By David Finch

By David Finch

Let’s face it, we’re all looking for that “special” tool or application that will make our job or online experience easier and more productive. Every year there are a list of tools and services that are released to help make this happen. However, the challenge is weeding out what works and what doesn’t.

Over the past year, I’ve added some innovative tools to my social media toolbox. Here are my favorites as well as those that I continue to go back to.

My Top 5 for 2008:

1. Tweetdeck – Tweetdeck is a desktop application that allows you to take all the information that comes through Twitter and break it down into more consumable pieces. Tweetdeck will allow you to setup columns into groups, replies, search as well as a live feed.

You’ll be surprised how much your Twitter experience changes by adding Tweetdeck to your social media toolbox.

2. Twitter Search – Twitter Search allows you to keep up with all the conversations that are taking place within Twitter. Twitter Search will help you filter all the real-time information by topic, keyword or Twitter user. Twitter search works great to track replies as well as daily trends.

3. Twellow – Twellow is a Twitter search engine and search directory. Twellow is a great tool to find individuals that have similar interests. It makes it easy to find those that are involved in marketing and advertising, as well as accountants and graphic designers. One additional feature is that it lists their last “tweet” and the number of followers. If you’re building a Twitter community around your niche, this tool can be extremely beneficial.

4. Google Trends – Google Trends is one of the best tools for tracking what’s hot at the moment. It provides charts and graphs of searches as well as trends for any particular day. It works great in helping you monitor what type of content is getting the most attention.

5. Yahoo Pipes – Online Brand Protection – Yahoo Pipes is a web application that provides a user interface for building applications that aggregate web feeds, web pages, and other services. The Yahoo Pipe, Online Brand Protection works great to monitor conversations that are taking place online about your brand. Adding the RSS feed to your feed reader makes it easy to track and monitor what’s being said.

While this is definitely not everything that’s in my toolbox, these are the tools that I use on a daily basis.

What are your top social media tools? Which ones do you use on a daily basis? Leave a comment. I would love to hear what’s in your toolbox.

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  • http://www.budgetpulse.com Craig

    I agree with you completely David. I have only been using Twitter for a few months now and have really been hooked ever since I found Tweetdeck. I makes Twittering so much easy and organized. Twitter search has also helped me getting started and finding people who talk about topics I am interested in, as well has helped me find followers to connect with for the account I manage for work. Great tools. Hopefully even more improvements in 09.

  • http://www.budgetpulse.com Craig

    I agree with you completely David. I have only been using Twitter for a few months now and have really been hooked ever since I found Tweetdeck. I makes Twittering so much easy and organized. Twitter search has also helped me getting started and finding people who talk about topics I am interested in, as well has helped me find followers to connect with for the account I manage for work. Great tools. Hopefully even more improvements in 09.

  • http://www.budgetpulse.com Craig

    I agree with you completely David. I have only been using Twitter for a few months now and have really been hooked ever since I found Tweetdeck. I makes Twittering so much easy and organized. Twitter search has also helped me getting started and finding people who talk about topics I am interested in, as well has helped me find followers to connect with for the account I manage for work. Great tools. Hopefully even more improvements in 09.

  • http://www.budgetpulse.com Craig

    I agree with you completely David. I have only been using Twitter for a few months now and have really been hooked ever since I found Tweetdeck. I makes Twittering so much easy and organized. Twitter search has also helped me getting started and finding people who talk about topics I am interested in, as well has helped me find followers to connect with for the account I manage for work. Great tools. Hopefully even more improvements in 09.

  • http://jymsroad.wordpress.com Jim Gray

    I was using 1-3 allready, but 4 and 5 are awesome additions! Thank you for the information!

  • jimgray69

    I was using 1-3 allready, but 4 and 5 are awesome additions! Thank you for the information!

  • jimgray69

    I was using 1-3 allready, but 4 and 5 are awesome additions! Thank you for the information!

  • jimgray69

    I was using 1-3 allready, but 4 and 5 are awesome additions! Thank you for the information!

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  • http://socialmediavision.com JustinSMV

    Tweetdeck & Twellow are definitely my faves for 2008!

  • http://socialmediavision.com JustinSMV

    Tweetdeck & Twellow are definitely my faves for 2008!

