Cool Social Media Tools to Test Your Reach and Influence

Sometimes it pretty difficult to really get a feel for where you stand in the muck and mire of the social networking arena. It seems like I hear about a new tool every few weeks. This is not to say these tools are all new, just that they didn’t hit my radar when they were launched.

Here’s my short list.

This tool let me look at who I follow but they don’t follow me. I am not deeply offended if someone isn’t following me, I generally find it a challenge to see if I can add enough value to get them to start to follow me. But the cool thing I liked about this was that it also showed me which accounts have been inactive for an extended time, in some cases a year. So, with the click of a button – Unfollow.

This is a cool little tool, which is free but willing to accept donations for their development work. It will graph your tweets per hour, per month and give you a great timeline. You can dig a little deeper by clicking on a month, showing you who you RT, who you @ reply and which interface you use whether the Twitter web-version or some third-party tool.

Klout describes itself as “the standard for influence,” the startup focusing its measurements on assessing people’s Twitter and Facebook influence.

From their site: The Klout Score is the measurement of your overall online influence. The scores range from 1 to 100 with higher scores representing a wider and stronger sphere of influence. Klout uses over 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure True Reach, Amplification Probability, and Network Score.

NOTE: I was rated an Explorer -You actively engage in the social web, constantly trying out new ways to interact and network. You’re exploring the ecosystem and making it work for you. Your level of activity and engagement shows that you “get it”, we predict you’ll be moving up.

Perhaps one of my all-time favorites is Hubspot‘s Grader site. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop that helps you measure and analyze your marketing efforts. Not only can you measure Twitter and Facebook, but you can get a grade rating on your website, RSS feeds and even Press Releases you write.

If you have a favorite tool, please let me know and I’ll include it in future posts. In the meantime, have fun with it. The object for me is to test, test, test … how to the changes I make in the way I communicate change the influence I have.