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Twitter™ for Dummies® by Michael Gruen, Leslie Poston, Laura Fitton

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Chapter 14. Ten Twitter Tools

In This Chapter

  • Organizing your Twitter world with the right applications

  • Getting down to business with the help of Twitter tools

  • Connecting your Twitter account to your other online accounts

You need the right tools to get the most out of Twitter. New tools, services, Web sites, and applications are created for Twitter users every day, so the list of tools that you can choose from is always growing. To help get you started, we want to tell you about a few of our favorite examples, which give you a fun sampling that will give you some sense of different ways you can use Twitter.

Tip

Each time we tried to come up with a list of the top ten tools, we realized it's just not possible — too many great innovations are being built on Twitter's "platform." What is the best tool for you really depends on your needs, and, of course, popular new tools emerge all the time. Literally, because of this problem, Laura is working on a startup, www.oneforty.com, that will make it easy for anyone to find, use, and share the best Twitter-related applications and services. Stay tuned to that site for help making the most of your Twitter experience.

TweetDeck: Connecting with Many

www.tweetdeck.com

Type: Desktop client

TweetDeck is an Adobe Air application that gives you the tools you need to keep track of large numbers of people in your Twitter stream. (For more on Adobe Air, see Chapter 9.) It allows you to put people in groups, keep permanent search windows open, view your Facebook ...

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