Skip to content

10 Tips: How to filter discussions on Twitter?

I follow more than 570 users on Twitter that leads to more than 100 new tweets an hour and I don’t have hours a day to check all the messages. Co-bloggers frequently ask me how I can follow all of them efficiently. Well, I have a few tips on this and feel free to share yours with us:

  • Tweetdeck: The best tool to organize your tweets. I created a Health 2.0 group to filter the tweets of the users who are writing about medicine or health 2.0.


  • Twitter Search:  I always do a search for a few keywords to find new people twitting about my field of interest.


  • It works like Google Alerts which means it lets you receive regular e-mail updates of tweets containing your keywords.


  • Filter by replies: It’s easy to discover ongoing discussions as people reply to each other so sometimes it’s enough to follow the buzz. Omnee helps you with it:


  • Tweetree: It puts your Twitter stream in a tree so you can see the posts people are replying to in context.


  • Tweetscan: You can get updates via e-mail, RSS and scan up to five phrases for daily or weekly delivery.


  • Twitscoop: Insert a twitter username or keywords in the search box to track a conversation, topic or conference.


  • Power Twitter: A Firefox Add-on that integrates search, images and videos into you stream.


  • Friendfeed daily best: I subscribed to many of my Twitter followers on Friendfeed as well. So the Friendfeed daily best feature helps me filter the most valuable discussions.


  • A collection of the most discussed, commented, liked, etc. Friendfeed messages.


What are your tips?

Further reading:

53 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank You Berci, for the useful tips and the nice overview.

    I know several of these tools, but I just wonder whether you use them all in parallel? They seem to overlap a lot. For instance in Tweetdeck you already have a search function incorporated, so why use Twitter-search as well? And Ttwilert does seem to do a similar thing (via email).
    Powertwitter combines features of tweettree and other tools. So do you use them all or do you just give an overview, so we can choose what appeals the most?

    And how do you set up a friendfeed daily best? what does daily best mean?

    (I now I created a frienfeed account earlier on and people have subscribed to it -in vain- ;) , but I lost my login details…

    January 4, 2009
  2. Of course, I don’t use all of them. What I use regularly:

    – Tweetdeck
    – Friendfeed daily best
    – Twilert
    – and Twitter search

    On Friendfeed, after logging in, you will see this on the right:

    View: Standard – Real-time – Best of day

    Just click on Best of day, that’s all.

    Thank you for your comment!

    January 4, 2009
  3. vdbroekw #

    Great busy trying them and selecting the most usable, thanks Dr Shock

    January 4, 2009
  4. O.k. that clarifies a lot. Thanks.

    By the way, don’t you use the search function of Tweetdeck? You get an extra column next to your groups (replies, favs and other).

    January 4, 2009
  5. Excellent post! Been using Friend Feed a lot myself to filter and get to the core of what I feel I need to see. Love Power Twitter add on for Firefox too.

    Being I live in Outlook, I also use Out Twit:

    That site also has a similar add on for Facebook too, so as long as I live in Outlook, the 2 are must haves for me! You may notice that most of my updates are done via Out Twit.

    Here’s another review as well with new beta functionality and nice reporting features.

    Off the path a bit here, I also use Xobni with Outlook too and it will index all of my tweets too.

    When you live in Outlook, these may be very useful and there’s also an add in for Linked in too, so yes, got all of them:)

    January 4, 2009
  6. Ewa #

    I’ve already talked with you about this problem on a twitter, but it’s nice, you wrote about it in on your blog as well (twitter is a little bit too short for details ;-)). The idea with building your own group on TweetDeck is really great, because it lets you follow a disscusion you’re really interested in, without canceling other tweets

    January 4, 2009
  7. Great tips. Who knew all these services existed. Thanks

    January 5, 2009
  8. I was using twhirl as a client. I find that with TweetDeck Twitter became a more versatile tool! The problem is always time efficiency indeed!

    January 6, 2009
  9. What a great list. I simply couldn’t manage my feed without Tweetdeck, it keeps me organized and I set up a search to watch my target keywords. Twilert and Omni were new finds, will get over to check them out now. Thanks!

