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What is it? A tool for sorting and measuring Twitter information.

How is it of use to journalists? Tweet Binder allows journalists to search for and categorise tweets on particular subjects and store them in 'binders'.

Users simply sign in with their Twitter account and type in a search term or hashtag. The resulting tweets are automatically sorted by replies, retweets and images as well as any custom binders defined by the user.

The free version of Tweet Binder allows up to 2,000 tweets from the last seven days per search term.

For example, a search for the term 'journalism' yields 1,997 tweets. However, if I create a custom binder named 'Tool for journalists' searching specifically for the word 'tool' in these results, I get only three tweets.

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Tweet Binder would allow journalists interested in a particular issue or topic to pull in all the tweets relating to that area and store them somewhere they can be referred back to.

So far, it's nothing that TweetDeck can't already do. But Tweet Binder also offers extra useful bits such as allowing users to check stats for different search terms, exploring the reach of a certain hashtag and viewing a list of 'contributors' – the Twitter accounts that tweeted the most about a certain subject.

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You can create unlimited binders in the free version, although it is worth noting that free sessions will be deleted from Tweet Binder's servers in five days, so it is not great for researching a subject longer-term.

If you need something more robust, the Pro version of Tweet Binder, from $19.99 (£12.25) per report, allows up to 4,000 tweets in search results and also offers extra services such as more metrics, XLS download, report customisation and unlimited storage.

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