Short NEW List of Good Tools to Research a Twitter Account

Truth Nest

TurthNest ( look under “Activity” and there’s an option for “Mentioned Users” that shows you which users the targeted account mentioned the most times. You can click on “view latest” under each account to look at the specific tweets of the targeted account mentioning this user. You can also click on the account names to open their Twitter accounts and see their bio pages. This doesn’t sound useful but if you click on an account name in most tools it will merely search for the account in the tools itself. It is useful to right-click on 5 of these accounts in a row and choose to “open in new tab” so you can look at them all at once and find common features.

Tweet Topic Explorer

Tweet Topic Explorer ( 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 ( 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.)

Geo Social Footprint

Geo Social Footprint ( 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 ( or (

All My Tweets ( 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 that can be copied and pasted into a CSV file.

Other useful tools include:

AccountAnalysis ( this tool categorizes an account’s content to assess relationships and interests. It is similar to Tweet Topic Explorer in that in that it will analyze content of tweets and click on one thing (like a username) and the tool will identify the tweets that reference the account.

Below you see that for the analyzed account, the tool identifies the accounts that it replied to, retweeted, or quoted the most. This is a great way to quickly identify accounts that reflect your subject’s interests or associates. Tweet Topic Explorer takes more of a broad brush approach. But in this tool we can choose to focus on accounts that the subject account replied to rather than retweeted.

The tool lists Hashtags and URLs, which are a great way to figure out the account’s interests.

If you do not understand anything on the page, there is a very useful help section that details all of the analysis fields.

The only drawback of this tool is that you need to specifically request at the top if you want to analyze more than the last 200 tweets., Likewise at the bottom where it lists the tweets that reference the topic you clicked on, it will default to showing you 12 tweets and you have to click for it to load more. This presumably allows the tool to run faster and crash less.


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