Tweet Nest – Browsable, Searchable & Customizable Twitter ArchiveBy JP Habaradas on September 29, 2010 @jaypee
I’m not sure if you still remember Like it? Tweet it!, but it’s a widget I blogged about a few months back that lets blog or website visitors share online content to Twitter with customized messages. Anyways, the author of the Like it? Tweet it! widget – Andy Graulund, has come up with a new cool project that I’m sure many Twitter users would love. It’s called Tweet Nest – a browsable, searchable and easily customizable archive and backup for all your tweets.
- Archive – use Tweet Nest to easily store, browse and search amongst your tweets to find exactly what you’re looking for, and let others do the same. New-style retweets, geographic places and links to original tweets included.
- Backup – Tweet Nest serves as a backup of your precious tweets on your own server. Tweets that might grow too old to be retrieved from Twitter.com will not fade out here, allowing you to go back in time as much as possible.
- Media – Tweet Nest offers an easier way of viewing your tweets at a glance, as they include thumbnails of media like photos hosted on common providers, such as TwitPic. Additionally, for every month view you get an elegant yet simple bar chart of the amount of tweets, retweets and replies you’ve sent every day.
- Customize – Tweet Nest is something you host on your own server, so if you know your web development awesomesauce, you can make your tweet archive your own by easily changing color values in the config file, or even changing the behaviour of the whole thing by changing the stylesheet or some of the other code if you so wish.
- Tweet Nest is programmed in PHP
- Requires a MySQL database to work
- Tested in LAMP environments (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP)
- PHP 5.2 or higher (or 5.1 with the PECL JSON module installed)
- MySQL 4.1 or higher
If you’re looking for a demo and would like to see Tweet Nest in action, you can check out the author’s own tweet archive.
*may work on other types of servers, but you’ll have to figure that out for yourself.
To learn more about Tweet Nest or get detailed instructions on how to install and customize your own Twitter archive, check out the official Tweet Nest site.
I haven’t tried installing or using Tweet Nest except for the demo provided by the author, but from what I’ve seen I can say that it will be a very useful tool that will benefit active Twitter users. With Tweet Nest, you can save a lot of time and effort searching for a specific tweet that you posted or retweeted in the past.
If you have design skills, you can customize Tweet Nest and create a different style/layout for your Twitter archive. If you have programming skills, you can create extensions (Tweet Nest has rudimentary support for extensions) that will enable Tweet Nest to do other cool stuff.
What do you think of Tweet Nest? Anyone tried or are using Tweet Nest? What other program or online service do you use to create your own Twitter archive/backup? Please share your thoughts.
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