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Performing a location-based Twitter search in TwInbox

When you do a Twitter serach using the website, you can use the “near:” operator to find tweets related to a particular location. For example, here is how you can look for a happy hour near One Market Street in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, the “near:” operator is not supported by the Twitter search API. So when you perform a search from TwInbox, or another Twitter client, you cannot use it. However, all is not lost. There is a relatively simple workaround. You can find coordinates of (geocode) the location you are looking for, and then use the “geocode:” search operator.

Step 1 – Geocode the location

Geocoding a location is very simple. Here is an article that shows how to find latitude and longitude of a location using Google Maps. Using that method you can determine that coordinates of One Market Street in San Francisco are 37.794108,-122.39511.

Step 2 – Configure a search

Using the coordinates, you can perform the search. For example, you can use Twitter website search.

Or you can configure a search in TwInbox:

TwInbox location-based search using geocode

TwInbox location-based search using geocode

 

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TwInbox 2.0.0.109 release supports Favorites, new-style RT and Outlook 2010 Ribbon UI

TwInbox LogoToday we released a new version of  TwInbox – 2.0.0.109. It introduces three new features which have been subjects of many improvement suggestions from you. As always, we value your feedback and are looking forward to hearing from you in the future.

What is new in this release

  • Favorites. An ability to mark tweets as favorites and to have TwInbox fetch your favorite tweets into Outlook, like it does with other timelines. To mark a tweet as favorite, use the “*” button on the TwInbox toolbar. To have TwInbox fetch favorites, enable the corresponding option on the Account Preferences tab.
  • New-style RT. TwInbox will now fetch new-style retweet messages in your timeline. Please note that it does not support sending new-style retweets at this point.
  • Outlook 2010 Ribbon UI support. We have added a preliminary support for the new Outlook 2010 Ribbon UI. If you using Outlook 2010, you will see TwInbox controls on the “Home” tab.
  • A number of usability tweeks, performance and bug fixes

Download TwInbox 2.0

Download TwInbox 2.0.

We are looking forward to your feedback

As always, we are looking forward to hearing your feedback.  If you enjoy using TwInbox, please show your support by telling your friends about it. Thank you for your continued help and support in making TwInbox a success!

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Archiving tweets for public record retention

Tweets as public records

Many federal, state and local government organizations are becoming active on Twitter. The White House is on Twitter. San Francisco is on Twitter. So are many other organizations large and small. With the widespread Twitter usage, come questions on whether tweets are considered public records under the Freedom of Information Act, and if so what is the best way to archive them.

Federal government lawyers have determined that all tweets posted by the White House spokesman need to be archived. Washington State Archive recently released a records management advice that offers guidance to state and local organizations on management and retention of messages posted to social media sites, including Twitter. It states that messages sent and received while transacting public business are considered public records. Other states will likely follow with similar guidance in the near future.

TwInbox – perfect Twitter archiving and retention solution

Many organizations have already started experimenting with TwInbox for managing and archiving tweets. They have found that TwInbox fits that bill very well. TwInbox integrates with Microsoft Outlook and adds a new toolbar to the Outlook user interface. All tweets, sent and received, are stored in Outlook folders.

Most government employees are already using Outlook. With TwInbox, there is no need for visiting the Twitter website or using a standalone client. Since users are already familiar with Outlook, there is little need for additional training and support.

Since tweets are stored in Outlook, the full power of Outlook features can be used for archiving, searching and managing tweets. If you already have an email archiving solution that works with Outlook, you can use it for tweets as well.

Are you using TwInbox already? If so, we would love to hear how it is working for you. If you have not used TwInbox, you can learn more and download it here.

Archiving Email

As you know, email messages are also considered public records. For email retention, learn more about MessageSave – a powerful email archiving solution with low cost of ownership.

New TwInbox 2.0 Beta release – December 8, 2009

TwInbox LogoA new release of TwInbox 2.0 Beta is ready for your twittering pleasure. We have received a lot of great feedback after the previous beta release. It was overwhelmingly positive. Big Thanks to those of you who sent us your comments. This release adds several features which are all based on your suggestions.

