Google Alerts are by far one of the most convenient ways to monitor for topics that you’re interested in, news about your clients or competitors, or updates concerning your industry or location. But what about all the news that breaks on Twitter? Luckily, there’s a tool called TweetBeep designed just for that purpose.
TweetBeep, created by Michael Jensen, is like Google Alerts for Twitter. It allows you to keep track of discussions that mention you, your products, your company, or anything else you’re interested in, with updates every hour. You can even keep track of who’s tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL (like bit.ly). The site says it’s “great for online reputation management, catching all your @replies and @mentions, finding job/networking opportunities, keeping up on your favorite hobby, and more!”
While Google Alerts allows you to choose to receive updates once a day, once a week, or as-it-happens, TweetBeep only sends emails hourly, unless you upgrade to a premium account for $20/month, in which case you can get them more frequently, every 15 minutes – but what’s an extra 15 minutes, really? The real advantage to the premium account (or another upgrade level) is the number of alerts you can have. With the basic, free version, you only get five keywords, but with the upgrades, you’re allowed to reach up to 25.
The New York Times says, “TweetBeep saves you from spending your day hovering over the Advanced Search page.” And with the rate limits and overloads that often result in the Twitter Fail Whale, this is certainly a more convenient way to search. However, this seems to have affected TweetBeep too, since last week they sent out the following tweets, which left some people looking for a Twitter alert replacement tool: