Using Twitter to Follow a Topic

I seem to be using Twitter more these days, and Google Reader less. The trend is easy to understand from a useability standpoint. 

Using an RSS reader almost feels like old school technology now. Yes it is still necessary, and it is certainly one of best ways to follow someone, but Twitter is now letting me follow the topics I want in real time a lot easier.

Years ago I was part of several Forums. I would go to forums to get, and give, help on different topics, but it took more effort than I thought it should.

Now, just like having my news fed to me instead of having to go to my favorite news sites and see what has changed, I can sit back, watch the conversations on the topics I am interested in, and get involved at my choosing.

Here is one of my favorite pages to watch, using Twitter search, I search for the words “WordPress OR Cybercoder” and remove any occurence of wordpress.com. The reason for the removal is that I do not want to see Tweets just because someone has a link with wordpress.com in it, what I am really after is seeing all the conversations and help request for WordPress. And by adding my Twitter name, I will see any replies or comments directed at or about me.

Using Twitter Search in this manner is a lot more functional than just trying to watch the stream of conversations from everyone I am following, you should give it try!

And you can follow me on Twitter at Twitter / CyberCoder

4 thoughts on “Using Twitter to Follow a Topic

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I am pretty damn old school and last year when you tried to get me going on Google Reader I never really liked using it. I know that it is a great program but once again I am just stuck in the 90’s way of surfing the net.

    With all that said, I have tried using Twitter Search the way you have suggested and not only am I able to find topics and articles that interest but also in the process I have made quite a few friends who truly share the sames interests as me.

  2. I totally agree with you. following twitter conversations by topic saves a lot of time. for this very reason, I just added such feature to free website http://web2express.org. The auto-discovered topics give you a fairly good starting point to read about current new hot topics. In addition, you can create any topic to follow. By adding of a set of keywords or phrases to the topic, you will find that topic following pulls out more complete list of conversations from twitter with much less work. When you tweet or retweet about a topic, the topic’s hashtag is automatically appended to your message so that you don’t need to remember what hashtag to use.
    Individuals will find it handy for keep tracking of interests. Companies may use it to effectively monitor conversations concerning their products, brands or competitors.

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