8 Cool Twitter Tools for the Wannabe Power User

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You know you’ve made it, when other people create apps that enhance ways people can use the original application that you created. Twitter tools are popular and plentiful these days.

If you’re using Twitter in the classroom, why not help your students become power users with help from some 3rd-party applications?

8 Twitter tools for power users

Buffer is arguably the best tool available for sharing content in bulk to all of your social networks with a single click. You can also set up different schedules for each network, so you can send content to them at different times, and all you have to do is click “Buffer.” If you want to share a lot of content with multiple platforms — Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ pages — Buffer is a must-have app.

Hootsuite — A 3rd-party Twitter application that helps you organize all Twitter streams and hashtags in one place. 

TweetDeck — Most Twitter tools have competitors, and TweetDeck is Hootsuite’s top competitor in the account and feed management arena.

TweetDeck helps you organize all Twitter streams and hashtags, much like Hootsuite does. Lots of similar features between the two applications. Which do you prefer?

TweetChatA 3rd-party Twitter application that allows simplifies viewing and participating in a hashtag conversation. If you’re in a fast-paced Twitter chat, TweetChat is a must.

Twibbon — A Twitter tool that helps you create a campaign of any kind and add a badge that followers can add to their profiles to show support for the campaign. Create buzz and add a cool icon to your Twitter profile image, at the same time.

TwtPoll — This Twitter tool makes it super easy to build simple polls and tweet them out to your followers. Awesome as a classroom assessment tool.

Paper.li — One of my favorite Twitter tools is Paper.li. Users create a virtual newspaper, filled with article links tweeted by the user’s favorite friends. Just sign in, give your Paper.li daily newspaper a title, and add your favorite Tweeple (View my Paper.li at this link). Paper.li automatically tweets a link to your newspaper daily or weekly to your followers.

Paper.li is a powerful tool for the classroom, as you can have students create papers with content tweeted by their peers.

The Competition Agency (formerly TweetDraw) — A marvelous, and ridiculously simple (plus free) tool for creating buzz with a Twitter giveaway. Invite people to use a hashtag you set up, like #HackLearning. Then, type the hashtag into the tool, and a random winner is selected.

What amazing Twitter tools would you add to the list? Can they improve student performance or achievement?

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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 115,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.