Update: I’ve just published all that I learned about Twitter on a subsequent post, please read here.
I’ve been watching the various twitter ranking, measuring, mashups appear, and most have little utility (other than some of the search tools). I’m pleased to finally run into Tweeterboard, which has metrics (see my profile), rankings, a ‘newsfeed’ of content, and it starts to tie relationships together of different users. There’s even an RSS feed of all the links I put on my twitter account, I often share what I find interesting on this feed, so please consider subscribing.
You can check your stats too, it’s much like Technorati, but it maps out your social graph. I’m thankful to the following users for ‘giving me love’. martysmind (40), mickeleh (24), jspepper (21), dough (20), shashib (20), jagath (18), tetesagehen (17), tastybit (16), shawnz (16). For any of those folks, you can add them by going to www.twitter.com/PutNameHere.
Why is understanding who talks to me and vice versa important? Because you can see who influences me, and who I influence.
If you haven’t figured out Twitter yet, it’s a chat room, and information and conversations are happening there before it hits blogs. In fact, even the press are getting stories by watching the conversation in Twitter. If your job is to watch the conversation (many early adopters in here) I recommend you follow some of the top posters. Then when you’re ready to dive in, there’s over 400 other users that want to connect! Please note this tool isn’t for everyone, so figure out your objectives first.
If you haven’t done it yet, try these tools
Because of the API and RSS feeds, third party developers are experimenting with the output. True useful business tools haven’t really emerged, but it’s only year one.
1 Search for your brand, see who’s talking about you
2 TwitterVision is a map that shows the global conversations, interesting but low value. It would be great if this could be segmented by role, topic, region, or industry.
3 TwitterBlocks shows a graphical representation of who your neighbors are, again, not sure of the value, although the interface sure is neat.
4 There’s over 100 applications available that have been created by the developer community. I’ve used Snitter, an Adobe air app, but it started to be a resource hog.
5 There’s already a twitter application in Facebook, or you can embed it on your blog, and because I can update my account from my mobile phone, I’ve used it to meet up with people.