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 supports the analysis of your own datasets via .text/.csv. files.
Communalytic is a research tool designed to study public discourse and toxicity in Reddit communities. It can collect, analyze and visualize publicly available data from Reddit.

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 use Twitter for their class discussions.
PoliDashboard is a visualization dashboard designed 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.
Is that Twitter Account Human or Bot? You Decide. Color coded and ready for your review: We have pulled out the 50 Most Frequently Mentioned Users, 50 Most Active Users and the 50 Most Active Users (Automated) that are tweeting about the coronavirus to see whether the account might be a bot. Click on any of the bars in the last three charts to explore and decide for yourself.
Visit the COVID19MisInfo Portal - a rapid response project of the Ryerson University Social Media