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Show IH: Use Twitter via email

I sold my company earlier this year and I've been thinking about what I want to do next. Founders with a following on Twitter can bounce ideas off that group and get early adopters, so I wanted to grow my Twitter account. I follow Daniel Vassallo (grew to 70k+ followers) and he suggests replying to big accounts when they tweet. Twitter has notifications you can turn on to get notified when people Tweet, but there are a few problems:

  1. They notify you for all sorts of other things I didn't care about
  2. You have to turn the notifications on/off for every account
  3. I wanted to reply to Tweets without opening Twitter to reduce distractions

I cracked open VS code and got to work. Here's the solution, I'm calling it Wax:

  1. Sign up and find a Twitter list that fits your niche. You can find one on Listr or try this one.
  2. We send you an email or SMS when someone on the List tweets
  3. Reply to the email and we'll post the Tweet immediately

Let me know if you have any questions!

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    I was looking for a tool like that! I'll try it and get back to you, thanks for sharing :)

    1. 1

      Awesome, thanks Sammy!

      Just curious, where did you look (just a Google search)? What else caught your eye?

      1. 1

        Yes, some research on Google/Youtube, Reddit and IH

  2. 2

    Being the 'reply guy' is definitely one of the best ways to grow on Twitter. I do think that having a tool like Wax can be really helpful for that.

    The first thing which came to my mind was: that's going to be a lot of emails. Are you really sending one email per Tweet or is there some kind of aggregation in place?

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      I'm working on improving the controls on that. The list I follow has 29 members and the volume of emails isn't too crazy. I have a "split" set up in my inbox where all these emails go to a separate inbox. I currently only send the "best" email per minute and I'm planning on allowing the user to turn that down to 5, 15 or 60 minutes. I'm also working on a schedule so you can only get the emails from say noon to 6 PM or whatever timeslot works for you.

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    So the value here is simply to reduce the frequency with which you have to open Twitter?

    1. 2

      It's a few things:

      1. Get immediate alerts on a set of accounts or keywords in your niche (without individually following and setting up alerts)
      2. Getting only the best tweets to reply to
      3. Reply from your inbox without opening Twitter
      4. Analytics (e.g. how many followers did you gain from your effort) to keep you motivated
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