Best App for Twitter and Facebook Alerts
Text Message: Boxcar’s alerts work just like text messages, displaying the content of selected tweets and Facebook notifications as they arrive. Customize the sound of these alerts, or turn them off entirely to have Boxcar tally your alerts only on the app’s home-screen badge. Hint: Sending a direct message in Twitter to a Boxcar user is a free way to sidestep pricey SMS fees.
Gotta Be Me: The Services screen lets you add and edit monitored accounts. A Quiet Time setting lets you specify times when you don’t want your phone buzzing with tweets and Facebook foibles. Tap an account to choose exactly what type of message should trigger an alert, configure its sound, and so on. In a nice grace note, Boxcar lets you select the app to launch when you receive a notification; popular Twitter clients are supported, as well as the Facebook app and website.
If you rely only on feeling your ears burn to know when people are talking about you, Boxcar’s got a better solution. The app monitors your Twitter and Facebook accounts, alerting you when you receive replies, mentions, direct messages, or Facebook notifications. You can also set it up to monitor Twitter searches and trends, multiple Twitter accounts, or your email inbox. You get one monitored account free, but additional accounts cost (99 cents to add a Twitter account, for example).
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