    January 8, 2009
  10. Very Good list of additional Helpful Twitter Tools! :)

    Thank you for sharing these with all of us! :)

    and …

    Everyone Have a Great Day! :)

    January 8, 2009
  11. john #

    another way

    April 27, 2009
  12. Thanks you for sharing

    July 17, 2009
  13. This is very useful article for me. Thanks

    January 14, 2010
  14. What words… super

    May 11, 2010
  15. I used twitter but i can what the advantage of twitter. but you share the information about filter that is great

    May 13, 2010
  16. I really like tweetscan. It is really awesome.

    May 13, 2010
  17. damonjim #

    i try to do this in twitter to help in my web site

    May 13, 2010
  18. I prefer tweetgrid for filter discussion. It is awesome :)

    June 1, 2010
  19. I want my private content articles appeared as if this! That could be a compliment, btw?-I am new to blog posting as well as studying numerous blogs helps me personally by serving to cowl their my own. Any info you may toss my methodology to help is de facto valued. Just good information on this explicit publish!

    August 8, 2011
  20. Thanks for the info, this was useful. I’m definitely going to use and abuse Twilert. It sounds like a tool that can yield a lot of results, new follower-wise, fast. Here’s a new post from the Live Toast blog, about the “Twitter Owsla” (Watership Down fans will get it):

    May 22, 2012
  21. You always come up with something new, keep coming guys, thanks

    March 11, 2013
  22. I used Tweetdeck and its just Awesome, worth reading this blog, Keep coming guys looking for some more cool stuff.

    May 16, 2013
  23. Very interesting post! I really enjoyed your post. :)

    December 6, 2013
  24. Always learning from you…

    June 8, 2012

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Health Highlights - January 6th, 2008 | Highlight HEALTH
  2. Turulcsirip - Bertalan Meskó
  3. Welcome to the #36 Edition of Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival! | Pharmamotion: pharmacology animations and information blog
  4. Matthias Faller » links for 2009-01-25
  5. How Twitter Changed My Life: Slideshow « Pharmacyinformatics
  6. FluTweet and Twitter Tips for Clinical Trial Recruiters « ScienceRoll
  7. Twitter For Busy People « ScienceRoll
  8. What is Twitter good for? « ScienceRoll
  9. 2009 in Numbers and Entries « ScienceRoll
  10. 2010 Spring Semester Week 3: RSS and Microblogging « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  11. Internet in Medicine Course Week 3: RSS and Microblogging « ScienceRoll
  12. 2010 Spring Semester Week 8: New Media in Medicine and Education 2.0 « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  13. Internet in Medicine Week 8: New Media in Medicine and Education 2.0 « ScienceRoll
  14. Internet in Medicine Week 8: New Media in Medicine and Education 2.0 | Divine Heal
  15. Twitter Tips for Health Professionals « ScienceRoll
  16. Kako izbeći #worldcup | Vukašin Stojkov – Blog, dizajn, projekti
  17. drneelesh’s Elearning Topic- April 2010 |
  18. 2010 Autumn Semester Week 3: RSS and Twitter « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  19. Internet in Medicine University Course: RSS and Twitter « ScienceRoll
  20. 2010 Autumn Semester Week 8: New Media in Medicine and Education 2.0 « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  21. Internet in Medicine University Course: New Media in Medicine and Education 2.0 « ScienceRoll
  22. 2011 Spring Semester Week 3: RSS and Twitter « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  23. 2011 Autumn Semester Week 3: RSS and Twitter « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  24. 2011 Autumn Semester Week 8: New Media and Education 2.0 « The First University Course About Medicine and Web 2.0
  25. Twitter And Health 2.0: A Visual Story « ScienceRoll
  26. For what do I use Twitter with 10,000 follower? « ScienceRoll
  27. Healthcare Social Media Week in Review: March 26, 2012
  28. The way I filter information online through crowdsourcing « ScienceRoll

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 60,895 other followers

%d bloggers like this: