The most-useful social media tools of the year, part one

The author of our Platform 5 column whittles down the many social media tools he’s highlighted each week for a list of 2011’s best of the best.

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Now that December has arrived, we are bringing you the best of the best, counting down our picks for the top 20 of the year (based on a shortlist of 50 tools that you can view here).

For the first installment, we bring you Nos. 20 through 16.

Next week, we’ll unveil Nos. 15 to 11, before revealing the top 10 just before Christmas.

Here we go: The 20 most-useful new social media tools of 2011, part one:

20. An easy (and free) way to track the performance of competitor websites.

19. A domain name checker with a twist, helping you brainstorm new ideas based on URL availability.

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