Twitter can be an amazing source for relevant, interesting and timely content (and much more). However, trying to keep up with your stream can feel a bit like drinking from a firehouse at times. With tweets scrolling by at a rapid pace, it can be easy to miss a fair amount even while monitoring the stream, let alone what’s missed during time spent away from Twitter. In addition, the Twitter search function leaves a lot to be desired, most notably the inability to narrow results to Tweets from the folks you follow. PostPost is a Twitter search tool that alleviates these two issues, letting users “dive into your timeline without drowning in it.” As TNW put it, “PostPost takes advantage of the Twitter API in a valiant attempt to corral the endless stream of data, and help make sense of it.”
I recently sat down for a chat with Founder Brad Noble to hear more about PostPost. In the following video, he talks about PostPost’s origins, some of the ways in which it’s useful and a fun tip for generating interesting search results:
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I used PostPost a number of times as a job seeker when sending e-mails to prospective employers in which I wanted to illustrate the regularity with which I was discussing their brand or industry on Twitter. I wanted to do so in a manner that didn’t require them to scan through over 1,000 tweets or simply take my word for it. I used a PostPost search of a keyword and narrowed the results to show only my own Tweets. For example, if I were to contact Dunkin Donuts, I would search “Dunkin” (which would appear quite often as I am a big fan of both their coffee and their brand). I could then send a link to an easily viewable list of each Dunkin reference I have made on Twitter.
For more on PostPost, you can read ReadWriteWeb’s recent PostPost Fixes Twitter’s Sucky Search piece. David Carr, a columnist for the New York Times, also had the following to say about PostPost in a recent interview with TheVerge.com:
“In the past week I have been looking at something called PostPost, which data-mines the people you follow to see what are the most persistent topics. That I’m interested in, because I’ve already picked those guys to iterate the web for me. I don’t like keeping an eye on Twitter all the time, so I like that PostPost can pull down what the people I follow have been discussing.”
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