Nothing about Twitter’s infrastructure (the web app, native app, or other tools) feels like it was designed with user experience in mind. Given that my colleagues and I use Twitter as a stand in replacement for (most) email type activities, having a search functionality is really important to me.
After much digging around, I didn’t see much development in the third party landscape. I had used Tweetnest a long time ago and it still seems to be the best way to archive and search one’s own Twitter archives. Since this site is now static on
gh-pages, I am now running Tweetnest on a small Digital Ocean 1 instance with a cron job 2 updating my offsite tweet database every 30 minutes.
Features that could use improvement:
- More granular search (e.g.
search = "foo" before:10/10/2015 after:10/10/2014 has:links)
- Other metrics that could show change in follower dynamics, perhaps overlaid on the monthly tweet count figure.
I could add these features but it will require dusting off my
php skills which I haven’t used in over a decade.