Well, sort of. I started using Hootsuite, a web based Twitter app, in mid-April 2009. I like many of the site’s features, especially the ability to schedule tweets, manage multiple social media accounts, monitor keywords and track link stats via their propietary URL shortener ow.ly. Get it? Hoot as in “owl.” Pretty clever and just as effective as bit.ly, though I use that occasionally, as well.
At any rate, I have become pretty reliant on Hootsuite and use it almost exclusively when tweeting from my desk. When on Blackberry, I use ÜberTwitter which also offers built in bit.ly URL shortening functionality.
Basically, I was curious to see which of my tweets generated the most interest in 2009. The challenge, however, comes in determining how to measure that. The closest I can estimate is by looking at those with the most clicks.
As mentioned in a previous post (TweetLevel: Rating Twitter’s Influence), I try to strike a 30/30/30/10 balance between politics, communications, personal and miscellaneous tweets. Given the link popularity, looks like that strategy has worked pretty well.
Here’s how they stacked up in 2009:
Arlington (Va): The Rap http://ow.ly/dWXc So when people tell me Remy where you calling from? I say a straight up thug town called Arlington
TMZ reporting that actress Brittany Murphy, 32, died this morning after suffering full cardiac arrest http://ow.ly/NYZ5
Congress’ Best (And Worst) Committee Web Sites http://ow.ly/HDqs (via @nationaljournal) Reviewers @sheiladcusa @cheeky_geeky @JohnWonderlich
Tiger Woods, Obama On Golf Digest Cover Together (PHOTO) http://ow.ly/HZFW
George W. Bush Secretly Visits Fort Hood Victims http://ow.ly/AjxV
@DanaPerino is all fired up! RT @rooseveltroom VIDEO: Unfit to Host? http://ow.ly/s1pr #olympics #chicago2016
Ex-Bush flacks find footing http://ow.ly/kutI w/ Ari @DanaPerino @ScottStanzel @TonyFratto @ksullie Nice pic, Dan B! (via @politico)
VIDEO: Liz Cheney, Bill Kristol and Debra Burlingame launch new group “Keep America Safe” http://ow.ly/ufHl
Goodbye to dot com domains? Yes ICANN! http://ow.ly/gO4a But @Slate says don’t do it!
Why Google Wants You To Google Yourself (TIME) http://ow.ly/40Pp Interesting take on the future of the “vanity search”
My two most popular bit.ly links were retweets (RT) that generated 680 and 143 clicks each which would’ve placed them at #5 and #8 respectively on the list above.