TWTRLAND is a free web tool for gathering Twitter information.
Do you Tweet? If so then you’ve had to grapple with the age-old Twitter conundrum. Do you have to follow someone who follows you? I don’t, so please don’t take offence. It’s nothing personal. My Twitter feed is part of my PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network), the source for all the links and resources which appear on this blog. As a result, I’m very “picky” when deciding who to follow. On the other hand, you may not know what to look for and that could be a problem. How does a person decide who to follow? What are the things to look for when making that decision? Will the person add to you knowledge or clutter up you Twitter stream with useless prattle? To help with that decision, I offer today’s site called, TWTRLAND.
TWTRLAND is yet another Twitter analytics tool which extracts data from a user’s Twitter account and displays it in a graphic and easy to comprehend manner – sort of.
The site itself is easy enough to use. Just enter a person’s Twitter “handle” in the search box. Depending on how data has been amassed, searchs can be very quick – or not. When I searched for myself (cyberjohn07), several minutes went by before results appeared. Humm, should I be concerned?
Once extracted, TWTRLAND displays data on five key areas; Plain Tweets (A simple text message with no links or hashtags), Replies, Links (Tweets containing a link), Mentions (Tweets that were mentioned in another Tweet) and Retweets. A pie graph is used to visually display the percentage for each type of Tweet. Unfortunately there are no guidelines to indicate what is desirable or preferred but that may vary with each user. For example, I look for Tweets that contain a lot of links. Someone else might want a high percentage of Retweets or Mentions. This indicated that others have found the Tweets to be interesting and worth repeating – an informal kind of peer review.
In addition to the graph, TWTRLAND also provides Tweet samples from each category so potential followers can judge the quality and usefulness of what’s been posted.
Bottom line? TWTRLAND definitely does a nice job of extracting and displaying Twitter data. The Tweet samples are a nice addition as well. While I’m not sure how often I’ll use this tool, I like the way it works and have added it to my DE Toolbox.
The site is free to use and no account is required.
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