Curating your Twitter feed to deliver the best news and commentary on your favorite subject is not so much a science as it is an art. Launched on November 1, ShadowMe allows you to see inside the Twitter feeds of other people — not just their Tweets, but the posts that they see when they log into their accounts — to look at the microblogging site through their eyes.
Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the app’s home screen is set up so that you can shadow several accounts at once while you’re watching a TV show or a sporting event. The screen is split into two columns: one for your own feed and one for the accounts you’re shadowing.
According to our sibling blog AllTwitter, ShadowMe is “trying to attract those Twitter users who have signed up, but who haven’t cultivated their own follow list yet. These folks – typically observers who have yet to dive in and send a tweet – can see who others are following and develop their own list.”
It’s estimated that a mere 1 percent of the Twitter community creates the content, while 40 percent Twitter users do not regularly tweet and 25 percent have never tweeted at all, according to a 2011 report by Cornell University.
A ShadowMe representative gave SocialTimes a few suggestions for getting started:
- Football Sunday: @michaelstrahan
- Politics/Election Day: @andersoncooper, @wolfblitzer, @chucktodd, @fivethirtyeight
- Marathon: NYRR’s president Mary Wittenberg @nyrrmaryruns
- NY area politics: @MikeBloomberg, @GovChristie, @NYGovCuomo, @
ShadowMe also has its own curated lists, @ShadowElect and @ShadowMeTech.
Even advanced Twitter users can benefit from the app, which social-savvy professionals can use to scope out the competition.
Explained Keith Savitz, co-founder of Tendy Apps, the company behind ShadowMe, “While ShadowMe is especially useful for people who need an introduction or education on Twitter, the app also enhances the Twitter experience for even the most active users by enabling them to shadow avid Twitter users, depending on interests or events. Twitter newbies get quality content, not overwhelming quantity and all users get the engaging, informative, entertaining social TV/second screen experience.”