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.


works twitter Direct collection from Twitter x x Journal articles
NetlytictwitterfacebookyoutubeinstagramrssTwitter, Facebook groups/pages, Instagram Comments, YouTube Comments, RSS, Google Docs, .TXT, .CSVPajek, UCINET, .CSV, .PNG Journal articles
NodeXLflickrtwitteryoutubefacebookemail GraphML, Pajek,
UCINet Social Network Importer
 ✓GraphML, Pajek, UCINet, and matrix formats.JPG, .PNG, .EPS, etc. Books
Journal articles
 YouTube Data Tools (YTDT) youtubeGDF (graph format), TSV, CSV

Source code: github

TAGS & TAGS ExplorertwitterDirect collection from Twitterxx.XLSX, .OD, .PDF, .CSV, .TSV, .HTMLx
DiscoverText SiftertwitterfacebookAccess to Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Disqus, Facebook, etc. ✓ ✓
 Textexture youtube Browser plugin for direct collection from YouToube
 ✓ .GEFX Journal articles
Truthytwitter Direct collection from Twitter x .CSV
 Journal articles
Tweet ArchivisttwitterDirect collection from Twitter x.XLS Journal articles
 DiscovertexttwitterTwitter, Google+, Text Files, Email, Blogs, Tumblr, Disqus, and open-ended answers on surveys, Facebook,x?
 Flockertwitter Direct collection from Twitter ✓ GEFX, .SVG, .PNG ✓
 Follow the HashtagtwitterfacebookTwitter, Google+, Text Files, Email, Blogs, Tumblr, Disqus, and open-ended answers on surveys, Facebook,x?
 iScience MapstwitterTwitterXSL, CSV ✓
 Nvivo/Ncapturetwitterfacebook youtube[Add On]Web Pages, online PDF, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTubex ✓
 OutWit HubWeb Pages TXT, CSV, HTML, Excel or SQL databases
 SocioViztwitterTwitter ✓x ✓
 Webometrics twitteryoutubeYouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Mendeley, and other web sources  ✓
 MozdehtwitterTwitterx ✓
 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