Boxcar is an amazing little (though not totally new) iPhone app for a price as low as 1,59€. What does Boxcar do?
Well, Boxcar pushes Twitter messages to the iPhone. You log in with your Twitter credentials and from then all will receive push notifications for Mentions, Retweets (that is: when someone retweets what you tweeted), direct messages and, if you wish, your whole timeline.The delay between the moment a, say, „mention“ is being tweeted and the moment you’ll receive the push notification is <1 min. At least that’s what I experienced during the last months.
If you want to become notified even faster about new DMs for you – boxcar comes with „Instant Direct Messages“. A feature that I didn’t test because I’m happy with the standard solution.
For „Instant Direct Messages“ to work, you’ll need to set up your Twitter account to send you an e-mail whenever you receive a new DM. Then you’ll need to set up your e-mail account to forward these messages to a special boxcar address. This does work quite well. However, for me, there was no real difference in speed compared with the standard solution.
Then there’s in-app-purchase. You can buy addons for your Facebook account (well, the free Facebook app comes with a push service itself by now), push notifications for your e-mail account; and two Twitter addons.
Twitter trends – „Find out what’s happening across the globe, as it happens“.
Twitter Search – „Notifications for your favorite Twitter searches“.
„Searches“, being a plural, might be irritating to some. You’ll get the opportunity to get push notifications for multiple searches if you buy this addon multiple times. So there’s one search per „Twitter Search“ addon bought.
Nonetheless, this addon is really worth the money for boxcar lets you use all the search queries http://search.twitter.com has to offer.
So with „Twitter Search“ you can set up searches (and push notifications for their results) like:
– foo bar -> containing both, foo and bar
– „foo bar“ -> containing the exact phrase „foo bar“
– foo OR bar -> containing either foo or bar
– from:username (without the @ symbol) -> tweets for a specific person
– to:username -> tweets to a specific person
– @username -> tweets referencing a specific person
– #keyword -> hash tags
– iPad filter:links -> tweets containing the word iPad and a link
– iPad since:2010-01-27 -> tweets containing the word iPad that were twetted after a specific date
… and a couple of other cool things.
You probably already noticed that I’ve fallen deeply in love with boxcar. 🙂
If you’re using Twitter, you really should go and get boxcar!