Tweetpeek: Create your own Twitter-based “Pulse of (whatever)”

Arguably one of the most popular Twitter-powered tools in Twitter-happy Portland, Pulse of PDX has had a lot of folks thinking about how to broadcast their own “group-think,” exposing the conversations of Twitter to a much broader audience. Pulse of Open Source is another great—and popular—example.

And so, maybe, you’re interested in doing the same thing by creating your own Pulse of… well, whatever. But, problem being you’re not really in command of the skills it would take to get the Twitter api to bend to your will.

I hear you, brother and/or sister. And that’s why I’m glad to have found Portland’s newest Twitter-based tool, Tweetpeek.

Tweetpeek is designed to help anyone build a pulse-of-anything widget in a few easy steps:

  1. Create a Twitter account for the entity. Take for example, Silicon Florist.
  2. Follow the folks whom you would like to participate in the flow of the conversation.
  3. Head over to Tweetpeek and tell it the name of the Twitter account you created.

And voila! You now have a site or widget to which you can point anyone, Twitter user or not (for shame!).


That’s right, my friend, you’re now in the business of building api-driven widgets. Just like that.

Tweetpeek was a joint project of Portland’s Michael Richardson and Josh Pyles. The current version is a very early, yet highly functional, build. Even if you’re not interested in building a pulse, I’d encourage you to spend some time with Tweetpeek, because I’m positive that you’ll immediately conjure up some applications for it.

For more information or to build your own, visit Tweetpeek.

  1. […] From the description Killerstartups gave, I expected to just join the service, mark the friends I want to gather in a group and paste a widget on my blog. But this turned out to be a wrong expectation. Tweet Peek does nothing more than just importing the tweeds of an account, so there’s no actual grouping involved. After a quick Google Blogsearch, I found some sort of manual: […]

  2. thats great that you are talking about the twitter api,a good example of searching with the twitter api is on twiogle.com because you can search on twitter and google at the same time.

  3. […] anyone to easily create a widget or a page, based on the Twitter with_friends feed for that entity. In Portland, we call them “Pulse of…(whatever).” Pulse of Portland. Pulse of Open Source Software. Pulse of […]

  4. Tweetpeak is absolutely brilliant. It really makes twitter usable in a way that it now only overwhelms…

  5. This is an awesome service, and Michael and Josh have done a stellar job. I’m already using it for one stealth community I’m going to launch soon, and I can think of a whole lot more.

    Thanks, guys, for such a useful tool! This is going to grow BIG – I hope you’re ready! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the linkage Rick!

    Looks like our widget needs some more work!

  7. I’m excited to dig in more with this project!

  8. Huge props to Michael and Josh on this … they literally built this in just a week or two … and I finally got to meet them in person … both extremely talented … oh, and its a Django site … w00t!

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