35+ Social Media Tools That Make Life Easier

adsense#diggrightMillions of people use social media on a regular basis, and many more are joining the ranks every single day.

With the number of people involved, and the enormous amount of time we all spend using social media, it’s only natural to try to save some time and make life easier on yourself.

We’ve compiled this list for just that purpose — over 35 tools that can help you do more with social media in less time.

Social Aggregators

EventBox

the cosmic machine eventbox
EventBox is a mac-only program that integrates the top 5-6 social networks into a single program. From the looks of the site, it’s pretty too.


Flock Browser
flock social browser
Flock is a full-blown web browser that has been designed around social media. It integrates with dozens of services and helps make it easier for you to stay connected.
FriendFeed
Friendfeed
FriendFeed help’s combine all of your different social networks into a single feed. Make yourself easier to follow, or make it easier to follow others.
Yumeo
yumeo
Yumeo is a social network that allows you to control many other social sites in one place.
Ping.fm
Ping.Fm
Ping.fm makes it easier to update your social networks by connecting the most popular networks into one service.
Second Brain
secondbrain
Organize all of your content in one place, including bookmarks, files, etc…
Plaxo
plaxo
Plaxo is a service designed to make it easier to stay in touch with people you care about.

 

Twitter Tools

TweetDeck
tweetdeck
TweetDeck is an Adobe Air application that helps organize and make sense of your twitters. You can group tweets based on search terms, time frame, and many other ways.
Twhirl
twhirl
Twhirl is another desktop Twitter client. It adds the ability to cross-post tweets to other sites, post images to TwitPic, and search tweets (among other things).
TweetBeep
tweetbeep
TweetBeep is like Google Alerts only made for Twitter.
TwitBin
twitbin
TwitBin is a small Firefox Extension that allows you to receive and send tweets anywhere in your browser.
Twidget
twidget
Twidget is an OS X dashboard widget that let’s you keep up with your twitter account.
TwitterBerry
twitter on blackberry
TwitterBerry is a mobile twitter client for Blackberry users. It works over the data network with no need for SMS.
Twittelator Pro
twittelator pro
Twitelator is a newer iPhone app for twitter. This one has been recommended by several top users.
TwitThis
twit this
TwitThis is a social button to put on your website that helps promote your articles on twitter.

 

Digg Tools

Digg Toolbar
digg toolbar
A quick an easy toolbar that integrates with Firefox and provides most of the common Digg functions.
Website Cache View
digg cache view
Shows multiple cached versions of any website in case of the “Digg effect”.
Digg Alerts
digg alerts
It’s like Google Alerts for Digg.
Digg Notify
digg notify
Digg Notify is a desktop app that will display a little notification box with information every time someone Digg’s one of your stories.
Digg Alerter
digg alerter
Digg Alerter is a really cool desktop app that shows you a lot of Digg info. One version of this actually shows information about who’s ‘buried’ a story.
Digg Defender
This is a WordPress plugin that will save your site from going down under massive traffic by redirecting it through the Coral Cache network.

 

Tools For Webmasters

Digg Website Widget
digg website widget
Put a list of your latest Digg submissions into the sidebar of your website.
WordPress Twitter Tools
wordpress twitter tools
This is a WordPress plugin that let’s you pull your tweets into your blog.
StumbleUpon Website Buttons
stumble upon buttons
These StumbleUpon buttons make it very easy for visitors to stumble your articles.
Delicious Tagometer
delicios tagometer
The tagometer is an advanced Delicious button that shows how many users have tagged a post and with what categories.
TwitterFeed
twitter feed
TwitterFeed takes your latest post titles and posts them to your twitter account.

 

Miscellaneous Tools

Spokeo Search
spokeo social search
Social media search that makes it easy to find information from 41 different networks.
Jott.com
jott
Voice-to-text, task organization, and much more. Post to twitter and many other services by calling in from your phone.
Gathera
gathera
Gathera is an internet explorer plugin that aims to connect social media, email, messaging, and many more features into a single place.
Nielsen BuzzMetrics
Nielsen BlogMetrics BlogPulse
Search the blogosphere and track/find trends.
Infegy Social Radar
infegy social radar
(Commercial) Social Media Monitoring tool that helps track the web.
Open ID
openid
Open ID is a single sign-on solution that is supported by many of the most popular web-apps and networking sites.

 

What Tools do you use?

This list is only a tiny scratch on the surface when it comes to social tools. Which do you recommend? Do you have any hidden gems?

Comments

  1. says

    Hey, thanks! TweetDeck looks really cool — being kinda new with twitter I haven’t fully-used it yet, but I’m looking forward to adding it to my daily routine :-)

  2. says

    Does anyone else feel hesitant to starting a new technology? My fear is that the thing I choose will disappear. How do you feel about that – or are you all gung ho?

