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98 Twitter Tips and Tools to Stay on Top of Your Field

By Donna Scott

Twitter allows you to be constantly tuned into your academic or professional field. Whether you want to listen in and research, or share your knowledge as an authority, there’s something for you on Twitter. In fact, Twitter is especially useful to students enrolled in online graduate programs because online professors tend to tweet helpful links to information in the field through social networks. Read on, and you’ll learn about 100 tips and tools that can keep you in the loop on Twitter.

Getting Connected

With these tips and tools, you’ll be able to get connected with the people that matter most to you on Twitter.

  1. Follow experts: Get useful information from other experts in your field.
  2. Twitterholic: With Twitterholic, you’ll be able to find the most popular users on Twitter.
  3. Make friends with your competition: It may seem counterintuitive, but connecting with your competition can help keep you in the know and well networked.
  4. Follow people because they are interesting: Find people to follow that offer some sort of interest or value to you.
  5. Twitter Fan Wiki: Find a directory and more in this wiki.
  6. Don’t follow too many new people at once: Follow too many people without reciprocation, and you’ll come off as a spammer.
  7. TwitterPacks: Check out this tool to locate people according to their interest group.
  8. WeFollow: Find people by industry or hobby using WeFollow.
  9. Follow back: When you discover new followers, be sure to follow them back if they are interesting or offer value to you.
  10. Keep your follow ratio balanced: Follow too many people without being followed back, and you will seem spammy, but if you have lots of followers that you don’t follow back, you’ll come off as snobby.
  11. Localtweeps: You can use this tool to filter tweets by zip code.
  12. Participate in Twitter events: Be a part of #followfriday, #musicmonday, and similar events to be a part of the community.
  13. Omnee: With Omnee, you’ll be able to find out the quality of people you may want to follow on Twitter.
  14. Geofollow: Search for others in your location with this site.
  15. Social Brand Index: With this directory, you can find brands on Twitter.
  16. Twitterel: With Twitterel, you can find users with common interests.
  17. Twinfluence: Use Twinfluence to discover users with good reach, velocity, and social capital.
  18. Twellow: Use Twellow to find Twitter users based on category.
  19. Twitter Snipe: Twitter Snipe will auto follow users based on your niche.
  20. Talk to people about their interests: Show that you’re human by discussing things that are important to others.
  21. Follow your followers’ followers: Check out the follow lists of people you find interesting and connect with them.
  22. Who Should I Follow?: With the help of this tool, you can find out who you should be following on Twitter.
  23. Avoid follower services: Stay away from websites that promise you thousands of followers-you may get them, but the people that follow you won’t be listening.
  24. Be patient: Amassing Twitter followers doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient, and you’ll build a group of valuable followers.
  25. Just Tweet IT: Check out people in different industries using this tool.


Put Twitter’s massive amounts of information to work by using these search tips and tools.

  1. Twitority: This search engine offers results based on Twitter users with authority.
  2. TwitterLocal: Search for tweets around a specific area with the help of this tool.
  3. Use keyword tricks: Take advantage of the advanced search option on Twitter.
  4. Use quotation marks: If you’re looking for a specific term, put it in quotation marks to get better results.
  5. Twithority: With Twithority, you’ll find Twitter search results with authority.
  6. Use hashtags: If you come across a useful hashtag, click on it to see what else you’ll find.
  7. Subscribe: Keep up with useful keywords and hashtags by setting up an RSS subscription for them.
  8. Pay attention to trends: Stay on top of the latest in your field by seeking out and participating in trending topics. For instance, students enrolled in political science degree programs may want to follow trending topics related to upcoming local and state elections.
  9. Trendrr: Stay on top of trends on Twitter with this tool.
  10. Find stories: Listen to useful sources on Twitter to get news you can share with your followers.
  11. Retweetist: Retweetist shares popular trends, topics, and people using retweets on Twitter.
  12. Tweet Volume: With this tool, you can find out if your keywords are popular on Twitter or not.
  13. Tweetmeme: Check out Tweetmeme to learn about retweeting stats for articles on Twitter.
  14. Twitt(url)y: Find out about hot news with this tool that sorts URLs by how frequently they are mentioned in tweets.
  15. Twackle: With this aggregator, you’ll be able to find news and more in a single destination.
  16. Twitter Sniffer for Brands: Twitter Sniffer makes it easy for you to keep track of conversations about you on Twitter.
  17. Twist: Using Twist, you can see trend graphs for topics on Twitter.
  18. Twuoted: Find popular quotes with this site that follows the #quote hashtag.
  19. Tweet Scan: Follow Twitter conversations by keyword and category using Tweet Scan.
  20. TweetStats Trends: See what’s trending right now and in the past with TweetStats Trends.
  21. TwitScoop: Use TwitScoop in order to find trending topics and useful friends.
  22. Monitter: Stay on top of 3 keywords at once with this keyword search tool.
  23. Pay attention to timing: Monitor the most popular hours for your Twitter followers, then concentrate your most important messages in those hours for more effective tweeting.


