As part of our work, the Lab develops research apps, tools and visualization dashboards to support social science research on online participation and communities. Our apps and tools are used by thousands of students, educators and researchers worldwide each year. If you are interested in developing a custom version of any of our research tools or social media visualization dashboards, please get in touch with us.

Social Media Data Collection & Analysis Tools

Netlytic is a text and social networks analyzer that can automatically summarizes public conversations and discover communication networks from social media posts. It uses various APIs to collect public posts from Twitter, YouTube and RSS feed. It can also support the analysis of your own datasets via .text/.csv. files.
Communalytic is a research tool for studying online communities and online discourse. Communalytic can collect and analyze public data from various social media platforms including Reddit, Twitter, and CrowdTangle (Facebook/Instagram). It uses advanced text and social network analysis techniques to automatically pinpoint toxic and anti-social interactions, identify influencers, map shared interests and the spread of misinformation, and detect signs of possible coordination among seemingly disparate actors.

Additional Social Media Research Resources

A project focusing on studying practices behind and attitudes towards the collection, storage, use, reuse, analysis, publishing and preservation of social media data from the perspective of social media users.
Social Media Research Toolkit
A list of 70+ social media research tools curated by researchers at the Social Media Lab. Only tools that have been used in peer-reviewed academic studies are included.

Data Visualization Dashboards

Twitter Learning Analytics Dashboard
The Twitter Learning Analytics Dashboard is an information dashboard designed for instructors who use Twitter for their class discussions.
PoliDashboard is a visualization dashboard designed to help voters, members of the media, and campaign staffer to detect the presence and influence of bots in a political discussion on Twitter and to gauge the health of that conversation.
The Portal is a rapid response project of the Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management. The aim of this project is two-fold: (1) put a spotlight on COVID-19 related misinformation and (2) to provide Canadians with timely and actionable information.
Visit the COVID19MisInfo Portal - a rapid response project of the Ryerson University Social Media