Our Twitter feeds and searches and Tweetdeck display panels are just fine for everyday purposes, but for special occasions–conferences, meetings, professional development, and, perhaps, classes, you may want to dress up your feeds.
These four tools allow you to display @signs and hashtags in more attractive, perhaps more usable, ways. I’ll demonstrate with #tlchat
Tagboard (https://tagboard.com/) is a cross-network aggregator, grabbing hashtags from Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Google+, and Instagram to create a visual mosaic. Use it as a search tool or create a community by facilitating better conversation with administrative tools. Click on “latest” for updates. Create a tagboard to cultivate or customize boards for your favorite hashtags with banners, buttons and specified settings.
Twitterfall: After signing into your Twitter account, Twitterfall allows you to watch tweets as the drop on a screen. A suite of sophisticated features allow you to filter for location, adjust speed and size, exclude words, select language, eliminate retweets, load Twitter lists, display in full width or presentation mode, and add a heading.
Visible Tweets updates tweets every five minutes in a spectrum of colors, in your choice of letter-by-letter, word cloud or rotation displays–a great backdrop for a meeting.
TweetBeam is a beautiful, interactive Twitter visualization. Tweets load real-time on a wall of avatars. Click on avatars to reveal their recent tweets. You may create and customize a wall for any topic, hashtag, or your own timeline.
And, if you are simply searching for tweets, don’t forget the serious power of Twitter’s own Advanced Twitter Search