10 Twitter Tools Used by Social Media Experts

With so many Twitter tools out there, it’s hard to know which ones to trust with your Twitter account management. So why not take a look at what the social media and industry experts are using! Here are ten Twitter applications and tools used by some of the top Twitterers.

The following list is presented in alphabetical order:



bit.ly home page

Bit.ly is just a URL shortening service right? Wrong! Used by @marismith, @techcrunch, and @problogger, a free Bit.ly account will give you access to a dashboard where you can shorten and share links to multiple Twitter accounts. You can also see the stats for any Bit.ly links you share through your dashboard and plug your Bit.ly API key into Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed, or Seesmic to get stats for links you share through those applications as well. As an added bonus, you can even create your own custom short domain to match your brand so you can have branding similar to Mashable’s on.mash.to and Amazon’s amzn.to custom URLs.


bufferapp.com home page

Buffer is deemed the smarter way to tweet, and is used by @tweetsmarter, @jaybaer, and @askaaronlee. It allows you to simply schedule your tweets to be spread throughout the day so you don’t go through a reading spree and inundate your followers with 20 tweets within an hour. You can also get great analytics on your tweets which will help determine what your audience loves, or doesn’t, out of the content you share as well as the times of day you get the most action on your tweets.


cotweet home page

CoTweet, used by @nealschaffer, @chrispirillo, and @emarketer, is considered a Twitter marketing tool for companies who want to engage, track, and analyze conversations about their brand. The free version allows you to manage your Twitter accounts, collaborate with multiple users, track clicks and limited analytics, schedule tweets, keep conversation history for 30 days, and more. The enterprise version (starting at 1,500USD a month) allows integration with Salesforce, advanced user roles and permissions, workgroups, and full analytics.


hootsuite home page

HootSuite is one of my personal favorites as far as Twitter management is concerned, and is also quite popular amongst the social media elite including @chrisbrogan, @tweetsmarter, and @tamar. It is a freemium tool, meaning that you can use the free plan if you have fewer than five social profiles to manage. But the Pro version for unlimited social profiles including enhanced analytics isn’t too steep at only 5.99USD per month.


paper.li home page

Paper.li is a unique application that allows you to collect tweets and curate them manually or automatically in a newspaper-style format which can be automatically shared daily on your Twitter account. Used by @scottmonty, @guykawasaki, and @leeodden, this app is a great way to collect the top tweets from your followers, people on a specific Twitter list, or even anyone who mentions a particular #hashtag. It does drive a nice bit of traffic to sites mentioned by top users, so while some people may not like to be mentioned, others greatly appreciate it!


socialoomph.com home page

SocialOomph is another freemium service used by @mike_stelzner, @smallbiztrends, and @jeffbullas that allows you to schedule tweets, track keywords, extend your Twitter profile, and much more with an unlimited amount of accounts for free. If you choose to go professional for 29.97USD, you get additional features such as Facebook scheduling, tweet via email, have others update via email, manage DM spam, broadcast DMs to all Status.net followers, and again, much more. Plus, for an additional 3.97USD you can automate following those who follow you and sending welcome DMs to new followers.


triberr.com home page

Triberr is an invite only community used by @lewishowes, @seanmalarkey, and @nealschaffer that allows you to join “tribes” of like-minded bloggers in order to expand your reach on Twitter. Simply plug your RSS feed in and members of your tribe will tweet each new post. As a member, you can set yourself up to do automatic tweeting of other member’s posts or manual tweeting when you have reviewed and approved of the posts. I personally just copy my Triberr tweets into HootSuite for full scheduling control.


tweetdeck home page

TweetDeck is a desktop Twitter management tool used by @jasonfalls, @problogger, and @marshallk. It has features similar features to HootSuite in terms of creating columns to organize your Twitter activity as well as the ability to send longer messages using their Deck.ly service which creates a shortened URL that directs followers to the rest of your tweet beyond 140 characters. I love the interface of this one, but since I use multiple computers, it makes more sense to use a browser-based application instead of one you have to install on a local machine.


twitterfeed home page

Twitterfeed, used by @sengineland, @amyporterfield, and @cindyking, allows you to add RSS feeds (yours and others) to be shared automatically through your Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts each time there is a new update to them. You can customize the tweets to show the title of the new post, the link (shortened by your preferred URL shortener), and even add a RT @username or via @username so you let the blogger know you’re always tweeting their posts. It’s a great way to curate content for your audience automatically, but just be careful that the blogs whose feeds you use always publish quality content.


visibli home page

Visibili is a free service used by @brett, @davepeck, and @denisewakeman that lets you create a custom sharing bar that goes with any links you share through their service. This custom share bar can have your name and social sharing icons as well as links to your website and even a Tweet button which recommends your Twitter accounts and Facebook Like button that connects to your fan page. It can be connected to your Tweetdeck or Seesmic desktop apps, installed on your blog for outgoing links, and installed as a bookmarklet on your browser bookmark toolbar as a quick way to share with your customization at the top of every link!

