So You're Twittering. Now What?

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Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service, that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Twitter is an excellent tool for teacher professional development and, in my opinion, is critical for building a varied and widely dispersed personal learning network (PLN). Because it takes some time to build a network of people that you follow, Twitter's uniqueness isn't revealed immediately.

For now, let's assume you're on Twitter, following other educators, and "tweeting". Now what? There are many ways to interact with Twitter beyond simply going to the website. In fact, there are dozens of applications available to extend the functionality of Twitter. I've chosen to share 10+ apps that help me in managing oodles of information, interacting with my PLN, and just plain having some fun on Twitter.

  1. Tweetdeck http://www.tweetdeck.com/beta/
    TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application that is currently in public beta. It aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information i.e twitter feeds, and breaking it down into more manageable bite sized pieces.

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  2. Search.Twitter.Com http://search.twitter.com
    Twitter Search Operators http://search.twitter.com/operators. An explosion of information at your fingertips in mere seconds.
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  1. Real Time Twitter Results on Google http://mt-hacks.com/20090302-realtime-twitter-search-results-on-google.html
    Greasemonkey script that grabs the last five tweets regarding your search topic. Real-time results!
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  2. Tweetie http://www.atebits.com/software/tweetie/
    Application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Cost is $2.99 and WELL worth the cost.

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    Now available as a desktop client for the Mac in both an ad supported free version & a paid version.

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  3. Who Should I Follow http://whoshouldifollow.com/
    Looks at your network and provides recommendations for new people you should follow. Includes user statistics to assist in decision-making.
  4. MrTweet http://mrtweet.net/
    Helps build a meaningful network by examining both your network AND your tweets.
  5. Polldaddy http://twitter.polldaddy.com/
    A simple survey/poll application that collects responses quickly and easily.


    Alternate app: Twtpoll http://twtpoll.com/
  6. TwttrStrm http://www.squidoo.com/twttrstrm/hq
    Ask a question of your Twitter followers and easily gather all their answers in one spot.
  7. Twitpic http://twitpic.com/
    Share pictures on Twitter
  8. GroupTweet http://www.grouptweet.com/
    Send private messages to groups on Twitter
  9. Twitterfone http://www.twitterfone.com/
    Send messages to Twitter using voice.
  10. Twitterrific http://www.apple.com/iphone/appstore/
    Application for the iPhone and iPod touch. FREE from the iTunes Store.
  11. Twitter Bar https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4664
    Firefox browser extension. Post to Twitter from your URL address bar.
  12. **iTweet.net** Combines much of the above into one application!
  13. Twitter Backup http://tweetbackup.com/
  14. Twitter Sheep http://twittersheep.com/
    See what your followers have in common
  15. Twibes http://www.twibes.com/
    Find a Twitter group and join it

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