txwplorer

A New, Free Tool Lets You Analyze and Archive Twitter Simultaneously

Information flows through Twitter in dynamic, interconnected ways. That complexity has brought about, from historians, tools to try to capture this stream, and from journalists, tools to try to distill it.

A new tool does both.

It’s called twXplorer, and it was released by Northwestern University’s hacker journalism workshop Knight Lab on Monday. twXplorer lets you search for a term on Twitter — perhaps a hashtag, perhaps a TV show title, perhaps just a word you’re fond of — and see, at a glance, the features of Twitter’s landscape around that term. twXplorer tells you:

  • Recent tweets which use that term,
  • The most popular links which appear in those tweets,
  • The hashtags which appear in those tweets, and
  • The most popular other terms which appear in those tweets.

It tells you the quantity of all those results, as well, and graphs them. It also lets you save “snapshots” of its dashboard for a search term. In sum, twXplorer lets you save cross-sections of Twitter, frozen in time.

Read more. [Image: Knight Lab]