Days ago I mentioned the "@[username]" convention and lamented the fact that this wasn't a direct message. But perhaps it shouldn't be, as many have commented, because they enjoy the "public" exchange that two folks can have using this convention. I'll conceded that.
I've also complained that there isn't an easy way to search through Tweets to based on keywords. Unrelated as those two may seem, I'll join them together with deft skill in a moment.
For the purposes of this discussion, there are three different "feeds" you can get from Twitter:
The feed of Tweets from your personal list of Friends and Followers
The public timeline feed
A feed of Tweets from any given user of Twitter (assuming they make it public)
I'm less interested in the latter, though the discussions here should be applicable to that instance as well.
RSS feeds can be accessed and added to a feed reader for any, but that's problematic (at least for me) for one simple reason: Any feed from Twitter shows a snapshot in time of the 20 most recent items. My feedreader is set to poll feeds every half hour. Tweets don't stay on my F&F feed or the public timeline feed for much more than 10 minutes. Ergo, I miss posts.
The whole "@[username]" isn't as universal as you might think. I've seen messages directed at me with the following prepends:
@evo_terra (this one is correct)
@ Evo Terra
... and there are probably some I've missed. Ah, the struggles of consistent data.
I don't want to read every Tweet on Twitter. Can't. Don't care who you are. And I don't even try. But I sure would like to get a comprehensive list off all the times someone said something to me that day (see above). No, I don't feel obligated to respond -- but I want to make that choice.
I played around with Yahoo! Pipes to try and get me where I want to go, but I'm not happy with the results for the following reasons:
The Pipe is still a snapshot in time and doesn't dump out to a file. Hence, I lose Tweets.
It doesn't work. At all. :(
So I'm betting one of you out there can solve my problems above. The Pipe is publicly available and I would really appreciate someone helping me tweak it. Less helping and more making it work. But don't forget about my "slice of time" issue. I want a 24 hour rundown of all the Tweets matching the parameters I chose (they are all those names up top). Do I get it emailed to me? Do I subscribe via RSS and it just builds up over time? Usability engineers are welcome to chime in as well.