Hello mudder, hello fadder: spring and summer camps for adults!

May 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Event News, San Antonio, Tools and Tips | Leave a comment
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Our friend (and soon-to-be-announced TweetCampSA sponsor!), Alan Weinkrantz, included TweetCampSA in his San Antonio Express-News article yesterday, “Business camps are fun aids to career.” Be sure to check out Alan’s article for a list of the upcoming camps here in town and  Alan’s web site for dates and more info on all upcoming camps. Now, who’s bringing the marshmallows? Don’t worry. Lettergirl’s got us covered!

A list of top Twitter tools to get you started

April 22, 2009 at 6:38 am | Posted in Tools and Tips | 1 Comment

It’s a jungle out there! We know. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to explain the concept of how (and why) Twitter works to our friends, family and co-workers, there are also tons, literally TONS,  of neat, cool and trippy Twitter tools designed to enhance the already stellar power of Twitter. The list of tools gets pretty lengthy – so much so that it seems that they are out there to make life more complicated than simple – but there is no need to panic… the TweetCamp San Antonio organizers Colleen, Andi and Jennifer have put together a list of favorites. Feel free to share yours!

The list makers

colleen andi jennifer

Colleen       Andi       Jennifer

colleenTweetie: I’ve tried a few Twitter clients for iPhone (and Mac) and Tweetie’s by far my favorite. Tweetie’s iPhone interface is super intuitive and easy-to-use. Once I downloaded it to my iPhone I was up and running in minutes and was able to quickly tweet, retweet, send DMs, follow others, find users and search. Now I’m using it on my Mac and loving it too.

jenniferHootSuite: A great tool to manage multiple Twitter identities. A nice compliment for Tweetie on the iPhone.

andiTweetDeck: A great tool / desktop client to manage your Twitter identities at once. You can arrange your Twittersphere into columns and add columns for things like – multiple search results, replies, direct messages, friends… and you can create groups from within your friends to turn the noise down a little. As of recently, you can also integrate with Facebook status updates as well. The one downside to TweetDeck is that the window takes up your entire screen but pop-up notifications do let you know when Tweets come in.

colleenFriend or Follow: Want to know exactly who you’re following but who isn’t following you back? Or maybe you want to catch up on your follows and find out who’s following you that you’re not following back. In seconds Friend or Follow gives you the info. Click through avatars to read Twitter profiles and follow or unfollow as appropriate.

andiJust Tweet It: A directory for all things Twitter. Find other users, tools, graphics, news, groups, bots, uses… When in doubt, a good place to start.

colleenTwellow: Twellow’s your handy, dandy yellow page directory for Twitter. Get listed and search for tweeps by category and/or location.

andiTracking Twitter: Check out who’s on Twitter – a directory for brands, media, television, celebrities and electric artists. Keeps a tab on latest tweets, number of followers and gives you recommendations on who to follow. Based on what? Meh.

andiTwitter Backgrounds: An AMAZINGLY complete collection of really, really cool Twitter backgrounds. Pick your favorite!

colleenTweetchat: Turns your hashtag conversation into a chat room. Silence other Twitter chatter so you can focus on your favorite #topics. Great for scheduled chats like #journchat or even for just following a hot topic like #AmericanIdol.

jenniferTwitterFall: Is a fun trending topic tool. Tweetdeck allows users to watch their stream, create & manage groups plus search all in one.

andiTweetStats: A very cool tool that allows you to enter your username and, once you hit that “graph my tweets!” button… it gives ou a number of cool, colorful graphs with some useful and insightful Twitter stats. There is also a tab for trends which graphs the latest and greatest on Twitter and, just for fun, you can check out your Twitter cloud and visualize your own Tweets to get a feel for your own trends.

colleenBudURL: Budurl’s provides a great way to shorten URLs and track click-throughs to them. You can also customize your URL by selecting a friendly name (custom alias) between four and 20 characters, i.e. http://budurl.com/tweetcampsa

andiTweetFeed: Great for bloggers! TweetFeed allows you to feed your blog posts to your Twitter account automatically and however often your heart desires.

So there you have it. Now go out! Explore!

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