A little about the visualizations
What are visualizations?
Visualizations are graphic representations of the data your archives. You can see what types of visualizations Tweet Archivist creates below.
How often does Tweet Archivist update visualizations?
Tweet Archivist updates your visualizations at variable intervals depending on a number of factors. This means it might take a day for the new data you see in your archive to be reflected in your visualizations, even though the archive itself may have been updated within a half hour.
How do I create a visualization?
Once you create an archive, Tweet Archivist will automatically create visualizations for you.
Tweet volume over time
The "Tweet volume over time" visualization displays the number of Tweets on a given day.
Note: If you are the first to start an archive for a particular search term, we may only be able to return results from today (this would result in a line-graph with a single point, not a full ‘tweet volume over time’ visualization).
[Why?] (Because of the limitations of Twitter’s API, we can’t pull in tweets that are no longer available on Twitter—but we can show you this data if another Archivist user has previously created an archive with your search term in it.)
The "Top users" visualization displays the users who have tweeted the most about your search term.
The "Top URLs" visualization displays the top urls that were found within your search results.
Note: Currently, most twitter links are shortened by link-shortening services, which makes it hard to tell what you're looking at. We're working on translating shortened URLs into their proper urls. Until then, the Top URLs visualization will be limited.
The "Top Words" visualization displays the most-frequently-used words found in your search results.
Tweet vs. Retweet
The "Tweet versus Retweet" visualization shows how many tweets that include your search term are original, and how many have been re-circulated by users who retweet other peoples’ content.
The “Source” visualization shows the software or method that users are tweeting from.
You'll often see "Web" as the top result for your archive. This means that most users are tweeting from the Twitter.com web interface. Users tweet in many other ways, though—seeing this in a visualization gives an interesting overview of the Twitter API’s reach and the breadth of Twitter’s user-base.