How to Use Twitterfall: Digg Spy for Tweets

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  • January 27, 2009

Twitterfall is a new application (kind of like Digg Spy) that lets you monitor upcoming trends on twitter. It was only launched a few days ago, but the reception seems very favourable. Although not groundbreaking, there are some unique positive points about the service.

First off, it lets you view up to 60 tweets. The frequency of the tweets monitored so far is pretty fast, in fact faster than twitter search.

By far the biggest benefit of the service is the customisation of your search trends – although this is in beta at the moment, I think there are some great opportunities to develop further.

Having tested it only for half an hour, I came up with the following uses for service:

  1. Build a list of keywords you want to monitor – its faster than twitter search.
  2. Want to follow only specific peoples tweets for a while? Create a list and add them as your custom filters.
  3. Find people with common interests as they tweet. Use your follow criteria keyword as filters.
  4. Want to follow a particular event or conference? Just use the hash tag or/keyword as the only custom filter.
  5. Use it like a customer support mechanism, pretty much like twitter search.

There are some hurdles for the developers to leap, especially adding the functionality to be able to link to a trending result, but I think the application will end up with many more uses than the few I have highlighted above.

About the author: Rishi is a Search Strategist specialising in Small Business SEM. If you like, you may follow him on twitter at

Patrick Altoft

About Patrick Altoft

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events.

  • Andy C

    Unfortunate name. Just one letter away from TwitterFail.

    ‘And, for that reason, I’m out.’

  • Levi Wardell

    I agree with your observations here. The clean UI is a bonus too but there is one feature I’d really like to see on this already robust system.

    When reviewing the other users who are being filtered through, it would be cool if you could look at relevance stats. Basically if you could click on a usr and see some basic info to include how often they tweet on the same topics you tweet on. That may help when deciding who to follow.


  • Jalada

    Do you mean similar to what Mr.Tweet does? We could look into it. We’re certainly looking to make some sort of info dialog that comes up when you click on a user so that you don’t have to leave Twitterfall :-)

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