Horn Group weighs in on the top Twitter Apps and gets some insight from Mr. Tweet.
The results are in! A few weeks ago, Horn Group conducted an informal poll of our Brass Tacks readers – asking for your input and insight on the best Twitter apps, sites and services.
Productivity tools like TweetLater, along with follow management apps like Qwitter and Friend or Follow were among the notables, while mobile apps like TwitterMobile, Tweetie and TwitterFon also got a few shout outs.
So with over 80 votes, who came out on top you ask? Because Mr.Tweet was the overall fan favorite with a vast majority of the votes, we sat down with from Ming Yeow Ng, Founder of Discover.io and the man behind Mr. Tweet, for a little more insight on the current Twitter obsession:
Mandy: Mr. Tweet was the obvious front runner in Horn Group’s informal poll on the best Twitter apps. What’s the story behind how Mr. Tweet got started? How did you come across the concept?
Ming: Our parent company is called Discover.io. We essentially believe that there is too much information and data in the world today, and facilitating good discovery is the key to using that data to add value to people's lives. We were also Twitter users, and we realized that there was near impossible to find people who were relevant to you. You can also see a presentation we did on discovery: http://is.gd/op2.
Put these 3 things together, and you see where we were coming from.
Mandy: For those of us just jumping into Twitter’s follow management space, what advice do you have on how to leverage these tools like Mr. Tweet? How does it work?
Ming: Twitter provides a great place for you to build both your outreach and your knowledge. But most often, people do one or the other, and not both. They are either disappointed no one is listening to them (of course not, you self centered prick), or just listening, without seeking to build their own audience via providing valuable content.
I think that combining both modes work well. Look at KrisColvin's guest posting on our blog for a great example of how someone used Twitter to achieve really great results.
Mandy: What other Twitter apps and services would you recommend? Do you use others besides Mr. Tweet?
Ming: I actually highly recommend Tweetburner. For me at least, it was one of those early apps that made me realize the power of Twitter in syncing up with the rest of the web.
Mandy: A lot of people are still skeptical or still don’t understand the concept of not only Twitter, but social media in general. What value do you find in Twitter?
Ming: Value of Twitter: This is a subject we contemplate a lot. Twitter fills a very interesting, non-intuitive gap in the current social media landscape. The need to easily discover and reach out beyond our current network and knowledge pool. Both of these cannot be done easily outside on any of the other platforms.Some examples can be found here and here.
Value of social media: I think social media is so vastly untapped that it is not even funny. We will see the real value of social media become as obvious as the value in Google.
Mandy: Fast forward to 2012. Where do you see Twitter and Mr. Tweet fitting in to the social media landscape?
Ming: That is... 3 years. For Twitter and social media, I honestly have no idea. I suspect if someone from the 2012 comes here today, this will be our reaction: twitpic.com/1faqu The speed of change is astounding, and you see innovation appearing like never before. Impossible to predict.
For MrTweet, we will be helping you make even more kick ass discoveries far beyond finding people to follow. Hopefully, some that will really change your live for the better.
Special thanks to Ming Yeow Ng for contributing his insight, and to Horn Group’s Brass Tacks readers for contributing their votes and suggestions.