Twitter can get really big if you use it regularly. Here are some tools to find the best and funniest tweets, and make sure you don’t miss the best moments.
How to Get a Twitter Email Digest
Twitter users can choose not to visit the app or site; instead get the best tweets sent to the inbox. Here’s how to set up a Twitter email digest:
- Log into Twitter and go to Email Notification Settings
- Check the box for Activity about your network > Email you > Top Tweets and News
- In the drop-down box, select how often you want the email: daily, weekly, or periodic.
It only gives you tweets and stories posted by, retweeted by, or liked by accounts you already follow. These are not necessarily the most trending topics and tweets of the week. There’s no way to customize this email digest either, but there are third-party apps for that.
Ketchup (Email): Create a Custom Email Digest
Twitter is like a stream of consciousness for some users, expressing their every thought. Meanwhile, others will only tweet when they have something to say. To make sure you don’t miss a great tweet, Ketchup lets you create a custom email digest for Twitter.
Whether you already use Twitter or not, and whether you follow users or not, you can set up a custom feed for any account. You can schedule how often you want email digests, from every 15 minutes to every 28 days. Set the time that it will land in your inbox, and the type of content you want: You can arrange your tweets chronologically or in reverse order, exclude retweets, and exclude quoted tweets.
Ketchup is a sophisticated, customizable Twitter email digest that the social network doesn’t want to give you control over. You can also install a Chrome extension to quickly add the accounts you’re viewing to Ketchup.
Download: Ketchup for Chrome (Free)
Thread Reader (Web) and Threader (Web): Creating and Finding Twitter Threads
Twitter now lets users create threads, which are sequences of tweets that are linked to one another. But reading this on Twitter wasn’t the best experience. These two apps offer a much better way to read tweetstorms and Threaders.
- To use Thread Reader, you need to follow the account @threadreaderapp, and then replying to each tweet with the word unroll.
- To use Threader, you must follow the @threader_app account, and then reply to each tweet with a word compilation.
The two apps then turn all those tweets into a single page-like article, complete with photos, GIFs, and videos. This is a much more convenient way to view tweets, and you can even mark them as PDFs for offline reading later.
On the website, both apps display the most recent threads created by the user. You can glance at the first tweet, and see how many tweets are in the thread. Alternatively, you can check your Twitter account for suggested threads from the app’s creators, or add them to Ketchup for a weekly digest of the best threads.
Another nifty hack is to search Twitter for “@threadreaderapp unrolled” or “@threader_app compile” (without the quotes) to see the threads people compiled with the app on.
Twubbler (Web): See What Other Users’ Timelines Look Like
Do you want to know what Elon Musk, Donald Trump, or even a friend’s timeline looks like? Twubbler will show you by creating a custom list of all the accounts people follow, so you see what they’re seeing.
You must be logged into Twubbler to use the app. Then type the user account, and click Create List. Twubbler will ask if you want to make the list private, i.e. lock it so that only you can see it. You can also choose to exclude general accounts that you and your users follow.
Once the list is created, open it on Twitter. You’ll see a timeline of what the person saw. It’s a cool way to get a new perspective and try to see things from someone else’s point of view.
Really Good Questions (Email): Best Questions from Curious Minds
Really Good Questions (RGQ) is a weekly newsletter, compiled by free-coder Sharath Kuruganty. Within the newsletter, you’ll find a collection of interesting tweets that stimulate curiosity and set your mind spinning.
Influencers on Twitter often ask their followers questions, hoping to build a knowledge base from people’s contributed data. This can range from something as simple as asking what was the best investment you made in the last 10 years, to stories of the human spirit like asking what was the best thing a stranger did for you.
Each tweet in the curated list also shows how many replies it got. You have to click on a tweet to unroll it on Twitter, you can’t browse it in the newsletter.
For a sample of what RGQ is all about, visit the homepage and scroll down the list of sample tweets. There’s enough on that list to get you thinking and learning. If you like what you see, subscribe to the newsletter for a weekly dose of brain food.
Funny Tweeter (Web): The Lighter Side of Twitter
Twitter is full of news, activism and conversation, but don’t kid yourself, most people there are looking for a laugh and cracking a few jokes looking for retweet validation. Funny Tweeter collects the best in one place.
The good news is that Funny Tweeter is a website on its own, so you don’t need a Twitter account to read it. Tweets are not pinned, but you can log in to like or retweet them. His post after posting funny jokes and musings.
Most other aggregators and curators end up showing the same few users over and over again. Funny tweeters are an exception to this. While some comedians and Twitter comics have naturally popped up over and over again, this election had a number of regular users whose tweets went viral.
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