What is new in this release

  • An option to specify any destination folder for storing tweets, instead of using the standard Twitter layout
  • An option not to save messages you send
  • x64 support. Now you can use TwInbox with the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010. Note: new-style UI is not supported yet.
  • A number of usability tweeks, performance and bug fixes

Download TwInbox 2.0 Beta

Download TwInbox 2.0 beta.

We are looking forward to your feedback

As with every beta release, we ask that you please take time to submit your feedback.  If you enjoy using TwInbox, please show your support by telling your friends about it. Thank you for your continued help and support in making TwInbox a success!

Do not forget to follow @TechHit to receive update notifications.

 

 

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TwInbox 2.0 Public Beta 1

TwInbox LogoToday we are starting an open public beta cycle for TwInbox 2.0. Ever since the first release of TwInbox (know as OutTwit at the time) back in 2007, one of the most frequently requested features has been multiple account support. We are happy to tell you that TwInbox 2.0 adds support for multiple accounts along with a number of other great enhancements.

What is new in TwInbox 2.0

  • Multiple account support
  • New options for tweet folder layout (All tweets in one folder vs separate Home/Mentions/Direct vs per sender)
  • Bit.ly support, including an ability to use your own bit.ly account
  • An option to specify language for Twitter searches
  • An option to preview shortened URL information before jumping to the destination link
  • A configurable hotkey for Retweet
  • UI options for a number of settings which previously had to be edited via the registry
  • Improved support for Windows 7
  • A number of usability tweeks, performance and bug fixes

Note: TwInbox 2.0 introduces preliminary support for Outlook 2010, 32 bit only. 64 bit support is in the works.

Download TwInbox 2.0 Beta

Download TwInbox 2.0 beta.

Migrating from TwInbox 1.x

TwInbox 2.0 uses a different folder layout for storing tweets. The welcome wizard will help you select a main TwInbox folder. TwInbox will automatically create sub-folders for every account under that folder.

Note that if you created searches in TwInbox 1.x, those will be imported, but they will continue using the folders you originally specified for them. Please review your search configurations after you start using TwInbox 2.0 for the first time.

We are looking forward to your feedback

As with every beta release, we ask that you please take time to submit your feedback. Thank you for your continued help and support in making TwInbox a success!

Do not forget to follow @TechHit to receive update notifications.

 

How to use Twitter in Outlook with TwInbox video

The nice folks at Microsoft have produced a video on how to use Twitter in Outlook with TwInbox. Check it out – it’s pretty cool.

OutTwit leaves Beta, Gets a new name – TwInbox.

TwInbox LogoToday we are announcing the first official, non-beta release of our popular Twitter add-in for Microsoft Outlook.

This version introduces significant enhancements in usability and offers easier access to more information right where you need it. For example, you used to have to click on a person’s profile to see her follower count. Not anymore. Now it is available at a glance when you are reading a tweet.
These changes make OutTwit TwInbox a perfect Twitter client – simple enough for Twitter newbies and powerful enough for business professionals.

New name – TwInbox

OutTwit was a great name for the product. It served us well through the beta cycle. Going forward, the product will be known as TwInbox for Microsoft Outlook.

Enhanced usability

We have moved some of the more frequently used commands from the drop-down up to the toolbar. Now you can compose new updates, send @replies and direct messages and retweet messages and tweets right from the toolbar. You can also configure which components you would like to see displayed on the TwInbox toolbar.

Easier access to information

We have made some of the information that used to require extra clicks, much easier to access. Information such as sender’s full name, website address, follower counts and the number of updates, is shown in every message. No long do you need to click on the sender name to see the profile in a separate window. All necessary information is displayed right where you need it.

Note: Due to the way Twitter Search API works, this information is not available for tweets fetched via search. Twitter folks are working on this issue.

TwInbox Screenshot

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This is yet another example how TwInbox makes information more available to you and makes your Twitter stream much easier and faster to consume.

Improved picture preview

We have enhanced TwitPic picture preview and introduced support for Twitgoo picture preview. So you can see images right in the tweet, without having to click through.

Twitgoo image preview

Thank you!

We would like to say a big Thank You! to all OutTwit users. Your feedback and support has been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone. We hope that you like the enhancements we are making. We know we can count on your continued support with future development of TwInbox. Please keep the feedback coming. We love hearing from you!

Download TwInbox here!

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