Get more insight from Twitter

Twemex is a browser extension for Twitter that automatically surfaces the most interesting ideas.

It helps you spend less time mindlessly scrolling, and more time developing your thoughts.

Free while in beta, paid subscription after v1.0

If you aren't using @TwemexApp, you're using the "flip phone" version of Twitter.

Contextual Sidebar

See the big picture

Twemex replaces the distracting Twitter sidebar and surfaces insightful tweets, in context:

Highlights
See a user's most popular tweets of all time. See someone's best ideas, not the random thoughts they happened to post today.
On This Day
See tweets from this date in prior years. Get re-inspired by ideas from yourself and others.
Our Conversations
When you're on a Twitter friend's profile, revisit the past tweets you've sent to each other.
Recent Hits
See recent popular tweets from your timeline that you might have missed.

Enhanced Search

Finally find that tweet

Twemex replaces the stock search bar with a power UI, with convenient shortcuts and instant results as you type.

Shortcut commands
Commands to efficiently find what you're looking for, including:
  • /me: Search your own tweets
  • /user: Search tweets from the user you're currently viewing
  • /follows: Search tweets from people you follow
Powerful search sidebar
No more opening a new tab just to search. Twemex lets you search directly in the sidebar, so you can search as you compose a tweet or browse the feed.
  • Instant results as you type
  • Keyboard shortcut to start a search (Cmd+/)
  • One click to copy URL of a tweet
  • Autocomplete usernames in from: search
Search Likes and Bookmarks
Coming Soon
Search your liked and bookmarked tweets. Start getting value from the archives of ideas you've personally curated.

It made Twitter a true goldmine of ideas and resources. This is exactly how I always imagined how Twitter search should have been built.

This adds a whole new dimension to Twitter surfing. Hard to explain why until you see it surface interesting tweets that you would never otherwise see.

About The Twemex Philosophy A note from the developer, @geoffreylitt

As a researcher, I love using Twitter as a memex: a tool for thinking and making connections between related ideas. I've used it to find so many fascinating people, thoughts, and discussions.

But using Twitter this way has always felt like fighting the natural design of the tool. The Twitter product is trying to get me to refresh the feed, not grow my thoughts. That might make sense for most casual users, but I wanted something more powerful.

So I started building a browser extension to make Twitter a better place to think. It all started out with a lightweight search UI, so that I could seamlessly search through tweets to reference while I was writing new threads, weaving together old ideas with new ones. Then I added a way to see people's best tweets, so I could get more from coming across an interesting user's profile.

I used this extension myself for about 6 months, and after a while I couldn't live without it. Other people started asking me to share it, so I decided to turn it into a product. My hope is to build Twemex into a high-quality tool that makes Twitter a better memex for everyone.

Rapidly became one of my core features when browsing Twitter. Cuts through the noise and finds quality so well.

I cannot believe how broken twitter feels *without* twemex

Frequently asked questions

How can I learn to use Twitter as a memex?
Building long threads of connected tweets is a great way to connect ideas across time. This thread explains it well:
What browsers are supported?

Because this is a browser extension, it only works with the web version of Twitter, not the app.

Chrome and Firefox are officially supported. Chromium-based browsers like Brave, Edge, and Sidekick can use the Chrome version.

Safari isn't supported yet. To get an update when Safari support lands, follow @TwemexApp on Twitter.

How will pricing work?

Twemex is free while it's in beta and I'm still building out core features.

Once out of beta, I plan to charge a monthly fee. This will make it sustainable for me to continue maintaining and improving the extension at a high level of quality.

My tentative plan is to charge $5-10/month, with a discount for students and others who can't afford that price. Very open to feedback, DM me to let me know what you would pay / what you think is fair.

How does this compare to ThreadHelper?

ThreadHelper is another Twitter browser extension that automatically surfaces related tweets based on what you're currently typing. It's cool and definitely worth a try!

Twemex has some related goals, but a different focus. I'm more interested in targeted search rather than automatic suggestions, and surfacing related content from all of Twitter, not just your own saved tweets.

How does Twemex work? Is it secure?

Twemex sends searches to the Twitter search backend from your browser, as if you were typing into the official search box yourself.

Twemex never sends any of your data to anyone other than Twitter. As the developer, I don't see your data.

Who's behind Twemex?
Twemex is a solo side project by me, @geoffreylitt. I'm a PhD student doing research on programming tools, and I use Twitter to help me with my research.

To get updates on Twemex, follow the dedicated Twitter account, @TwemexApp

Ready to get more out of Twitter? Install Twemex today.