It’s extremely important to monitor and measure your influence in social media however some of the premium tools out there might be a little beyond your financial reach. Good thing there are plenty of free tools you can mix and match to meet your own personal goals.
First off, check the availability of your brand name, user name or vanity URL on 120 popular Social Media sites with http://knowem.com. This is just an easy way to see if anyone has squatted on your brand name.
Now some of these tools are better at monitoring while others are better at measurement. I leave it up to you.
SocialMention.com allows you to easily track what people are saying about you, your company, a new product, or any topic across the web’s social media landscape in real-time. Social Mention monitors 80+ social media properties directly including: Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google etc.
KeoTag.com searches some of the most popular social media sites for tags that match your search term.
BackType is a “conversational search engine”. They index conversations scattered across the web to make following comments on a post or article a lot easier to manage.
CoComment is a service for managing, powering and researching conversations online. When using coComment, you can keep track of your comments across any site, share them with friends, and get notified when you get a response.
YackTrack lets you search for comments on your content from various sources or other blogs that talk about your content.
Blog Flux is a service that watches comments/follow-ups on Blog posts, Digg submissions, Flickr galleries, and many other types of content. When ever there is an update, i.e a new follow-up, Commentful notifies you instantly.
Trackur is an online reputation monitoring tool designed to assist you in tracking what is said about you on the internet.
Twitter Search helps you filter all the real-time information coursing through the Twittersphere.
Twitrratr helps you distinguish negative from positive tweets surrounding a brand, product, person or topic.
Tweetmeme is similar to Backtweets except it only shows tweets that link to a post from the last 7 days.
Facebook Lexicon lets you compare up to five different words or two-word phrases and see how many people talked about that term on Facebook each day.
Discussion Boards and Forums
BoardReader was developed to address the shortcomings of current search engine technology to accurately find and display information contained on the Web’s forums and message boards.
BoardTracker is a search engine that only displays information from their extensive database of forum threads.
BlogPulse is a blog search engine that also analyzes and reports on daily activity in the blogosphere
Trendpedia finds the articles online that talk about your topics. It organizes the articles in a trendline that shows the popularity of the topic over time up to three months ago up to today.
A Little Something Extra
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