10 Powerful Twitter Tools The Pros Use + a Bonus

There are a lot of Twitter tools out there and when you’re new to social media, you just don’t know what to use. If you want to manage your Twitter account the right way, you want to be using the best tools. In this article I’ve put together 10 tools that I’ve seen my Twitter mentors using.

(update: if you just want to download the bonus scroll to the bottom)

Plus I’ve also added a bonus that will help you hack twitter and get the best results with little effort.


bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. We are currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web. When you sign up for bit.ly you can see all the stats in your dashboard from all your tweets, you can manage multiple accounts also. As an added bonus, you can even create your own custom short domain to match your brand.

Some of the online celebrities using bit.ly are: Darren Rowse, Mari Smith, and Joast de Valk.



Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

It’s a great tool to drive traffic to those site that are mentioned on the paper.li (like your followers or people you follow), and in most cases they’ll be thankful you’ve shared their tweets.



Triberr in their own words, it is a reach multiplier. There’s really no better way to explain it.

All you do is plug your RSS feed in and members of your tribe will tweet each new post. When you get invited to become a member, sign up, then you can set yourself up to do automatic tweeting of other memberโ€™s posts or manual tweeting when you have reviewed and approved of the posts. I personally just copy my Triberr tweets into HootSuite for full scheduling control.



TweetDeck is your personal real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more.

This is my favorite and it’s the only tool I’m using on my iPhone and my Macbook. Once you get familiar with TweetDeck you can do more than just Retweet a link. The reason I like it is because you can create new columns to manage different keywords and competitors.



Hootsuite is a social media dashboard. That’s what it is. Start saving your time and your sanity. Monitor and post to multiple social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. It’s also a free tool if you have under 5 different social profiles, but if you manage more than 5 you can always go pro for a small monthly fee.



CoTweet is a comprehensive Web-based social media engagement, management and reporting solution that helps companies of all sizes engage, track and analyze conversations about their brands across the most popular and influential social communities today, Twitter and Facebook.

Is this basically the tool big brands are using. This tool really empowers businesses to engage on the web, listen to the conversations about your business, and measure the impact of engagement, reach and influence. Companies are using it to build stronger customer relationships. I’ve heard only good things about this tool.



SocialOomph is a service that provides free and paid productivity enhancement services for social media users. It offers some of the same features like other tools, for example, scheduling tweets, manage multiple accounts free, automate the following of those who follow you and more.



Twitterfeed allows you to add RSS feeds (yours and others) to be shared on auto-pilot through your Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts each time there is a new update to them. You can customize the tweets to show the title of the new post, the link (shortened by your preferred URL shortener), and even add a RT @username or via @username so you let the blogger know youโ€™re always tweeting their posts.



Visibli lets you create a custom sharing bar that goes with any links you share through their service. By connecting your Twitter accounts and Facebook Pages, you can automatically track all your shared links and have a real-time view into their performance. If you’ve selected the Engagement Bar option and have that Setting on ‘On’, your custom Engagement Bar will also be added to your links automagically.
By using Visibli as your custom URL shortener, you can easily convert all your links with one click every time you share using TweetDeck Desktop. Every link you share shows your customized Engagement Bar above the destination page. It’s a pretty amazing tool and I’m still trying to learn more about it and its cool features. I recommend this product to anyone interested in tracking engagement.



Buffer makes your life easier with a smarter way to schedule tweets. It allows you to simply schedule your tweets to be spread throughout the day so you donโ€™t go through a reading spree and flood your followers with 50 tweets within an hour. You can check also the analytics in your dashboard, that way you can measure engagement and what people like tweeting the most.

Do You use a twitter? What is your favorite?

Okay, so how about you. Do you use a twitter management tool? Is there a favorite twitter app you’re using to share you thoughts and tweets with your followers?

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  • Wilson, aloha. Great list. Of particular interest to me is visbli. The reason for that is that recently I have seen a few people who know their way around social media using them. The visblis looked great. In fact, I had put getting one on my “to do” list.

    Then today on twitter, I saw someone saying what difficulty they were having disconnecting visbli and that they don’t recommend it.

    My question to you, Wilson, is what prompted you to get it and how are you using it?

    You may want to check out an app that works with Buffer called @strawberryapp

    Thanks for the book, Wilson, look forward to reading it. Until later, aloha. Janet

    • Your welcome. Actually I haven’t used visibli I just know a few social media experts using them.

      Like many new tools there’s always a learning curve, I might see if I can make a tutorial for it, would that help?

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  • Never understood paper.li …….
    Out of all the tools I’m only using Triberr and Hootsuit. I think you only need the rest if you have some well known brand to monitor and support ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yea I understand Tim, I just wanted to put a list for everyone out there. I know for example, you like Hootsuite, me on the other hand love Tweetdeck. I just wanted to give people all the options I know about and let them decide which to use you know. I don’t use all of these, not in a million years would I do it and really I have no time to be in all of them every day.

      • Hey Wilson, from my tone you might have thought I was being rude or smth.. but I wasn’t ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for that ๐Ÿ™‚ Just don’t understand those tools, that’s it ๐Ÿ™‚

        btw.. was using Tweetdeck for a looong time. But then decided to stick with Hootsuite cause I can login from any PC, as it’s web based. And since then I’m an advocate of Hootsuite ๐Ÿ™‚

        • I understand don’t feel sorry I didnt even notice the tone my friend. I you ever have a strong opinion I want to hear it.

          I like to constructive criticism and I’d loe to have a skype or something with get some ideas and hear your goals. This is what the web is about right?

          I like hootsuite and I’ll use it to schedule tweets when I don’t use buffer.

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  • Rob

    Hey Wilson,

    I’m using Hootsuite currently but seem to have problems if I schedule more than a couple of tweets per hour. I usually like to do 3-4. Not all show up. When running well, I get 60% of my traffic from twitter. I’m working on being less dependent!
    I checked out Buffer, but to do what Hootsuite does for free, it would cost $99 a month. That’s pricey. Any other free tools out there that will let you automate tweets that you can recommend? Buffer will give you ten a day for free but that’s not even touching the surface as one of my sites is a toy site, and it needs many tweets this time of year.