A selection of the most popular tools for social media are listed below – with links. This is not a complete list, but hopefully it will help you and inspire you to look for more. Most are free.
If you’d like to add to the list do so through the comments at the bottom.
Listening & monitoring:
Topsy – Real-time search for the social web Topsy.com allows you to search the global Twitter stream for mentions of names and phrases, as needed.
Twitter alerts via email by Twilert Twilert.com is a similar tool with options on searching in a geographic location.
Real Time Search – Social Mention allows you to search current mentions across many social media sites.
Addictomatic: Inhale the Web create a custom web page with the current mentions for your topic
Facebook Search – Inside Facebook searches Facebook
Icerocket blog search – search for blogs and more
Klout The Standard for Influence – the key influencer score
WordPress.com A key blog creation tool, free for most uses
Tumblr – Free short picture and graphic posting uber-cool blog creation
LinkedIn – The business to business social media site
Blogger – Free Google blogging creation
Twitter – the gold standard in short blogging
Checkthis – create a web site in a few clicks
Facebook – the number one social media site world wide
YouTube – the number one video sharing site worldwide
Flickr – the number one picture sharing site worldwide
Pinterest – the number one picture/style/fashion sharing site
Google+ – Google’s answer to social media
SoundCloud – Record and share your sounds for free – audio social media
Management of multiple social media sites:
Buffer – schedule Twitter & Facebook posts & track click through’s
TweetDeck by Twitter – schedule, monitor and manage Twitter feeds
Social Media Management | Sprout Social – schedule. monitor and manage
Social Media Management – HootSuite – schedule, monitor and manage
XeeMe – create a single identity for all your social media identities
Insight & analytics:
GoogleAnalytics – a lot of new analytics coming through here
How Far Did Your Tweet Travel? | TweetReach – does what it says
bitly | shorten, share and track your links – shorten links, then see how many use them
Twitter Stats by Twitter Counter – track your Twitter growth
Crowdbooster Dashboard – Your Network – analyse your Twitter network
Socialbakers (Facebook, Twitter…) marketing, stats – more stats
Viralheat | Social media analytics – serious social media analytics
Services4Authors My comprehensive marketing support service for writers
FollowFriday Helper – FFHelper – picks out your best followers
Flush & Follow Twitter users: Tweepi – follows & flushes people 20/40 at a time
Social Media is Dynamite – my social media blog – lots of posts!
Who Unfollowed Me on Twitter: Twitter Unfollowers – see who stopped following.