Tools, Tools, and More Tools: a Blog-a-licious Day!

Posted on October 24, 2009. Filed under: twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tools, tools, and more tools are coming my way. Here are a few, in case your are interested:

Remember Google Zeitgeist?  (At one time it changed hourly to show what was hot.)  Dogpile Searchspy?  (Which was better when it started, got hammered by spammers, but seems to be getting better again?)  10 by 10?

What all of these had in common was that they showed trends, particularly what was “hot.”  Some new tools help do the same thing, but use Twitter as a base, so the “hotness” is even hotter:

  • Twopular is similar to Zeitgeist, but keywords are from Twitter rather than Google
  • Trendsmap is a mashup that shows hot trendwords geographically using a resizable map
  • Tweetworks tracks groups and discussions by topic
  • Twonvo threads specific conversations

Some tools are similar, but not entirely Twitter based

  • Lazyfeed is a topical aggregator
  • AlphaInventions faciliatates both traffic development and real-time introductions to bloggers

One other point: the most difficult part of writing for me is dialog.  And, in many ways, except for marketing your work, development of dialog is the most important part.  These threading tools show dialogs as they develop in real time, and they can be a source of ideas for dialog development for writers.

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