Retweeting has become a great way to find quality information through Twitter. New, more advanced, Twitter monitoring tools have made it easier to drown out a lot of the noise and focus on the quality posts being shared. It’s not fool proof as popularity and quality battle for the number one spots. You’ll almost always see the usual suspects in any “most ReTweeted” list, but there are also those gems that slip through the cracks.
Why should your care?
All of these sites provide valuable insight as to what type of content goes viral on Twitter. A bunch of factors go into why a certain link might get retweeted more than another. Some general ones are:
- Quality of content
- Ease of retweeting
- Popularity of blog or blogger
Backtweets is the Twitter side of BackType, a conversational search engine. It’s a great way to see who’s tweeting your posts, even if they forgot to post it as a ReTweet. Every once and awhile I’ll type in my blog url just to see an overview of everyone that’s been tweeting my posts.
Tweetmeme scans Twitter for links and organizes them in an easy to retweet database. They’ve also provided a cool ReTweet button that displays the number of ReTweets a post has as well as gives you the ability to easily ReTweet the post.
Retweetist monitors Twitter for fresh links and ranks them according to how new and popular they are.
ReTweet radar is the Twitter side of http://spy.appspot.com. It gives you a large list of trending topics to zone in on as well as displays the most retweeted links and tweeps.
Re.twit’d doesn’t only look for popular ReTweeted links, it also displays popular ReTweeted tweets. If you ever just wanted to see the most popular tweets on Twitter and not necessarily the most popular links, then this is your place.
Repeets scans Twitter for all ReTweets and displays the recent most popular ones as well as the most popular in the past 24 hours, past week and past month.