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If you want to keep an eye on what is being said about your company / brand on the web, then searching Twitter is pretty essential nowadays.

Twitter is currently testing new versions of its search engine and it needs to, because the current version can be frustrating to use at times. There are plenty of third party Twitter search tools around though, so I've been trying out a few of them...

Twingly

This doesn't search Twitter exclusively, but this microblogging search engine does the job pretty well, and also allows you to get results from other services like Jaiku, though the majority of searches I tried returned results from Twitter.

It has a nice clean and uncluttered search page, and returns up-to-date results quickly, displaying Tweets in full.

Icerocket

This searches MySpace, blogs and news as well as Twitter, and also provides good up-to-date results. It is useful that you can reply to Tweets direct from the results page, but you need to go to Twitter to view the entries in full, and the page is a bit too cluttered: 

IceRocket Twitter search

Tweetscan

This didn't seem to update very quickly when I tried it out; the Twitter search tool on our homepage (showing mentions of Econsultancy) was more up-to-date than Tweetscan. If you want to subscribe at $15 per year though, it does have some useful features, including a user search tool.

Backtweets

Not a straightforward Twitter search tool like the others I've mentioned here, BackTweets allows you to enter a URL and then brings back entries from Twitter users that have linked to that URL.

A great tool for publishers to see how many links they are getting from Twitter and who is doing the linking, though a summary of the number of Tweets mentioning the URL would have been useful: 

Backtweets

Twitscoop

The search results are fine on Twitscoop, and allow you to reply from that page, though the results seem to be about 20 minutes behind. There is a nice graph which charts the popularity of your chosen keyword though.

Flaptor

Flaptor's Twitter search engine has a nice clean interface, bit unfortunately the results seem to be a few days out of date. Another tool shows keyword trends on Twitter and allows for comparison, but couldn't produce any results for 'Econsultancy' despite there having been hundreds of mentions over the past few days.

Flaptor

Tweefind

Reviewed yesterday by Mashable, Tweefind attempts to return the most relevant results from a Twitter search, not just display them in chronological order like the majority of search tools.

Results are ranked according to the user's 'authority' which takes a number of factors into account, including number of followers, number of tweets, RTs (re-Tweets), and so on.

TweepSearch

This allows users to search the biographical information from users' Twitter profiles, which is useful if you want to search for people with related interests, jobs, or in this example, it can show the people Twittering from a particular company.

TweepSearch

TweetDeck

TweetDeck is an excellent desktop client for Twitter users, and the search function is one very useful part of the tool. You can search and filter by keyword, and keep an eye on certain search terms over time. Each search is segmented into a new column within the TweetDeck interface, which makes it very easy to monitor.

OneRiot

This search engine indexes the web pages that people are linking to on Twitter by analysing Tweets with links in them. So I can search for 'Econsultancy' on OneRiot and find out which of our pages are being linked to.

It also provides some useful stats for each entry, showing the number of Tweets displaying that URL, the person who first mentioned it, and when the most recent mention was.

OneRiot

Graham Charlton

Published 8 April, 2009 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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David Iwanow

David Iwanow, SEO Product Manager at Marktplaats.nl

So many of these lists coming out, its hard to review what are good and what are just interesting.  I agree tweetdeck is one of the best on the market and seems to be the most popular so also likely that it will be the most advanced in time because they have the audience to test and offer suggested improvements.

Twitscoop is a great simple tool, but you are right some delay, but Backtweets is amazing it even scans the mini url tools such as www.urlzen.com

Thank You

about 7 years ago

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luca Filigheddu

Tweefind.com has been launched two days ago and it's becoming pretty popular. It shows search results based on users' ranks.

about 7 years ago

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Jerry Okorie

It's true that Tweetdeck makes keeping up with things so much easier - and I hear that more functionality is in the pipeline! GREAT LIST !!! We just love twitter don't we?

about 7 years ago

David Iwanow

David Iwanow, SEO Product Manager at Marktplaats.nl

Tweetdeck seems to be hinting at a new release that is coming in the next few weeks in one rather special upgrade


If you use these tools, i suggest that you follow them and you can often ask them direct questions because they will usually follow you back.

http://twitter.com/TweetDeck

about 7 years ago

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Julie Mason

Good post - thanks.  Although it's not a search tool, I find Tweetbeep very helpful for keeping track of tweets that relate to specific keywords, phrases and URLs.  It's like Google Alerts for Twitter.

about 7 years ago

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Searching Twitter

I think Twiogle.com should be added to this list.  

almost 7 years ago

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