Twitority is a search tool that lets you search Twitter posts and then filter the search results by authority.
As you might tell from the screenshot above, thereâ€™s a passing visual resemblance to Technorati â€“ the tool for finding blog posts based on authority â€“ which I suspect is deliberate: that familiar and warm green colour will no doubt be reassuring.
And so Iâ€™ve been following the online discussion with interest, and with a slight sense of bemusement at the strong and negative sentiment expressed by many about the whole notion of any kind of authority metric with Twitter.
My Â£0.02: Iâ€™d welcome the option of being able to filter my Twitter search results this way, as long as it is an option, ie, another choice that I can take or leave as I please (the way some are protesting, youâ€™d think this is how all Twitter searches will become).
Hereâ€™s a case in point for me.
The first word that came to mind to use as a search term in Twitority was Podpress (fresh in my mind as Iâ€™ve just posted about that topic).
So I searched for it.
Twitority gave me five pages of results, totalling 50 individual Twitter posts (tweets). Thatâ€™s with the default setting as â€˜any authority,â€™ similar to Technoratiâ€™s default.
If I set that to â€˜a lot of authority,â€™ I get zero results. If I select â€˜a little authority,â€™ Twitority gives me five results.
All good. But what I need to know now is how is authority being defined (and by whom) and, thus, â€˜any,â€™ â€˜a lotâ€™ and â€˜some.â€™ Once I know that, I can make my own judgments on how much would I trust a tool like Twitority to provide credible (and trusted) data upon which I could or may make decisions.
Itâ€™s early days, though, so I certainly donâ€™t expect something with all the polish right now.
But what a great beginning!
[Update: Dec 30] Another contender to provide authority filtering in Twitter search results is Twithority which launched not long after Twitority did.
Twithority looks a bit more polished and presents its results in twin panes as you can see from the screenshot, showing search results by rank and by time.
I tried Twithority using the same search term (â€˜podpressâ€™) as I did with Twitority. It produces far more results over a longer period than Twitority does, which makes it a more appealing tool to me.
But thereâ€™s no method of filtering as Twitority offers, not is â€˜rankâ€™ defined or explained.
Still, itâ€™s another choice.