How to Get the Best Out of Twitter with Filttr

January 28th in Twitter Tools by .

If you have been on Twitter, you have probably seen its best and worst. There is a lot of information available on Twitter. You can get all kinds of ideas for blogging, and let’s not forget that you get to network with like-minded folks. But there is such a thing as too much information. There is just too much noise on Twitter, and if you are following 10,000 folks, it’d be hard to cancel the noise out. Managing Twitter noise allows you to get the best out of the community.

Manage Twitter Noise

Filttr is a Twitter service that makes it possible to manage Twitter noise effectively. Let’s face it. Whether you are connected with 100 people or 20,000 folks, there will always be discussions going on Twitter that provide no value to you. Some folks love to talk about what they have had for lunch. Others talk about snow and weather in general. A few other folks keep sending you their affiliate links on products that supposedly help you make a killing online. These are all great stuff, but I wouldn’t want my Twitter experience to be about things that provide no value to my business. I want to connect with my readers and fellow bloggers on Twitter. Getting blogging ideas and product news on Twitter is great too. But if you are using Twitter’s interface, there is a good chance all the noise will likely overwhelm you.


With Filttr, you can define what tweets matter to you the most (by giving them a high priority). The system automatically hides noisy tweets, but you can unhide them if you prefer. Here is how it works:

The tweets that weren’t relevant enough have been hidden, but you can show them by clicking on them. If a tweet has been hidden, which you think shouldn’t have been, try and increase the person’s priority…

There are two ways to filter tweets with Filttr: 1. Key phrase. 2. Priority.

Filter by Priority

This is my favorite feature. You get to define priorities for every single person you are following (I have hidden names to protect the privacy of these folks).


If you drag the slider all the way to the left, that tweeter will be blocked. On the other hand, if you push the slider all the way to the right, you’ll hear everything they have to say. If you are following 10,000 folks but would like to listen to top 10 gurus in your niche, you can use this feature to track their every tweet.

Filter By KeyPhrase

You can also use Filttr to filter tweets by keywords. You can black-list and white-list keywords to make sure you see only things you want to see. You can also change the behavior of the system when your favorite Tweeter uses a blacklisted keyword phrase! And yes. You can even define what you want to do with tweets that have both black-listed and white-listed keywords.


Group Your Way To Twitter Success

Filttr allows you to create groups and add your favorite tweeters to them. This is very powerful as you can track what “gurus” have to say on Twitter by creating a group just for them. Let’s say you have multiple interests on Twitter. Creating multiple groups allows you to manage noise more effectively and get more out of Twitter (see below).


By clicking on the above groups, you can view only tweets from folks who are classified under those groups.

Filttr is a great way to reduce noise and manage knowledge more effectively on Twitter. A lot of folks approach Twitter as a hobby, but you can actually get a lot of value out of it. It’s nice to chat about the weather and what you had for lunch once in a while, but Twitter superstars actually provide value and learn from others as well. And Filttr can help you do more of that.

Noise, be gone!

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Aditya Mukherjee January 28, 2009 at 1:27 am

Thanks for the review! :) Hope you have fun using it. Let us know if you have any suggestions/feedback over at:


Panah January 28, 2009 at 1:40 am

I love it. I wouldn't blog about it if I didn't. You've got a winner in Filttr. Though I've got to say I was tempted to call your service Filter. :)


Swaroop Hegde January 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Choosing the right word was difficult for us. We ended up with a web 2.0 word ;)

Thanks for the unique review!


kemengr March 20, 2009 at 3:17 am

I had never heard about "Filttr". Thanks for sharing. You're right there is blurring noise on Twitter! (Of course, I love it.)


kemengr March 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I had never heard about “Filttr”. Thanks for sharing. You're right there is blurring noise on Twitter! (Of course, I love it.)


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