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Find The Most Popular and Most Retweeted Tweets

With millions of tweets everyday, it is hard to know what’s going on in the Twitterverse. What if you wanted to know what’s the hottest topic of this hour? How would you identify which topic is hot and which one is not?

DailyRT solves this problem by identifying the most popular tweets for you. These popular tweets are identified by the number of retweets they get in a short interval of time. DailyRT allows you to see which tweets have been retweeted most in the past 1 hour, 1 day or 1 week.

If you like something you see, you can easily retweet it with a single-click. You can also see live tweets which keeps updating every few seconds and includes any tweet that gets a minimum of 4 retweets. You can also see popular Twitter profiles and a list of trending topics.

If all these words such as tweet and retweet make no sense to you, DailyRT has some very nice and basic information about what is a retweet and how it works.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

DailyRT is an excellent resource to find the most popular tweets on the web. The dynamic information and easy-to-use interface makes it a super handy tool for any one interested in knowing what’s hot on Twitter.

Rating: 4/5 (VeryGood)

Share Photos On Flickr and Twitter

If you regularly upload photos on Flickr and tweet about them, you must be tired of the manual process. Now there is a way to automate this with Flick.to.twitt.

Flick.to.twitt is a great app that automatically posts on Twitter about your Flickr uploads. Once you sign in with your Twitter and Flickr credentials, flick.to.twitt will let you tweet whenever you upload a photo on your Flickr account. It does this by asking you the title you want to use for your photo at Flickr and the Twitter status you want to display. You can also specify the Flickr set you want to add your photos to.

No registration or sign up required. You can also view the latest photos people have uploaded on Flickr through flick.to.twitt.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Flick.to.twitt is a very simple app with no loaded features. It just does one thing and does it quite efficiently. The only thing its lacking is the ability to upload multiple photos at once.

Rating: 3/5 (Very Good)

IQ Test Spam Hitting Twitter Hard

A new wave of direct messaging spam has began hitting recently. You might see some direct messages from your friends asking you to take a IQ test. First of all, DO NOT CLICK on those links.

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Secondly, try and alert your friends who sent you the direct message about the problem. Most likely, they will be unaware about sending out those DMs, since they are sent out automatically.

If you are someone who has been affected by this sleazy scam, here is what you should do.

  1. Change your twitter password immediately.
  2. Do not provide access to Twitter Applications you do not trust.
  3. If you do, revoke access to unwanted Twitter applications periodically. Don’t know how? Read our tutorial on How To Revoke Access to Twitter applications.

Twitter Direct Message Scams usually happen in the unknown, as many users blindly click on links and then provide access to their Twitter account, to try out something their friends have asked them to check out.

As far as possible avoid clicking links that are sent to you through direct messages. We know that you would be enticed to click on them, but do restrain from it for your own safety.

Paint and Share Graffiti On Twitter With TwitPaint

Creating Graffiti is a cool way to express something creatively. The graffiti applications made it big time on Facebook and now TwitPaint is introducing graffiti to Twitter.

After you sign in with your Twitter credentials, TwitPaint lets you paint a graffiti and then share it on Twitter. The graffiti is displayed as a shortened URL, clicking on which takes the user to the actual graffiti on TwitPaint. The best part however, is that anybody can edit that graffiti to create a new one.

You can also browse through hundreds of graffiti created by other users and customize them for your use. While creating a graffiti, you can select your desired color, set the width of the brush and adjust the opacity level.

A sister application of TwitPaint, called TwitShot lets you use your webcam to take shots and share on Twitter.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

TwitPaint is a unique way to express your self on Twitter. You can create a graffiti as a greeting card, paint a picture or simply express yourself in a creative manner.

Rating: 3/5 (Very Good)

Download Free Twitter Themes and Backgrounds From Twitpaper

Be it real life or social media, everybody wants to be different and stand out from the crowd today. When it comes down to Twitter, people understand that your Twitter theme/background tells a lot about who you are. This is specially important if you have a significant number of followers.

Twitpaper knows that creating a Twitter theme is not an easy task, hence, they are providing hundreds of free Twitter themes and backgrounds for you to download. Simply head over to Twitpaper.com and browse through the large collection to find a theme you like.

There are a number of categories including   Abstract, Anime, Music and Nature. When you click on a design you like, you can see more information like user comments, HTML codes of colors used in the design and the number of views. Alternatively, you can also search for backgrounds or browse the most viewed backgrounds on the website.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

TwitPaper is a great free resource to download free Twitter themes and backgrounds. The large collection and interactive features makes it a very useful resource for people trying to customize their Twitter profile.

