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.
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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