Social media Advent calendar Day 24: Tweetchat

24: TweetChat Tweetchat is a bit like Twinitor, the first tool I featured on this list in that the idea behind it is so simple, yet it makes such a difference when using it. If you are a reporter covering a council meeting, live event or football match via Twitter and using a hashtag toContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar Day 24: Tweetchat”

Social media Advent calendar day 23: Kurrently

23. Kurrently I’ve blogged about Kurrently before, but I’ve decided to include it in this list again, not because I’m running out of tools in this advent calendar (honest), but because I’m still convinced it’s a tool journalists should know about and use. There are plenty of social network search engines out there, but IContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 23: Kurrently”

Social media Advent calendar Day 22: Tweriod

22. Tweriod Here’s a simple question: When’s the best time to Tweet? Type it into Google, and you’ll find many posts talking about, generally, the best times to Tweet. There’s also a lot of advice on repeating Tweets to catch different timezones as they log on in the morning. But tools which just tell youContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar Day 22: Tweriod”

Social media Advent calendar day 21: twitcleaner

  21. Twitcleaner How much do you know about the people you follow and are you getting as much out following them as you thought? That’s the question which Twitclean seeks to answer – and the results can be quite fascinating. It goes through the people you follow and assigns people whose traits it isContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 21: twitcleaner”

Social media Advent calendar day 20: Memolane

20. Memolane Memolane is a tool I’ve played with a few times and still is still filed, in my head at least, as ‘fun, and I’m sure there’s more to it than that.’ Plug your social networks into Memolane – and by social networks I mean more than Twitter and Facebook, as it does manyContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 20: Memolane”

Social media Advent calendar Day 19: Crowdbooster

19. Crowdbooster.com I’m a sucker for a good visualisation of a social network, so crowdbooster.com was always going to be a winner for me. ┬áBut it’s more than just a pretty graph service. If you’re serious about your Twitter or Facebook presence, either personally or for a brand account, then it feels like a mustContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar Day 19: Crowdbooster”

Social media Advent calendar day 18: Tweepsmap

17. Tweepsmap.com This tool is a bit of fun, but also very useful if you are a regional journalist, or someone who manages the Twitter account of an organisation which is located in one particular area, such as a council. Ask the questions “What sort of audience is really useful to me” or “What sortContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 18: Tweepsmap”

Social media Advent calendar day 17: Dabr

17: Dabr Dabr certainly isn’t a new Twitter tool, so why include it on the list now? Simple – it solves a problem it was perhaps never intended to sort out: How to use Twitter if your internet connection at work isn’t the best. I know of newsrooms, often in rural areas, where internet connectionsContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 17: Dabr”

Social media Advent calendar day 16: Listorious

16. Listorious Listorious is want crowdsourcing is all about. It’s a tool which makes it easy to find people on Twitter. There are millions of Twitter lists on there, powered by, according to the company, data from the tens of thousands of list curators. Once you find the right person, you can interview them byContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 16: Listorious”

Social media Advent calendar day 15: Twiangulate

15. Twiangulate Here’s another useful tool for tracking down new followers. Twiangulate does a number of things, including comparing the followers of two or three accounts, which is a good way of working out whether you’re generally just talking to other journalists on Twitter, or talking to a wider community. It will also tell youContinue reading “Social media Advent calendar day 15: Twiangulate”