If you'd like to monitor a static set of hashtags, use the Streaming API. You'll receive the highest proportion of tags with the least amount of filtering and hassle. There are a number of good Streaming API clients out in the wild.
-John Kalucki http://twitter.com/jkalucki Services, Twitter Inc. On Oct 1, 1:27 am, Chris <bigonr...@googlemail.com> wrote: > I want to write a tool that monitors a channel, say #startnow, and > checks say, every minute, to see if its been updated. > > How would I do this? I'm good with php, but won't that only check > every time someone loads a php page? How do people like @hashphp reply > to everyone that posts in #php? > > Thanks, > Chris