Because they have published an open API, Twitter has spawned a slewof applications. Here is a list of applications that appear in The Twitter Book by O’Reilly.
140it will trim down your post to conform to the 140 character limit.
Bit.ly will shrink a long URL, and will also allow you track the clickthroughs
is.gd shrinks down a URL really tightly, but does not allow tracking
Twi.bz shrinks down a URL, but preserves the underlying domain.
So, let’s see what these services would produce. Let’s say I’m posting a tweet that points to a blog entry at http://www.techfornonprofits.com…. Here is the original URL:
Bit.ly shrinks this to: http://bit.ly/4DKNhb
is.gd shrinks this to: http://is.gd/72s3T As they say, 72 characters shorter!
Twi.bz shrinks this to: http://techfornonprofits.twi.bz/a Indeed it preserves the domain name.
Searches and Trends
http://monitter.com allows you to monitor multiple topics in realtime.
monitors links posted in Twitter, and ranks them by popularity in real time.
Combination of Client + Search + Stats
Still trying to figure this out. Check out the interactive topic cloud.
http://twopular.com/ shows trending topics over various time spans
Organize a Tweetup