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The 10 best Twitter add-ons

These tools will improve your tweeting

The web is full-of Twitter add-ons to make your tweeting experience more enjoyable. We've rounded up ten of the best tools to help your tweeting become more enjoyable.

Mr. Tweet

Twitter is entertaining in part because it feels like the world's biggest cocktail party - but with millions of members, finding the ones you'd enjoy hanging out with can be a challenge. Send Mr. Tweet a direct message, and he'll respond with periodic recommendations of Twitter members you might like to contact. The suggestions are based on factors such as who the people you follow are following - and in my experience, the recommendations are well worth heeding.

Tweetree

What if Twitter's interface weren't quite so maniacally minimalist? It would probably look something like Tweetree, an alternative portal into the world of Twitter that does several things Twitter won't. Tweetree attempts to display conversations in a Gmail-like threaded view - which doesn't work perfectly but is still a major advance from Twitter's non-threaded presentation - and embeds photos and videos right within tweets rather than making you click away from Twitter onto other sites to see them.

Twitbacks

Twitter profiles are pretty perfunctory - you can display your name, your location, 160 characters' worth of bio, and a small photo. But the Twitter interface leaves plenty of undeveloped screen real estate - which Twitbacks cleverly uses to let you tell the world more about yourself. Its editing tools help you plunk a meatier self-portrait to the left of the Twitter feed, including your name, your phone number, your IDs on other services such as Facebook and YouTube, and a larger photo; the service also lets you fiddle with colour schemes and fonts.

Bonus Tool: Twitter Search

Strictly speaking, Twitter Search (originally an independent search engine called Summise) is part of Twitter. But it's inexplicably hidden in a link in the footer, not integrated with the rest of the service, so it still has the feel of a third-party offering. It deserves to be front and centre: Type in any keywords that come to mind, and you see the latest tweets that incorporate them.

Using the search is at least as addictive a way to peruse Twitter as the primary interface is. And as far as I can tell, there isn't anything that tweeters don't tweet about: I searched for 'Almond Joy' and got sixteen results from the previous three days.

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  1. These tools will improve your tweeting
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  3. Mr Tweet, Tweetree and Twitbacks

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