Sideline monitors Twitter, shows off Yahoo tools

Tool showcases what developers can do with the Yahoo User Interface Library. Sideline is also pretty useful for following trends on Twitter.

It looks like just a developer's demo of the Yahoo User Interface Library, but Sideline is also a useful tool.

The people from the Yahoo Developer Network launched this little gem, an AIR app that lets you manage and display Twitter searches.

Sideline could be a useful Twitter monitoring service for marketers. screenshot by Rafe Needleman/CNET

In addition to showing you which terms are trending on Twitter at the moment (more interesting and relevant than just watching the public stream go by), Sideline lets you create searches that get their own tabs in the interface.

Unlike Tweetdeck, though, which also lets you create searches, multiple Sideline searches can be grouped into bigger buckets, which show up as tabs. You can create a group of searches for all Twitter mentions of your company's various products in one tab, and, for the sake of argument, your competitors' products or issues in another.

Searches can be advanced or simple, with advanced queries almost (but not quite) getting Boolean options, as well as rough sentiment filtering.

A general-purpose Twitter client this isn't. You can't use it to follow the people in your Twitter network, and you can't post to Twitter from it. But it's a handy little tool, and a pretty sweet demo of Yahoo's UI Library. The code is open source. There's more about developing the app on the Yahoo User Interface Blog.

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Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.

 

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