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The Local Twitter-conomy

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 4, 2009 08:05 AM

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Today's column focuses on the local companies that are part of the Twitter ecosystem -- and the two local VC firms that have money in Twitter itself.

Here's my list of all the local companies doing something related to Twitter. I invite you to add others in the comments. (Let's define local as New England-based.)

    - Bigtweet. From Scott Carter. A button for your browser toolbar that allows you to quickly post links of interesting Web content to Twitter.

    - Crimson Hexagon. Run by Candace Fleming. Aids companies in tracking conversations about their products on Twitter (as well as blogs and online forums).

    - Followidget. Run by Ethan Stillman. Embedded in Web pages, this widget recommends people to follow on Twitter based on the content of the pages.

    - GraphEdge. Founded by Waldron Faulkner. Helps Twitter users understand trends among their “followers.’’ (Here's some earlier coverage of GraphEdge.)

    - Oneforty. Founded by Laura Fitton. Directory and "app store" for Twitter apps. (Here's some earlier coverage of Oneforty.)

    - Pockets. From Dan Croak. Allows to you record voice mail messages and send them to other Twitter users.

    - Thunder Thimble. From Thoughtbot/Dan Croak. Helps companies track what Twitter users are saying about their brands.

    - Traackr. Pierre-Loïc Assayag is the founder. Helps companies "identify and engage" online influencers on social networks, including Twitter.

    - Tweetree. From Draconis Software. Allows you to see replies and related content (like pictures and article links) in context with the original Twitter messages.

    - Tweetworks. Founded by Mike Langford. Helps users interested in a topic create groups on Twitter and track strings of messages on a particular topic.

    - Twitter Grader. Developed by Dharmesh Shah and HubSpot. Assesses the reach and influence of your Twitter account.

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7 comments so far...
  1. Shareaholic a firefox Add-in lets you quickly post favorite web links to twitter.

    Posted by tom summit October 4, 09 10:01 AM

    Local trends, local conversations, local advertising.

    Posted by Dan Croak October 4, 09 12:36 PM
  1. BeanTownLab can build you a custom Twitter app -

    Posted by attleborodave October 4, 09 02:43 PM
  1. Bostinnovation - - Tweet aggregator designed to help users monitor Boston's tech and innovation tribe while eliminating spam. Also a good source for real-time local event updates based on hashtags and keywords. Powered by TweetRiver.

    Posted by Kyle October 5, 09 12:48 PM
  1. ChatterBox, built by CoreBlox (, based in Framingham MA

    Posted by David S October 5, 09 03:00 PM
  1. Thanks Scott! Following your lead we temporarily added "Boston-based" to our "essentials" lists, so the 6 top-rated local Twitter apps will be displayed on our essentials page.

    All this week our "featured" slot is dedicated to the items that hail from the area -- a deep rotation of 15 so far.

    Posted by Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton October 6, 09 12:12 AM
  1. TwittaScope, operated by NameMedia in Waltham. Allows Twitter members to share their horoscopes. NameMedia's astrology content is syndicated on it's sites like Tarot.Com, DailyHoroscope.Com and with AOL, iGoogle's top gadget, MySpace and other places. Cool app. Great to be part of the Twitter ecosystem. You can get TwittaScope at THE place for Twitter Apps...

    Posted by Jeff Bennett October 22, 09 08:07 AM


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