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I would like to know if there is any way in which I can get email notifications when only "specific" people tweet on Twitter.

Further, would it be possible to filter these alerts based on some hashtags or specific words that they use?

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I am checking with ifttt.com but not sure if that would work. Are there any solutions geared for tackling only this? –  Vaibhav Kanwal Dec 16 '11 at 17:54
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ifttt has a trigger in the Twitter channel called "New tweet by specific user" - that seems to be exactly what you're looking for. –  masterjo Dec 17 '11 at 22:08
    
@masterjo Yup. I think Ifft works just well for what I need. Wonderful to know ifft can accomplish so much and more. Thanks for the comment –  Vaibhav Kanwal Dec 18 '11 at 4:05
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@masterjo move the comment to an answer! –  Sathya Dec 19 '11 at 10:55
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@masterjo the "New tweet by specific user" does not seem to be available anymore :( –  Juan A. Navarro Jun 24 '13 at 7:55
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You could also try an RSS-to-email solution. You can get a user's tweets in RSS from:

http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=USERNAME

Or a hashtag search from:

http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%23HASHTAG

Then an RSS-to-email service like http://www.feedmyinbox.com/. (Note: I've never used this—it was the first hit on a Google search.)

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Thanks for the tip. That works yes. However, ifft makes this simple and easier to work with. –  Vaibhav Kanwal Dec 18 '11 at 4:06
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You can use the RSS feed for the user, then set up an iftt action to email you new entries in that feed. I'm doing that now, since iftt dropped the twitter triggers. –  chrispix Dec 11 '12 at 0:33
    
FeedMyInbox died. A good replacement is blogtrottr.com –  Dan Dascalescu Jun 11 '13 at 3:14
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Twitter has just deprecated RSS dev.twitter.com/discussions/11582 why o why?? There seems to be a workaround, but haven't tested it. labnol.org/internet/twitter-rss-feeds/27931 –  Juan A. Navarro Jun 24 '13 at 7:48
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Twilert will do exactly what you want. You can be sent emails on a regular basis that search a specific Twitter account and filter based on hashtags or words.

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It should be noted that this is a paid service. –  Juan A. Navarro Jun 24 '13 at 7:51
    
There was a free version of the service until after I posted my response. They have since changed that and there are no longer any free options. –  muhan Jul 3 '13 at 18:12
    
It works. It's free for one alert. –  Offirmo Feb 23 at 21:03
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I needed this to and it was easy to solve using Zapier.

Created a free account then set up 'zap' using trigger Twitter > User Tweet and connecting my Twitter account. Nice thing is that this works on protected account tweets as well.

You can then send to email or Pushover or whatever else Zapier supports.

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If you ever want to get email messages when a person tweets:

  1. Get the RSS feed link for the person's twitter stream:

    http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=USERNAME

    (replace USERNAME with their actual twitter name and copy the link)

  2. Blogtrottr will turn an RSS feed to email messages. Go over to http://blogtrottr.com and paste link in to subscribe.

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Note that it looks like Twitter is doing away with RSS feeds (again). –  Al E. Mar 15 '13 at 12:37
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This is not working anymore. –  Juan A. Navarro Jun 24 '13 at 7:51
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A way around this is to set up a Google alert for the @name or the #hashtag you want to receive alerts for. There are sites but they cost money. www.twilert.com is one, but I feel like this is a service that will be free in the next few years.

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