BackTweets.com – simple monitor of tweets with links

Enforced limits of micro blogging services and following rise of URL shorteners had diluted links from something unique into something vague. It is no longer possible to precisely look up mentions of specific link.

BackTweets service tries to turn situation backwards and allows to search for original links under layer of shortener wrappers.

What it does

Service take link as input and shows all tweets (in backward chronological order) that link to that URL, either directly or through link shortener. For root links all results are returned – both for home page and rest of site.

backtweets_interface

Advanced search allows to limit output with time frame.

Strong features

Search itself is nice enough, but site also provides number of additional convenient functions:

  • RSS feed and email alerts for searches;
  • bookmarklet for quick access;
  • embeddable widget and WordPress plugin;
  • API for developers (free, but requires registration).

Downsides

Search lacks filtering options. Bots that retweet automatically can (and do) easily clutter results.

For myself I had solved that with filtering results in FeedDemon.

Overall

Straightforward and efficient service that does excellent job with taking URL wrappers out of equation. Even if you don’t use Twitter yourself this is still good tool to get tweets, relevant to link.

Link http://backtweets.com/

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