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8 Tools to Help Filter Your Twitter Stream & Find News | Poynter. http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/digital-strategies/e-media-tidbit... How Tos Digital Strategies E-Media Tidbits 8 Tools to Help Filter Your Twitter Stream & Find News by lavrusik Published Jan. 4, 2010 10:58 pm Updated Nov. 22, 2010 8:06 pm If you’re like me, you ﬁrst hear about a lot of news and information through your Twitter stream. It’s is an excellent way to tap into what the buzz is about at the moment. But if you follow more than 500 people who post frequently, it can be difﬁcult to ﬁlter the stream and see what your most trusted sources have shared — especially if you’ve been away for awhile. Several desktop apps and Web sites, like TweetDeck and HootSuite, will help you manage your Twitter account. But there also are several services that will ﬁlter your stream and the collective content on Twitter so you can get the most important (or at least the most popular) news and information shared by users. Here are eight sites that can help you ﬁlter the signal from the noise. Filtered by Followers: Twitter Tim.es and MicroPlaza After you log in with your Twitter username, The Twitter Tim.es creates a page that displays stories by ﬁltering through what the people you follow have tweeted the most. The Twitter Tim.es shows who has posted the story along with a blurb to give you an idea of what it’s about. In some cases, the service shows the full text of the post. It also gives you options to view popular stories on Twitter from media sources and Twitter Lists. MicroPlaza helps you see what’s being shared by many people — both the people you follow and all Twitter users. MicroPlaza puts more emphasis on what people say about the link by prominently displaying their tweets directly below the link and allowing you to easily see all the tweets on the link. This is probably the most ﬂexible ﬁltering tool. You can change how the streams are displayed, see what’s most popular today (or this week or this month), even assume the identity of other Twitter users and see what their sources are sharing. MicroPlaza also bookmarks links (though I wish it synced with other bookmarking services).1 of 1 12/6/10 2:50 PM