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How can I efficiently follow a bunch of Twitter searches, and see live results come up? They removed the RSS functionality so I can't just plug in a bunch of searches to my RSS reader like I used to be able to.

Keep in mind that I'm trying to follow search terms, not specific users or tags.

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It's hard to answer this question without knowing more about your particular needs.

Tweetdeck is a popular application (recently acquired by Twitter) that allows you to subscribe to multiple searches and follow them in real-time:

However there are, like, a thousand Twitter clients, so there may be others that suit you better.

  • Hmm, so Tweetdeck adds a column for each search. What if I want to track > 20 searches, though? Anyhing that could combine them into one feed or otherwise display them conveniently? – bgcode Aug 1 '11 at 23:09
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    @babonk: Tweetdeck allows advanced searches: keyword OR otherkeyword OR "an exact phrase" – Ciaran Aug 2 '11 at 1:59
  • Sure, but the searches I have to make won't fit in one big advanced search. Twitter sets limits on the size of searches.. So I need about 20 big searches to follow – bgcode Aug 2 '11 at 3:31
  • If you have the budget, there are an equally large number of paid social media monitoring tools available. You could try Alterian SM2, Radian 6 or a bunch of others: socialmedia.biz/2011/01/12/… Again, if you don't state your specific needs, then the question can't be well answered, and just becomes a list of favourite tools. – Ciaran Aug 2 '11 at 4:36
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    Twetdeck actually seems to do the job because it notifies you when one of the column gets an update. Thanks – bgcode Aug 2 '11 at 6:08

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