Real-time Social News Sifting

Keep your finger on the pulse while remaining distraction free. Syften will look for actionable social news content and deliver it to you live.

Build Your Personal Brand

Monitor mentions of your product, blog, website, email address or nickname. Don't miss the opportunity to introduce yourself, thank your supporters and gather valuable user feedback when a link to your site gets posted. Just a simple "Hey, author here, thanks for posting" makes a world of difference to how users perceive you. That's what everybody else is already doing.

"Personal branding is about managing your name - even if you don't own a business - in a world of misinformation, disinformation, and semi-permanent Google records. Going on a date? Chances are that your "blind" date has Googled your name. Going to a job interview? Ditto."

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

Provide Outstanding User Support

Always be the first one to respond to questions, immediately after they get asked. Maybe it's someone struggling with a bug in your software. Maybe someone is complaining about their pains with a competitor's product. Or maybe someone is experiencing a problem that your product was designed to fix. With Syften you can jump in on a conversation as it's happening and provide outstanding user support.

"The companies that learn the quickest, win. This is partly because they do not make decisions based on assumptions and partly because they learn from their predecessors. While your competitors are debating which assumption is better than the other, you can build a competitive advantage by gathering real information from your customers."

Dan Norris The 7 Day Startup

Monitor Your Niche and Gather New Leads

Suppose you just made a new Wordpress theme. Wouldn't it be nice if you got an email every time someone on Reddit was looking for one?

Or maybe you want to provide paid support for a little used open source tool. Searching for users experiencing a problem with it can be so daunting.

With no arbitrarily low filter limits Syften is your trusted sidekick to find leads and research new markets. Set up an account and start looking for niches with an itch that only you can scratch - studying user pain points has never been so convenient.

"The genius of niches is they are too small for large competitors, allowing a nimble entrepreneur the breathing room to focus on an under-served audience."

Rob Walling in Start Small, Stay Small

Keep Track of Your Competition

Maybe it's your direct competition, or maybe a product in the same class as yours. If you want to be as successful as they are, you have to at least do what they are doing. Let your competitors acitivies be a source of your inspiration. Keep your finger on the pulse!

"The ability to learn faster from customers is the essential competitive advantage that startups must possess."

Eric Ries in The Lean Startup

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How Does It Work?

Syften is composed of scanners that gather social media data and frontends that you can use to receive your notifications.

The Scanners

The main engine behind the app comprises multiple scanners running several times per hour. The frequency is carefuly determined based on the different site API limitations providing you with an optimal, as close to live as possible, alert delivery rate. In case of a failure or site unavailability the job will be queued and re-executed at a later time, until successful, so that you never miss a post.

Available sites include:

...and more are coming.

All items (posts, comments, questions, answers) are converted to a common format, sieved through your filters and made available to you via the different methods outlined below.

Notification Channels

Built with user convenience in mind, Syften supports a wide array of notification frontends.


Get your notifications while they're hot. The Slack App will send you alerts as they occur, allowing your team to react in real time.

E-Mail and RSS

Receive E-Mail reports once a day or immediately. And if you're old school you'll be happy to learn we've got RSS support as well. Check out the demo to see the sample feed.

API and Zapier

Are you a power user that wants to cook your own notification method? Need even more automation? Set up a new integration with Zapier or interface with our API directly. Check out the demo to see a few sample curl commands.


You configure Syften by defining filters. You can see the documentation for details, but here are a few examples:

Filter Description
author:tptacek `secur` See what interesting security topics tptacek from Hacker News is talking about "slack bot" See who's developing new Slack bots on Indie Hackers
"wordpress theme" `?` NOT `https://` Look for leads to pitch your Wordpress theme to, while excluding links to other themes

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