Many of you know I love Twitter.  I think it is an amazing tool for businesses and just a better way of communicating than any other social network.  

There are a ton of Twitter bashers out there, but when you see someone bashing it, I bet their twitter account just looks like a bunch of auto-tweeted links that contribute nothing to the existing community.

While a ton of these tools are ways to automate your outreach, please remember to get on and actually interact and you will see your results compound over time.

This list will be updated frequently, if you see anything that needs editing or tools you think should be added, let me know!

Twitter Tools For Research


This tool allows you to find influencers based on keyword searches.  For instance in you’re looking for guest writers on your gardening blog, you might be able to find some really inflential people here to write for you.  There are both a free and paid version of this tool.


I talked about hashtagify in my 3 step twitter growth strategy, and use it OFTEN! One of my favorite things about this tool it the ability to discover hashtags that are popular enough to reach new people, but not so popular that they get buried under thousands of tweets in the first day. Hashtagify is on the freemium model, I happen to be a paid member.


twitonomy is great when you are doing competitive research.  You can dig deep and find out which hashtags are being used successfully, who your competitor is interacting with most frequently and much more info that can help you get the edge over your competitor.

Twitter Tools For Automation


Buffer has been around for a long time.  They are a great post automation tool for Twitter, AND if you are only doing 3 social media profiles it is FREE!  They also have a pretty inexpensive plan to handle up to 10 profiles.  I would definitely check out buffer if you’re just getting started.


This is not specific to Twitter, It will help you automate pretty much all of your social media accounts.  But if you have multiple twitter accounts this is worth checking out.  If you wanted to boost your value as a social media manager, Hootsuite has a free course and a inexpensive certification test that could get you hired for more social gigs.

Twitter Tools For Building a Following


Rewst is a tool of many uses.  Most people use it to find targeted people to follow, in hopes of them following you back.  If a user doesn’t follow you back after about a week or so, you can systematically unfollow them.  

This is a fairly aggressive growth strategy, but a popular one.  Anyone on Twitter has had a multitude of people follow you, and upon checking their profile, the happen to follow 150,000 people.  This is not a bas strategy for a business page but i wouldn’t do it on my personal profile.  I like to keep my connections more meaningful.

Manage Flitter

Manage Flitter is a lot like Rewst but comes with an extra feature that allows you to see when the best time to post is based on your account.