Rating: 3/5 (Very Good)

Schedule Facebook Messages and Status Updates For Later With Sendible

We have previously mentioned a number of tools to schedule messages for Twitter and now we want to tell you about a great web app that lets you schedule messages for Facebook as well.

Sendible is a handy tool that lets you send emails, SMS as well as social media messages in future. Simply sign up for a free account and integrate your email and social media accounts with Sendible. When you are ready to compose a message, just select the contact on Facebook you want to send the message to, type the message and select the time you want the message delivered.

Similarly, you can also use Sendible to schedule a status update for Facebook as well as other social media sites. You can specify the exact time you want your update to be posted and also include a shortened URL in your update. You can set up one time status updates or recurring ones.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Sendible is a great tool to schedule messages and status updates for later. The number of features Sendible offers is huge but the process of adding your contacts and selecting your recipients needs to be more user-friendly. Overall, it is a great app with tremendous potential.

Ratings: 3/5 (Very Good)

HootSuite Now Supports Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

HootSuite has been one of the most popular Twitter clients around. People specifically like it for its unique features like multiple Twitter accounts support and tracking your shortened URLs.

Well, HootSuite is just getting better each day. They just added support for Facebook and LinkedIn as well. So now you can manage three of the most popular social networks from a single application. To add your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, simply click on settings and follow the instructions. If you need help doing that, here are some detailed instructions.

Not to forget that HootSuite lets you schedule Twitter messages for future, and now you can do the same with Facebook and LinkedIn. Moreover, their iPhone app is supposed to be in the works too. With these many features, HootSuite is bound to give a tough competition to huge clients like TweetDeck and Seesmic.

TweetDeck to Introduce LinkedIn Support

the popular client for desktop and iPhone is set to introduce support for LinkedIn in the latest build. In addition to that, they will also be adding support for Twitter Lists.

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With this introduction, TweetDeck is set to become a comprehensive social networking tool for desktop and probably iPhone, since it already supports and MySpace.

The support for LinkedIn and Twitter Lists will be introduced in version 0.32 in TweetDeck.

Coming Soon: Bring Your LinkedIn Network to TweetDeck [Official TweetDeck Blog]

7 Reasons You Should Use Brizzly For Twitter

Just recently launched, Brizzly is a web-based application to manage both Twitter and Facebook at the same time. It is a convenient tool for those who use both the social networks and dread the hassle of switching back and forth.

For Twitter, Brizzly lets you do almost everything that any other client offers including updating status, reading updates from other people, sending and reading direct messages, creating lists and saved searches. What actually sets Brizzly apart from other clients are these unique features that are seldom found in other applications.

Brizzly lets you:

  1. Manage multiple Twitter accounts from a single platform.
  2. View the complete web address behind any shortened URL.
  3. Keyboard shortcuts to scroll through your tweets.
  4. Filter tweets with pictures by clicking on the pictures tab.
  5. Create drafts for your tweets.
  6. See why a topic is trending. Read explanations by others or add your own.
  7. Switch between a standard and wide view for reading tweets.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Brizzly is a great web-based tool to manage Twitter. Some of these features are not really unique but it is the first time that so many useful features are packed into a single Twitter application.

Rating: 4/5

Tweetwally: An Awesome Way To Display Selected Tweets

I am a passionate follower of Cricket and often search Twitter for latest news and updates. However, the process of searching on Twitter using the same hashtag again and again is a bit tiresome. I always wished there was a way to just go to a single URL and see all the tweets related to Cricket. I just found an awesome tool to do just that!

Tweetwally lets you create a public wall where you can display tweets from a specific hashtag, username or keyword You can also further narrow down your selection by combining two criteria for example using the hastag cricket and username abc would only show you tweets from the user abc containing the hashtag of cricket.

The best part, however, is the option to create a permanent webpage with a customized URL. For example, I created www.cricket.tweetwally.com to keep track of all the cricket updates. You can also customize the look of your page by choosing from three different themes or specifying your own color combinations.

Tweetwally also provides you with an embed code so you can display your wall on a blog or website.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Tweetwally is one of the best Twitter apps around. It is an application that actually serves a purpose rather than just adding to the look and feel of Twitter. The only feature I wish they would add is the ability to combine more than one hashtags to create the wall.

Twitter launches the “official” Retweet feature

About a month ago, I had posted about the first screenshot of the Retweet feature of Twitter. Now, my account was finally hacked into by those sneaky Twitter devs, and I have the new Retweet feature! Here’s a first look post at what makes it slicker than the resident Retweet features of the various Twitter clients available.

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I really like the headers that come with new features on Twitter. I really like them. It has this warm and fuzzy feeling glued to it; like listening to a Stephen Fry Podgram. Jokes apart, it is an excellent way of telling Twitter users what exactly is this new feature and how it will help them. The header is pretty self-explanatory, so go ahead and read it!

