There are lots of interesting Twitter services but here’s one that caught my attention because it’s different and offers some intriguing possibilities.
TwitterExport is a free service that makes it easy to export any Twitter user’s friends and followers into Microsoft Excel or CSV. All you do is enter a Twitter username and click on “Export Friends” or “Export Followers”. TwitterExport then generates a list (graphic below) that can exported into CSV with a single-click (second graphic).
At first blush, TwitterExport seems like a simple tool but I think it has the potential to be a lot more interesting. In particular, it could be an effective way to do research on opinion leaders and influencers to get a better handle on who they’re following, and their friends.
The ability to edit and organize data using Excel also offers the ability to gain some valuable intelligence and insight that could be used for public relations, business development and sales efforts.
TwitterExport is currently in beta but it’s worth keeping an eye on, particularly if it adds more features. One feature I would like is the ability to select the fields being downloaded into CSV. For example, I have no interest in knowing a Twitter user’s timezone so being able to opt out of that field would be great.
Bottom Line: An intriguing service with the potential to be much more interesting.