Twitter itself is pretty simple, but as the site continues to boom in popularity, 3rd party sites/tools are popping up like kudzu in the South.  And many offer a great deal of potential for helping you tap into the networking ability of Twitter.

With the economy as bad as it is, many of us need all the help we can get in putting us in contact with people that can help us grow our businesses.  Here's some sites/tools I've noticed recently that help you utilize Twitter to its fullest as a networking tool:

Twitter Local - TL is a 3rd party client that lets you see tweets from Twitter users based on location.  This is also great to cover a breaking news event in a certain location.

Twellow - Twellow shows you Twitter users organized by their industry.  This also helps you answer the 'who should I follow on Twitter?' question.

Twellowhood - This is also from the people behind Twellow, it lets you see who is on Twitter and living in a location that you specify.

TweepSearch - What happens when you have 1,000 people following you and you want to see how many are working in advertising in Phoenix?  Uh-oh.  But thanks to the TweepSearch, you can search for such information among your followers.

Twitter Search - Don't forget the tried and true. Ken Burbary has a wonderful post that details how to effectively drill down into Twitter Search to get maximum results.

People Search on Twitter - We got an early Christmas present last year when Twitter brought back the ability to search for people on Twitter.

These sites and tools should help you better network with others on Twitter. And if you suddenly in the market for a new job, these tools can help you there as well!


January 29, 2009

Mack Collier is a social media consultant, trainer and speaker. He has been actively immersed in social media since 2005, and in that time, has helped advise, teach and consult with businesses of all shapes and sizes on how they can better connect with their customers via these amazing tools and sites. While being passionate about the social media space, what truly excites Mack is the human connections that can result from the proper use of these social tools. His motto is "Don't focus on the tools, focus on the connections that the tools help facilitate." His goal is to help his clients create those connections with their customers, and nuture them into relationships that help grow their bottom line.

His social media 'homebase' is The Viral Garden, which in 3 years time Mack has grown into an influential marketing/social media blog with a monthly readership of over 175,000. He is also a frequent contributor to the website Marketing Profs, as well as the marketing blog Daily Fix, and small business blog Search Engine Guide. His writings have been referenced in several mainstream publications and websites, including The Washington Post,, Ad Age, CNET, and The Boston Globe.

Mack is also a requested speaker and has presented at some of the top social media conferences and events, including South By Southwest Interactive, Marketing Profs Digital Marketing Mixer, and Small Business Marketing Unleashed. He is also passionate about teaching companies how to use social media sites and tools more effectively, and offers training and seminars privately to companies, in addition to his public speaking schedule.

You can learn more information about Mack's social media training and consulting services here. If you need a social media speaker for your event, or want to know where Mack will be speaking next, click here. If you want to email Mack, click here.

Mack wrote this bio. The third-person thingie is just for fun.



Twitter is my all time favorite website... I do not know why i got into twitter, nevertheless i am not regretting... :) Thanks a lot for this wonderful post...

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I am checking out Tweetdeck, Twhirl, and the Twitter bar. Flock seems to have bad reviews, have you tried it?

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Good to know that there are many other applications that can be used alongside Twitter. I have been using Twitter too for a long time, and Twitter bests served our personal needs and can be used for business too.

One trend I noticed in Twitter is the gaming of followers is growing exponentially. Anyone who wishes to see it can simply record results for major Twitter users using Twinfluence and check back in a few days. The number of new users with huge numbers of followers is growing rapidly.

Just as being a celebrity is not an indication of quality, numbers of followers is not either.

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I was just aware of twitter. I am checking others.
Thanks for sharing good resource.

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