I have used all three of these Apps in one way or another in the past fortnight, and thought I would review them under one roof!
Summify – A very clever service which examines your follower’s tweets, then ‘curates’ an email summary of the most popular/retweeted posts or blogs. This is fantastic if you are the sort of Twitter user who dips in and out, rather than someone who tends to graze throughout the day. You can set it up to send you a daily email, and since doing this, I have found some real gold in every email.
Buffer – Again, perfect for those who dip into their twitter stream. Rather than swamping your followers with a bunch of responses and RT’s in a ten minute space (which I know I and others are guilty of) and risk annoying others of swamping their stream, this allows you to stack up marked posts or links, and then sends them out on your behalf throughout the day. I emailled the CEO of Buffer with some ideas and he emailled right back, pointing me toward
SocialBro – Based around a chrome Plug-in or the Adobe Air platform, this is an incredibly powerful Twitter Dashboard with some really advanced metrics. It gave me a really good insight into my followers and their habits – the best being that my weekly post reviewing business books was wasted on a Sunday evening for example, as it was one of the least-populated times for my Twitter stream.
All of these Apps are here to give Twitter more value as a tool, and in a way that I haven’t seen before. While to would theoretically be great if Twitter added these kinds of functionality, it might end up bulky and overwhelming. Far better that you can use plug-ins as appropriate.