Top 10 Apps Using the Twitter API

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE Twitter and spend far too many hours reading my updates. In the last few months Twitter has really exploded into the mainstream with user numbers rising hugely.

This rise in users has led developers to use the twitter API to create all manner of useful (and not so useful) web applications. With this in mind I thought I would try and roundup my favourite 10:

10) – Monitter

monitter

What is it?
It’s basically a realtime twitter search. It allows you to type in search phrases and watch live as people tweet using the chosen terms. You can also choose to limit the result by location giving you a chance to see what people close tou you are saying about the things that interest you.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is interested in finding out about people’s opinions on specific areas of interest. If you have just launched a product and would like to track it’s progress on twitter then this is the perfect application for just that.

Where can I find it?
www.monitter.com

9) – Twitter Grader

grader

What is it?
It asks you to type in your twitter ID and then provides you with a score out of 100 and a rank. You can then go on to look at how you compare to other in your area. There is also a neat little graph showing your history of followers and a tweet cloud, highlighting the popularity of certain words in your tweets.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is a statistic nut. The opportunity to see the words you’re using the most is especially nice and could give an insight into why your follower numbers are not as high as you might like. If you are competitive the fact you can see who is doing better than you in your locality will also drive you to improve.

Where can I find it?
http://twitter.grader.com

8) – Tweet Chat

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What is it?
Tweetchat turns your twitter page into a chat room. Sure Twitter is already very much like a chatroom, but Tweetchat allows you to create a chat room based on a specific phrase. So an example would be, if you type in the word design any comment containing that word would be included in your room. It’s not a ‘live’ chatroom in that the others in the ‘room’ don’t see themselves in it but it does give you the chance to @reply them. Any comment you make to the room gets a #phrase included so anyone searching that phrase will find your addition. It’s basically a fresh approach to twitter search.

Who is it for?
If you are interested in a specific discussion topic then Tweetchat could be the solution for you. It uses an interface very similar to twitter (and even imports your twitter display settings) so there is no trouble learning a new way of doing things. Very much like monitter, in that if you want to track a new site or product tweetchat will allow you to with ease. Tweetchat however, allows you to easily @reply to comments and add to the discussions.

Where can I find it?
www.tweetchat.com

7) – Twitter Counter

twitcounter

What is it?
A user statistic app that allows you to track your progress on twitter. The information is presented in some nice graphs and allows you to customize the timeframe to look back at. You can track your follower number, your friend numbers and your updates. There is also a nice little function to compare your stats to other users, so if you have a slight rivalry with someone you can see how your numbers compare over time. I really like the way the information is presented and how easy it is to use.

Who is it for?
A similar audience to that of twitter grader. If you have a corporate twitter account this could be a great application to track how you are doing and where you might be going wrong (or right.) Or if you just want to follow how your personal growth has been in recent months then you will do well to find a better way to do it.

Where can I find it?
www.twittercounter.com

6) – Twecipe

twecipe

What is it?
A lovely little app that provides you with some great inspiration to use in the kitchen. It can be used in twitter, which provides you to follow @twecipe and then @reply him with some ingredients. @twecipe will then message you back with a recipe. On the other hand, you can visit their site and enter the recipe’s there recieving an instant answer. It does one thing and it does it very well and looks very cute while doing it.

Who is it for?
Anybody who has some ingredients in their cupboard and do not know what to do with them. Or even someone who fancies a new recipe.

Where can I find it?
www.twecipe.com

5) – Remember The Milk

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What is it?
Remember the Milk is a task management service that allows you to keep track of your to-do list wherever you are. There is an iPhone app, it syncs with google calender and now they have a nifty way of using it through twitter! All you have to do is sign-up with Remember the Milk and then add @rtm as a freind, you can then interact with it via direct message using their inbuilt commands to create tasks and completion dates. Remember the Milk will then contact you via direct message with reminders. There is also a third-party widget that creates a desktop client allowing you to message @rtm while at your computer.

Who is it for?
If you are a busy person with lots of tasks on your mind then Remember the Milk is a fantastic way to keep track of everything. Using the twitter functions means that through a twitter client you can add tasks on the move (via your phone) or add them while sat at your screen.

Where can I find it?
www.rememberthemilk.com

4) – Twt Poll

twtpoll

What is it?
Twtpoll allows you to create polls and then post them via twitter, facebook or email. It’s a really simple process with only 5 fields to fill in. You can then track the results from the twtpoll website, which displays them in an easy to read pie graph.

Who is it for?
If you want to find a general consensus of opinion then twtpoll is a very good option. It’s very quick to set up and provides you with real-time results. By utilizing the power of twitter and facebook it should also be something that has the potential to be spread to a vast audience.

Where can I find it?
www.twtpoll.com

3) – Twidentify

twidentify

What is it?
Twidentify is a great way to search twitter. There are 3 ways to search. 1) Trend search, this options allows you to track a certain terms popularity over time producing a graph to display the information. 2) Engage in conversation, this displays conversations that are happening now that include your search term (this is basically a basic twitter search.) 3) Search on influence, the results of this option are sorted to put users who are retweeted the most at the top. This should give you a chance to find out what influential people on twitter are saying about your search term.

Who is it for?
This is a very powerful search app. If you are looking to follow a trend via twitter then I suggest this is the app you try. If you want to find out who’s opinion is being heard on a particular subject then choosing the search on influence options is a very neat way of doing so.

Where can I find it?
www.twidentify.com

2) – Mr. Tweet

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What is it?
Mr. Tweet is a personal networking app that advertises your twitter profile to other similar users. It also recommends users to you who you may wish to follow, based on the people you are already following. Finally, there is a stat engine that shows you how many updates you make a day, how engaging your tweets are (via conversion numbers) and how many links you provide. All you have to do is add @mrtweet and he will direct message you with a link to your stat and recommendation page.

Who is it for?
Anybody interested in increasing their following (so basically everyone on twitter.) The recommendations given are very good, providing you with some great people to follow. The stats also add a nice touch letting you know if you are below/above average, showing you where you need to improve.

Where can I find it?
www.mrtweet.net

1) – Twuffer

twuffer

What is it?
A great little app that allows you to schedule tweets for a later date. You literally type your tweet in twuffer, give them the date and time you would like it posted and then twuffer does the rest for you. It does one thing but it does it extremely well!

Who is it for?
Bloggers who have a scheduled post and would like to tweet about it at the same time. Forgetful people who want to send a tweet on a freinds birthday but know they will forget. Anybody who would like to tweet some news while away on holiday. It really could help all manner of people who know they will want to tweet something in the future. As a blogger it is a service I rely on when I know a post is going to be released but there is a chance I may not be able to get to twitter at the same time.

Where can I find it?
www.twuffer.com

There you have it. I have only included 10 but during my research I found loads more that were very good. I love twitter apps so if you have any suggestions please let me and the rest of the community know.

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6 Responses to this post

  1. Ben Young said on May 7, 2009

    Nice list, thanks!

    Dugg here: http://digg.com/software/Top_10_Apps_Using_the_Twitter_API

  2. Ken Lawson said on May 22, 2009

    Good cross section of apps. Thanks for your continued help & updates.

  3. TweetNirvana said on June 15, 2009

    Very nice apps, actually found a few I didn’t have yet. CHEER!

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  5. Rob said on August 21, 2009

    Have you seen this one?…

    http://www.myteamtweet.com

    lovely simple little app.

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