  3. says

    This is a nice long list! For those reading and wanting to pick though, I prefer Flock for many reasons but the main one is the organizational sidebar while surfing. I’ve never managed my RSS feeds, my twitter and facebook updates and media, and my gmail easier. Those 3 reasons alone are enough to make me swear my life to Flock forever!

  4. says

    @Angela — Fixed, thanks for the catch :-)

    @Emil — Yea, this is definitely not a complete list. Minggl looks like it would fit right in though, good find!

    @Jason — Check out http://www.quantcast.com for a lot of good demographic information about any website. Also, there are a few good wikipedia pages under “Social Networks” that give a number of useful statistics.

  5. says

    Nice post.

    I personally use Flock, FriendFeed, Twhirl, Tweetdeck, WordPress Twitter Tools, Twit This, OpenID, Jott, Spokeo.

    I’d say my fave is FriendFeed at the moment but the one I consistently use the most is Twhirl. It’s how I started using Twitter last winter and I’m very comfortable with using it–more so than Tweetdeck.

  6. says

    All these tools are useful extensions of your extended life that is getting complicated by the minute. So many programs and some totally useless and mundane. Twitter seems to have an industry growing with it and its getting silly.

  7. Jon Scott says

    Nice list, I have used some of them but most I haven’t looked at yet. I like the twitter integrated tools the most. There seem to be a lot emerging in this space. I do wonder if anyone will use Twitter itself in the future! So thanks for sharing. I found this list of 35 free apps also if you’re interested:

    35 FREE Tools for IT/Developers And Business

  8. says

    Most of these are covered on my Social Web Tools blog but very great & useful list nonetheless. Very well put together. I have compiled a 100 & counting list of Twitter tools on my blog…… They’re never ending!

  9. says

    Just started looking into Ligit (http://www.lijit.com/) – It’s a search tool that you can add onto your website that will search your blog and all of the content you have in various social networks. Seems like it could be useful, you can check out stats too.

    Thanks for the great list!

  10. says

    Mason, this is was a great list. I disagree on some of the Twitter tools (I feel like all of those tools defeat the simple point of Twitter, but that is an argument for another time.) This was very useful, and I hope the post does well.

  11. says

    Its really great list. there are so many site gives these kind of list. I have already this list but I have found some new sites from this blog thanks for sharing. I have found some new this really good for me also this will helps to newbie those who are finding this kind of list of social bookmarking sites.

    Thanks for posting.

  12. says

    You’ve put together a great list. Thanks!

    I use Twhirl because it can also post to ping.fm, which I am a fan of. I like how you can post to several social sites with one update. Can’t beat that! I also use Plaxo.

    I guess I’m off to try some of these other services.

  13. says

    Excellent post. I would also like to point out The Payer Player as a social media marketing tool. This is a new portable social widget that you can download to your desktop, integrates with other social networks and bookmarking sites (including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube), plus provides Live Broadcasts, VOIP, social video recording and PCMobile2Chat. This is still in development but most of the features I mentioned are available now and they keep adding. Extremely viral – kind of like ooVoo, Skype, Tweetdeck, Png.fm and Shaquille O’Neal is endorsing it … this is a serious post in regard to this new social media marketing tool – they call it a communications megahub. Their website has an excellent breakdown. http://www.thepayerplayer.com/pittsburghseo

  14. says

    Only when time in need we find social media extremely useful. It’s easy to overlook its importance in daily manner when we’re all about promoting our products and sharing fun updates. I just pray the connection is still on, signal is well received during the catastrophe.. otherwise we may need a much more powerful solution.

  15. says

    Very interesting social medial tools list.
    I am working to put all popular social media applications and tools in a web directory (toolsense.com).

  16. says

    Thanks for the many cool tools! We use HootSuite for Twitter. It’s also great for an aggregator tool as it can also push content out to LinkedIn, WordPress, and Facebook (pages or profile). You choose when to schedule and where it goes. We also use Ping.fm, and bookmarking tools, Share and Retweet.

    RSS readers are very helpfu, Google Reader being my reader of choice. This lets you pull in relevant content for quick scans.

    Best to you! Keep up the good work.

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  18. says

    I’ve used them all. Great list but i would have included 2 more that i have on my site

    1 tool increased my site traffic by over 1600% in less than 30 days.

    I have a screenshot of Google Analytics on my site to prove it. Over 22,000 clicks

    Theres also a new tool that Facebook, Yahoo and Ebay have just started using

  19. says

    Hey Mason,

    This was indeed an instant bookmark! – Webmaster, Graphic, Logo Design and Social Media tools always sounds mellifluous to me.

    Thanks for sharing the links.

  20. says

    A great list of social media tools.

    I use ping.fm as a central station and link all my social pages to it, so that I can update all my pages with one post. I also use many twitter tools for various tasks, some tools include: twittercounter, tweepi, formulists, tweetmeme, twitterfeed and hootsuite to schedule tweets. Also many other tools for specific tasks and activities.

    These tools make my ‘routine tasks’ very efficient and frees up a lot of time to concentrate on engaging with people and developing relationships.

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