Twitter at the moment inserts activity-based tweets into your timeline, alerting you to issues like the favored tweets preferred by folks you observe, or these Twitter accounts that lots of people in your community have simply began to observe. These alerts may be helpful, however their timing is sporadic and they are often simply missed. Plus, for those who flip off Twitter’s algorithmic timeline (as may be possible for some), you’ll lose entry to this type of data. A brand new Twitter app referred to as Macaw goals to assist.
Macaw works by first pulling in a listing of individuals you observe. It then tracks what tweets they like all through the day and turns that right into a feed of tweets that had been hottest. Macaw does the identical factor for customers, too – that’s, it reveals you if various folks have abruptly began following somebody, for instance.
Past this, Macaw may even present you the “Newest” tweets receiving likes out of your community in a separate tab, in addition to tweets the place somebody has requested a query.
This “Asks” part will spotlight tweets the place somebody on Twitter has requested one thing like “Does anybody know…?” or “what are one of the best…?”, for instance. This may also help you discover new conversations to take part in and assist you broaden your community.
The tip result’s a curated model of Twitter, the place you possibly can meet up with what’s vital, with out a lot countless scrolling via your timeline.
Even for those who’re on Twitter itself so much, Macaw can nonetheless be helpful.
Its default setting will disguise prime tweets posted by somebody in your community – as a result of, chances are high, you’ve already learn them. With this setting turned on, you’ll solely be proven prime tweets by customers you don’t but observe.
You can even configure what number of likes are required for one thing to be thought of a “prime” tweet. By default, that is set to 25, however you possibly can change it to 10, 100, and even 1,000. You possibly can regulate the default setting for the age of the tweet, too, from 6 hours to 2 hours, 24 hours, or 96 hours, primarily based on how usually you test in.
The app, nonetheless, just isn’t a Twitter shopper.
That’s, it doesn’t take the place of Twitter or different apps like Twitterific or Tweetbot, as you possibly can’t use it to submit tweets, entry direct messages, replace your profile, or observe customers. You’ll want a special app, like the primary Twitter shopper, for that. However a faucet in Macaw will launch Twitter for you, making the transition really feel seamless.
The app was constructed by Zachary Hamed, who had beforehand constructed Daily 140 for monitoring an analogous set of information, shared by way of e-mail. He says he began constructing Macaw as a aspect venture and launched it into personal beta in August. It doesn’t at present have a enterprise mannequin, past a plan to possibly cost for extra options in a while.
In some methods, Macaw is much like Nuzzel, one other Twitter summarization app that gives a listing of prime hyperlinks that your community is sharing and discussing. However most of the finest issues on Twitter aren’t hyperlinks, they’re particular person tweets or tweetstorms. (Like that recent Google+ rant, for instance).
Hamed admits Nuzzel was a supply of inspiration for Macaw (a fowl that screams continually, by the best way. Ha!)
“I used to be truly impressed by these notifications in the primary Twitter app since I’ve at all times discovered them fascinating and by Nuzzel, which is considered one of my most used apps – and whose founder Jonathan I actually respect,” Hamed says. “I believe there’s a number of hidden perception to be present in posts folks have preferred and who they begin following, particularly if there’s momentum round sure names or subjects. As of now, Twitter solely shares one to 2 of these suggestions, not all of it,” he provides.
*Whereas we do like Macaw, the app, one factor we’re not a fan of are the faux critiques on the Macaw web site, which faux to be from @Jack, Mary Meeker, and Chamath Palihapitiya. It’s clearly meant to be a joke, but it surely falls flat – Macaw doesn’t want this type of false promotion, and it’s improper as a result of it might confuse much less savvy customers.
Macaw is a free download on the App Store.