Twitter Link Monitor
One of my favorite things on Twitter is when people post links to sites that they have created or have some interest in. Many of these happen when you aren’t looking or go by too fast to catch. One big example, since I live on the west coast, are the east coasters scanning news when they get up and post links. Those I’d never catch because of the time difference.
So I decided to do something about it. Thanks to Twitter offering up my feed via RSS and Yahoo! offering their wonderful Pipes tool I was able to build a filter and subscribe to a feed that gives me only ‘tweets’ with links in them. If you have a Twitter account you can use it too. Go to
http://pipes.yahoo.com/techlifeweb/twitterlinkmonitor and enter your Twitter user name in the field provided then click Run Pipe.
Now, here is the tricky part, when you get your results you want to subscribe via email. Why? Because your twitter timeline goes by fast. Each time your RSS reader polls for links it only gets the most recent ones from Twitter. So if you want to monitor feeds overnight then you either have to leave your RSS reader open and actively polling over night or you can simply subscribe via email and then build a filter in your email program (if you don’t want all these things filling you inbox). Gmail’s threading pulls them all together so I haven’t yet built a filter.
Note: If you don’t have a Yahoo! account or don’t want to create one, you can grab the RSS from the link provided after you run the Pipe and then go to http://sendmerss.com/ and use their service to subscribe via email.