So you've found your way around Twitter and built a nice little army of followers - but how do you know if all of those many, many hours spent online are actually making any difference? How can you be sure that anyone out there is paying any attention to you at all?
I'm a bit of a self confirmed stats geek and I like nothing better than spending what little free online time I have trawling through directories of apps that profess to impart the wisdom that I so desperately seek! So as a little gift to you all, here are my Top 10 Twitter Monitoring Tools.
Twittercounter is simply that. It counts your daily Tweets, shows your follow and following numbers and also allows you to track your own account against others. A great way of judging other people's growth as well as projected popularity against your own personal stats.
Klout measures influence of social media topics across the world. You can measure people and brands. My current grab is above. I score 49 out of 100 - not great and I am working on it believe me! But that makes my Twitter Persona - an influencer. I like that - so it ranks at my number 2!
Now I really do like this app - especially since it has just given me a score of 99.4 out of 100! It doesn't get much better than that I don't think! You can check out other users scores and compare results as well as checking out the top tweeters by location. It tells me today that I am number 13 in the Twitter elite of Leicestershire - I have obviously been neglecting my stream this week because I was number 3 last week. Darn it...
Hailed as being the most advanced Twitter Analyitic system in the world and it certainly does have a lot of info. As with all of these tools I don't think that it 's totally accurate. Take my stats for today for example. It says that none of my messages have been re tweeted - but I have a giveaway on my blog that ends tonight and I have had at least 20 RT's.
Still it's a fun way to spend some time.
If you're partial to a graph or two then this is the app for you. It shows your number of tweets each month, the times of the day when you are most active, the percentage of people that you reply to and who you RT the most. You can also turn all of your tweets into a cloud, here's mine.
My top 4 most said words are apparently Today, Love, LOL and RT!
Another feature packed app with lots of reporting categories. The best thing about Twitalyzer is the advice it gives on how to boost your influence. But downside for me is that it supports bit.ly url shortening and as I tweet from Hootsuite and use ow.ly I'm never going to be able to follow their advice.
It does have a nifty new feature that allows you to combine your twitter data with your Google Analytics so that you can track exactly which tweeters visits your site.
If you want to know who is talking about who and how social and active your fellow tweeters are then this is a good place to start. It's a pretty basic app but no less interesting for it.
Now we all like to have a little following cull every now and again and Friend or Follow is a good place to start. It splits all of your followers into three categories, friends (people that you follow who follow you back), fans (people who follow you that you don't follow back) and following (you follow them but they don't follow you).
It's a really handy app for keeping on top of your new followers but it can be quite slow to load and it takes you in and out of the main Twitter site to view info on anyone you are interested in - which is quite frankly just annoying. Give it a go - you will be surprised on how many people have ditched you recently!
Think your tweets are engaging, funny and interesting? - think again! This nifty app tells you exactly which of your tweets gain you followers and which ones loose them. It's really interesting but again I'm not sure how accurate it really is. I get a notice from Twitter every time I get a new follower but I have compared the two and they don't always stack up. Interesting though.
If you're tweeting from a brand point of view Twollow is the best way to keep on top of finding people that mention you. It's not a free service but it's really worthwhile from a time saving point of view. You set your keywords and then Twollow auto follows anyone who mentions your keyword. From my experience I would only use this service for brand names and product names that are unique - or you will just be gaining followers that you neither want or need.
.....And one more for the road - proof as if it was needed that I am addicted to Twitter can be found at Tweet Wasters eeek... have I really spent 1.98 days out of my life on Twitter???