This toolkit assembled by the Social Media Lab seeks to provide an overview of some of the many open access tools available for the study and analysis of social media and online communities.

The table below presents the tools in alphabetical order and highlights the social media platforms they support and the features they provide. The list is not exhaustive and will be reviewed, updated, and enhanced in the coming months. The tools in this list offer varying degrees of analysis.

If you find this list useful, please link back and mention Ryerson University Social Media Lab.

 

Tool Platforms Data
collection
Network
discovery
Text
analysis
Export Visualization Published
works
Foller.me  twitter  Direct collection from Twitter  x  x  Journal articles
Netlytic twitterfacebookyoutubeinstagramrss Twitter, Facebook groups/pages, Instagram Comments, YouTube Comments, RSS, Google Docs, .TXT, .CSV Pajek, UCINET, .CSV, .PNG  Journal articles
NodeXL flickrtwitteryoutubefacebookemail  GraphML, Pajek,
UCINet Social Network Importer
 ✓ GraphML, Pajek, UCINet, and matrix formats.JPG, .PNG, .EPS, etc.  Books
Journal articles
 YouTube Data Tools (YTDT)  youtube GDF (graph format), TSV, CSV

Source code: github

 ✓
TAGS & TAGS Explorer twitter Direct collection from Twitter x x .XLSX, .OD, .PDF, .CSV, .TSV, .HTML x
DiscoverText Sifter twitterfacebook Access to Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Disqus, Facebook, etc.  ✓  ✓
 Textexture  youtube  Browser plugin for direct collection from YouToube
TXT, RTF, PDF, URL
 ✓  .GEFX  Journal articles
Truthy twitter  Direct collection from Twitter  x  .CSV
.GEXF
.EDGELIST
 Journal articles
Tweet Archivist twitter Direct collection from Twitter  x .XLS  Journal articles
 Discovertext twitter Twitter, Google+, Text Files, Email, Blogs, Tumblr, Disqus, and open-ended answers on surveys, Facebook, x ?
 Flocker twitter  Direct collection from Twitter  ✓  GEFX, .SVG, .PNG  ✓
 Follow the Hashtag twitterfacebook Twitter, Google+, Text Files, Email, Blogs, Tumblr, Disqus, and open-ended answers on surveys, Facebook, x ?
 iScience Maps twitter Twitter XSL, CSV  ✓
 Nvivo/Ncapture twitterfacebook youtube [Add On]Web Pages, online PDF, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube x  ✓
 OutWit Hub Web Pages  TXT, CSV, HTML, Excel or SQL databases
 SocioViz twitter Twitter  ✓ x  ✓
 Webometrics  twitteryoutube YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Mendeley, and other web sources   ✓
 Mozdeh twitter Twitter x  ✓
 Chorus  twitter  Twitter  ✓  ✓

 

Also check out some of the following open source social media mining projects:

Other lists of social media data collectors:

Last updated: July 25, 2015