Cutting through Twitter's noise can be tricky, so check out these five tools to help you build a more meaningful following.
Twellow (think: YellowPages for Twitter) grabs publicly available messages from Twitter.com, then analyses and categorises each of the users responsible for those messages, helping you find suitable people to follow.
There are several ways you can use Twellow. You can browse for users to follow based on category; keyword and 'TwelloHood', in which you use a map of the world to zoom in on users from a specific location. Twellow also generates an extensive list of suggested users and lets you follow them without leaving the site.
Geofollow offers many of the stock Twitter search features - keyword, username, tag, etc. - but it's specialty is finding users based on their locations. Search for new users to follow based on city, state or country and 'bulk follow' the ones whom you find interesting. Geofollow also lets you tweet, message users and view their avatar directly from its site, as well as add yourself to its directory.
Just as Geofollow focuses on location, Twibs focuses on finding (and listing) businesses on Twitter. Log in to the site and search among its 25,000-plus businesses, or list your business so others can find it more easily. (You'll be asked for your Twitter username, four keywords that describe your business and whether you want your business email, blog or online store displayed.)
See also: 8 great free Twitter apps
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