If you participate in Twitter chats regularly you’re as sad as I am to hear that Twitter’s API changes made it difficult for some applications to work. TweetChat.com and TweetGrid.com were both casualties.
I wanted to add another option to this list. Check out CrowdChat. check out the video below for an overview of how to use it. It’s definitely my newest go-to chat client.
As you can see from the screen shot, Smart Stream allows you to follow a hashtag in real-time, see who else is participating, Tweet with the tag already added, enter Twitter user names to feature them within the chat so anyone who is participating through SmartStream will see that user’s tweets highlighted. This is a great new feature so users will be sure to see the tweets of the host or person being interviewed in the chat. You can also block a user from showing in the stream (at least for those using SmartStream to watch) so you can block out the spammers that often plague a chat once it trends on Twitter.
On the right of the screen you’ll see the trends for number of tweets, participants in the chat and link sharing refreshed every 15 minutes. You can also see the trending tags on Twitter, who is actively participating and a list of the links shared.
Another feature that will be very useful for those of us who miss the chat or want a re-cap later is the ability to save a transcript. This saves uses of that tag within a roughly 24 hour period complete with user information and active links so you can revisit the chat any time.
This is clearly just the beginning for OneQube. Once you start digging around in the current beta release you’ll find a lot of other toys to play with, but I’ll save those for another post.
Twubs has been around for a while now and it just keeps getting better, this recent release is fantastic. Twubs’ engineers created a beautiful visual interface and allows you to register a Hashtag with the service, add multiple admins who will them be able to manage the chat from the Twubs Dashboard, highlight specific users within the stream and block out those nasty trolls at least if the users are using Twubs to monitor the chat.
Something I love about Twubs is the ability to add your chat to their calendar so other users can find it easily in the Twitter chat schedule. Search the directory for hashtags in categories you’re interested in and see past and live discussions.
Here’s a video overview of the Twubs interface.
Overall both of these apps give us a much better interface to participate in Twitter chats than on Twitter itself. You can filter out the noise and focus on the discussion, and all the other new features are very exciting for staying on top of what’s happening on Twitter.
Don’t know how to participate in a Twitter chat? read this: “How to Participate in a Tweet Chat“.