I am following several persons on Twitter, so my screen (sorry I don't know the Twitter nomenclature) is cluttered by things those people say, which discourages using Twitter at all.

Today I received an e-mail from Twitter titled "Here is what's happening on Twitter". And below in this mail were two headings: Stories and Tweets. Both sections contained Tweets only from people I am following, but, the Stories section had the important Tweets, exactly what I would be interested in reading on Twitter. There were only a few of them. The Tweets section contained a lot of unimportant everyday Tweets, which I am not interested in.

This mail was useful because it made possible to just read the Stories from people I am following.

Question: is there a way inside Twitter to make a filter only for "Stories" from followed people?

  • Twitter has gone through a number of redesigns since this question was originally asked. Is it still relevant?
    – ale
    Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 18:51
  • What I am looking for is a way to search for tweets from people I follow which are important or popular. A good measurement for importance and popularity is how many times a tweet has been retweeted (Twitter's algorithm for "top stories" is also based or number of retweets). So let's say I am interested in displaying a list of tweets from people I follow which have been retweeted at least 2 times. Is it possible?
    – camcam
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 11:21

2 Answers 2


According to the Twitter blog post on the emails:

Stories feature a design similar to the recently updated Discover tab, emphasizing who shared each story beneath summaries to help you decide which ones matter most to you.

So maybe the Discover tab has something like what you are after.

  • 1
    The Discover tab is indeed showing the kind of information that looks like "Stories" (similar to what I received in the email I described). But it displays the "Stories" from everybody. When I compare "Stories" from Discover tab with "Stories" from my email, there are quite different items and actually, in the Discover "Stories" only 2 stories are from a person whom I follow, others are from strangers.
    – camcam
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 21:12

To view only tweets in you timeline that contain links, use this link - https://twitter.com/search/timeline/http

You can also try this - https://twitter.com/#!/search/timeline/filter%3Alinks

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