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 social media data collector, text analyzer and social networks visualizer. It's designed for social media researchers & educators to study public discourse on social media. Available data sources: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, RSS Feed, .text/.csv.
Reddit Collector
The Reddit Collector allows researchers to extract metadata from all submissions and comments on a researcher-specified Subreddit and date range - no programming experience required.

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 50+ 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.

Twitter Data Visualization Dashboards

Twitter Learning Analytics Dashboard
The Twitter Learning Analytics Dashboard is an information dashboard designed for instructors who uses Twitter for their class discussions.
PoliDashboard is an information dashboard designed help voters, members of the media, and campaign staffers to gauge the health of online political discussions on Twitter in real-time.