This month I wrote a whole lot about Twitter apps and a bit about Twitter Ads and Twelebrities
I wish I could start working out a theme for the posts I’m doing over on About.com about Twitter but lately I’ve been coming up with random topics as they strike me. This month I went mildly theme-y and decided to write about the 5 Best Twitter Android apps. Naturally, it was part SEO challenge and part research-y fun.
As you might know by now, I’ve been managing Twitter.About.com since April and so far I’ve been trying to focus on building a base of Twitter Basics and a Twitter Glossary. This month I collaborated with someone who is an Android power-user to come up with these reviews.
Out of all the apps, I think the Falcon Pro App is my favorite just on principle. The design and functionality appeals to power-users but that’s not at all why I love it. I love it because there’s this secret passageway to actually get and use the app. No app store for you Falcon Pro!
Next in line is Plume for Twitter because it’s basically the official Twitter app with added functionality. Android users are all about the added functionality while us iPhone users have been used to not having third-party plugins and whatnots for a long time. Plume is pretty, simple and useful. I like the white design because all of these black-heavy designs just make me think of TweetDeck.
I’m also fond of the Official Android Twitter App and I don’t care what anybody says. There’s something nice about an app that is multiplatform and retains the same functionality across all of them. There’s nothing new to learn from website to tablet to phone, you just switch effortless. Sort of like working with Apple products, er, uh, wrong audience.
Carbon Twitter Client is another Twitter client that’s both new and super popular. The design is ridiculously good looking and all the little icons are easy to interpret. People are all about customizing their apps, that that’s something that this app lacks, but if you don’t need to swap your theme between My Little Pony colored buttons and Rainbow Brite on demand, you’ll do just fine.
Twicca for Android needed to be included because it’s one of the oldest and most popular apps out there. As of late, it’s been getting some rotten reviews because it hasn’t been updated in a while, but still gets a solid 4.5 stars from almost 50,000 reviewers in the Google Play store.
And for fun, I threw in the story of Boid, the little app that didn’t make it due to poor timing.
This month wasn’t all about apps though. I’m actually looking forward to writing about iPhone apps because everyone I know is using an iPhone and when I try to get them to join Twitter, they can barely figure out the web interface, never mind the clunky apps that often come with it. The official Twitter app still remains my favorite for n00bs on any operating system.
I also started a series of Twitter profiles, too. First up on deck was Matt Cutts on Twitter. For the next several months I’ll be profiling some of my favorite Twelebrities and analyzing what they do on Twitter for fun, for business, and for whatever else they want to do.
At the beginning of the month, I also wrote about the new Twitter Ad updates. If you didn’t notice, Twitter Ads got a huge upgrade this month. Anyone with a Twitter Ads account can now get analytics about their Twitter account.
The interface is actually pretty rad. It tells you how many mentions you got, how many people followed you, how many people unfollowed you, and then lets you organize your Tweets by “best,” “good,” and “all.” In the screenshot below, you can see what my “best” Tweets were this month. Kind of lame because I’ve been too busy with client accounts to keep up appearances lately, but it’s fun to see what kinds of Tweets resonate with my followers.
From what I’ve been hearing, that follow to unfollow ratio is pretty normal but I’ve always hated having any kind of unfollow notice. It’s like making a chubby girl walk around with scales attached to her shoes. There are some things you just don’t want to know.
That’s all for this month. If you have any burning questions or ideas for Twitter tests I can run, let me know. There’s nothing I like more than to prove myself wrong!
Did you know that I’m now managing Twitter.About.com?
From now on I’ll be sharing a bunch of quick-tip articles here that link back to all the new tips,
strategies, apps and tactics I’m posting over there that will help you sharpen your Twitter chops.
Consider it cross-pollination!