A Short List of Good Tools to Research a Twitter Account

Geo Social Footprint

Geo Social Footprint (http://geosocialfootprint.com/) should show a twitter account’s geotagged tweets on a map and link to the tweets themselves. If you get an error message when you run a twitter account, like “map cannot display”, that often just means that there are no geotagged tweets. Based on the twitter api limitations, it is reasonable to guess that the tool looks at the last 4 thousand tweets.

For geo context, you can find what people nearby are tweeting about by using (https://www.omnisci.com/demos/tweetmap) or (https://onemilliontweetmap.com/).

Foller Me

Foller Me (https://foller.me/) gives similar info on an account (and is easier to read) such as when they joined but also gives a larger list of the people that researched account interacts with.


Twitonomy (https://www.twitonomy.com/) performs analysis on the account as a whole, but you have to remember to search for an account and then actually click on the account name somewhere in the results. It gives information such as which accounts it tweets about or replies to most, how many times the account tends to tweet per day and from what kind of device, and how often they tend to tweet on given hours in the day or days in the week.

For example, at the very bottom of the results we here we see that the user of the @searchish_site account uses an Android phone and the search-ish wordpress account to Tweet.

Keep in mind that this tool is a little tricky at first. You have to search an account, and then in the initial results click on the account name again or click on Analyze a Twitter profile in order to get the full results.

Sleeping Time

For redundancy, Sleeping Time (http://sleepingtime.org/) also gives the hours of use for an account. But this tool gets right to the point and makes an educated guess about the hours of sleep so you don’t have to look into the data yourself and guess if an average of 3 hours at 4am means the person usually sleeps at that time or not.

Tweet Topic Explorer

Tweet Topic Explorer (http://tweettopicexplorer.neoformix.com/) identifies the most common words tweeted from the account (excluding useless words like “the”) and allows you to click on any of them to immediately see a list of the tweets with that word. Scan the map for words that might reflect important things about the account user like political views or profession.

See this post here for how to find an account’s closest friends.

Or, see this post, for how to manipulate data and view original posts, most important topics in content, or rank other accounts mentioned in tweets.

Tweet Beaver

Tweet Beaver (https://tweetbeaver.com/) has a variety of tools that are especially useful for assessing a relationship between two accounts (common followers, what have they tweeted at each other, etc.)

All My Tweets (https://www.allmytweets.net/) is a great tool to find an account’s first follower. Just select the account to search, click in “Followers” and it will give you a list of followers in chronological order, so scroll to the bottom. A number of investigative reporting guides suggest that the first follower is often a person that has a close relationship with the account holder.

This tool will also list all of an accounts tweets in a list or everything the account has “liked”.

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