- Improved twitter email notifications
- Follow back users with a simple email reply
- Reply to direct messages via email
I’ve been using the service for only a short time, but it has dramatically improved my overall Twitter experience and saves me a ton of time. The two main Topify isssues are:
- It requires your Twitter username and password to do its magic
- You need to set your Twitter email to a new custom Topify address
There’s not much to be done for that first issue, but there are some options to make the second one more “secure”. Despite these issues, Topify is well worth the effort.
Topify Feature: Improved Twitter Email Notifications
The new follower Topify email gives you all the details you need to quickly determine whether or not you will want to follow back. This makes ignoring SPAM users and others very simple since you have all you the necessary data right in the email. Let’s visually compare the default Twitter email with the new Topify email:
As you can clearly see, the Topify message displays all kinds of valuable information while the Twitter email provides no context as to whether or not this person is someone you would want to follow.
Topify Feature: Follow Back Users With a Simple Email Reply
After reading the Topify follower message, you can simply hit reply and send in your email program to follow that user. This means that Topify is storing your username and password…which is the second issue with the service. However, it is a small price to pay for the value you are getting from the service.
Topify Feature: Reply to direct messages via email
Lastly, you are able to reply to direct messages via email. Each direct message you receive comes in as email and all you have to do is hit reply, type your short message, and hit send. Makes handling things from anywhere real simple.
How to Safely Use Topify with Gmail Forwarding
As mentioned earlier, you need to send your Twitter emails to Topify to make this work. However, like many others, I didn’t want to hand over all Twitter emails (such as password changes) to Topify in case the service was broken or otherwise unavailable for any reason. You can use a Gmail account (either your existing one or a new one) to act as the middleman to make your use of Topify more secure.
For more information, you will want to read How to Use Topify Securely.
Topify a great service that is needed until Twitter decides to improve their own email notifications. There’s no special sauce here; Twitter can do this at any time so I don’t know how long Topify will be around. However, until Twitter makes these changes, Topify will remain is a valuable Twitter tool.