Twitter can alert you via email or text message every time you get a direct message. But Twitter can’t tell you when someone replies to your tweet by starting a message with @yourname.
For a pretty long time now — I think 10 Twitter days equals about one human year — I’ve been using Replies, from TwitApps to let me know when someone sends a tweet that mentions “@ksablan.”
Last night I signed up for TweetReplies, another service that alerts me when my name is tweeted.
I visited the TweetReplies web site and gave them my username and email address. That was all I had to do to “sign up.” No need to share my password.
I signed up for Replies, from TwitApps by following @ta_replies. They almost immediately started following me, and I sent them my email address in a direct message. Again, no password concerns.
At 10:47 p.m. I asked my friends to reply to a tweet. Three minutes later, @jonlan sent me a message. One minute after that, @roxannima also replied. @mcdiana did the same two minutes later. All three of my friends (sob, sob) were accounted for.
At 11:00 I received 3 emails TweetReplies. Each email containd the reply. Subject lines like “New @reply from roxannima” made it easy to see who sent the reply before actually opening the messag.
At 11:32 TwitApps sent me a single email containing all three replies. The generic subject was “You have new replies on Twitter.”
TweetReplies won for timeliness and clarity of subject lines, but the sheer volume of emails would probably flood the inbox of social superstars like Chris Brogan.
Each email from TweetReplies contained a link to reply to the comment. It was displayed in “click here” format and also as a full web address that can be copied and pasted.
The “reply” link was missing from TwitApps’ all-in-one email, but take a look at this sample from a few hours ago:
Did you see all the links TwitApps includes for each tweet?
- A link to the exact tweet that included my name
- A link to the Twitter page of the person who wrote the message
- Links to any other users mentioned in the tweet (if preceded by the requisite “@” symbol, of course)
- Links to web addresses mentioned in the tweet
Add to that, a link to the main Twitter page near the top of the message and a link to the TwitApps page at the bottom. TwitApps included just about every link I could wish for.
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