What Do You and Your Favorite Twitterers Use?

Now it’s your turn. What Twitter apps do you use to manage and update your Twitter account? What apps do your favorite Twitterers use? Share your thoughts on these and other apps in the comments!

Also, if you want to find out what others are using, my method was viewing their tweets in HootSuite which lists what application sent the Twitter user’s update. It’s a great way to find out what apps are working the best for people your industry!

About the Author: Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Kikolani focuses on blog marketing, including social networking strategies and blogging tips.

  1. Are these tools made only for twitter? :P I use bit ly.. in many ways.

    • Well, not only, but primarily for Twitter. I usually don’t suggest cross-promoting the same updates between Twitter and Facebook anyway, so these are the ones I’d lean toward using on Twitter only. :)

  2. I use both Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. I also link my Facebook fanpage to Twitter. So the long post on Facebook will have a link on Twitter tweet back to my Facebook fanpage.

    I do, however, find paper.li annoying sometimes. :)

    • I agree about Paper.li, but now they have an option where people can create the papers manually and really give their recommendations. You know you can remove mentions by their service from tweets?

      • How is that? I collect data from my followings and followers and aggregate to create NEWspaper. How do u create your own? DM on Twitter :)

  3. Great list – thanks for sharing! I use many of these tools but would add Timely.is to the list. I find it invaluable to schedule tweets for multiple twitter accounts.

    • I’ll have to check that one out – thanks Brendan!

    • Timely is awesome, been using it since it launched. similar to buffer, but cleaner

      • I agree, I love Timely, mostly because I can integrate it into my Chrome browser, so if I come across something I want to share, I just click the icon in the toolbar and its added to my schedule. also for the fact that the program mimicks your own tweet schedule, so you don’t end up sending tweets at 3 am when no one sees them…unless you have a habit of tweeting at 3 am!

  4. @twiterrence I use TweetBig and TweetAdder they are both excellent tools for building and managing a twitter following as well.

    • Haven’t heard of TweetBig Terrence, but I’ve tried TweetAdder in the past for a few small accounts. Can come in handy!

      • Careful. They walk you through the sign-up process beautifully implying that it’s free and when you get to the end you realize it costs $18/mo! Not nice.

  5. Kirsti, that’s a fantastic post and brilliant idea to show which of the top influencers are using these tools. Definitely might try that for different types of Apps to give users more confidence!

    Oh and thanks so much for including Buffer. I just Buffered that post a few times of course! :)

  6. Great post. Thanks for sharing! My tools of choice are bit.ly, Buffer, and TweetDeck. Recent fav is Klout. =)

    • Klout is getting there – I like the fact that you can give someone a quick recommendation for their area of expertise. :)

    • I much prefer PeerIndex to Klout; breakdown of the single score into three much better-defined measurements, rather than just a single generic “influence” score.

  7. Nice work, Kristi! I have tried and/or use almost all of these tools.

  8. I’ve been a fan of @Spredfast for over a year now for scheduling and tracking tweets, monitoring follower growth, and tagging links with Google Analytics. It integrates with Bit.ly and host of other helpful tools.


  9. Wow Kristi, you did some serious homework on this one. I’ve used TweetDeck but haven’t bothered opening it lately. I think I’ll give HootSuite a try. Thanks for the resource reviews.

    • I’m a fan of HootSuite over Tweetdeck simply because it’s browser based. You don’t have to install it on every machine you’re switching back and forth on.

      • Hi Kristi,

        I just discovered your blog through Tweet Smarter. I personally prefer Hootsuite more than Tweetdeck for the same reason. It is browser based and I can use it from anywhere. Especially my PlayBook!

  10. Nichelle Mitchem Aug 20, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Very helpful information for Twitter users. Thank you for sharing. It is appreciated.

  11. Nice List. Twylah by @twylah is another great service that creates Fan Pages for your Tweets. It organizes your tweets by topic.

