An Overview screen provides a simple, at-a-glance synopsis of the current state of affairs for your Twitter accounts (TweetAdder can handle as many accounts as you purchase TweetAdder licensing for). A green power icon indicates that automation is enabled for a given feature -- such as sending retweets or @replies -- while a red circle icon illustrates that the automation is disabled. Just select a Twitter account and click on the "Open User" button at the bottom to access the configuration and make any changes for that account.
One of the ways TweetAdder helps minimize the noise is by allowing you to automate the following and unfollowing of other Twitter accounts. You can automatically follow accounts based on interests or keywords, follow users who follow a specific account, or follow back Twitter accounts that start following you. If there are Twitter lists that you would like to follow, you can also automate the addition of accounts from the list to your list of Twitter accounts to follow.
This approach has pros and cons. While you may increase the number of accounts following you, you could also end up following hundreds or thousands of Twitter accounts that you aren't really interested in, that have no real interest in your product or topic, or that aren't even following you in return. TweetAdder also lets you automatically unfollow accounts that are not following you back. You can also set up a "white list" of Twitter accounts that are off limits for unfollowing, meaning those that you want to follow regardless of whether they follow you back or not.
For each of the various tools in TweetAdder, you have the ability to control how often the automated service runs, how many accounts can be followed or unfollowed in a given session, and what the maximum number of follows or unfollows is per day. You can also establish thresholds to direct TweetAdder to stop following or unfollowing when your ratio of accounts following you to accounts you are following reaches a specified threshold.
Aside from helping to manage Twitter followers, TweetAdder can also manage tweets. You can use TweetAdder to automatically send out tweets, retweet tweets from specified users or tweet messages from an RSS feed. TweetAdder can also be set up to automatically reply when a tweet mentions your Twitter account, and to send a direct message to new followers, which you can use to direct new Twitter followers to your website or Facebook page, or to promote a specific product or service.
There are TweetAdder versions for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (the Linux client is a beta version). TweetAdder pricing is based on the number of Twitter accounts being managed: $55 for one account, $74 for five, $110 for 10, and $188 for an unlimited number of accounts.
Price: Free (1 user, up to 3 accounts); $14.95/user/month (up to 25 accounts per user)
TweetRoost lets you monitor, save, categorize, schedule and analyze Twitter traffic from up to 25 accounts (if you use the for-pay Pro account). When you sign up for TweetRoost, you are set up with your own subdomain of tweetroost.com (such as computerworld.tweetroost.com), which is where you log in to manage your TweetRoost account and oversee your Twitter activity.
On the surface, TweetRoost behaves like a typical Twitter client application. It displays your default Twitter stream with the status updates from the accounts you follow, along with a box at the top where you can add your own updates. A column on the right displays information about your Twitter profile, including the number of accounts being followed and the number of users following your Twitter account.