20 Top Twitter Monitoring and Analytics Tools

Pam Dyer Marketing Director, SolutionsIQ

Posted on April 26th 2010

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Social media is much more than a way to stay connected and to have fun: it's a way to market yourself, your business, and your products and services. By establishing a presence on the social Web, you can gain virtually unlimited exposure to your target audience without incurring the higher costs associated with traditional marketing campaigns.

While participating in social media is good, it can be difficult  to track how you're performing — Are you actually reaching your target market? How is your brand perceived? What are people saying about you and your products?

Here's why Twitter is one of the best social media platforms for listening:

  • Real-time results. We've all heard examples of how breaking news spreads immediately on Twitter. Because of Twitter's real-time search engine, you can get a quick pulse of public opinion.
  • Wide reach. Twitter is useful to many different types and sizes of businesses.
  • Direct feedback. You hear what people are saying as they say it.

There are many powerful social media tracking and analytics tools available that can monitor your performance on social media sites like Twitter. They can help you judge the effectiveness of your efforts and keep track of what people are saying about you. Here are a few to help you get you started with sentiment and behavioral analysis so you can maximize Twitter's benefits:

Twazzup: A dashboard program that monitors Twitter, Twazzup will tell you every time your keywords are mentioned in a tweet. It will also categorize your results by link popularity, contributors, tagging clouds, and users. Unique features like avatar mouse-overs that give more details about that user's relevant tweets make Twazzup a surprisingly powerful and valuable social media monitoring tool.

TwitterGrader: Twitter Grader is a free tool that allows you to check the power of your Twitter profile. It looks at a variety of factors including the number of followers, power of those followers, and the level to which you are engaging the community. It takes just a few seconds to generate your free report.

Twitscoop: Twitscoop is a real-time visualization tool which enables users to “mine the thought stream” provided by Twitter. Its algorithm cuts every English non-spam tweet into pieces (“tags”), and ranks them by how frequently they are used versus normal usage. It detects growing trends in real time, identifies breaking news, and monitors specific keywords. It also creates custom graphs that display the activity for any given word on Twitter.

TweetBuzzer: TweetBuzzer lets you see which brands get talked about most on Twitter. You can see and track the top tweeted brands in a 24 hour, 7-day, or 30-day period.

TweetEffect: Find out which of your Twitter updates made people follow or leave you. The site lists all the Twitter updates that had an effect on your follower numbers. Updates that made people leave are displayed in red, others in black.

TweetPsych: TweetPsych uses two linguistic analysis algorithms to build a psychological profile of a person based on the content of their tweets. The service analyzes your last 1000 tweets and works best on users who have posted more than 1000 updates. It also works best on accounts that are operated by a single user and use Twitter in a conversational manner, rather than as a content distribution platform.

MicroPlaza: MicroPlaza looks at your Twitter network and displays all the links shared by the people you follow with associated tweets — what MicroPlaza calls “tiles”. The tool only looks at public time lines and tweets, not direct messages or protected accounts.

Twittercounter: TwitterCounter is a great Twitter service that offers updated statistics of your followers, the users you're following, and daily tweets. You can also compare absolute growth of multiple twitter accounts or contrast them with your competitors' expansion, enabling you to track, measure, and redesign your strategy.

Twitter Analyzer: This is an interesting tool — if you love using Google Analytics then this will impress you. You can see how many of your followers are currently online, who retweets your messages, what people are writing about you, Twitter following stats, your tweeting habits, and much more. Twitter Analyzer puts your stats in chart form, making them easy to understand.

Twitturly: Twitturly tracks the URLs flying around the Twitterverse and provides a quick, real-time view of what people are talking about on Twitter. Each time someone tweets a URL to their followers, Twitturly takes note of it and applies it as a vote for that URL. The more votes a URL has in the last 24 hours, the higher it ranks on Twitturly's Top100.

Tweettronics: Tweettronics is a tool to analyze, discover, track, and engage with Twitter conversations about your products, brands, and topics.

Twitalyzer: Twitalyzer is a free tool to evaluate the activity of any Twitter user and report on dozens of useful measures of success in social media. This powerful tool can help you measure the influence, popularity, velocity, and generosity of your Twitter account.

