In the days when there’s still people rather new to tools and services like Twitter, the meta services are rapidly evolving behind the scenes. It is funny to notice how many analytic tools there is already for Twitter.
Someone somewhere has once said that Twitter Search [or something alike] could be the future search engine, and even more powerful than Google. One reason for this comment is most likely drawn from the fact that Twitter Search finds almost instantly the posts people have send about a subject and thus search results are more real time that way.
Who knows what may be the case, but you never know about the real future business models until they come knocking at your door – although when talking about Twitter there has been lately some rumors about them [I had to put that link up, just for the sake of the irony]. One has always to remember the time when Google was considered as ‘just another search engine’. Well, how did that went?
I’m not saying that Twitter is going to rule the world [probably], but merely expressing the fascinating possibility of it evolving steadily to be more than just another microblogging tool.
But the raison d’être of this post was going to be the Twitter tools, Yung-Hui Lim has written a post “8 Excellent Tools to Extract Insights from Twitter Streams” at Social Media Today.
The vast number of meta services like these makes you wonder, if it is them that make one service conquer the field from others, and slowly nibble the power from analytic tools like Google Analytics in the long run? Of course the GA works slightly different way, but the basic premise behind Twitter’s and Google’s analytic tools is the same: “show me good solid information how I am doing”.
But there’s more here than just the results. Some Twitter tools won’t only show how many people have watched your profile or how many is following your updates, but also even make suggestions how you can develop your current visibility through Twitter, giving you clear instructions. Well this is something more and even for a layman in the Twitterverse to understand.
Overall some of the tools are really specific and give you lots of information. Of course the trick is again in what you make of these stats and how you use them, if you use them.
I would really like to know what ideas and thoughts people are having about this subject.
And if this Twitter matter interests you more, read my pseudo philosophical reasoning: ‘Tweet this’