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

Communalytic is a computational social science research tool for studying online communities and discourse. It can collect and analyze publicly available data from Bluesky, CrowdTangle (FB/IG), Mastodon, Reddit, Telegram, X (formerly Twitter), and YouTube, or you can import your own CSV or JSON data files – No coding required.
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.
The Tweets Sampling Toolkit contains a set of tools for 1) creating a random sample from massive (100M+) Tweet ID datasets, such as those available in the Social Media Lab's COVID-19 Twitter Pandemic Archive and for 2) performing set operations with Tweet ID datasets such as intersection, difference, or union.
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.

Data Visualization Dashboards

PoliDashboard v2 is an open-source app for tracking political advertisements on Facebook, Instagram, and other advertising platforms owned by Meta. PoliDashboard is unique in that it focuses on the activities of each advertiser and not just on a particular ad that they have posted.
The Russia-Ukraine ConflictMisinfo Dashboard is an information management tool for monitoring online misinformation and disinformation about the 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It tracks and visualizes debunked claims from 100s of trusted fact-checkers from around the world.
The Portal is a rapid response project of the 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.
The Covid-19 Twitter Pandemic Archive is a catalog of datasets containing billions of tweet IDs for COVID-19 related tweets and a set of data visualization dashboards that display high-level monthly stats about the COVID-19 conversations on Twitter.
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