There are several ways to track Twitter. Why would you want to do this? You may want to see what’s popular, what people are Twittering about, so you can stay informed about your niche or market segment.
The most popular way to track Twitter is to install a widget on your blog. Twitter provides the code to do this. Once it’s installed, you can track Twitter users on your followers list right on your web page or on your blog sidebar.
The widget has a nice, streamlined, semi-transparent look and feel to it that you can customize to your blog colors. If you don’t want to look at Twitter on your blog, you can get it on your phone.
By signing up for the Mobile Twitter service, user updates will go directly to your mobile phone. All you have to do is enter your mobile number on your Twitter account home page and say “OK” to the phone option.
If that still doesn’t work for you, you can use the Twitter instant message option. This puts Twitter on your instant message program as a friend, and lets you send updates to everyone on your Twitter followers list through your instant message program.
It also delivers updates from people on your Twitter followers list right to your instant message window. Are you a FireFox user? If you are, you can use TwitBin, a FireFox plug in.
TwitBin puts your Twitter updates right in your sidebar while you browse. You don’t even have to switch windows to see what’s going on with your Twitter contacts.