Using Google Reader to create a searchable archive of Twitter mentions

My solution for extracting site activity data from Delicious isn’t going so well (their API is letting me down). Instead I thought I’d share how I use Google Reader to create a searchable archive of Twitter mentions. It’s not particularly a new trick and you’ll find a number of similar how-to’s so this post is more about awareness raising.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Fire up Google Reader and click on the ‘Subscribe’ button
  2. In the box enter http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=yourusername+-from%3Ayourusername&show_user=true replacing the text yourusername with your twitter screen name The search is basically looking for all mentions of yourusername –from:yourusername. If you want to include things you tweet just remove +-from%3Ayourusername from the url
  3. Click Add and it’ll start pulling in @replies and @mentions

To search for those useful links people sent you but you’ve forgot enter a term in the search box and select the feed you just created.

Google Reader search tweets

I’m not sure how many tweets Google Reader will cache (I’ve seen it mentioned that all are saved) so you don’t have to worry about the usually 7 day Twitter search limit. This solution is also not limited to mentions you can use any search operator you like.

4 thoughts on “Using Google Reader to create a searchable archive of Twitter mentions

  1. Subscribing to RSS feeds in Google Reader is my bog standard way of archiving Twitter feeds.
    Now to figure out how to get an RSS feed from a Google+ hashtag...

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