  12. You’re welcome Nichelle! Glad you found it useful!

  13. Wow! I think I’d be totally ignorant of any social media apart from Kristi Hines or KISSmetrics, really. Another ridiculously valuable read, proving I have lots to learn. I think I knew of the value of TWO of these tools, HootSuite and Paper.li – but even then I had no idea Pare.li actually sent traffic…

    Now my head’s brimming with ideas. I heart KISSmetrics…thanks!

    • Glad I introduced you to some new tools! Paper.li actually does send me a pretty good bit of traffic – not as much as Twitter itself, but significant enough that it would be sad to lose it. :)

  14. edna orevillo Aug 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t know where to start could you please guide me what i should know and do?I was just following the flow .There is a link at kessler institute of rehabilitation .com on stroke there’s a patients story edna’s story that Iwould like to start also I don’t know how to put my profile picture from facebook to profile picture on twitter sorry it may sound funny to you but I’m just trying to learn also am I allowed to link on their website?Thank you for your help.

  15. Twimbow (www.Twimbow.com) is a great browser based twitter client that allows you to color code the people you follow as well as your mentions, retweets, direct messages, etc.

  16. @Panch_ARG I also use Hootsuite to schedule some tweets and Tweetdeck to track and see multiple searches, in both the browser an desktop version.
    I will use some of the tools mentioned here also!
    Thanks for such a great post!

    • Hi Fran,

      Out of curiosity, what does Tweetdeck do that HootSuite doesn’t since you are using both, or vice versa?

      • actually now that you bring that up, they don´t have that much diferences… but getting to see the mentions and DM of all my twitter accounts is a plus. the tabs don´t work so good to me.

  17. Hi Kristi,
    Thank you for sharing this great list :) my personal favorit is @BufferApp :)

    Another solution that may be relevant is Commun.it – it’s different from all the above tools since it help manage relationships :) we will be honored to give you an access to check it out :)

    Thanks again,
    Sharel @SharelOmer

  18. Great list, thanks Kristi. I’d also recommend http://dlvr.it. Great alternative to Twitter Feed, and enables you to filter and combine results from multiple sources before sharing them via Twitter, Facebook or out to another feed for use on a website.

  19. Thanks for the mention Kristi! For the record, I actually use a combination of most of these tools as follows:

    Bit.ly –> For my custom domain wind.mn
    Buffer –> For scheduling good reads throughout the day
    CoTweet –> My main Twitter client for my Mac
    HootSuite –> My main Twitter client for my iPhone
    Paper.li –> To make sure I didn’t miss any good content throughout the day!
    Triberr –> To complement my content curation

    Also, for the record, I also use Dlvr.it as well as Twylah that were mentioned in the comments. Ping me for details ;-)


    • Hi Neal,

      I noticed you used a bunch of them – I was trying to spread the Twitter love around though. Didn’t want people to think I was stalking only your tweets and all. :)

      Definitely going to have to look into Dlvr.it – it’s been recommended to me before.

    • I litealrly jumped out of my chair and danced after reading this!

  20. Wow! Thanks! I’ve seen some of these services used, but I wasn’t aware of exactly what all of them were or what they did. This was eye-opening!

    • Glad this helped Margaret! I’m usually pretty curious when I see a new service name pop up in my Twitter stream – these are just the ones I see the most.

  21. I believe Tweetdeck also has a browser version of it and therefore you dont necessarily need to use the downloaded version of it. Might want to look into that. Having said that, nice article. Thanks!

  22. I use Twitterfeed to tweet my RSS feeds from my blogs and Squidoo and it works nicely.

    I also use Twaitter to schedule tweets for specific posts. It’s good, but can be very slow to use.

    I didn’t know there was so much to Bit.ly, will have to register and find out more.

    Very useful article, thanks for sharing.

  23. I don’t like Bit.ly, it’s almost blacklisted anywhere :(

  24. Good list. I’ve used Tweetdeck on my laptop, Hootsuite on my iDevices and just trying Buffer to see how that works.

    Thanks for the list!

    BTW, Jenni, is that true about Bit.ly? I find it hard to believe it’s black listed. What’s the reason?

  25. Hmm surprised that timely.is is not on here. Great little app

  26. Gerard Keledjain Aug 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Kristi,
    Thanks for the post…I am currently using Hootesuite & Tweetdeck, though I am finding myself slowly inclined more towards the former!
    In one of your comments you mentioned cross-promotion between Twitter & Facebook accounts. What is your approach towards this issue.
    Thanks, G.

