There are a ton of great Twitter Tools that will make engaging and monitoring your social network so much easier! Some of them we’ve already talked about, like Hootsuite and Seesmic, but there are so many more! Real Estate Agents are understandably looking for ways to Maximize their content (SEO, adding links), here’s an overview of a few of my favorite Tools and Apps for Twitter that will do just that.
Stand Out From The Crowd
I thought the QR Code Follow Me Tshirt was a REALLY cool way to show folks that you are “into” Twitter – but the $36 price tag is a little much… (would you wear that to the gym?) Personalized Twitter Backgrounds, on the other hand are pretty easy to use, spiff up your Twitter Profile, and really do help you get noticed!
Make It Easy For Others To Engage!
TWEET MEME: This is the Twitter equivalent to the Facebook Like Button. It makes it easy for people who read a post to share that post on Twitter. You can easily add it to your blog, website, splash pages and anywhere else you want to make it easy for your visitors to share your content with their Twitter followers. I love to use the TweetMeme button myself whenever I find great content on the web to share with my Twitter followers, and I’m always disappointed (especially with news pages) that don’t have this available – you have the option of setting up the message for the person, in advance.
You’ll normally see the TweetMeme button at the top or bottom of a post - that’s the WordPress TweetMeme plugin. (In addition to the Facebook Like Button and TweetMeme Button, be sure to also add the LinkedIn Share button to your website, blog, opt-in pages, business page and splash pages).
Twitter Lists: You should be using lists on Facebook and Twitter to manage your social network. Easily build your own source of curated content by making a list of Twitter users in a certain field of expertise. Twitter allows up to 20 lists per account with up to 500 names in each list.
Remember that lists on Twitter can be public or private (on Facebook, you have to change your settings to make them private). Anyone can follow a public list. (See Twitter List instructions here). Creating lists also allows you to create your own paper or magazine using paper.li or MyTweetMag. These are free “newspapers” and “Magazine” created and published for you. You can set up a list for top news in Real Estate, to include Inman, Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com (be sure to add your own name!).
Listorious allows you to add your Twitter List to those created by others, and it allows you to be found under 6 different tags. GeoChirp mashes up Google Maps and Twitter to find what people close to where you are right that minute are saying (one of my Favorites!) … and Chirp City gives you a new way to VIEW what’s being said in your area and about your area.
Apps for Twitter
Mobile App for Twitter – I’ve tried many, many mobile apps to manage Twitter on my iPhone and keep coming back to Echofon. The app offers a variety of great features and is always synched with your online Twitter activity. Check and reply to saved searches, Twitter Lists, trending topics, @ mentions, Direct Mentions and more.
Echofon also offers desktop apps for Mac and Firefox. (Plus, a Facebook mobile app! However, I find Facebook’s own iPhone app works just fine.)
TweetDeck just announced that their app for the Android is ready! For those of you who use a Droid, this should be a great benefit!
If you have questions about your creating leads from your real estate blog, or how to get your Listing seen by more eyeballs – call Josh Harley, Fathom Realty, 214-228-0301 . I”d love to help you, and learn more about what’s working in your market! Are you on Facebook and Twitter? Let’s Connect!