During a couple of recent courses delegates have been keen to know more about real-time twitter monitoring tools. So here are a few options:
Tweetdeck is a free download that lets you monitor posts in real-time as well as send tweets directly. Perhaps its best feature is the ability to create columns so that you can track different terms using your own dashboard.
Twitscoop is a very simple tool that allows you to monitor specific trends and buzz around a topic. You can monitor the use of specific terms over the last few hours or days. It doesn’t let you compare keywords however.
Twhirl is another desktop application that you can download for free and then use it to monitor Twitter for specific keywords. You can also integrate this with your Twitter and other social networking accounts.
Tweetscan is a Twitter search tool that automatically refreshes the search every few seconds. This also lets you limit the search to specific users.
Twazzup is similar to Twitscoop but it also highlights related hashtagged terms, the most popular links, featured tweets, and singles out specific Twitter members as ‘trendmakers.’
Monitter also allows you to monitor specific terms as they appear in tweets but this tool allows you to monitor three in their own dedicated columns. Monitter also, very slickly, lets you monitor keywords within a specific distance of a specified location.
Tags: search tool, social networking accounts, twazzup, tweetdeck, tweetscan, tweetscoop, twhirl, Twitter