If you view your Twitter and Facebook social streams as a firehose, the filtering app Refynr fits it with a gardenhose nozzle that can be adjusted to a fine mist or a trickle. Created by the one-man start-up team Aaron Longnion, the Web and mobile app seeks to tame Twitter, allowing you to filter tweets from the people you follow based on up to 20 keywords you are interested in (and 10 you don’t want to see). While the goal is to eliminate noise and optimize your stream, the approach is more one of filtering in things of interest, rather than similar services’ filtering out of annoyances (though, of course, that’s a byproduct — and “oh, bai, @charliesheen”).
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Twitter Thursday released a significant update to its official apps for the iPhone and iPad. A few changes incorporate recent upgrades Twitter had made to apps on other devices and one, a new swipe bar displaying trends and promoted trends, is exclusive to the iPhone.
UberMedia – a Twitter-based company built by Bill Gross, the man behind the Google Ads business model – has been on a Twitter app-buying binge lately, making moves that have serious implications for the future of the Twitter ecosystem.
In what some believe is a move to edge out smaller developers, Twitter announced yesterday that it will stop whitelisting developer requests for unrestricted access to their API. This could be a temporary measure, or it could be a move that signals that Twitter is hoping developers begin to pay for access to a larger chunk of the Twitter stream – or don’t access it at all.
If lack of a correction tool is Twitter’s Great White Fail Whale then Web developer Adrian Holovaty may be its Ahab. The whale raised its head in January when NPR incorrectly reported Rep. Gabriel Gifford’s death after she was shot in Tuscan, beginning a series of serious discussions about how Twitter corrections should be handled. Read more
Smartr, a Twitter tool that converts your stream into an RSS-like feed, is one appropriately named app. If you’re at all the type who uses Twitter to bubble up stories and news you may have never come across, Smartr is a dream come true. A well-thought-out Instapaper integration completes the package. Read more
You might be hard-pressed to find a more useless Twitter app than Twimon (in fact, that is a challenge). Twimom combines all the worst aspects of Twitter clients, Tamagatchi eggs and check-in services in one giant buggy ball of inanity. It’s as if someone decided they needed to come up with a way to get kids who aren’t interested in using Twitter at all to start tweeting.