Twitter tools for researchers


We recently ran a session on Twitter for Swansea University’s Postgraduate Research programme. Part of this was looking at extra tools that can help improve the experience of using Twitter and help to use it more effectively.

Developing tools to enhance Twitter is big business – the free tools come and go (anyone remember Twapperkeeper?) so be aware they can vanish or stop working, perhaps with little notice. They can also be very persistent in suggesting you upgrade to a paid-for premium account for extra features. We used Storify to put a hand-picked list together, based on personal recommendation. Most have enjoyed some longevity and reputation:

This covers the following areas:

  • Apps for viewing Twitter – for a more sophisticated Twitter experience than / the Twitter app
  • Twitter stats – monitor your progress on Twitter (including a look at options for altmetrics)
  • Scheduling tweets
  • Analysing your followers and using Lists
  • Archiving tweets
  • Multimedia on Twitter
  • Legal issues – a collection of articles

Let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions to add!

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