Using Social Media effectively depends on finding and connecting with the right people and — once connected -making sure you do the right things to build and nourish online relationships to achieve your goals.
Here’s our Superlist roundup of tools, resources and great advice to help you do each of these things more effectively – in two sections. Section 1 contains tools and advice on finding the people you want to connect with – colleagues and also those people who are the influentials in your areas. Section 2 serves up resources and advice to help you connect, build and nourish your network once you identify the right people.
If You Read This, Please Tweet This To Your Followers (just copy and paste the following into your Twitter bar): Ultimate How-To: Find, Network With & Influence People via Social Media http://tinyurl.com/cpvr85
- Find People – How to Find People Online Quickly and Easily
From About.com: Comprehensive guide to range of ways to find people online from social networks, to social bookmarking, to search engines.
- 15 Websites to Trace People Online
From MakeUseOf.com: Review and links to 15 free resources to trace people online.
- 6 Services that Help You Find, Follow Friends on Twitter
From CNET: A list and discussion of online tools that can you find friends more efficiently than asking for their usernames.
- Cool ‘Identity Search’ Tools for Social Web
From MakeUseOf.com: Rundown on 3 tools that let you search for people across a range of social websites.
- Twitter Friend Recommendations | Who Should i Follow?
A tool that lets you enter your Twitter username and get suggestions on interesting people to follow.
- PeekYou- Free People Search
PeekYou is a people search service. You can search and find other people, find their websites, social-networking profiles, photos, or anything else about them online. You can also create your own profile on PeekYou.
- Use Online Tools To Find Influencers
From Paul Gillin Communications: Tactics you can use to identify social media influencers.
- How-To: Identifying Influencers, Neutralizing Detractors
From MarketingVOX: The attention of influencers is coveted because of their mythological ability to drive others to a given brand, whether by force of personality or strong subject knowledge. But “influencers” are not a single silver-bullet demographic. Depending on the product or service a company hopes to sell, the appropriate circle of influencers can vary. Here are some tips on locating your Influencers.
This service aims to allow you to search for specific people you want to find amongst the people you follow. You enter a username to search that person’s followers or just a keyword to search all bios currently indexed.
- Just Tweet It
Just Tweet It was created to make it easier for people using the popular micro-blogging service Twitter to find other “Tweeters” with similar interests.
- Snitch.name :: The Social White Pages
Instead of you having to go and search for someone separately on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or MySpace, Snitch.Name presents you the search results from all those sites on one page
- Find a Person & Email Search
Comprehensive Search Tool that includes traditional online people search tools like AnyWho White pages but also social networks like Linked In, Face Book, Yelp, Plaxo, & Ning.
- Feature: How to Track Down Anyone Online
From Lifehacker: A couple of power people search tools to help you track down anyone online.
- 3 Ways To Find People With Social Search Engines
- Want more Followers? Twitter Directories and Groups
From Twitter Chat: Good rundown and advice on using Twitter Directories and Groups to find more followers.
- Who Is This Person?
A Firefox Add-on that lets you highlight any name on a web page and see matching information from Wink, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Facebook, Google News, Technorati, Yahoo Person Search, Spock, WikiYou, ZoomInfo, IMDB, MySpace and more.
- Twitter Launches Suggestions Tool
From Mashable: Discussion of new Twitter feature that helps you find people to follow: suggestions. This new page under the “Find People” section suggests Twitter users you may want to follow, based on an as-yet-undisclosed algorithm.
- Twitterel.com: Find People with Similar Interests on Twitter
From Makeuseof.com: Twitter is an astonishing networking phenomenon with millions of users generating a lot of ideas and content. It can be overwhelming at first sight to use such a network to find like-minded people and build your community. This is where Twitterel comes in handy. Twitterel allows you to define certain keywords and then find people with similar interests on Twitter.
- Twellow :: Twitter Search Directory, Twitter Search Engine
A twitter phone directory that sorts people by industry. This can be a great way to find people in your industry.
- TwellowHood – Find Local Twitter Users
Have you ever wondered who is using Twitter that is close by? Looking to connect to people in your city? TwellowHood is a service which allows Twitter users to do just that. Think of it as a way to find your neighbor on Twitter.
