One of the major complaints that people have about Twitter is how hard it is to sort and follow certain people and conversations. There is a solution and it’s not coming from the good folks at Twitter.
Yes, there are third-party stand-alone applications like TweetDeck which enable Twitter users to organize their feeds, group people together or do specific searches. This is a powerful and important application if you’re highly engaged in the world of Twitter (you can read more about my unhealthy obsession with TweetDeck right here: TweetDeck – How Tweet It Is), but the challenge is when you want to follow a specific topic or group of people and you’re not following those individuals and really would not know how to find them.
Enter Twitter Rooms.
Hugh McGuire (of LibriVox and The Book Oven) pointed out the Blog posting, New Project: TPM Twitter Rooms, from TPM (Talking Points Memo) which states: "Whatever else Twitter might be, we’ve found it a good way of to keep tabs on politicos and reporters, what they’re doing, saying and so forth. Pols make unguarded or revealing statements, sometimes just helpful heads-ups on events or statements; reporters give early tips on stories. And just atmospherically you can get a feel for what certain groups of people are thinking and talking about. It’s not perfect. Obviously, people know they’re being listened to. But it’s still a very useful tool. So with that in mind we set up a series of Twitter rooms that pull together the Twitter feeds of different groups. Here’s the feeds for Elected Dems on Capitol Hill, Elected Republicans on Capitol Hill, Democratic and liberal insiders, Republican and conservative insiders and reporters and bloggers."
These Twitter Rooms are unique web pages that are aggregated feeds surrounding a topic or group of individuals that automatically update as new tweets from the pre-set group drop in stream. It reminds me of Muck Rack (more on that here: Following The News On Twitter With Muck Rack). More importantly, because Twitter uses an open API, anyone with a desire to create their own Twitter Room definitely can.
Be honest, wouldn’t you love to have a Twitter Room with all of your favourite Digital Marketers? Or Podcasters? Or one for when SXSW is going on?