42 Top Social Media Tips And Tools
Over the last six months or so I’ve come across hundreds of useful tips and tools online. Rather than keeping them to myself, I thought I’d share a few of them with you.
I’ve grouped the list “Tips” and “Tools” under eight categories:
6. PR/News Releases
8. Social Bookmarking
Tips: Google Analytics Videos on YouTube
These videos are a great source of insight into how you can continually improve your web analytics practices.
Tips: Web Analytics Demystified
This is a wonderful post outlining the basic ways to use web analytics.
Tools: Feed Analysis 1.1
Great tool for analyzing Feedburner trends over time.
Show off your live web traffic.
RobotReplay lets you record and watch your website visitors in action. View recorded sessions of every mouse movement, click and keystroke.
Tools: The BuzzMonitor
Aggregation tool produced by the World Bank.
Tools: Websites As Graphs
Chart your website’s social graph.
Tips: RSS Specifications
All about RSS feeds.
A hosted service for blogging events in real time.
Tools: Great Places to Find WordPress Plugins
Resources for finding excellent WordPress plugins.
Tools: Top 10 Template Generators for Blogs and Websites
Does what it says on the tin.
Tips: Six Signs That Twitter Isn’t For Your Nonprofit
In reality, this is a great list of pointers on how to — and how not to — use Twitter.
Tips: The 10 ways I learned to use Twitter in 2007
Dan York lays out how and why he uses Twitter.
Tips: Twitter: Crisis Case Studies, Useful Applications and a Beer
Some great examples of ways to use Twitter and tools to use it more effectively.
Tips: What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter
Great post by Jeremiah Owyang introducing Twitter, outlining benefits & limitations, and explaining ways to use it.
Twitter search tool (also available in Japanese).
Tool that pulls out the 50 most recent links from your Twitter feed. Requires Google Gears to work; doesn’t work in Flock.
One of the most popular desktop apps for Twitter.
Another search application for Twitter.
Conversation analytics for Twitter. Still a little buggy and not comprehensive, but very useful nonetheless.
Real-time Twitter search. Great tool for filtering through your Twitter feed.
A Twitter users directory.
Tools: Twitter Karma
Who are you following? Who is following you back?
Tips: Black belt scheduling with Google Calendar
Useful Google Calendar tips.
Tips: Google Embeddable Calendar Helper
Useful help page for embedding Google Calendar in your webpages.
Tips: Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive
Fantastic introduction to web 2.0.
Tips: Simplifying Ajax For Marketers
Neat 101 post explaining the benefits of AJAX for marketers.
Tools: 11 Open-Source Projects Certified As Secure
List of open-source projects that have been certified as free of security defects.
Free, reliable wi-fi security. Can use to access US-only sites too.
Tools: My Office 2.0 Setup
A thorough list of leading online office applications.
The Eye-Fi Card is a wireless memory card. It automatically uploads pictures from your digital camera to your PC or Mac and to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking site.
Tools: Large-Scale Conference Calls With *Better* Voice Quality Than The PSTN (using Skype)
Dan York highlights a Skype extra that allows high-quality, large-scale conference calls over Skype.
Voice-driven posts to blogs, twitter, jaiku, facebook and more.
Tools: PR Web
Online, socially-enabled news wire service.
Tools: PRX Builder
Awesome social media news release creation tool.
Tools: Social Media Newsroom
A template for a social media newsroom from SHIFT Communications.
Tools: Social Media Press Release
Todd Defren & SHIFT Communications’ original SMNR template.
Tools: Social Media Press Release: The Next Step
HTML template for a social media news release.
Tips: How to Generate Web Site Traffic: The Meta List
I’m linking my list of links to a list of links. Shoot me now. I haven’t checked all of these out yet. This is a list of free resources to increase your web traffic.
Non-advertised testing area run by google – some interesting new ajax features integrating results with images, video, and wikipedia.
Tips: Become A del.icio.us Power User
Pointers on how to use del.icio.us effectively.
Tools: Social Bookmarking Submission Tools
Lee Odden outlines some tools to make social bookmark submissions easier.
(photo credit: Faraway)