How To Use Twitter For Your Business (Part 3 of 4)

Tip #3: Automation (wherever it is appropriate)

Reduce the time it takes you to research what is happening in the Twitterdom, speed up your own Tweeting, get yourself followed automatically, and build ranking faster and easier.   There are several automation type tools available to help build your Twitter for business presence without having to hire a back room full of people:

  • TweetBeep –Set up alerts for various keywords, people, different attitudes, and links.
  • Search.Twitter.com (used to be called Summize) – Search for your keywords, click a button and you have  a custom RSS feed that you can read via your favorite feed reader, or put on your Google or Yahoo home page. A synopsis available on what’s happening.
  • Tweetlater – one of the more versatile tools related to Twitter. A quick list of services include; emailing a digest of Tweets (like TweetBeep), Pre-scheduling tweets to keep your tweet stream flowing, pre-saving Tweets or common snippets of tweets for faster Tweeting, Automating direct messages to people that follow you, setting up an auto-follow and  managing multiple Twitter Ids at the same time.
  • Twitscoop – extends what search.twitter.com can do with both real-time searches of specific keywords as well as what the overall Twitterdom is talking about using (the Tweet Cloud). It also shows you the hot trends in the cloud.
  • Twellow -  This is another research tool that extends Twitter for business use, Twellow searches people’s profiles or what they are Tweeting about under specific, predefined categories, or a general search.  Twellow will also show you geographically where people are Tweeting from in the US and Canada.
  • Remember the Milk (RTM) – A real unique and cutting edge use of Twitter. RTM is a Task management service (set up reminders, tasks, things to do, etc.) for an individual or a small team or business. You can interact with Remember the Milk through Twitter. You simply follow the Twitter ID @rtm and then send it commands like retrieving your current tasks, adding new tasks, setting up automated reminders, even sending tasks to other Twitter users. This is a great adaptation of Twitter for business use.

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