I just read over on mashable about the various ways to filter tweets; by keywords, by groups, by links, etc…
Under the keyword section they list filttr, but I got to tell you filttr does it all, not as sophisticated as peoplebrowsr, but it has the essential features. It’s oAuth enabled, post select updates to Facebook, Twitpic, file attachments, shortcuts, threaded replies, and has a mobile version. Below I have focused on the filtering features.
- Filters tweets based on your past reading behaviour
- Manually black list and white list keywords
- Slider to curb noisy tweeps
- Link only tweets from your stream
- Create many keyword streams
- Create many group streams
- Create a combination of a keyword stream within a group, and also, that shows only tweets with links in them
- Automatically creates a group of tweeps that aren’t in a group
eg. if a tweep is conference tweeting too much you can slide to receive less noise
eg. show me tweets with just links in them with the hashtag #e2conf within my group of people I follow called “enterprise”
I’ve been using Filttr for most of this year, and I tell ya it helps me deal with my Twitter stream firehose, plus these guys are really responsive with implementing suggested features, either via Twitter, email or Uservoice.
If you have time you can read the regular stream, or perhaps just read link only tweets in the regular stream, but let’s face it I never, ever, ever have time to do this…
I don’t really create keyword search streams unless I’m researching or there is an event, and I haven’t used the sliders or black/white listing features yet.
But what I do use is the grouping feature (alias), and link-only tweets feature.
Just like an RSS Reader I have folder type streams.
These folders are groups that I organise my tweeps in…you can do a keyword search across a group if you like.
eg. I have a group called “enterprise2.0″
- this displays tweets from about 100 people I follow
- if I wanted I could overlay this with a keyword search eg “wiki”
- then later on I can take off the keyword search if I like
For every group, I have a link only group as well.
For example, if I don’t have time to read all tweets in my “enterprise2.0″ group, I’ll read the “enterprise2.0-linkonly” stream instead…this way I can just read tweets that have links in them.
The main groups I have are:
Today I may only have 20 minutes to catch up on Twitter on my mobile on the train, so I may read:
I really like that I’m empowered to be able to do this. With the regular Twitter interface, my 20 minutes would not get me far, or satisfy me…