Well, it looks like the Twitter management tool TweepSync isn’t active any more.
Recently I’ve noticed quite a bit of traffic here from people looking for TweepSync info. I found that rather unusual. So I did my own search on Google for TweepSync. It came back with a bunch of dead links and failed servers.
It’s starting to look like the creators of TweepSync have moved on to other business activities, taking this Twitter app out of the mix.
It’s a shame. I did think it was a neat Twitter application in spite of my disdain for its behavior of automatically making users follow the development team without their knowledge or consent. But that is a customer support issue, not a technical or design issue. And it did yank out some rather unsavory Twitter characters early on.
Even if the development team did pull TweepSync off the market, there are still a few decent apps left in the game that will pick up the slack.
Here are five that I’ve found extremely useful:
- Friend or Follow: Here is a basic app that has been around forever, or at least as long as I can remember. It outlines the accounts that you follow but don’t follow you back, the accounts you don’t follow but follow you anyway, and the accounts that establish a bi-directional relationship. Right now it looks like they are going through a redesign. For a quick peek, be sure to test-drive their beta.
- Tweepi: A new program I’m looking at. Like all of the other tools, this one has a free version and a paid version that gives you more functionality. The piece I’m not particularly fond of is their “flushing” function which allows you to unfollow all of those people in your audience that aren’t following you back en masse. I like to maintain control over which accounts I follow, unfollow, and verify the spammy ones. However, this app does give you insight into your followers, such as their Klout scores, the last time they tweeted, and the size of their audience. It also has a “force unfollow” function; something more versatile and advanced apps are beginning to make standard issue in their premium offerings.
- TwitCleaner: When reviewing our community, we have to remember that it isn’t only about unfollowing people that don’t follow us back. It’s about managing your audience. And shaping your audience is just as important as shaping your message. TwitCleaner gives you an insightful review of the kinds of tweets your audience members are creating, such as who is sending out nothing but quotes, and who is sending out nothing but spammy links, as well as who is following you, who isn’t following, who’s talkative, who’s quiet, and who is no longer active. If you are serious about managing your audience, TwitCleaner is necessary for your toolbox.
- Manageflitter: This cute little app was a tremendous asset about a year and a half ago. Since that time it has grown into a potent resource for managing your audience. It will let you look for accounts with no profile image (typically spammers or bots), follower to following ratio, active followers, quiet followers, and now fake followers. And that’s the free version. For about 12 bucks a month, you can upgrade to the lowest pro version and get access to the analytics, some additional management functionality, and the ability to download your audience. Wanna keep your community healthy? Add this tool to your list.
- SocialBro: Now here is a tool that you can call the social media Swiss army knife in your quest for Twitter management tools. This app doesn’t just focus on accounts that follow or unfollow you, it gives you insight into when the best time to schedule your tweets, monitor hash tags, review your analytics, even analyze your competition. If you have a big audience (7000 followers or more), you might want to peek at the pro version, which does its thing totally in the cloud instead of creating a local database. For audiences bigger than 10K members, you’ll need a pro version. However, for audiences under 5K, use the free version for a while. It comes in two flavors: a desktop version that sits on top of Adobe Air, and a Google Chrome extension. It also ties in information from the social influence monitor, PeerIndex, and gives you additional insight into your community. If you had to pick only one Twitter community manager to use, select this one. Fortunately, you can use several and compare the results.
What tools have you found useful for managing your Twitter community?