5 Terrific Twitter Research Tools

Twitter has a wealth of data – it’s a global thought-stream on every topic imaginable. But how do we convert that raw data into insights, trends and actionable information? How can we find the signal in all that noise? Fortunately, there are several tools out there that can help analyze Twitter data, understand user behavior, and graph it for analysis and presenting to others.

1. TweetStats

TweetStats graphs out information on how often you tweet, when you do it, and your @reply habits. Useful for understanding how you, or anybody else, uses Twitter.

2. Trendrr

Trendrr is a new favorite among analysts looking to keep track of trends and compare information. It tracks statistics on multiple social media platforms, but for Twitter, its Twitter Search graphs are invaluable – they provide graphing of keyword mentions on an hourly basis.

3. Tweetmeme

If you’re looking to do research on retweeting and link-sharing on Twitter, Tweetmeme provides retweeting stats for articles on Twitter

4. WeFollow and Twellow

WeFollow uses hashtags to categorize people by industry or hobby. Twellow organizes categorically as well, but also has the TwellowHood tool for finding Twitter users by location.

5. Xefer Twitter Charts

Xefer graphs Tweets and replies using Yahoo Pipes and Google Charts to display hour-by-hour information.

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