As the new Twitter continues to role out across the network, it’s clear that the micro-blogging platform intends to be here for the long-term.

Its initial use as a short message system has evolved into a truly multi-faceted and game-changing platform. Business, cause marketing, non-profits, customer service, lead generation and more – Twitter really does have something for everyone.

A lot of blogs (mine included) often concentrate on the best ways to use Twitter for business, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But wouldn’t it be cool to mix it up with a bit of fun too?

With that in mind, here are 10 fun apps for Twitter that you might not have heard of but are definitely worth checking out.

  1. SecretTweet. Founded in April 2008, SecretTweet allows you to tweet your darkest secrets (or those of your friends) for Twitter to comment on. There’s  a mix of the funny and bizarre on the site, though there can also be sad ones as well.
  2. Twitter Tussle. A cute little cartoon site, Twitter Tussle answers which topics are more popular on Twitter by having two cartoon Twitter birds duke it out on-screen.
  3. ASKch. A great healthcare resource, ASKch (currently in beta) from Change:Healthcare allows you to send a question about healthcare costs and options in your neighbourhood, and receive an automated response and information link within 60 seconds.
  4. Mombo. A fun and useful service, Mombo collates tweets about movies and formulates them into a review and overview of how good (or bad) that movie is according to Twitter.
  5. BollyTweet. Like Bollywood movies? Got an iPhone? BollyTweet allows you to connect and chat with your favourite Bollywood stars. And in great Bollywood fashion, you can shake your iPhone to get the latest tweets.
  6. Twitter for Busy People. Need to know at a glance what your Twitter friends are up to? Twitter for Busy People collates their images into sections (Last Hour, Last Day, More Than a Day Ago) and lets you hover over them for the latest update.
  7. CheapTweet. Almost like a Digg for deals, CheapTweet collates all the best retail offers being tweeted, and allows folks to vote on the best ones so you can save the most.
  8. Twitgift. The idea behind Twitgift is simply awesome. Want to send a gift to a Twitter friend? Choose a gift and send a tweet to them, and if they accept it gets mailed out to them. You don’t even need to know their address, Twitgift takes care of this.
  9. Twistori. A very cool visualization project, Twistori gathers tweets about six main topics – Love, Hate, Think, Believe, Feel, Wish – and runs a colourful stream with tweets about that topic.
  10. HootCourse. An interesting idea, HootCourse takes educational tweets and builds online classes around them. Virtual classrooms are created and students and teaches can meet to hold informal classes, complete with teaching materials and formats.

So there you have it. These are ten Twitter apps that might add a bit of fun to your tweeting and help mix things up a little when you want to get away from the serious stuff.

How about you – any Twitter apps you’ve found worth sharing? The comments are yours.

Image: Twitter Tussle

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41 comments
mmangen
mmangen

One of my favorites that is not on your list is tweetwasters.com

mmangen
mmangen

One of my favorites that is not on your list is tweetwasters.com

JermaineYoung
JermaineYoung

These wer som nice tools. Not sure how useful they are overall but a definite boredom cure if I ever did see one.

JermaineYoung
JermaineYoung

These wer som nice tools. Not sure how useful they are overall but a definite boredom cure if I ever did see one.

jmatthicks
jmatthicks

I'm a huge movie fan, so I think I'm gonna have to check out Mombo. Very nice heads-up, thanks!

Outsourcing101
Outsourcing101

Yeah you are right we haven't heard some of the apps. Thanks for sharing!

Outsourcing101
Outsourcing101

Yeah you are right we haven't heard some of the apps. Thanks for sharing!

TTussle
TTussle

Thanks for sharing our site (Twitter Tussle), we appreciate it very much!

TTussle
TTussle

Thanks for sharing our site (Twitter Tussle), we appreciate it very much!

jkretch
jkretch moderator

One of my favorite Twitter apps is http://Favstar.fm You can search to see who has favorited your Tweets, as well as see the trending Tweets based on number of favs from across Twitter. Cool stuff @DannyBrown! Thanks for the list.

jkretch
jkretch

One of my favorite Twitter apps is http://Favstar.fm You can search to see who has favorited your Tweets, as well as see the trending Tweets based on number of favs from across Twitter. Cool stuff @DannyBrown! Thanks for the list.

ben
ben moderator

Good tips. Can't wait to try some of these out.

ben
ben

Good tips. Can't wait to try some of these out.

AbsolutGrndZer0
AbsolutGrndZer0

Ok, Twitgift is a good idea, but $12 for a dozen cookies and $7.95 shipping and handling? I don't think so!

AbsolutGrndZer0
AbsolutGrndZer0

Ok, Twitgift is a good idea, but $12 for a dozen cookies and $7.95 shipping and handling? I don't think so!

Martin
Martin

Another cool mobile app is http://babller.com - it translates your social feeds (Twitter, Facebook. LinkedIn) to the lanuage that you select, and lets you post status messages in several languages.

Martin
Martin

Another cool mobile app is http://babller.com - it translates your social feeds (Twitter, Facebook. LinkedIn) to the lanuage that you select, and lets you post status messages in several languages.

Glenn
Glenn

Thanks for mentioning our site Danny (TwitterForBusyPeople) - much appreciated! Lots of interesting enhancements around the corner - and reviews like your's help guide us. Regards! - Glenn

Glenn
Glenn

Thanks for mentioning our site Danny (TwitterForBusyPeople) - much appreciated! Lots of interesting enhancements around the corner - and reviews like your's help guide us. Regards! - Glenn

Griddy
Griddy

Hi Danny. Thanks a lot for sharing these Twitter apps. Indeed I hadn't heard of any of these :(. In the process of checking out a few that caught my eye. Cheers

Griddy
Griddy

Hi Danny.
Thanks a lot for sharing these Twitter apps. Indeed I hadn't heard of any of these :(. In the process of checking out a few that caught my eye.

Cheers

TTussle
TTussle

@JMattHicks @JermaineYoung @DannyBrown Thanks for the great comments!

TTussle
TTussle

@JMattHicks @DannyBrown Thanks for the great comments!

jmatthicks
jmatthicks

@DannyBrown @TTussle Agreed, definitely one of coolest and most useful Twitter-related sites I've seen! Thanks for sharing! And yes, it is a bit cute! ;)

JermaineYoung
JermaineYoung

@DannyBrown @TTussle This tool was not only useful but dare I say it, "cute". ;-)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@TTussle More than welcome, one of my favourites of the ones mentioned here. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@TTussle More than welcome, one of my favourites of the ones mentioned here. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@jkretch Cheers Jordan, I'll be sure to check that out mate. Gotta love third-party devs! :)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@jkretch Cheers Jordan, I'll be sure to check that out mate. Gotta love third-party devs! :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@ben Cheers Ben, let us know if you find cool ones yourself :)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@ben Cheers Ben, let us know if you find cool ones yourself :)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@AbsolutGrndZer0 Maybe they're the best cookies ever? ;-)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Martin Sounds pretty funky, Martin, thanks for the heads-up!

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@Martin Sounds pretty funky, Martin, thanks for the heads-up!

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@Glenn You're welcome, Glenn, and look forward to seeing what you come up with in future versions.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Glenn You're welcome, Glenn, and look forward to seeing what you come up with in future versions.

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@Griddy More than welcome, and hope you find some to be useful :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Griddy More than welcome, and hope you find some to be useful :)

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