- The Daily Follow
Sign up for The Daily Follow. It’s an email alert offering up generous helpings of new people to follow or connect with by category. One email message, once per day, in digest format. It’s that simple.
- Five Tools to Find People on Twitter to Follow
From Twitterati: Rundown on tools that can make the process of findings people on Twitter a little easier.
- 5 Tips on Finding Interesting People to Follow on Twitter
From The Crafted Webmaster: Some useful tips on how to find interesting people on Twitter.
- So How Do You Find People on Twitter? -
From Search Engine Guide Blog: If you are new to Twitter, it can seem difficult to find people that are in your industry or that share your interests. Here’s some tips to help get you started meeting new friends on Twitter!
- 5 Ways to Find More Friends on Twitter
From ReadWriteWeb: Five web apps that can help you locate some of the best people for you to follow on Twitter.
Twubble can help expand your Twitter bubble—it searches your friend graph and picks out people who you may like to follow. Click the button below to get started.
- 10 Interesting People You Should Have In Your Delicious Network
From MMMeega: As it states, a list of interesting people to add to your Delicious network.
- Twitter Groups
Service that allows you to create a new group or join an existing group. Follow people with the same interests as you. Find new people to follow. Let people follow you. Share your favorite website links.
- How to Use the New FriendFeed Search for Social Media Intelligence
From ReadWriteWeb: Review the new Friendfeed tool and provides examples of how the tool can be used to discover people, conversations, trends and more across the social web.
- TwitterFriends Improves the IQ of Twitter
From bub.blicio.us: Review of TwitterFriends an analytical tool for identifying relevant conversationalists, revealing conversation patterns, and visualizing material conversation networks, by Twitter ID. The services aims to map the “relevant net” for any given user, which is incredibly valuable to identifying influential voices.
- 10 ways to find people on Twitter
Nice slide show from Paul Bradshaw of the Online Journalism Blog. Outlines 10 ways to find people on Twitter
Growing, Managing & Nurturing Your Network of Friends, Followers & Influentials
- Eight Secrets of Effective Online Networking
From Tech Soup: Suggestions for effectively managing your profiles and contacts on social networking sites, finding people with relevant interests, and more.
- How To Use Del.icio.us To Take Over the World
From Social Computing Magazine: Good article on how to use the people or networking component of Delicious to get the most out of the service.
- Who Is That New Follower? Ask Socialwhois
From Mashable: While the names of some new followers you get n Twitter or Friendfeed immediately ring a bell, with others, you might have no idea who the person might be. To help you find out more about who these people are, Socialwhois is a new service you might find somewhat useful. Mashsable reviews it here.
- How to Grow A Useful Network with the Social Media Site Facebook
From The Baby Boomer Entrepreneur: Advice on using Facebook as a tool to grow your business network.
- How to Improve Your Twinfluence and Twitter Grade
- Twitter Influence Calculator: Tracking Influence in Twitter
From Web Analytics Demystified: The Twitter Influence Calculator is an experiment in social media measurement being run by Web Analytics Demystified. Built on the Twitter APIs, the influence calculator lets Twitter users determine their personal influence, discover the most influential users in Twitter and compare themselves to others. Calculate your Influence in Twitter today!
- How You Might View Bloggers
From Chris Brogan: Advice on how to conduct a blogger outreach campaign directed at key influencers.
- How to Get More Followers on Twitter
From Twitips: Nice compilation of links to posts Twitips has published that touch on the topic of getting followers.
- How to Friend Mom, Dad, and the Boss on Facebook…Safely
From Read Write Web: Oh no! Your mom just joined Facebook and what’s even worse, she wants to be your friend. More and more people are finding themselves in this situation today and unsure of what to do. Friending mom and dad, the boss, or other work colleagues opens up the details of your private life for the whole world to see – and you might not be entirely comfortable with that. What’s to be done?
- TwitterButtons: Generate Follow Me Button for Twitter
Simple online tool for Twitter fans. The site lets you enter your Twitter ID and quickly generate nice embeddable follow me buttons that is linked to your Twitter account. You can easily embed them on any other webpage, be it your personal blog or social networking profile page.
