Twilert is a service that sends you email updates of tweets that contain any keywords you choose. This means that you can monitor your brand, products, hashtags, or topics of interest to you.
You connect to the service with your Google or Twitter account and then enter the search terms you want to be emailed about. The service then lets you select when you would like to get the email alert, whether daily, weekly and what time of day.
You will end up with something like this:
I follow our community, my own Twitter username, and then some topics of interest.
Then in your email, you get something like this:
The links are all clickable, you can reply reply to the tweeter or view the tweet inside Twitter. I would compare these to Google Alerts except specifically for Twitter.
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There are robust sites that are like small PR magazines about the service. SiftLinks does not have one of those, or even a logo. Instead what it has is a very simple concept and a single button to press if you want to use the service.
SiftLinks checks your Twitter account every half hour and then sends the last 50 links that it finds to an RSS feed that you subscribe to. All you have to do is sign in with Twitter and subscribe to the feed.
Here’s what it looks like in Google Reader:
You get the tweet and then the link to follow. It’s a very clean and non-invasive way to keep up with links shared on Twitter. I use it in addition to the email services that select the top links shared. It’s one of those services that you can use when you have time and ignore when you don’t.
Know About It is one of the services I use to keep track of links that come through Twitter and Facebook. The service will email the links they have identified as the ones of highest interest to you. Or you can link the service to your Instapaper or Read It Later accounts and have the updates show there.
Additionally, you can use the Know About It page itself to keep track of the links, or sign up for the RSS feed of your results. On the site, the links are broken into Recommendations, Hidden Gems, and Popular Now. You can also look specifically at photos or videos.
The flexibility of this service really makes it special. It’s definitely a great service to have in your arsenal of ways to stay ahead of the social media tsunami.
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