twitter Web App102

twitSeeker is an alternate search engine for finding Twitter users and browsing the results in one interface.

Twitter Web App104

Twitter Web-Based Mobile Apps Link

Hahlo is an excellent and fully featured Twitter client for your iPhone and iPod Touch.

Twitter Web App106

Send messages to Twitter using your voice.

Twitter Web App108

PocketTweets is a Web-based Twitter client for the Apple iPhone.

Twitter Web App110

TinyTwitter works on any Java-enabled device and any Windows Mobile Pocket PC or smartphone.

Twitter Web App112

TwitterBerry is a mobile client for posting updates to Twitter from your BlackBerry.

Twitter Web App114

Share pictures and status updates from your mobile.

Twitter Web App116

Slandr delivers an enhanced mobile website for Twitter.

Twitter2Go provides a quick and simple way to update your Twitter status.

Discover, connect with and send messages to people nearby. Upload photos and update your Twitter account.

Twittelator is an all-around great new application for your iPhone.

TwitterFon is a simple, clean, easy to use and super-fast Twitter client for your iPhone and iPod Touch.

iTweet 2122
iTweet 2 has built-in auto-refresh, search and hash tags. You can view user bios and locations and also view conversations with the “in reply to” links.

GPS Twit123
Run GPS Twit on your phone to make it easy for your friends to find you.

An open-source Twitter client for your iPhone.

WordPress Twitter Plug-Ins Link

Twitter for WordPress125
Twitter for WordPress displays yours latest tweets in your WordPress blog.

Twitter Tools126
This plug-in integrates your WordPress blog and Twitter account. Pull your tweets into your blog, and create new tweets from blog posts from within WordPress.

Twitpress is a WordPress plug-in that submits a user-definable tweet to your Twitter account, notifying Twitter followers or friends that you have posted a new blog entry.

SimpleTwitter allows you to add Twitter messages to WordPress templates (and not just in the sidebar).

Tweet This129
A plug-in that adds a Twitter link to every post and page on your WordPress website, so that visitors can share your blog entries through their Twitter accounts. It also shortens URLs automatically.

This plug-in imports any tweets that discuss your blog or post. The tweets appear as comments.

Install TwitterCounter on your blog to display the number of followers you have on Twitter.

MyTwitter allows you to display your Tweets on your WordPress website and update your status on the MyTwitter settings page.

With the TweetRoll widget, you can display the number of your followers and friends.

Twitt-Twoo is a simple little plug-in that allows you to update your Twitter status right from your blog’s sidebar.

Adobe Air Twitter Apps Link

Toro for Twitter 135
Designed to be simple, Toro uses an experimental Twitter client library to remove the Twitter API limit.

Twitter Web App136

Most of the features available on the Twitter website are accessible through twhirl, with usability enhancements.

Twitter Web App138

Tweetr is a Twitter client that allows you to send and receive Twitter messages, but with some added cool features: support for taking photos with your webcam and sending files (up to 10 MB).

Twitter Web App140

TweetDeck aims to improve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking the abundance of Twitter feeds and breaking it down into more manageable bite-sized pieces.

Twitter Web App142

DestroyTwitter is a series of canvases that constantly update to keep tweets current and up to date using notifications that appear as soon as a new tweet is posted.

Twitter Web App144

TwitterLocal is an Adobe AIR-based app that allows you to filter tweets by location.

Twitter Web App146

Spaz is a well-designed and well-developed Twitter client.

Twitter Web App148

Short for “Snooks’ Twitter,” Snitter is a cross-platform desktop Twitter client.

Twitter Web App150

Some features of Twitch are TwitPic integration, URL shortening, the ability to combine friends and replies, reply-highlighting hash-tag support and more.

Firefox Twitter Extensions Link

TwitBin is a Firefox extension that allows you to keep up with all of your Twitter conversations directly from your browser’s sidebar. Send and receive messages, share links and more.

Power Twitter153
Power Twitter adds a multitude of features to the Twitter website interface.

This extension adds a tiny icon to the status bar that notifies you when your friends have updated their Twitter status. It also has a small text input field to allow you to update your own status.

This Firefox extension lets you post tweets longer than 140 characters on Twitter.

TwitterBar allows you to post to Twitter from the Firefox address bar.

Twitter Search157
This plug-in gives you quick access to the real-time Twitter search engine.