- Twitter Followers: Quantity or Quality?
From Twitips: Advice from JR Griggs on the difference between quantify and quality when it comes to gaining Twitter followers and who needs which and why.
- How To Manage Your Twitter Relationships Better with TweetDeck
From CorporateDollar.org: For those using Tweetdeck, here are three ways to better manage your relationships.
- HOW TO: Create Groups for Twitter
From Mashable: There are many different ways Twitter members can create virtual groups. Here is a roundup of some of the most popular methods employed today.
- How I Follow People on Twitter
From Findable Blogs: Article on tools and techniques for managing the process of determining who to follow back on Twitter.
- 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers
From Kevin Rose on TechCrunch: Advice on boosting your followers on Twitter.
- How to Find Influencers on Photo and Video Sites
From Paul Gillin Communications: How to find the people who are influential for your business on photo and video sites that you might normally consider for this purpose.
- Networking with Del.icio.us
Nice screencast from educator Liz Davis that demonstrates the power of connecting with other people through the Delicious networking function. Useful even for even non-educators.
- Courting Online Influencers
From Paul Gillin Communications: After you’ve identified people to engage with, you need to craft an approach and an incentive that’s right for them. Here Paul offers some suggestions.
- The Value of Influencers: Why They Are Still Relevant for Marketing Campaigns
From Dosh Dosh: Discussion of how influencers are still critical to your marketing campaigns in helping to develop trust and visibility for brands.
- Making Word of Mouth Marketing Work: Finding the Influencers
From MyCustomer.com: Insights on figuring out where can you find the small group of influential customers that will facilitate word of mouth campaigns – and how you can get them to shout about your business.
- 5 Steps to Twitter Success
From SEOptimise: Advice on Getting Followers, Keeping Followers, Getting People to React, Using the Right Tools, and Earning Money
- Getting People to Talk Behind Your Back
From chrisbrogan.com: Guest post by Josh Peter on how to get the influencers in your relevant community to spread the message about your business.
- Helping others leads to Twitter Success
From Twitips: Advice from Darren Rowse on how he uses 2 Twitter tools -Tweetlater and Tweetdeck – to identify and learn about individuals having trouble with topics relevant to Darren’s business that he can provide help on.
- The Quest for 5000 – How many Followers are Enough?
From Twitip: Mark Hayward thinks through the question of how many followers are enough on Twitter and talks about why he’s aiming for 5000 of them and why this is important for you to consider.
- Twittersheep: Tells You More About Your Twitter Followers
From Makeuseof.com: Discussion of TwitterSheep, twitter tool that can give you an insight about your twitter followers. Once you enter your name and password, TwitterSheep profiles your followers based on ‘tags’ and generates colorful tag cloud that gives a quick overview of your followers interests.
- What Makes a Great Evangelist
From SmartBlog: Advice from Andy Sernovitz on what to look for when identifying people who can be an evangelist for your message.
- To Follow or Not to Follow; that is the Question
From Twitip: Guest post by Neal Wiser provides advice and perspective on making decisions about whether or not to follow people on Twitter.
- Five Ways to Grow Your StumbleUpon Network: An Ode to Altruistic Stumbling
From Dosh Dosh: Five main ways you can use to expand your StumbleUpon network of friends.
- Understanding the Value of ‘Friends’ in Social Media Websites
From DoshDosh: Discussion of the benefits of having friends/followers on social media sites.
- 100+ Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn
From Linked Intelligence: Braoad collection of advice on using Linkedin as a business tool.
- 7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter
From Twitips: List based on the characteristics of the people the author (Jo-Lynne) most enjoys following on Twitter – be interesting, be informative, be interactive, be promotional, be personal, be considerate and find a balance.
- Twitter Power 150
From A Source of Inspiration: If you want examples of influential people on Twitter, you can find a list of Top 150 Twitter users ranked by their Twitterank score here (as of January 16, 2009).
- Follow-Back Fail
From Dave Fleet: Five suggestions on how to go about getting people to follow you back on Twitter.
