We can spend hours debating Twitter, including the different ways you can use the social network, how to leverage it for business or personal benefit, and the best Twitter clients available for Android. However, one thing remains constant no matter who you talk to: Twitter is expanding and it is getting harder and harder to manage.
However, thankfully, there is a resurgence in tools and services that help you stay on top of Twitter, whether by managing your followers and friends, finding interesting tweets you might have missed in your timeline, archiving and searching tweets, scheduling your output to avoid overwhelming your followers, and more. Below, I have picked 10 of my favorite Android apps that sit beside my Twitter client and help me stay in control of my social networking.
Few tools are as exhaustive and well thought-out as Unfollowers.me when it comes to managing Twitter connections. The app, while being gorgeously designed for phones and tablets alike, lets you quickly see people who don’t follow you back, those who have recently unfollowed you, those you don’t follow back, compare followers and friends of two different users, and more.
Since I hardly think of Twitter as a reciprocal social network and consider unilateral following to be the norm, I simply use Unfollowers.me to check and see where I can improve my connections, compare myself with a few other users, and keep an eye on my “People who I recently unfollowed” list. Given Twitter’s known bug to arbitrarily unfollow some people for you, this last bit is quite invaluable for me as I’ve picked my friends carefully and I don’t want to lose anyone from my timeline due to a bug.
Unfollowers.me manages your Twitter connections, and keeps an eye on Twitter’s unfollow bug — I never unfollowed @Le_Me_R!
Twitter is full of celebrities and interesting personalities or accounts tweeting about various topics and events. Whether your’re overwhelmed by the service or looking to spruce up your timeline with more engaging users, Explore 140 should be your one stop directory.
From music to sports, style, tech, politics, gaming, and more, the app suggests featured users in each domain and divides them by categories. Click on a username and you have access to their biography, tweets, favorites, lists and mentions. This should help you get a feel for them before you commit to following.
From users to hashtags, Tweet Analysis lives up to its name. It crawls through all the data relative to a person or a topic and returns everything you’d want to know in a nutshell. Search for a hashtag and you’ll get a list of the top participants, sources, languages and more. Search for people, and you’ll end up with a long series of stats including their top days, mentions, tags, retweets, along with Foursquare check-ins, tweet sentiment distribution, and followers location on a map.
Tweet Analysis Pro is excellent for the stats fiend who wants to see where their own tweets are going, or if you’re “vetting” other Twitter users to discover their success formula.
Tweet Analysis provides extensive stats about hashtags and users
Buffer is a very popular service that allows you to schedule your tweets — and Facebook, LinkedIn and App.net posts — throughout the day and for several days. You can use the app to target your tweets for optimal timings, buffer multiple tweets across the day to avoid overwhelming your followers, and see stats for your tweets including views, clicks, favorites, retweets, and replies.
Adding a tweet to Buffer, and checking your buffered tweet’s stats
TweetNEST is an archival and search tool for Twitter that lets you add selected users — whose profiles are public — and archive their content. You can then search each person’s tweets for hashtags, mentions, URLs and keywords, along with filtering, printing and saving any and all tweets in the database.
You can think of TweetNEST as an extension to your Twitter client that gives you access to a lot more data from the important people you follow.
TweetNEST lets you archive, search and see stats from several Twitter users
We all know that Twitter is time-consuming, and that’s why The Social Radio is quite an awesome find. The app reads tweets to you, from your timeline, lists, trends or a specific search, and mixes it up with your own music. The end result is, well, a very social radio. The app even offers some smart features, like automatic language detection, smiley face recognition, and “txt style” expansions.
The Social Radio lets you listen to different twitter stations along with your music
Look, I really tried to find a better Twitter Search app on Android, but none of the half-decent ones offers as much features as Search on Android. The app, while being recently updated, is still stuck in its Froyo days, but offers an extensive “Advanced Search” mode that should keep anyone happy. You can search for any or all keywords, an exact phrase or hashtag, coming from or going to specific users. All of these are available simultaneously so you can tailor the search to your specific needs.
Search on Android features advanced tweet finding options
I have come across Mentions hundreds of times before, but I never really gave it a lot of attention, thinking of it as a stripped down Twitter client that only shows you mentions to your account. Boy was I wrong!
Mentions doesn’t work on usernames, but on domain names. Add yours — and/or your competitor’s — and you can see any tweet with a link to these sites. Mentions doesn’t stop at Twitter, but also includes Reddit and Google+ posts. It’s an invaluable tool if you want to know what people are saying about or linking to on your sites.
Mentions finds Twitter and Reddit posts linking to your domain
A while ago, there was an excellent service called Summify that checked your timeline for the most popular tweets and emailed you with the list. Summify was bought by Twitter, which is now using it for their newsletters, and left us all wondering where to go to check popular tweets we might have missed.
TweetsPie answers this very dilemma, by providing a simple list of tweets from your timeline sorted by the most retweeted. Click on a tweet and you can retweet it directly from the app, see the number of retweets, or hide the user so you don’t see their contributions anymore in the list.
TweetsPie only shows the most retweeted tweets from your timeline
Like the name suggests, Tweets Nearby is a Twitter client that focuses on location. It starts with a map showing tweets that have been geotagged near you, and lets you read them, check the users who wrote them, and reply to them. You might not use Tweets Nearby everyday, but it can come in handy during events, or when you’re travelling and want to see what the locals are talking about.
Tweets Nearby displays geotagged tweets near you and lets you view them and reply
Given Twitter’s broad appeal and mobile focus, there are a lot more apps that expand on the service and it was quite difficult to stop at just 10. That’s why I decided to compile a few more tools that are also worth considering.
HashChat for Twitter is a Twitter client that uses hashtags to create “#rooms” for you to discuss different topics separately.