An essential Twitter plug-in for the Firefox quick search feature.

TwitterEyes keeps track of your character count as you compose tweets and replaces characters if you need extra room.

Finally, Worth A Look Link

Is Twitter Down?160
Is Twitter down just for me or for everyone? This great app gives you a simple answer: yes or no.

Twitter Web App161

An interesting Twitter experiment: click on a keyword on the left, and see what tweets are currently being published that contain that word.

Twitter Web App163

A real-time geographic visualization of tweets. Amazing.

Twitter Web App165

Similar to Twittervision (above) but with a sleeker interface.

Twitter Web App167

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  1. 1

    John Fredrickson

    March 17, 2009 9:21 am

    Quite an exhaustive list!

    Have you tried Tweetree for viewing tweets with links embedded and replies in context?

  2. 2

    Great roundup. Looks like I have some playing to do because I haven’t heard of several of these.

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    Sean McCambridge

    March 17, 2009 5:52 am

    Why does every article about Twitter have to start with something like “If you haven’t heard of Twitter by now, you must be living under a rock!”? So cliche. :-P @mccambridge

  4. 4

    isn’t too much twitter?

  5. 5

    OMG! This is one loooooooooooong list, great man, I can’t imagine if there’s any future post for Developer’s Toolbox for Twitter XD Time to bookmark this post again… hehe

  6. 6

    @Sean McCambridge: Because Twitter is everywhere and everyone is using it, even for porn website for god sake! I won’t post the twitter url here of course, but just want to stress that Twitter is a great marketing tools and companies starting to use Twitter more and more!

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    vote +1

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    great finds…:)

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  10. 10

    @Sean McCambridge I agree, not the better way to start the article. Though, I’d like to show that phrase to my French friends that ignore the exitence of twitter and worst, find it useless comparing with facebook! Hope twitter will know the success it deserves here and one day one would say “si vous n’avez jamais entendu parlé de twitter, c’est vraiment que vous ne sortez jamais de chez vous”!

  11. 11

    Wow, great thanks!

  12. 12

    99, 50, 75, … so many long lists. Yes, it’s useful to get in one place all those links. But, isn’t it too much ? There’s a point where a list is relevant and a point where it is just another list among a bunch of long lists. At least, put a table of contents at the top of the article. Great effort in all cases.

  13. 13

    Great List. Thx.

  14. 14

    Gregory Culpin (MicroPlaza)

    March 17, 2009 7:39 am

    Thanks for the list which covers most applications I appreciate. I strongly suggest you also check out and its Tribal Search which has just been released under private beta and which provides a mix of Digg, Delicious and RSS that allows you to browse, search and monitor relevant news tweeted by the people or groups of people you follow… and lot’s more.

    An example is this search for the most popular and freshest articles from the Smashing Magazine website:

  15. 15

    Well maybe we live under a rock here in Denmark, but I reckon that I’m the only one I know who’s using Twitter – and I’m studying computer science at the university.

  16. 16

    Yeah for twitter. Now I can read nonsense from people I don’t know. Myspace and Facebook commments took just too long to read. Anyone else hear of grunter?

  17. 17

    I just dont get twitter, or maybe I’m just not so self-absorbed to think that anyone would want to hear my every annoying thought on anything… or that I’m that too important that I must share all my thoughts with everyone.

    I have facebook,,… ect, and I like to keep up with my friends… but my god do I need to know you just took a dump at 4:24am last night, and now your trying to get back to sleep??

    Maybe I’m to introverted for social networking. or too extroverted to waste my time behind a computer?

  18. 18

    I just don’t get what in the world is so great about twitter that every third article here on smashingmag has to feature the great 1000 brand new twitter uber-cool-extensions that makes telling everyone at what time you take a shit even faster and easier…

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    How can SEO and a search engine marketing campaign improve Leadsmarketer website ( position in the search engines? Our marketing and sales department invested a lot of resources in writing all the content for our web site but we just can’t seem to be ranking high enough in the engines, while our competition is on top. Do we have to re-write it all over again?

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    If there are 99 ESSENTIAL Twitter tools then tweeting just got way too complicated for me.

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    Twitter is completely useless, I really dont understand the enthousiasm around this thing… But I also dont understand the frequency of articles about it.

