Twitter can be a great networking tool there is not doubt about that. But finding a way to curate great content, share it at appropriate times, talk with others and connect daily can be trying. I thought I would share a few of my favorite apps with you to help in your Twitter content curation and networking.
- Buffer – Buffer is a new kid on the block that has some potential for those of us who use Twitter to share content that we curate from our own RSS. Buffer allows you to “send” article links to your account at Buffer and then tweet them out according to a pre-determined schedule. Really it’s that simple. What is great is that it allows you to space out your sharing so that you are not bombarding your Twitter stream with articles at the time you review your RSS feed. I have been testing this out for the last week and so far have really like it. It allows me to share more without worry of overloading my followers.
- SummifyThis is a simple but very effective social media service. It allows you set it up to prepare a report each day or several times a day with the top tweeted articles being shared by the people you follow. You can also attach Facebook and Likedin to the account to have it curate that content too. The power with this is that you can see what news and links are getting the most traction and attention and choose to share the content with your own followers. It’s just simple curation tool, but one that I enjoy as it helps bring forth great content from the people I follow which I can share with others. I also like that it sends me a direct message via Twitter to tell me my report is ready and a link. Simplicity is essential with these types of apps.
- Flipboard This app is for the iPad – but worth talking about and may even help you make your decision on whether or not to buy an iPad. Flipboard simply pulls your Twitter Stream or Twitter List into a “magazine” format – bringing forward the popular items being shared and giving you an easy way to view and share the items with your own audience. It also allows you to “subscribe” to online “Magazines” and share their information. Flipboard even curates “magazines” that you can subsribe to. I like this app because it pulls up interesting and different items than what I may see in my regular Twitter stream. It makes content curation fun and interesting.
- Gist I really like Gist as it connects my social media world with my in real life world and helps me to stay in touch. Gist connects with your Gmail or Outlook account and your social networks. It identifies your top 100 contacts and pulls their most recent updates into one simple stream so you can easily “check in” with people closest to you and see what they are talking about and sharing. They have a plug-in for Firefox or Chrome that will allow you to see each person’s recent updates right next to an open email message. They also have a sweet app that allows you to easily view the recent updates on your phone. I love this as it provides me with more insight to the people closest to me and also helps me remember to reach out and connect with them via social networks.
Each of these apps allows you to connect differently with your network. They make sharing and connecting easier and help you to be more in touch with your network and provide more valuable content. They also help you to find valuable content that you may otherwise miss. What are your favorite Twitter apps? Please share below.