The proliferation of websites that provide auxiliary services to twitter is nothing short of amazing and speaks to the impact Twitter has had on society. Often time these auxiliary services provide little value they can be quite entertaining on a random Wednesday night… or maybe even a Friday night. Because you are tired… and sick… not because you didn’t have plans. (You just returned from Monte Carlo after receiving an invitation from Grace Kelly’s children for a weekend getaway at the Prince’s Palace. It’s tiring.) These websites can be quite useful on the ever so rare occasion that Twitter leaves you stranded and you must await for its return.
Here are three I’ve enjoyed (Never on a Friday. Except once.)
1. Paper.li organizes links shared on Twitter and Facebook into an easy to read newspaper-style format. I use this for Twitter and find it particularly useful for specific Twitter lists I have created. It serves as a daily digest of what folks posted during the day and you can quickly catch up on the last 24 hours if you have been tied up doing other things beside anxiously awaiting my next blog. Here is a live example of my Paper.li Daily’s.
2. Tweet Cloud is a service that lets you generate a cloud of the words you tweet about the most. Here is my cloud. Based upon this cloud I have determined my tweets lack substance of any significance. I may stop tweeting altogether.
3. WeePlaces allows you to visualize your FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook, etc. checkins by aparticular geographic location. Below is my weeplaces visualization of checkins in New Orleans.
This is a pretty amazing way to recap where you have been in a year, assuming you also have an obsession with checking in everywhere you go. I checked in 26 different cities, in five countries, and I will not tell you how many actual places I checked in because I am highly disturbed by that number.
Enjoy and stay classy.