TweetBeep! Well at least Gilmor will be happy

Josh Chandler · September 20, 2008 · Short URL:

Tweetbeep, new way to track Twitter conversations via email!

 This is a picture of the Tweetbeep LogoSteve Gilmor of the Gilmor Gang and TechcrunchIT will be ecstatic in some respects to the news coming out about the "replacement to Twitter Track" called Tweetbeep, this service designated to be a "Google Alerts" for Twitter will track subjects or topics being talked about Twitter and deliver them to an email recipient!

This service in some sense is everything Gillmour was looking for, he made very clear points before Bearhug Camp on how he believed Twitter was winning in the microblogging battle and for that I am happy because I am became lost for words on just how often he asked the Twitter guys at Bearhug Camp about when track was coming back, the words "broken record" come to mind.

I watched it with great, great interest as they began to explore different avenues of open source microblogging, which is something I am very new too but equally raring to learn more about. The one question I ask is that if Tweetbeep decides to become a rival, well in my opinion anyway to "Google Alerts" will this be the correct way to harness conversation on Twitter and transfer to a more portable, manageable way to track the conversations about companies, products and services?

I have never truly believed in the idea of tracking conversations in email format, it is simply to much of a disconnect to the true conversation and yet another way that people will read content, further expanding the huge universe of options people are dogged by each and every day.

It seems more true to believe that as Tweetbeep gains traction, that Twitter would think seriously about making an acquisition of the company in view of integrating into Twitter Search, some may argue that this simply isn't what is needed and you are correct to say that Twitter Search previously known as Summize does indeed do the same thing as Tweetbeep, however the fact is there should be multiple options to how you consume the information, and despite my previous acquisitions about I don't like email alerts, others do it is far more convenient for someone on the go!

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