July 11, 2011

10 social tools to put to work for your cause

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Fablistic: Discover new products and places from people you trust.


Have you tried out these free apps and metrics tools?

Target audience: Nonprofits, social enterprises, brands, companies, cause organizations, educators, NGOs, Web publishers.

Guest post by Roberta Stanfield
HandsOn Network

Did you blink and suddenly realize everything around you is digital? The technology train is taking off! Here’s your ticket to reaching broader audiences with some useful social media tools.

Today we’ll take a look at 10 free social tools that we think will help make your day go smoother.


AppMakr: Make your own iPhone app

1AppMakr is a browser-based platform designed to make creating your own iPhone app quick and easy. Its free drag and drop tool enables anyone to build rich content-based apps using a point-and-click solution. AppMakr connects to existing RSS and social networking feeds for easier app integration. You can monitor downloads, create image galleries and post alerts to keep all of your users updated. Then AppMakr allows you to gather feedback on your app before publishing.


Peerindex: Measure social influence

2PeerIndex uses an algorithm to map influence on the social Web. The free service gives users influence rankings in predetermined categories so that, for example, nonprofits can determine which Twitter users exert the most sway in a given sector. A similar service is Klout.


RowFeeder: Free monitoring & analysis

3RowFeeder is the latest tool for social media monitoring and analysis. The free service makes it easy to input data and track keywords, hashtags or user names on Twitter and Facebook. And RowFeeder’s reports are compatible with Excel, allowing you to present your data professionally and easily.


Quixey: Find apps that do what you want

4Quixey is a functional search engine for applications. If you’re looking for an app but can’t put your finger on its name or description, you can use Quixey to search apps based on their functionality. Quixey produces the most relevant search results by searching blogs, forums, social media and other sources to learn about each app.


Panabee: Generate relevant domain names

5Panabee is a brainstorm engine for domain names. Its domain-name generator sifts through popular spellings and word pairings. Although many domain registrars have domain-name spinners that offer similar capabilities, Panabee’s specialty is in providing suggestions and phonetic variations of the domain name/phrase you’re interested in by querying Facebook, Twitter and the Web.


Bufferapp: Be awesome on Twitter

6Bufferapp offers a smarter way to schedule tweets. First, plan the tweets you want to share throughout the day. After you fill up your “Buffer” with your planned tweets, Buffer will schedule your tweeting day for you.  Simply keep that Buffer topped up and you’ll be an effortless 24/7 tweeting machine. Note: Other services, like Hootsuite and CoTweet, also let you schedule tweets for free.


Metricly: Aggregate your data in one place

7Metricly helps you stay on top of your organization. It aggregates your data from all over the Web, allowing you to compare and combine all of your metrics in one place. With pre-built connectors to over a dozen of the most popular online services that nonprofits and businesses use today, all you need to do is connect the data sources you use and Metricly will automatically synchronize your latest data in your dashboards.


Website Grader: Measure your site’s success

8How well is your website doing? Is it getting traffic? How popular is it in social media? Every Web page has the potential to rank well in search engines and draw traffic from other sources, like social media sites and the blogosphere. With Website Grader,check out how you compare to similar websites and monitor your traffic rank and see if your optimizations and new content are showing benefits. You will be able to draw conclusions from your competitors and other sites that are related to your business.


Heardable: How is your brand stacking up?

9Heardable allows organizations to understand how well their brand is performing onsite and offsite, and compare their scores with thousands of other brands in your location, sector, industry or worldwide. Heardable can provide key insights, such as which tools and services your competitors and peers are using, and show you how you can more effectively compete with them.


Fablistic: Save & share your opinions

10Fablistic is a social network for personal opinions. This simple website lets you save all your personal opinions in one place, share your opinions with friends on Facebook, Twitter or email, and discover new products and places from people you trust. Use it to save and share your opinions on books, blogs, fundraisers, events, restaurants, stores, shows, anything!

How are you using social media to improve your organization? Let us know in the comments!

Republished from the HandsOn blog. Follow the HandsOn Network on Twitter.

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5 thoughts on “10 social tools to put to work for your cause

    • Nice roundup, right? I actually hadn’t heard of some of these, and while I’ve heard of PeerIndex, I’ll be digging into it more deeply now in the coming weeks.

  1. Great list for people wanting to get organised and efficient. I use a wide variety of social media tools, including most on your list. I prefer Klout instead of Peerindex and I also use both Bufferapp and HootSuite.

    I would also recommend Crowdbooster and Socialmention