  • http://socialmediavision.com JustinSMV

    Tweetdeck & Twellow are definitely my faves for 2008!

  • http://socialmediavision.com JustinSMV

    Tweetdeck & Twellow are definitely my faves for 2008!

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  • http://www.eagleonline.com cohnsey

    Tweetdeck is great and it made twitter a hundred times better for me.

  • http://www.eagleonline.com cohnsey

    Tweetdeck is great and it made twitter a hundred times better for me.

  • http://www.eagleonline.com cohnsey

    Tweetdeck is great and it made twitter a hundred times better for me.

  • http://www.eagleonline.com cohnsey

    Tweetdeck is great and it made twitter a hundred times better for me.

  • http://www.iviioo.com Dane

    Amen to Tweetdeck.

  • http://www.iviioo.com Dane

    Amen to Tweetdeck.

  • http://www.iviioo.com Dane

    Amen to Tweetdeck.

  • http://www.iviioo.com Dane

    Amen to Tweetdeck.

  • http://noesium.wordpress.com Evelyn So

    Thanks for the list!

    I would re-add LinkedIn to my list of tool. This oldie has seen some improvements this past year, with the additional of various useful applications (like showing your wordpress blog on your profile). Bugs is still a problem and technical support has not been the most efficient, in my experience. Neverthess, heading the right direction.

    Tweetdeck is a definite must! It makes twittering way more sane (how I could have twittered without it I don't know);

    thanks for the list

  • http://noesium.wordpress.com Evelyn So

    Thanks for the list!

    I would re-add LinkedIn to my list of tool. This oldie has seen some improvements this past year, with the additional of various useful applications (like showing your wordpress blog on your profile). Bugs is still a problem and technical support has not been the most efficient, in my experience. Neverthess, heading the right direction.

    Tweetdeck is a definite must! It makes twittering way more sane (how I could have twittered without it I don't know);

    thanks for the list

  • http://noesium.wordpress.com Evelyn So

    Thanks for the list!

    I would re-add LinkedIn to my list of tool. This oldie has seen some improvements this past year, with the additional of various useful applications (like showing your wordpress blog on your profile). Bugs is still a problem and technical support has not been the most efficient, in my experience. Neverthess, heading the right direction.

    Tweetdeck is a definite must! It makes twittering way more sane (how I could have twittered without it I don't know);

    thanks for the list

  • http://noesium.wordpress.com Evelyn So

    Thanks for the list!

    I would re-add LinkedIn to my list of tool. This oldie has seen some improvements this past year, with the additional of various useful applications (like showing your wordpress blog on your profile). Bugs is still a problem and technical support has not been the most efficient, in my experience. Neverthess, heading the right direction.

    Tweetdeck is a definite must! It makes twittering way more sane (how I could have twittered without it I don't know);

    thanks for the list

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  • http://blagica.com Blagica

    I always forget about the Yahoo Pipes – thanks for including in the list!

    Happy New Year!

    Blagica-

  • http://blagica.com Blagica

    I always forget about the Yahoo Pipes – thanks for including in the list!

    Happy New Year!

    Blagica-

  • http://blagica.com Blagica

    I always forget about the Yahoo Pipes – thanks for including in the list!

    Happy New Year!

    Blagica-

  • http://blagica.com Blagica

    I always forget about the Yahoo Pipes – thanks for including in the list!

    Happy New Year!

    Blagica-

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  • http://yovkov.there4you.org/ yovkov

    How about Social Sniffer?!?!?

    http://www.socialsniffer.com

    It is tracking Twitter, but it also tracks MySpace, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious.
    How about that ;)

  • http://yovkov.there4you.org/ yovkov

    How about Social Sniffer?!?!?

    http://www.socialsniffer.com

    It is tracking Twitter, but it also tracks MySpace, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious.
    How about that ;)

  • http://yovkov.there4you.org/ yovkov

    How about Social Sniffer?!?!?

    http://www.socialsniffer.com

    It is tracking Twitter, but it also tracks MySpace, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious.
    How about that ;)

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    Really Super crazy list for any social media manager… I used most of the tools but many are still waiting for my test drive

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    well nice info regarding social media tool helpful for all those who want to work on social media

  • http://www.1socialmediaagency.com/ Social Media Agency

    well nice info regarding social media tool helpful for all those who want to work on social media

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