Search.Twitter has a long way to go. It doesn’t store data long-term and it isn’t very stable. Google Reader, which relies on that relic of the Web, RSS, provides an alternative to store and search the data flowing into Twitter. Although it may be in vogue to write-off RSS and Readers, I don’t think they are going away anytime soon- in fact, Twitter itself is a sort of RSS: a reverse chronological listing of headlines.
Anyhoo, if you’re interested in conveniently focusing on a select group of Twitter accounts, search terms or hashtags, there’s an app for that: Google Reader. I use hashtags as an example in the presentation below, but any Twitter feed works, including Twitter Favorites. I’ll share that process and my ideas about the value of Favorites in a future post. Here’s a short vid on how to set it up:
You can also use FriendFeed to store and search through tweets, Google Reader may be more manageable.
Is this helpful? Or are you satisfied with Search.Twitter?
FriendFeed – the uber social-aggregation-lifestream service of the geeky and nerdy – may have an uncertain future given its recent acquisition by Facebook, but its powerful search features remain one of the best ways to search the web. I put together this short screencast for my Twitter buddy @DaphneLeigh. FriendFeed’s interface can be difficult for some to get used to, so I’ve been assembling short visual tutorials to help out.
Why these tutorials now that FriendFeed may be “dead”? First, when Silicon Valley announces something dead, it doesn’t mean it’s not used: blogs are “dead”, and so is RSS – but they’re very much around – my view: they’re not really dead, they just have new life. Second, I think FriendFeed’s approach to lifestreaming represents the direction of the social web. Third, the FriendFeed’s search is one of the strongest on the web: whereas Google has its algorithm for finding content on servers, FriendFeed adds the benefit of human filtering, such as Likes and comments (the more Likes and comments, the more likely the content has more value and relevance).
If the video embed is working for you, here’s where you can view it (view in fullscreen mode):
Are you using FriendFeed? Even if you don’t is real-time social search something you would take advantage of? Or might some other service some along and outshine it? Like a social version of Google Reader?
I’m not much of a LinkedIn user, but I dip into the network every once in a while. There’s definitely a big pool of talent to connect with on LinkedIn, but the interface seems a bit claustrophobic for my tastes. Still, I think the Answers feature is a valuable way to help others out and network with others whom you might otherwise never discover.
The easiest way to use Answers is to subscribe via RSS to a few categories of interest. That way you don’t have deal with LinkedIn’s interface, can quickly skim through the most recent questions and decide which ones to answer. If you haven’t used Answers before – or have but found it useless – give this approach a try:
Let me know what you think. Do you find Answers useful? Let me know in the comments or connect with me on LinkedIn.
[Apologies if the embed is awkward. Here’s the direct link to the screencast.]