Thursday, April 30, 2009

Twitter Follower - Auto Follow Your Way To The Top

Well I am not a big fan of auto following on Twitter, but @johnchow released a new free tool called Twitter Follower. The tool allows you to join a list of Twits who have auto follow enabled for their accounts. You can easily go down the current list of Twits and start following them right from the Twitter Follow site. Twitter Follow also provides another free tool to mass un-follow those who are not following you back. It is a pretty simple process that only takes seconds.

I also came across another Twitter auto follow site called Twitter Auto Follow. This site provides a list of current users that have auto follow enabled on their Twitter account. To get added to the site you will need to send an email.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Twitter Local Directory List

Even though Twitter allows people to network with other people from around the globe, there is an emerging demand for local networking. While local social networking on Twitter is starting to pickup steam I did some quick research in locating Local Twitter Directories.

GeoFollow is a location based Twitter directory that allows users to search by city, state, zip, country, tag, name, username, or keyword. The site suggests to get listed early, so your profile will be listed higher for your particular city and state. Note that the Twitter profile link and the bio link are NoFollows.

Loaded Web's Local Twitter Directory is another local Twitter directory that serves the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The current directory lists 1300 twitters from the United States. At the city and individual level, the site pulls in the top Hashtags as well as the top URLs being tweeted in the last week and for the month. Note that the links on this site are NoFollowed.

LocalTweeps features local Twits from the United States and Canada. The local directory results provide a DoFollow profile and bio link.

WeFollow directory (started by Digg's Kevin Rose) allows users to tag themselves with a city. As this is one of the more popular Twitter directories there seems to be a fair amount of users tagging themselves by city. The site does provide a DoFollow profile and bio link, but removes links from the profiles lastest Tweet.

Twitr is a clone of the WeFollow directory. You can leverage this directory by adding a city tag. Looking at a sample of users, most do not tag themselves with a city. So the validity of this directory for local networking may not be effective. The site does provide a DoFollow profile and bio link.

Twibs is considered a Twitter business directory, but the search feature allows one to search by city and state. This site does provide a DoFollow profile and bio link.

Twellowhood by provides a search feature that allows users to search by location. Currently Twellowhood includes only United States and Canada in their local Twitter directory. The site provides a DoFollow profile and bio link as well as social profile links.

Other Local Twitter Sites

ChirpCity provides the latest tweets from cities around the United States.

CityTweets provides "near" real-time tweets from and about individual cities. They only have around 23 cities listed from the United States, Japan and Brazil. They do allow you to grab their source code to create your own CityTweets.

TwitterLocal, while not a local Twitter directory, it is a desktop tool that allows you to watch Twitter streams based on a specific radius around a particular location.

On a side note, Lee Odden wrote a nice post on the Top 12 Twitter Directories to Find Brands and Companies on Twitter. Worth the read.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - Send External Links to Your Site

Twittersplit is a cool tool I found on BirdsAll Social Media. Twittersplit allows you to send external links to your own URL. Yes, send external links to your own domain. Twittersplit requires that you install their script to do this. Basically it auto-frames every link you post to Twitter. Here is their example,

This can be a really good tool for branding purposes. Since you are sending the user to your domain, but I caution that framing someone 's content on your site may not be the right thing to do.

Monday, April 06, 2009

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Twitter's Status..Err...Site Issues

Twitter has become a little more transparent in that they are now displaying a status update of the health of Twitter at The Twitter Status blog is being updated more frequently to display the latest site issues. It looks like the blog has been running since May of last year. Interesting to note that the blog is being hosted through Tumblr while their company blog ( is host through Blogger.