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.
- 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.