To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Pros & Cons of Twitter – Free Tools + Resources



When it comes to Twitter people are clearly divided. Some people hate Twitter, others love it. Both of them are right for different reasons. Actually there are many reasons to use Twitter or not. Here you’ll find plenty of them plus resources to actually use it.


Unlike Facebook where you just follow friends and family you already know Twitter gets used to follow mostly strangers you are interested in.

Follow me to get the latest insights on blogging, social media and search! Indeed I’ve been using Twitter for over seven years now and it is a powerful link sharing plus social networking tool for me.

It wasn’t that way from the start. It took me some time to get it or even to understand why I need Twitter and what the pitfalls are.

For those still undecided here are the pros, cons and Twitter tools to make the experience of tweeting much more convenient as well as productive.

Indeed Twitter is a lot like Facebook although it’s a different concept. Both sites do not necessarily result in significant direct traffic or other benefits you can measure easily unless you are very popular.



I wanted to share my thoughts on Twitter and help you decide whether it makes sense or not so I collected  Twitter related tools and resources to answer the question: To tweet or not to tweet?

Also once you decided you want to use it, you will find plenty of ideas how to use it below:


Reasons to use Twitter

Reasons not to use Twitter

Twitter clients
These are the the most common or best Twitter clients. I’ve used most of them all myself and still use two of them in one case (TweetDeck) daily.

The first three clients are ideal for business use and marketing campaigns. Make sure not to over-automate though! Hootsuite and Buffer work with many social media sites, not just Twitter.

Free Twitter scanners

Twitter howto’s, tutorials and resources


Now of course the main reason why I use Twitter is to inform you of my eating habits!

No, just kidding, rather to indoctrinate you with my SEO 2.0 propaganda. It does only make sense when I have enough people to preach to.

OK, follow me now in case you are really serious about the SEO 2.0 cult!

  1. How do you use Twitter?
  2. Do you use a client?
  3. If yes, which one?
  4. What are you using Twitter for?
  5. What do you tweet about actually?
  6. What are you doing?
  7. What is your user name?

In case it makes sense I’ll

  • follow you
  • @reply to you
  • retweet you!

Did I miss some valuable links? Add them in the comments, this list will be updated in future. Want more? Try 101 tweets on how to use Twitter.

Originally published: April 30th, 2008. V2 published on September 28th, 2010: 20 links have been replaced! V3 published: June 3rd, 2015: Added 25+ new links, removed old ones. Replaced images. Updated: October 7th, 2015. Updated: February 27th, 2017: removed defunct tools. Last updated: March 20th, 2017: fixed broken links. Added new ones.

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