Delving into the Conversation: Deep Conversation Searches on Twitter

To get the most out of Twitter, it is helpful to have a few tools.  I adore TweetDeck and use it at home.  But, sometimes it is helpful to have a little mini search engine of twitter.  In this case, I”ve added Summize Twitter Search and TweetScan twitter search to my default search engines in firefox. 

This is a useful thing for even non-twitterers who want to see the conversation on a topic of current interest.  In fact, I often search twitter BEFORE google as it is really a search engine of what people are saying.

How to Add Summize to your Firefox Bar

I use summize when I want to see the CONVERSATION.  I did this today when my sister asked me about a tweet where I had thanked Tim O'Reilly for mentioning a blog post I did on his Web 2.0 conference. 

That tweet really meant a lot to me, and I wanted to show Sarah (my sis) the little, albeit miniscule conversation.  You can see at the top of this page the “conversation” that turned up. 

If you wanted to download all your tweets, summize will also go back to December 2007.

TweetScan
Tweetscan lets you search by person, sets it up for email alerts AND lets you download tweets.  If you want to follow what people are saying about you that don't reply or know where you are, you can set up email alerts if you're not a big RSS user.

  

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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