Whether you are interested in e-learning or little league baseball, there are people out there who want to talk to you...whether you know it or not. Fortunately, there are some tools that will help you find each other so you can wile away the wee hours talking about things that nobody outside your virtual circles could quite possibly be interested in.
Here are some of the tools that bring like-minded Tweeters together:
Twellow - one of my personal favorites, this tool quickly returns lists based on location, industry, and keyword search, and lets you follow with a click. While I haven't personally used it for prospecting, it looks promising for that purpose.
Nearby Tweets - lets you find Tweeple near you...or anywhere really.
TwitterPacks - find Twitter groups by interest.
TwitterLocal - an Adobe AIR application that lets you filter tweets by location.
TweetMondo - cool visual application with a map (I like gadgety stuff)
ChirpCity - city-specific tweets and tweeple...good for a quick peak at the local twittersphere
Local Tweeps - find and get found
Another great way to find other Tweeters is by the conversation.
TweetChat - lets you follow any conversation by its hash tag.
Tweetbeep - gives you Twitter alerts by e-mail when conversations mention you, your company, your products...or anything else; so if you're tracking a hot topic, like "spot learning", you can find out who else is talking about it...quickly.