- MyCleenr: Clean Up Your Twitter Friends List
From MakeUseOf.com: MyCleenr is a site for cleaning up your Twitter account. It provides you with an interface that makes it easy to get rid of all inactive and useless accounts that you might be following. The process is straightforward, simply sign in using your Twitter credentials and MyCleenr will then list all accounts that you’re following along with their activity stats.
- So many people, So little time
From T N T — The Network Thinker: Advice on how to streamline your Twitter following strategy.
- How to Build Credibility on the Web
From Stepcase Lifehack: How do you get people’s attention long enough to prove that you are what you claim to be? Here are a few ideas.
- Twollow – Auto Follow On Twitter
If you want to use your Twitter account as a way to track all of the people talking about a certain thing, Twollow is the app for you. You can set Twollow to look for any keyword and then automatically follow people that tweet that word. This is great if you want to track mentions of your name, website, product, or (if you’re daring) favorite topic. Just take care you don’t become a spammer.
- HOW TO: Win Friends and Twinfluence People
From Mashable: 10 tips on winning friends and twinfluencing people using for those still somewhat new to the service.
- Social Media Power Users And Influencers: Part 1
From Social Media Buzz: First in multi-part series on the key influencers in social media on the web along with their Blog info, Twitter info, brief bios and what makes them influencers.
- Social Media Power Users And Influencers: Part 2
From Social Media Buzz: Second in multi-part series on the key influencers in social media on the web along with their Blog info, Twitter info, brief bios and what makes them influencers.
- Social Media Power Users And Influencers – Part 3
From Social Media Buzz: Third in multi-part series on the key influencers in social media on the web along with their Blog info, Twitter info, brief bios and what makes them influencers.
- Social Media Power Users And Influencers: Part 4
From Social Media Buzz: Fourth in a multi-part series on the key influencers in social media on the web along with their Blog info, Twitter info, brief bios and what makes them influencers.
- My Tweeple
My Tweeple is a Twitter follower/following manager that provides a one-stop dashboard for who you’re following and who, in turn, is following you. The service allows you, with a single click, to follow, unfollow, or blog people (or tweeple).
TwitterSnooze provides the ability to “snooze” certain friends for a pre-determined period of time. If you’re daring, you can also publicly tweet that you’re snoozing someone.
- Twitter Twerp Scan
Twerp Scan checks the number of followers of everyone on your contact list, the number of people they are following, and the ratio between those. If the person is following more than (n) people (can be customized), and has a Following-to-Followers ratio higher than 1:(m) (can be customized), you’ll be notified by a link. Even if you have no use for that, you might find Twerp Scan a helpfultool for keeping an eye on your growing list of friends and followers
- Twitter Follower-Friend Ratio
Your Twitter Ratio is the ratio of your followers to friends (or people who you follow). It is measured with the TFF Ratio (Twitter Follower-Friend Ratio). The higher the ratio, the more Twitter heat you pack.
- How to Get More Twitter Followers: Some Methods That Work
From Dosh Dosh: Advice on not only getting people to follow you but how to get them actually read your updates.
- 8 Tools to Track Your Footprints on the Web
From ReadWriteWeb: Last week we looked at how easy it is to leave footprints on the Web; today we’ll show you how easy it is to track them. Although search engines provide a great starting point when you’re searching for someone online, with all of the new social sites that have popped up over the past few years, they’re often just not enough. In our recent State of Blog Search 2009 post we discussed the various reasons you may choose to use any or all of the following blog search tools: Technorati, Google Blog Search, Ice Rocket, Ask.com Blogsearch, and FriendFeed. While these blog search engines are great to fill specific needs, they’re also another great place to look for your footprints on the Web.
- How to Target and Attract High Quality Twitter Followers from Your Blogging Niche
From Twitips: Blogger Mark MacDonald provides tips on attracting high quality followers in your relevant niche.
- Finding the Tweet Spot – Top Tips for Building Twitter Relationships
From PR 2.0: Giving back to the Twitter community is an investment in building more mutually beneficial relationships. This articles offers tips to pay back and pay it forward on Twitter.