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    Not even a mention of

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    Twitter Tools?
    You’re missing the main one, YOU.
    You can use every single one of these tools, but without YOU tweeting interesting things, what’s the point?

    And to the person/people who think twitter is useless.
    I’ve got work through twitter, and all i had to do was be myself.
    It’s a fantastic community full of interesting people.
    I understand why people may not want to use it, but to call it useless is going a bit far.
    It has a use, just maybe not for you.

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    twitter is not about having 200 pseudo-friends and telling them every little detail about your life! It permits keeping the link with close people without all the “blablabla they-write-so-much and the I’m-buying-you stuff ” of facebook. I find a good website on the net? I send the adress on twitter, I planning a travel to Paris? Telling my friends when i’m coming! FAST, SIMPLE. And it seems to be a very usefull marketing tool also.

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    hootsuite is pretty awesome! It allows to connect and update to one or more twitter accounts at the same time.

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    You forgot twitter grouping made possible by Tweetizen (

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    the most favored tweets a day.

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    Nicholas Telford

    March 17, 2009 10:07 am

    What about Tweetmeme and the Tweetmeme button/wordpress plugin?

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    Enough already!

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    I Love article like this!

    an other post for twitter people:

    Precious Twitter Checklist – How Twitter works for you!

    Usefuls tips and tools to help you improve the performance of your Twitter profile, for business but also for personal use.

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    Great list. There is actually a new useful tool just released last week called twendz. It helps get through the clutter.

    twendz is a Twitter mining Web application that utilizes the power of Twitter Search, highlighting conversation themes and sentiment of the tweets that talk about topics you are interested in. As the conversation changes, so does twendz by evaluating up to 70 tweets at a time. When new tweets are posted, they are dynamically updated, minute by minute.

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    Did I miss seeing twibble here. Good for mobile phone.

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    You forgot – and Twitter’s offspring :-)

  34. 34

    Also check out – URL shortener that gives you the ability to post to Twitter from IM (a basic Twitter IM account). Pretty neat!

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    Nicholas Telford

    March 17, 2009 11:36 am

    Sorry about my rather spammy previous comment. Seems this site’s HTML parser mangles things a lot. Those links were supposed to be named “Tweetmeme”, “Tweetmeme button” and “Tweetmeme WordPress widget” respectively.

  36. 36

    Sounds like great post for Twitter junkies.

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    i found it’s too much twitter stuff, you’re posting. Twitter is booooring

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    I hate twitter… I guess I missed the boat. I’ll stick with facebook and linked-in.

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    I’d mention Tweetizen in here too. More robust and useful app than a lot of those mentioned here.

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    GoEverywhere Team

    March 17, 2009 1:26 pm

    Wow, this is quite the list! I admit to using Twellow, TwitterGrader, Twitpic, and Qwitter – but Remember the Milk sounds fabulous – I’m definitely going to check it out. I’ve made amazing contacts on Twitter and find myself checking several times a day from my webtop – so an tool helps.

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    What about CMYKTweet?
    It’s a nice mashup to tweet in CMYK! :)
    Geek and Hype

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    I’d just like to mention a couple, firstly (a simple directory by Kevin Rose/Digg founder) and *shameless plug* which generates an auto-updating image from your tweets, to use as a widget on your site, email signature, etc.

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    Stop this right now. 99 *essential* tools? This bullshit must stop.

  44. 44

    Another nice WordPress Twitter plugin is TweetSuite. Auto adds tweets that reference your post.

  45. 45

    Don’t forget about BubbleTweet as well.

    Let’s you place a video message ON your Twitter page…no link off’s.

    Check it at:

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    Daniel Edmundson

    March 17, 2009 4:43 pm


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    You forgot FlashTweet.. the bulk follow/unfollow tool!

  48. 48

    Awesome list and thank you so much for including! :)

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    I suggest this site,, for ppl create a map url and tweet it.

  50. 50

    This is one of the most appalling headlines I’ve ever seen for one of these fluffy link-baiting articles. I pray that the author simply doesn’t know what the word “essential” means. How could any reasonable person ever need ninety-nine Twitter “tools”? What would life be like using ninety-nine of these “tools” in various combinations?

    It is admirable of Smashing Magazine to try to document the best of the recent glut of Twitter peripherals, but it is undignified, misleading, and inane to bill this list with the claim of being “essential.”


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