On a number of occasions since I started the whole “tweeting” thing, I’ve been asked questions like, “…and what was that link you found and tweeted a few weeks ago?”. The reality is that without being gifted an elephant-like memory, I’ve struggled to answer such questions on the spot, and have been frustrated with the lack of easy options for searching my own Twitter archives.
So I went exploring across the interwebs this week to see if I could come up with a better way of handling this scenario. And what do you know, I found myself a bit of a gem in the form of Andy Graulund’s self-hosted Twitter archive browsing and search solution called “Tweet Nest”.
The PHP application available for free download from “pongsocket.com” was relatively easy to set up in a sub directory on my blog server and I’d say within about 15 minutes of uploading, setting up a database and installing, I was good to go with what you can now view and explore here:
It’s a beauty. You can browse back through my Twitter archive based on month, day or even a search keyword which delivers more accurate results than anything I was able to perform using Twitter’s own advanced search option! Each tweet listed in the archive or search pages show thumbnails for included images (when possible), and I have to say, generally the UI has been well-thought out and executed in all respects.
If I had to pick a downside to Tweet Nest, it would be that the total number of archived tweets that are able to be retrieved on initial installation is limited to 3,200. For someone, like me, who has unleashed over 8,000 tweets onto their loyal followers, this isn’t ideal as well over half of my “pearls of wisdom” are already missing from my personal archive. It must be noted that this is a Twitter API imposed limit, however, so I can’t vent in the direction of Tweet Nest in this instance.
That issue aside, however, Tweet Nest is good stuff. Anybody who has a basic knowledge of the setup process involved in setting up a WordPress blog will be able to handle the well documented installation process, as well as the small amount of ongoing database updating and maintenance required.
I look forward to being able to take advantage of its features in the future and I invite you again to browse through my new personal Twitter archive which you can find here.