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In watching people sample Twitter, I’ve come to one conclusion: those who end up finding it a useful service tend to be people who build up a network of a few dozen to a few hundred people. If you only have a few Twitter friends, your […]

In watching people sample Twitter, I’ve come to one conclusion: those who end up finding it a useful service tend to be people who build up a network of a few dozen to a few hundred people. If you only have a few Twitter friends, your chances of getting help when you need a question answered, or having something interesting pop up when you check in, are low enough that the service seems worthless.

Two recent web applications are designed to jumpstart the process by helping you find new potential friends quickly. Twubble looks at your existing friends and recommends other people who they follow. Twits Like Me looks at the text of your tweets to find other folks talking about the same things. Of the two, I found Twits Like Me to be more useful, but they’re both worth a good look if you feel the need for more activity in your Twitterstream.

  1. I just found out about Twubble today and never heard of Twits Like Me. Twubble referred me to 10 or so good contacts. I’m going to fire up TLM right now and see what happens.

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  2. Twubble looks like a security risk. They want your password in order to follow.

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  3. Yeah, but you can just click on them and follow them from the Twitter page. Agreed that the pop-up asking for username and password was a bit disconcerting, though.

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  4. Both good finds. Thanks.

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