Tweeps: What do they tweet about? How much do they tweet? How social are they? Do they use hashtags? Share URLs? Tweeps answers these questions and more. It analyzes the content of Twitter users' tweets to find interesting statistics about them, and updates them several times a day. You can use Tweeps to help you decide who to follow, who you would like to be following you, or just to discover interesting information about Twitter users.

Monitter: As its name implies, it's a simple Twitter monitor that let you “monitter” the Twitter world for a set of keywords and watch what people are talking about in real time.

Spy: Spy is an easy-to-use tool that visualizes the conversations on Twitter, Friendfeed, Flickr, blogs, and other social networks and enables you to listen in on the interactions you're interested in.

TwiBuzz: TwiBuzz is a tool that tells you how often people are using Twitter to tweet your favorite keywords in real time. It plots the current and historical tweet rate in tweets per minute (TPM) for your search terms. TwiBuzz tracks a predefined list of terms, but you'll find that it's easy to add to that list. Once a term is added, TwiBuzz will have its first TPM data point for that query within a few minutes.

Emotionstream: Emotionstream is a data mining research project that searches for emotion patterns on Twitter. The goal behind this project is to develop algorithms to find trends about what is making people happy in real time by using Twitter data.

Klout: Klout allows you to track the impact of your opinions, links, and recommendations across your social graph. It collects data about the content you create, how people interact with that content, and the size and composition of your network. From there, it analyzes the data to find indicators of influence and helps you interpret the data.

Web2express: Web2express Digest uses open semantic and NLP tools to analyze millions of Twitter conversations and blogs. It auto-discovers trending topics from fresh Web content and enables you to view new Web conversations around topics, enabling efficient monitoring of products, brands, companies, or competitors in real time.

BackTweets: This Twitter monitoring tool is used to search for particular links on Twitter. It also has an advanced search option which makes your searching more flexible.

Are you using any of these tools to monitor your brand or products on Twitter?

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Pam Dyer

Marketing Director, SolutionsIQ

Pam Dyer is an integrated marketing executive dedicated to helping companies grow via innovative branding and audience engagement programs. She delivers results by leading teams to create forward-looking strategies and translate them into measurable tactics, iterating as needed to achieve corporate goals. She is a big-picture thinker and relationship-builder who thrives in environments where collaboration is embraced. Pam has a passion for achieving business results through supporting people, growing teams, and sharing success.

Pam authors an award-winning blog, Pamorama, which helps businesses optimize their brands, create customer engagement, and drive sales by using social media channels and content marketing programs. She has educated thousands of people about how to create, manage, and measure outreach initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and other social networks. Pam has a global footprint and routinely receive questions and comments from her audience, the majority of whom are in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Her content is syndicated via Social Media Today, Business2Community, Yahoo! Small Business Advisor, CustomerThink, Google News, Mediabistro, and other outlets.

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Posted on April 28th 2010 at 3:21AM

I took the liberty of linking to this article in a piece I wrote about my experiences on Twitter:

Posted on April 28th 2010 at 7:57AM
Thanks for the great rundown Pam.

Great resources either for personal or company use.

Posted on May 6th 2010 at 3:16PM

Nice post Pam. Very knowledgeable.  Well, thought we should also let you know of a unique research and analytical tool for Twitter that is not in your list.  247tweetview gives an insight about your company/product performance on Twitter.  The tweets from the entire twitter platform is mapped and analyzed to give a complete picture about your customers’ experience.  You can know from which geography, what product/service is being discussed, whether it is in a negative or positive tone.  Also you can know the medium which your customer prefers to be reached on.  Sentiment analysis including a customer experience score is highlighted.  You can also map your company/product against competition, either global or specific to a region.  Today close to 300 Fortune 500 companies have registered to learn about their customers’ experience.  The best part is that you don’t need to have a twitter account to get this information.


All the analysis is realtime.  If you are interested to know more about this, register yourselves at www.247tweetview.com.  Else you may wish to have a chat with our Chief Marketing Officer, V Bharathwaj who will be able to give more info about this.

Posted on February 14th 2011 at 5:42AM


Very nice post. I have got a few more twitter resources to explore.

Have you thought of listing apps which allow you twitter and facebook management ? I would also love to hear your thoughts on what features an application should have if they do twitter and facebook monitoring and management.

Posted on June 23rd 2011 at 5:07AM

Dear Pam, many thanks for a very informative and useful post.

Jeff Goldbug
Posted on August 20th 2013 at 2:33AM

http://twitterape.com is a good one too.