Tweets are ephemeral.
Why? That’s the way Twitter is designed.
So how do you capture all those tweets before they disappear into the ether?
Enter Tweet Archivist. Tweet Archivist sets out to accomplish three things: archive, analyze and export tweets.
Now, to be clear, Tweet Archivist is not an archive of every tweet ever tweeted. Tweet Archivist cannot access all tweets ever tweeted on a search term.
But what Tweet Archivist can do is allow individuals to start an archive of tweets you are interested in. Once you make an archive active by subscribing to it, you are guaranteed not to miss a tweet. Tweet Archivist will poll Twitter hourly, archiving any tweet that matches your criteria.
Archives are great. But what gets really interesting is doing analysis on that archive. Tweet Archivist does that for you. It build nine visualizations based on the archive of tweets. These are as follows:
- Volume Over Time - Useful to identify spikes and lulls in tweet activity
- Top Users - Find the influencers! Determine who are the most active, prolific tweeters about a topic. Includes direct links to Twitter profile pages.
- Top Urls - Determine the most popular links for a topic. Excellent for measuring campaign effectiveness.
- Top Words - Great indicator of sentiment and general tone of a topic.
- Language - A break down of the langauges used.
- Source Of Tweet - Are people using their phones to tweet? Desktop apps? Or the web?
- User Mentions - See what other Twitter users are most frequently mentioned.
- Hashtags - Discover which hashtags are used with the term.
- Media - See the most popular images attached to the tweets for this term.
These nine visualizations are shown in a dashboard.
You can click each chart for a larger view with more data and interactivity. You can also immediately see a top user’s Twitter profile or go to the web page of a top url, for example.
People often want to do deeper analysis than the six visualizations provided allow, or combine visualizations. (For example: “Who were the top users on a given date for a set of tweets that weren’t retweets?”) We can’t provide every pivot that people might want. But we know how you can do it, which gets to our next topic: Export.
If you want a DIY analysis, you can download an archive and start slicing and dicing it yourself.
We allow all archives to be saved as tab delimited text files. These are easily loaded into Excel or Google Docs, imported into a database or parsed with a program.