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February 09, 2011

Find Recent Tweets with Ease Using Google Chrome Extension

My6sense has just launched a Google (News - Alert) Chrome extension for This extension has been designed specifically to make the task of finding a user's most relevant tweets while filtering out the junk easier.

My6sense works essentially as a platform taking large amounts of data (primarily RSS), and then tracks what you have read previously, in order to determine which content appeals to you most.

 The platform then works by displaying stories it thinks you'll like, categorizing what you will like as most important at the top of your stream, using an algorithm it calls "Digital Intuition."

My6sense for, launching today as a Google Chrome extension, adds a new "my6sense" menu item to the homepage. It utilizes the same underlying technology as its iPhone and Android (News - Alert) apps to figure out which tweets you're mostly likely to find relevant and bring them to the top of your stream. Instead of having to read through thousands of mundane tweets from the people you follow, my6sense chooses a small selection of tweets you're likely interested in, based on your previous reading habits, an article revealed.

My6sense for has multiple filter options four in total, that only display the most relevant tweets from the last six, 12, 24 and 48 hours.

Gathering attention for its ability to detect personalized relevant content, the Chrome extension is not absolutely perfect. The best outcome can only be reached by regular users of my6sense, because this enables the service to know what type of content they are interested in reading. The extension also tends to prefer tweets with links. This is because links usually are the most useful part of a tweet, but this might work as a disadvantage, not pulling something like an important update from your friend.

The growing necessity for a Twitter filter is present as the content created on Twitter grows, and more people begin to utilize it as their primary source of news. This filter could save those crucial moments that busy people don’t have to spare.

My6sense hopes to bring its Twitter relevancy filter to other browsers (like Firefox) and to other platforms in the near future. The company previously engineered its iPhone (News - Alert) app in 2009 along with debuting its Android app and Attention API last year.

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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