Canada is no stranger to Twitter, routinely making it to the top five most popular “tweeting” countries in the world. While exact stats are hard to come by, one Twitter spokesperson recently confirmed to online new sources that Twitter growth in this country increased 75 per cent in 2010.
While many of us dote on Facebook, this stat clearly indicates that Twitter is gaining significant traction here at home. Like any hot web tool, this popularity means that fans are ready and willing to gobble up all things Twitter. And where there are tech fans, there are designers and developers waiting to lure us in to their little piece of the Twitter puzzle.
Twitdom, an online directory, claims there are more than
1600 2000 Twitter apps, sites, and books. Here are three that are clearly leading the pack.
TwBirthday: The Twitter elite can be an arrogant bunch, bragging about the first time they signed on to Twitter and boasting about their “x” number of followers. However, if you want to fact check anyone's tweeting birthday it's only a click away. TwBirthday is a simple site, just plug in a username and find out when someone (or you) joined the site (for example, I was “born” on February 12th, 2007, take that @justinbieber). Even more amusing, you can discover the first person you followed. There is also an age index, and from what I can tell, the higher your score are the longer you've been tweeting.
TweetRings: Brace yourself. This next service is for serious tweeters only. An Amsterdam-based company recently launched TweetRings because “some messages deserve eternity.” Enter your username to see your tweets wrapped around both sides of a stainless steel, silver, or titanium ring. As for price, rings start at 89 euros a piece (about $120 CDN). If your tweets aren't creative enough, you can load in someone else's messages and set them in steel.
Qwitter: If you respond to your tweets before you call back your Mom, chances are that you take your Twitter community pretty seriously. Therefore, it's only natural that you want to know when someone stops following you. This is where Quitter can help. The service catches Twitter quitters, sending you a summary e-mail once a day so you can stay on top of who ditched you. All jokes aside, this is a handy tool if you're worried that your tweets are offending or just plain boring.