Twitter is planning a mechanism to receive notifications when new tweets are published that match a specific search term in the most recent pre-release version of the mobile app.
The official Twitter app has always been the best choice for tweet-related smartphone alerts, even though it is only able to notify you of new tweets from accounts you follow. While TweetDeck, an official Twitter application, is still fast on desktop, it also offers a wider range of notification options.
The most recent version of Twitter Alpha features the beginnings of a tool called Search Subscribe that substantially imitates TweetDeck, as shared on Twitter by Android developer and 9to5Google contributor Dylan Roussel. Although the Search Subscribe feature is not yet active in the app as of right now, Roussel was able to force activate it and provide a sneak peek of what it will look like.
You’ll see a bell icon next to the search field when using the Twitter app to do a search. When you press it, you’ll learn that you’ve signed up to receive push notifications for Tweets related to your search. This appears to be quite similar to TweetDeck’s option to activate notifications for any individual column based on the two preview screenshots provided.
Dylan Roussel photos Due to the feature’s under development, Roussel was unable to display the notifications that Twitter’s Search Subscribe would generate. At this point, it’s unclear if real-time messages would be provided, or if alerts will be more routine and packed in nature. Depending on your search term, the former might become potentially noisy, but the latter would not be as useful for keeping track of current events.
It appears plausible that Search Subscribe would become a new component of the paid Twitter Blue subscription given the recent history of exciting new Twitter features originally appearing as premium exclusives. To be certain, though, it is still too early.