Creating Twitter Archives

One of the more common uses of Twitter for me is to monitor “back-channels” at events (often events I can attend, but more often these days events I am unable to attend).

Unfortunately Twitter’s search capabilities cease to be useful after a little while and so it is very handy to be able to create an archive for the events ‘hashtag’. There used to be a number of tools in the early days, but mainly because of Twitter’s changes to policies and very unfortunate morphing into a closed ‘media-publishing’ platform, the developers of such tools were forced to discontinue their services.

Tags Explorer

Here is IMHO the best remaining tools I have found that still work:

TweetArchivist

This is an easy to used & fairly polished product which allows download of raw data.

http://www.tweetarchivist.com/

TAGSExplorer

This is a more involved, but open solution based on a Google Spreadsheet and can be modified to suit.

http://mashe.hawksey.info/2011/11/twitter-how-to-archive-event-hashtags-and-visualize-conversation/

Kudos Martin Hawksey from JISC CETIS

Author: Leo Gaggl

ict business owner specialising in mobile learning systems. interests: sustainability, internet of things, ict for development, open innovation, agriculture

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