The 5 most useful social media tools from the past week

Get your bookmarks ready, because these platforms and tools can make your professional and personal lives a lot easier and perhaps a bit more exciting.

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2. TweetCloud delivers Twitter insights in a flash. This handy tool gives you an at-a-glance look at the most popular keywords associated with Twitter users and topics. If you want to get your head around a new follower or emerging topic, this is worth a spot in your toolkit. You can also turn your search into a widget for your blog or website.

3. makes Twitter and Facebook searching simpler. This is another basic and enormously useful tool. allows you to choose for whom and for what you are searching, which gives you the data you need. The best news: You can break this down by your own friends and followers or go broader with a full public search.

4. takes location-based data to a new level.
This site is still in beta, but its potential is huge. tells you which stores and shops are open at any time of the day in any area you specifiy. Find out more about this clever service here.

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