    • Hi Gerard,

      I manually post updates to both networks individually. I like the option, when it comes to Facebook, to choose the thumbnail, tweak the title / description, and add my own personal comment to every update vs. letting the system automate it.

  27. Our intern just wrote an article on the top ten Twitter Tools. http://www.keystoneclick.com/blogs/audrey-wayne/top-ten-twitter-tools Some similar tools… and a few different ones. Would definitely say that Hootsuite is my favorite though.

  28. Pam Hernandez Aug 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Great summary of resources. Thank you. This helped answer some questions I’ve had and just haven’t found the time to research/google.

  29. Hi Kristi,

    It’s my first time here and I enjoyed reading your post :)

    Hootsuite is indeed recommendable for scheduling tweets and maintaining an organized feed. Not sure if Klout is considered tool vs. metric but it gives users a bit of insight on how their tweets are doing. However, their latest updates that now included the likes of FourSquare and Blogger are quiet confusing as how to consider it a standard metric for just Twitter influence.

    Another similar metric is Crowdbooster which I am really enjoying. They offer fantastic recommendations and data for both Twitter and Facebook activities.

    Do you know how other brands run promotions on Twitter and what tools do they use?



  30. I like the list. Based on the Comments I’m going to check out dlvr.it as it sounds intriguing. I’ve started dabbling with Pluggio and find it to be pretty compelling. It helps cut down on content discovery, local people search, and also buffers.

    Lastly, I like Twitter Elite to find top Twitterers in a local area. I’m in to local networks since I serve a specific area. Thanks!

  31. I’m missing one of my favourites SocialBro.com, it’s kind of new but I’m sure it’s being used by some top users.

    Thanks for the list! I’m loving Buffer!

  32. These are all really great tools. I use Hootsuite to manage client Twitter accounts and that seems to do the trick. I use WeFollow.com quite a bit to see who the most influential in a give niche are. Another fun one I’ve stumbled upon lately is a new Twitter tool that allows you to Tweet right from your browser: http://thunderthemes.com/BT_ThemePage.php?themeid=282. It’s alot of fun and a nice interface for serious Twitter users to be able to read the stream, search, and Tweet right from the browser. It’s not as heavy as Hootsuite is, so it’s quick, easy and fun. I’ve tried Tweet Deck but don’t like having another program to load up on my computer. Again, great tools, and thanks for this!

  33. I’d thought I’d give a hint on our tool http://informant.se/ that makes it possible to track keywords on Twitter (and Facebook, Google etc.). It can use multiple advanced regular expressions if needed for complex filtering.

  34. Great stuff. I used to use Tweetdeck, now using SproutSocial for managing and info… and have used TweetFeed for connecting blog to FB. Keep ‘em coming…can never have enough tools

  35. Nice list!

    What about analytics and trends related apps? Like the ones listed at http://twitdom.com/tag/analytics/

  36. Nice tools, use most of them, but just signed up for Visibli, and would like an invite to Triberr.

    I also use Timely, a little like Buffer.

  37. Thanks for sharing. Will read more to find out which apps interest me the most.

  38. Nice article! Thanks for sharing. I use most of the ones you listed except Triberr. It’s so hard to get on!

  39. Thanks for sharing! It will be interesting to know what different desktop apps/websites do a normal Twitter user uses to Tweet/share, etc….

  40. I Use twollow.com quite a lot.

  41. Thanks for the share! I personally use a mix of hootsuite & twitter feed.

  42. I find Timely to be much better than Buffer for scheduling tweets. Not only does it schedule them, it also tracks their performance and and scheduled them based on that so they are sent out at optimum times for interaction. The more you use it, the better it gets!

    • At last! Someone with the insight to solve the porblem!

    • I have to agree! As much as I like Buffer, I LOVE Timely. It’s just much better. Plus, with Timely I have 6 accounts connected and the free version of Buffer only lets you add up to 3 accounts. So of course I’m going to go with Timely since it’s free for unlimited accounts!

  43. Here’s another great twitter tool where u can target & engage with masses of people at the same time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yu4JpV5sHo Saves both time and money, let me know what u think?

  44. Barry Mueller Jan 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Could not figure out how to get cotweet for free
    any thoughts

  45. Hey Barry, u can use itweetlive for free http://itweetlive.com/ features geo location as well as Klout score in your search results enhancing it even more. AB testing shows u which tweets received the most mentions so its easy to see what works for u and what not.

