Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Since Twitter's nearly defined by its instant timeliness, I figured I'd post a couple good searches for Now.

First there are the New Years resolutions which are already a popular tweet subject. And one other that's a fav of mine is due to their live webcast starting in 9 minutes as of this time of writing: Radiohead

Here's to 2008. May it be even more awesome than 2007 was.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays: Apps for Tweet Scan

Happy Holidays. It's been a great year for Twitter and the ecosystem that has grown up around it. From Snitter to Twurt to Tweet Scan, Twitter has proven an exciting service and a great bit of social glue for its members.

This post, I wanted to just mention a few uses of Tweet Scan that we couldn't have anticipated but that we think are super sweet. Don't we all want to be loved?

1. Replies - sometimes Twitter doesn't show the replies to your post if other @users were also replied to. Searching for your username, brings 'em all in.

2. Twurt - from the site: A mashup of the words “tweet” and “blurt”...have you twurted?

3. - looking for a little company when you hear something outrageous? Just preface your tweet with oh: or overheard and the voila, all of twitter just overheard it too.

We look forward to supporting these and many more apps in the new year. Happy scanning.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

RSS now available for any search

While quite a few of you have tried out the Click button, it's still evident that RSS is a must-have. So we've implemented it.

Subscribe to any search you can think of by clicking on the RSS link on the upper right of the search results. RSS is not our forte so if something's broken about it or you think it could be a little smoother in some way, please let us know.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Click through your saved searches

One great motivator when building any kind of tool is "eating your own dog food". In our case that food tastes pretty good, could use a little salt, but is quite nutritious. My point? With Twitter and Tweet Scan we've all got a great user feedback loop.

One of the first feedback items for us is to implement RSS. While it's definitely doable to serve RSS, it's not #1 on our list of exciting things to do. RSS is popular and widely used but we're trying something else, something do you say? fun.

We've created a link that will simply run each of your saved searches in sequence. This was inspired by Google Reader's Next button(the most fun we ever had with RSS btw). So next time you find yourself at your settings page, copy that "Click" link to your bookmarks. Give it a click and vote your opinion in the form of this tweet.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tweet Scan tames World's Largest Water Cooler

If you like to read your news on the Interwebs(and who doesn't?) then you might find Tweet Scan a nice complement to the usual browse. Just type in a timely topic and you're likely to find several discussions and blogs about that story. Twitter is an enormous water cooler and Tweet Scan can help you track the gossip you care about.

For example, read about Kindle or the new Firefox beta.

Happy scanning!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Added Open Search plugin

If you offer any kind of search, you've got to have a plugin so people can search your site without having to actually go there. That's why we've introduced an Open Search feature to Tweet Scan. For a while, you'll see a link on the search page that lets you add Tweet Scan to your browser. Happy scanning!

Friday, November 9, 2007

"Tweet Scan's fab"

So say the folks over at Real Fresh TV.

Since we've just gotten started it's obviously an honor to be mentioned positively so early in our evolution. It's our goal to be the best Twitter Search Engine out there and we look forward to user feedback that will help us make an impact on the Social Networking and Twitter scene.

If you'd like to try it out, go to There you can search public Twitter posts in real time and sign up for email alerts for the searches that matter to you.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Tweet Scan is now capturing all public tweets.

For the past month or so, I've been building and testing Tweet Scan and capturing enough tweets to make thing interesting. A search tool is supposed to find what people want and Tweet Scan was missing probably 95% of tweets.

So I've just updated the capture engine to get as close to 100% of public tweets as possible. If you think it's missing a recent tweet or if there's a feature you'd like to see, send a tweet to @tweetscan or comment here.

If you like what you see when you search, you can sign up here for any search to be run automatically and emailed to you when you choose.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Search Twitter with Tweet Scan

Today, I'm releasing Tweet Scan for your enjoyment. Tweet Scan emails you every day or week with the Twitter messages you choose.

Twitter has given me something fun to do with my Treo's web browser and for that I thank them. My special way of thanking goes beyond just putting my hands together gratefully and looking toward the sky. I created Tweet Scan. It allows you to search recent Twitter messages for words and phrases of interest to you. It's like a mini-Google for Twitter.

You can search in near real-time, the messages appearing Twitter's public timeline xml file. At this time I figure about 1/5th of posts are recorded there so don't be surprised if nost of your posts don't appear in the search results. If enough people sign up for Tweet Scan, I'll flip a switch so almost every public message is searchable.

Beyond a simple search engine, you can get daily emails of tweets that mention your interests. When you're choosing your search terms, it's easy to preview the results. Once you're setup, you'll get a daily email including tweets that match. They're really quite fun to read through if you choose good keywords. If you prefer more infrequent emails, you can choose the weekly option.

It's free and fun so go ahead and sign up. Then you'll have some fun email to read the next time you're waiting in line or sipping away at your local coffee shop.

I'd love to hear your feedback on Tweet Scan. Just shoot me an email at tweetscan at