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Here is the first example of a Retweet on my home page. HeadStarters is not a Twitter profile that I follow, however, iMBA (a Twitter user that I do follow) thought this was worth retweetingand that is the reason why I see this on my Home timeline. I do not know how this works since I do not want to have a barrage of unwanted retweets on my Home page, but I’m sure Twitter will have a filtering feature soon.

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The Retweetbutton in its full glory on Keith’s tweet on my Home page. Notice our editor-in-chief’s dilemmatic question in his tweet and the cute puppies on his display picture!

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After retweeting the tweet, I see that on my profile page, it shows up with the retweet icon, the Twitter user’s name and the Undo button that Tehseen mentioned. Nifty! Especially when you retweet the wrong tweet.

Retweet_Sidebar

Here it is the Retweets sidebar button. Clicking this button leads you straight to…

Retweet Page

…this page! As mentioned in the earlier post, the new feature indeed has the Retweets by others, Retweets by youand Your tweets, retweetedtabs! The HeadStarters tweet comes under the Retweets by otherstab along with several other Retweets from people I follow.

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And finally, the Retweets by youpage which features a lone retweet. There will be several more to come, I’m sure!

So, the Retweet features is indeed well-designed with organization and optimization at heart. The Twitter wagon will keep chugging along as soon as the third-party clients modify their apps to reflect this new change in the API. Perhaps we shall see more innovations there as they recreate this feature in their apps. Twitter has not put up the Retweet feature on their mobile site. However, with the maintenance window announced today, I’m hoping they do have the feature up there.

Sprouter: Twitter Like Social Network For Entrepreneurs

New micro-blogging sites similar to Twitter have been coming up every now and then. However, the only ones that take off are the ones focus on a particular niche or community. Adding to the list is a new micro-blogging network called Sprouter.

Sprouter is very similar to Twitter but is focused on entrepreneurs. You can follow people, have people follow you, post messages in your public timeline or send direct message to somebody. A new feature that Sprouter offers and Twitter does not is Topics. Topics are similar in nature to Tags on Twitter but you can follow a topic and see a list of all the topics that you have created, something not available on Twitter.

Sprouter can be particularly useful for entrepreneurs want to network with other entrepreneurs or freelancers.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Sprouter can be a huge success if it can attract enough entrepreneurs other wise people would just follow #entrepreneurs on Twitter and get what Sprouter promises to offer.

Tvider: Share Pictures/Audio/Video On Twitter

We have previously mentioned different applications to share your media on Twitter. For example we told you about chir.ps to share your audio files on Twitter and mentioned a number of apps to share music and videos. However, the exercise of going to a different application for different type of media can be really time-consuming. What is you could do all this using a single app?

Tvider is a Twitter application that lets you share pictures, audio and video files on Twitter. Simply sign in using your Twitter credentials and browse to the file that you want to share.After that, just type a message and click update to attach the file to your status update.

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The best part is that you can record a video directly from your webcam and share on Twitter. The maximum file size is 10 MB.You can always see your tweet history with Tvider and browse through a number of public tweets.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Tvider is a great app since it eliminates the hassle to deal with 2 or 3 different apps for your different media needs. The webcam feature allows you to record something quickly and share it on Twitter without the need of going to a 3rd party software.

Retweet Feature Temporarily Disabled At Twitter

Twitter started rolling out the retweet feature on its website just last week. A lot of users still have not gotten the feature on their Twitter account and now the question is, when would they?

A lot of users who had gotten the retweet feature recently noticed that the retweet button had disappeared. Now, Twitter has also confirmed that they have temporarily disabled the feature. They have explained on their blog that they had to take down the feature due to some problems. Once they are resolved, the feature would be re-enabled for those who already had it and after that the incremental roll out would continue.

What do you think, is Twitter back to having problems again?

An Inspiring Collection of Custom Facebook Pages

If you are a business, you know how important it is to have a presence on social media like Facebook and Twitter. But you also know that with thousands of businesses of Facebook, it is hard to get noticed.

One way to stand out from the crowd is to have a custom designed Facebook page that speaks up to the user. You can tweak your Facebook page in almost unlimited number of ways and design it however you want. If you don’t know where to start, take my advice and check out CustomFacebookPage.com

It is a great collection of some really inspiring custom designed Facebook pages. You can browse it by category such as Media, Auto e.t.c. or search by brand name. You can also browse through the pages of top brands by filtering the brands that have more than 1 million fans.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

CustomFacebookPage is a great inspiration for people who are interested in having a customized Facebook page. The collection gives you plenty of ideas about different design elements including layout, color schemes, graphics, fonts e.t.c.