  46. I use many of the tools you mention here. You did a great job of describing them. Although I gave up my TweetDeck and Hootsuite last year ….MarketMeSuite what I use now and absolutely love the platform. I am one of the beta testers for their new version 4 they will be rolling out soon. And the new features are looking pretty incredible.

  47. Hi,
    Is there any tool available which will take a RSS feed and publish it to twitter but with a control mechanism. I want it to collect the feed and store in a buffer where I can go and delete unwanted updates and releases the rest. As of now I am using Dlvr.it and I have used twitterfeed as well but both doesn’t support this feature. Though you can setup the filters to auto control updates having certain words etc.

  48. Really great advice about online blog commenting thank you! I hope I can put it into practice and improve way I serve people through my website for Twitter, Facebook and blog management :)


  49. I’m also another fan of Social Bro. It provides analytics about your activity, engagement and the activity of your followers each time you synchronise to your account. It can also connect to your buffer account, so based on your analytics, you can schedule your tweets to a time where your followers are the most active.

  50. Paper.li seems really good, I’ve just had a play. I just need to set up filters to ensure it only posts relevant content.

  51. Is there any tool for twitter workflow management? As in – I want someone else to tweet on my company’s behalf – but have the ability to approve of the same before it is actually published?

  52. Great article! I am just getting started with twitter, and the information you provided was very helpful.

  53. How did I miss this originally?

    Thnx for the inclusion Kristi. How is AZ treating you these days :-)

    I’m back on the east coast and I gotta tell you, I miss Cartel :-)

    Anyways…thnx for including Triberr in the mix. Someone mention it was hard to get in, but that was back in August when you wrote this…now the sign up is open to all. Enjoy :-)

  54. Hi @Kristi – My team and I have been having success and a very good experience using Tweetlr as our Twitter Management Tool.

    We also use Bit.ly often and really liked their site redesign. Do folks still use TweetDeck? And has anyone gotten TwitterFeed to work since Twitter acquired them?

  55. Kristi –
    I’ve recently become a big fan of Pluggio (http://plugg.io).

  56. thanks for sharing
    Now i am using all of these tools and surprised to see my blog traffic is increasing tremendeously

  57. Hootsuite’s price is $9.95 a month.
    Tweetdeck, since it got bought by twitter has stripped out features- and become browser based. Unfortunately, it only can do reverse type- which is awful on the eyes- and has no easy way to build lists of existing people you are following- #FAIL

  58. IFTTT!!! Great tool!

  59. Great in depth post, well researched and great feedback on new and upcoming tools from comments .. happy :) thx

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    You can review it by signing up for free here http://www.socialmotus.com or emailing me for more information.

  61. I use Hootsuite and Twitterfeed all the time and they work great. I just added Tweetymail.com to my tools for free tweet via email.

  62. The list is missing http://engator.com – makes the same as twitter feed but is much better

  63. I LOVE when I find a blog post that is 100% informative! Thank you! Additionally, I love twylah.com

  64. Cool tools for management of tweets, links, blog connections, etc. Was looking for some tracking tools, but happy I came across this!

  65. Impressive and very useful apps. Great list Kristi, but list.li is not working anymore. Maybe its down for now, I don’t know if its working for others.

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  69. How come you missed such important and useful twitter analytics tools such as twentytweet.com?

  70. Nice tool. Another great twitter automation tool. Will Follow, unfollow and tweet every day of the month http://www.TweetAdvise.com

  71. Great Post!! Just loved it.. sure I’ll come back for more

  72. tweetdeck is the best app for me :)

  73. Impressive guide….Thanks for sharing….Really Nice Work….I have used Timely,Bit.ly,Paper.li,Tweeterfeed and all are just awesome but after reading this post i am surely gonna try out all the above tools one by one….Thanksss

  74. Can someone tell me what the differences are between Hootsuite and Buffer? Thanks for the great info.

    • well, the main difference is that buffer only schedules posts and hootsuite allows to read, comment and like posts in the timeline

  75. Christopher Collins Mar 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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  76. I use Tweet Eye and find it to be very effective. I do mostly amazon products but it is a real time saver.

    • I am pleased you like it. If there are any ebay sellers there is a new version of tweet eye for selling your ebay items. Just enter your ebay id and link to twitter. It helps you tweet your stuff. Check out tweet-eye.com Its a functional beta version. Multiple scheduled tweets will be part of further developments.

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  78. Great post! I use or used several tools from this list. Thanks for sharing, will look through those I haven’t tested before, also the comments are very informative.

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