Twitter Search Part 2: 3 Third-Party Applications to Find and Be Found on Twitter

Last week I covered some ways to be found on Twitter by using Twitter features. Today I am going to focus on some third-party applications that will also help you find others and be found.

If you do a quick Google search for third-party applications for searching Twitter, you’ll find about two dozen of them. However, they’re not all created equally, so I’ve compiled a list of my three favorite applications to help you sort through them to find the best ones.
We Follow is a great website that will help you find others who are Tweeting in certain cities, and who have labeled themselves as being part of a specific industry. When searching by city, you have the opportunity to find people or businesses that are the most influential (based on number of retweets), or those with the most followers.

You can add yourself to the We Follow directory as well as find others who are Tweeting under certain categories. When registering, all you have to do is sign in with your Twitter username, enter your city and four to five categories to describe your Twitter account.

Categories to add your hospital to:
•    Health
•    Hospital
•    Nonprofit (if your hospital falls under that category)
•    Wellness
Twibs gives Twitter users a place to find businesses on Twitter by browsing an alphabetical directory and search function. Users vote to determine what businesses are included in the top Twitter accounts, making it a great resource for influential Tweeters. You can search by largest brand (according to number of followers), category and state, making it a great resource to find others Tweeting in the healthcare industry.

You can add yourself to the Twibs database by entering your Twitter username and then choosing what categories and sub-categories you would like to be listed under. You can choose several keywords to describe your hospital, as well as the link to your hospital’s blog, should you have one.

Categories to add your hospital to:
•    Doctors
•    Hospital
•    Medicine
•    Healthcare
Twellow is an online Twitter version of the Yellow Pages. Not only does it have public listings for other Twitter accounts, but it also has a great local search feature called Twellowhood that allows you to find influential accounts near you. You can start by choosing your country of choice, then by state and then by city, which are then listed in order by the number of people Tweeting in that city.

To add yourself to the Twellow directory, sign in with your username, give the site access to your Twitter account and then confirm your email address to continue. Select your location, bio, add categories to your account, and you can even add links to your social media profiles, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Categories to add your hospital to:
•    Health
•    Healthcare
•    Medical
•    Hospitals

One of the reasons I like using We Follow, Twibs and Twellow is that they are easy to navigate, and because they are widely used, it’s relatively easy to find others in your related industry.

I would also like to add some cautionary advice. Never allow a third party application to access your Twitter account unless you are certain it is legitimate. For more information on allowing access to your account, I suggest reading Twitter’s How to Connect and Revoke Third-Party Applications in their help section.

Now I want to hear from you! What third-party applications do you use to find others and make sure your account can easily be found?


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