Twitter and Productivity: 5 Ways to Make the Connection

Alyssa Gregory

There is a lot of discussion about Twitter, and social media in general, and the time it takes to maintain a presence. There’s no denying that it can be time-consuming to use Twitter and other social networks effectively.

But what if you could find additional uses for Twitter that not only helped you use the service but also made you more productive? Here are a few ways you can do just that.

Track Tasks with Remember The Milk

If you have a Remember The Milk account and a Twitter account, you can use direct messages to integrate the two services. All you need to do is add “d rtm” before your task name or command to indicate that it’s a direct message and tag it for Remember The Milk. You can add tasks, send tasks, retrieve your tasks and receive task reminders as direct messages.

Get Restaurant Specials with eatbytweet

eatbytweet merges restaurant information with real-time media and gives users a way to find local restaurant deals quickly. To search for restaurants, you just enter your location and you will see up-to-date restaurant tweets. You can also reserve a table right from the tweet search results if you find a listing that interests you.

Manage Your Budget with Twispend

Twitspend is a simple, mobile cash tracker that helps you paint a full picture of your personal finances. You simply tweet your income and expenses to Twitspend via direct message, identifying if you’re receiving or spending money, the amount and a hashtag of your choice to categorize the item. You can view a balance sheet of your activity to help you stay on-budget.

Get In Sync with Your Gadgets

Drippler is a service that provides quick access to the latest rumors, news and updates on your gadgets throughout the product life cycle. By following a gadget account on Twitter, you can automatically receive reviews, price drops, new releases and more. You can also use the service to get updates through Facebook and RSS.

Monitor Your Brand with Tweetdoc

Tweetdoc creates documents that compile all of the tweets from a particular search term so you can keep a record of an event that occurs through Twitter. To use the service, you enter in a hashtag or search term, and set date and time ranges and tweet limits. The result is a PDF file you can use to keep a record of any Twitter-based conversation relevant to you.

Have you recently uncovered any new, productivity-enhancing tools that work with Twitter?