I love social media. I’ll jump on-board anything – whether it’s the big guns like Facebook and Twitter to the smaller services like Path or Cinemagram. More and more social media services are adding a feature I’m just not into, and that’s cross posting to other services. Almost every service now has a function to post to Twitter and Facebook at the least. This leads to me seeing the same Instagram pic (for instance) over and over again as I make my morning social media rounds. It’s kind of annoying!
So how do we clean this up? Well Facebook has a feature to hide posts from a service. In our Instragram example, you simply hover over the top-right corner of the post, pull down the menu and pick “Hide all by Instagram”. Pretty simple.
The other big offender – Twitter – is a bit more difficult. It’s a huge dumping ground for Instagrams, Tumblr posts, Foursquare, and just about every other social media cross-posting. This is what I’d like to focus on today.
We’re going to be looking for Twitter apps with a few key features:
- Application muting: This is the big one. When someone posts to Twitter, it includes the app or service they posted from. We need an app that will filter out our big offenders by name.
- Keyword filtering: This will filter out any keyword we put in. Useful for silencing certain hash tags, Justin Bieber babble, or URLs and other service footprints that we can’t filter out with the application muting function.
- User muting: Completely silence a user without unfollowing them. This is useful if you need to ignore someone for a period of time (like during March Madness) or if you don’t want to offend a friend by unfollowing them.
Unfortunately, Application Muting is pretty hard to come by. The other two are a bit more common. Here are some of the apps I’ve found that have these features.
I haven’t been able to find a free app that meets our requirements yet, but here’s two paid apps that do the job.
Tweetings is what I personally use on my iPhone. An all around slick client with a lot of customization, and a lot of options for cleaning up our feed. Highly recommended. $2.99 (An OS X version is available as well, although I haven’t tried it.)
TweetAgora offers a lot of different ways to filter tweets, as well as a feature called an “agora” which allows you to filter tweets you want to see – kind of the opposite of what we’re looking for, but a cool feature nonetheless. The full version has application filtering, but it’s unclear whether you can set your own or only use the built in filters. $4.99
Plume has been the only app I’ve found so far that meets our requirements. Thankfully, it’s pretty great, with a lot of features – and the best part is it’s free!
I don’t use Twitter on the desktop much, but a promising client I’ve been keeping my eye on is Hotot. I’m pretty OS-agnostic (frequently switching between Windows, OS X and Linux) and Hotot works on them all. It’s still under development, but working versions are available. It’s lightweight and, best of all, has a full featured filtering system.
There’s many other desktop clients out there that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ll update this post when I find some with advance filtering.
Do you know of a client (for any platform) that fits the bill? Let me know in the comments!
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