7 Social Tools You Need To Know About

by Jason Keath on Sep 30, 2010

New ToolsKeeping up with the latest and greatest software, tool sets, and social networks that make up social media as an industry is daunting.

With every new corner of the industry, 10 competitors seem to pop up. We wanted to sort through and share with you some of the newest tools out there as well as feature some that have been out for a little while but are now coming into their own.

Explore the ones you think will add value, toss the rest. But remember, we told you to pay attention to these guys.

Row Feeder

Row Feeder is a social media monitoring tool with a twist. It gives you all the raw data that many other services do not. Row Feeder allows you to export keyword monitoring of Twitter and Facebook into an excel document. They also have built in graphing of that data as well as a white label solution. If you are a data geek and really want to customize how your monitoring tool works for you, this tool is a game changer.

Klout

Klout wants to be the online influence measurement service. If you are looking for influential people online, they want you to think of Klout scores first. And right now they are moving in that direction. They are integrated into Cotweet and Hootsuite already and working with major CRM and Email marketing services. For now they attempt to measure influence across Twitter and Facebook (recently added) in various topics and categories, but they plan to constantly expand.

Sprout Social

Sprout is simply a well designed, robust social CRM tool that is still affordable. If you are an agency or a small business, it is a perfect fit. Pricing goes from $9 to $49 a month. The service dives into social platform management, CRM, and monitoring. AND it is one of the better looking user interfaces I have seen from a tool like this.

Get Glue

Get glue is to media (books, movies, tv and more) as Foursquare is to places. Users checkin and rate entertainment and see what their friends are consuming in real time. One of the major benefits is that Get Glue learns what users like and sends them suggestions of things they might like every week. Other services in this category include Philo and Miso, both focused on checking into television programming.

Social Mention

Social Mention focuses on real time social media search and analysis. They provide social media alerts similar to Google Alerts, sending you daily email updates about your keywords from social media sites. They also provide real time feeds of the same data as a widget to embed on your site or blog.

Blogpulse

Blogpulse provides the latest trends from blogs around the world, showing you the most blogged about topics, recent trend graphs, and extensive blog trend search options.

Kurrently

Kurrently is very simple Facebook and Twitter search and reminiscent of the original search.twitter.com (Summize). It allows you quick, one click filters for switching between Facebook and Twitter or looking at both, changing dates, geography and other options.

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What new software, tools, and platforms have recently captured your interest? Let us know in the comments.

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CEO and founder of Social Fresh, the social media education company. Jason is a social media consultant, a social media speaker and industry analyst. He consults with corporations and agencies on social media strategy, building community, and influencer...

  • These tools are good, but I find Blogpulse (and Technorati) to be lagging behind Google’s indexing capabilities of blogs. I’d take their stats w/ a grain of salt before making business decisions w/ the data.

    I definitely learned of a few and will check them out later. Thanks for sharing! :)

    I got one more you can add to the list, but it’s for pros. Thinkup is a self-hosted solution that provides stats on one’s Twitter usage and stuff. And it’s free. http://thinkupapp.com/

  • These tools are good, but I find Blogpulse (and Technorati) to be lagging behind Google’s indexing capabilities of blogs. I’d take their stats w/ a grain of salt before making business decisions w/ the data.

    I definitely learned of a few and will check them out later. Thanks for sharing! :)

    I got one more you can add to the list, but it’s for pros. Thinkup is a self-hosted solution that provides stats on one’s Twitter usage and stuff. And it’s free. http://thinkupapp.com/

  • These tools are good, but I find Blogpulse (and Technorati) to be lagging behind Google’s indexing capabilities of blogs. I’d take their stats w/ a grain of salt before making business decisions w/ the data.

    I definitely learned of a few and will check them out later. Thanks for sharing! :)

    I got one more you can add to the list, but it’s for pros. Thinkup is a self-hosted solution that provides stats on one’s Twitter usage and stuff. And it’s free. http://thinkupapp.com/

  • great list of tools, i have see klout around for a bit but havent looked in depth, thanks!

  • sprout social has my interest however i am uncomfortable giving them access to so many accounts. i understand that it needs that in order to do its job but its pretty much like handing over the keys to my office.

  • Hi Roger – understand the hesitation. In most cases, access to your accounts is managed through oAuth, so we don’t have any username/passwords and access by Sprout Social can be revoked on the user side at any time. Hope this helps!

    Jason – thanks for including us!

  • My pleasure Justyn. You guys were mentioned twice on our Facebook page by fans as a suggested new tool. We liked what we saw. Plus, as a designer, it is refreshing to see a monitoring tool whose design does not make me cry. = )

  • Klout has been slowly been building a really strong algorithm. They are by no means perfect yet, but they are way ahead of anyone else and only improving the product.

  • Thanks for that information Joseph. Always good to qualify things with more data and perspectives. The biggest thing that I like about Blogpulse is their trending data and graphs. Though I am sure it is next to impossible to keep up with Good in that arena.

  • Ha – that’s definitely one of the hardest parts about building Sprout Social – keeping the design clean and intuitive as we add so much data. Well worth it though!

  • thanks for the reply Justyn, are there any assurances in your T&C’s that you aren’t going to be using my or my clients information?

  • What about Gist? They have pretty great aggregation tools to see what your contacts are doing in a variety of social media channels. (I don’t work for them, just like them ;-)

  • Thanks Brian. I am sure we left out a lot of tools that people love, but
    thanks for suggesting. We will likely do more of these posts, so I will keep
    Gist in mind. Also, if you like Gist, be sure to check out Rapportive, a
    similar tool for Gmail.