In our recent three part series we tested the best tools for researching Twitter. If you are engaged in serious research on topical issues you can’t ignore Twitter. And, if you can’t ignore Twitter, then you need to grasp the best ways to tap the resource. Of all the techniques we tried out, these are the ones we rated as our top five:
1. It’s an obvious one, but TweetDeck really is indispensable for us. Not only does it help manage conversations, the powerful Twitter monitoring desktop client allows you to monitor multiple topics, keywords, lists, people or hashtags in columns.
2. Twiangulate provides a very intuitive way of analysing networks and connections.
3. It has its flaws, but Twitter Search ranks pretty highly for us – especially once you’ve got your head around the various advanced operators.
4. Listorious, with a database of more than 2 million Twitter users allows you to search for Twitter users by topic, keyword or Twitter lists.
5. Tweetscan is a simple, but sensible way to back up your tweets for offline use. It doesn’t catch them all – your last 1,000 messages – but it then combines them with results from its index, going back to 2007.
- In part one of our Advanced Twitter research series we looked at Twitter search: read at this link.
- In part two we examined the best ways of finding people to follow: read at this link.
- In part two we showed you the best ways to track hashtags and archive your tweets: read at this link.
** Learn more about sophisticated search techniques on our one-day Advanced Internet Research course, Tuesday 5 July in London.**