The word "tweet" no longer belongs to the birds. Ever since the popular social networking site Twitter flooded the human psyche, the word has come to stand for the 140-character quips users send via the trendy Web site.
In the off-chance you're new to the Internet, Twitter is a social networking Web site that helps users to stay in touch with friends, family and otherwise via these tiny autobiographical updates. Because of the character limit, tweets must be concise, and some people refer to Twitter communication as microblogging.
Twitter users keep up with each other's tweets by following. Every time someone you follow posts a message to Twitter, that post will show up in your Twitter feed. And every time you post a message to Twitter, that post shows up in the feed of anyone who's following you. It's as simple as that.
The user interface for Twitter is rather basic, without too many options to manage or organize your feed, which isn't a big deal for the casual user. But power users and those who follow many people are always on the lookout for applications that help them to use Twitter more effectively. There are many Twitter tools out there, and it can be tough to sift through them all.
That's why we've done the work for you by creating a top five list, which begins on the next page.