With these tips and tools, you can keep all of your information on Twitter well organized.

  1. Use a tool to manage Twitter: Don’t let your research get lost-use a tool to organize everything.
  2. Tweetdeck: Make use of this tool to organize tweets from various groups into easy to manage categories.
  3. Don’t try to read everything: You will be on Twitter all day and all night if you try to read every single tweet from your followers-just drop in when you can.
  4. My Tweeple: This tool will help you organize the people you’re following.
  5. Tweetree: See your Twitter stream in a tree with organized conversations using Tweetree.
  6. Twickie: With Twickie, you can organize Twitter conversations.
  7. Tweetake: Back up your hard work and research on Twitter with the help of Tweetake.
  8. Make good use of alert tools: Make sure you’re not missing good conversations by setting up alerts that will tell you when friends and other Twitter users discuss keywords you’re interested in.
  9. Tweet Clouds: Analyze your keyword usage with this tool.
  10. Twitterator: Monitor groups of people while staying organized with the help of this script.

Authority Building

Follow these tips and use these tools in order to establish yourself as an authority in your field.

  1. Own your brand: Even if you don’t want to use your real name on Twitter, at least claim it so that no one else can use it against you.
  2. Be retweetable: Share tweets that others will want to retweet.
  3. Use popular tweets as blog posts: If you share a site or bit of information that turns out to be very popular, use it as a jumping off point for a blog post.
  4. Use your real name as your Twitter name: Be more personal and authoritative by using your real name.
  5. Check your stats: Find out how often you and other people are Tweeting using TweetStats.
  6. Respond: Don’t just sit in your ivory tower-talk back to the people who want to engage with you.
  7. Share your credentials: Let people know why you’re an expert in your field.
  8. Shake things up: Offer a good variety in your stream of links, blog posts, retweets, responses, and questions.
  9. Just don’t spam: Don’t do it-no one likes it, and it won’t be tolerated.
  10. Share information: Gain a reputation as an expert by sharing helpful links, resources, and more.
  11. TBuzz: Use this tool to find out if a site has been tweeted about before.
  12. Be sincere: Be honest and considerate in your tweets and replies.
  13. Find out authoritative keywords: See which keywords the authorities in your niche are using.
  14. Discuss what’s hot: Share your opinions and resources on what’s currently moving on Twitter.
  15. Don’t go crazy with links: Avoid using your Twitter account just to post links to your blog.
  16. Point out interesting information: Don’t just talk about yourself, discuss what’s happening in your field.
  17. Follow authorative accounts: Populate your Twitter neighborhood with people who have authority.
  18. Promote your Twitter URL: Share your Twitter name on your email, blog, Facebook, and other locations online so people can find you.
  19. Slow down: Don’t clog up your followers’ Twitter screens-keep your Tweets relevant and interesting, not inane and constant.
  20. Don’t always talk about yourself: Talk about more than just your own agenda.
  21. Be helpful: Spread goodwill by answering questions, introducing others, and offering recommendations.
  22. Use an avatar that represents you: Use a strong avatar that’s friendly and easy to recognize.
  23. Reply to others: Get involved with the people you follow and engage in the Twitter conversation with replies.
  24. Show your personality: Show off the person behind the brand on Twitter.
  25. Use keywords: Use keywords that are important to your field to attract followers.

Getting Value

Follow these tips to make sure you’re getting value out of your Twitter experience.

  1. Networking: Meet offline with others in your field to get great value out of Twitter.
  2. Be useful: Give advice, resources, and more.
  3. Share your announcements: Get recognition and PR by sharing important news through Twitter.
  4. Fill out your bio: Make sure people know where to go to find more information about you.
  5. Use Twitter on your blog: Keep your blog updated up to the minute with Twitter.
  6. Twitt Poll: Crowdsource answers and opinions with the help of this polling tool for Twitter.
  7. Stop abuse in its tracks: Use Twitter to find out who is badmouthing you, and use action to stop it.
  8. Connect with complementary businesses: Find value in Twitter by getting connected with others that can support your business or niche.
  9. Enjoy ambient knowledge: With Twitter, you’ll be able to stay on top of news in your field around the clock.
  10. Listen: Just listen, and you’ll find interesting and useful information.
  11. Promote events: Use Twitter to promote live and virtual events like seminars, sales, and more.
  12. Ask for help: Get instant feedback by asking for help on Twitter.
  13. Meet your customers: Use Twitter as a way to interact with your customers, whether through the service or in real life.
  14. Twitter Answers: Make use of Twitter Answers to get answers and opinions from your followers on Twitter.
  15. Listen to your critics: Find out what people are saying about you, then respond to it and act on it.

August 11th, 2009 written by Staff Writers

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