Social Media Tools

Social Media Tools

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Monitor when your favorite services are down or having problems. Good for tracking outages on social accounts, government sites, etc.

Assists with OSINT searches as a real time search engine which allows the users to aggregate, curate and report on data. The paid desktop tool uses image-recognition AI to locate objects, keywords and behaviors from narrative and visual media data sets.


Wired: A Beginner’s Guide to TikTok

GIJN: A Guide to Investigating on TikTok

Five Tips for Journalists Using TikTok
BBC’s Sophia Smith Galer shares advice for how journalists can work on the video sharing app.

Reuters Institute Video: BBC’s Sophia Smith Galer on Using TikTok
In this one-hour video, BBC religion and digital culture journalist Sophia Smith Galer talks about how she created the podumentary: The TikTok Election. She has 140k followers over 3 million likes on TikTok (and counting), and made headline news in 2020 when she used her knowledge of the platform to show how Donald Trump was using it to campaign for the presidency, even while trying to get the app banned.

J-Source: TikTok for News: Why There’s a Place for Journalism on the App

How the Washington Post is Using TikTok

Digital Diplomacy: Journalists Adapt to Culture of TikTok

Publishers and Journalists on TikTok
An extensive list, and you can request to edit the spreadsheet to add more.

Journalists and Publishers on TikTok
A list/mini app from Jeremy Caplan.

10 Journalism TikTok Accounts to Follow (2020)

#journalist Hashtag Videos on TikTok

The School of Journalism (UK): Why Should Journalists Use TikTok
Good basic info on TikTok.

First Draft Video: How Journalists Can Use TikTok to Inform Their Reporting

Columbia Journalism Review: The Modern Dilemma of TikTok Journalism Can TikTok Save Journalism? (2019)


Snap Map
Live map of public stories people are sharing on Snapchat.

Paul Bradshaw: How to Share, Store, Measure Snapchat Stories
Real-time social media search and analysis.

NY News Guild: A Beginner’s Guide to Snapchat for Media Professionals

Five Ways to Find Useful Snapchat Accounts for Journalists

NPR: Storytelling on Snapchat

IJNet: Newsrooms and Journalists to Follow on Snapchat Snapchat’s Role in a Newsroom
This piece is from 2018 but offers some interesting perspective.

JEA: How High School Journalists Can Use Snapchat

Snapchat for Journalists Presentation
A good prezi slideshow on Snapchat basics from Abby Mergenmeier.

Video: Snapchat for Journalists
Brett Whitmarsh explains/demonstrates Snapchat for people over 35.

Google Scholar: Snapchat Journalism
A collection of academic journal articles on Snapchat and how it can be used for storytelling.


Meta Journalism Project
The platform for both Facebook and Instagram.

Meta for Business: Facebook Journalism Courses
The Facebook for Journalists Certificate is a free curriculum to make it easier for journalists to utilize Facebook and Instagram in their daily work: from newsgathering, to storytelling in new formats to engaging with their followers.

SPJ Facebook Journalism Project Training
Free training for your newsroom.
A non-public Facebook keyword search for people who work in the public interest. It allows you to search keywords on specific dates. You are granted access because of your work.

Stalk Scan
Scan Facebook profiles to see where people are posting.

NPR’s Facebook Live Guide
How to shoot video for Facebook.

Crowdtangle Link Checker Chrome Extension

Facebook Search Tool: People Findthor
Search by employment past/present, relationship status, etc. for Facebook
Track down a Facebook ID and search for information/posts by that person in FB.

Facebook graph search among many others.

The Whip: Five Tips For Successful Facebook Live Videos

ManyChat: Create a Facebook Messenger Bot

Facebook Graph Search Facebook Graph Search

Sree Tips on Facebook
Like the page and his tips will show up in your Facebook feed.

40 Tips To Help Journalists Turn Facebook Into The Ultimate News Portal

Time Hop
Sends you daily emails with what you were doing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that day.

Facebook Safety for Journalists
From 2017 but full of useful tips.


NY News Guild: Three Ways Journalists Should be Using Instagram

School of Journalism: How to Use Instagram as a Journalist

Maximize Instagram for Journalism
Some great tips in this Medium post by Tshepo Tshabalala.

14 Data Journalism Instagram Accounts

Search Twitter and Instagram photos.

Location search for Instagram and social network VKontakte.

Makes it possible for users to automatically tweet their Instagram photos and videos on Twitter. This will help to save time because they only have to post once on Instagram and have it on Twitter automatically.

An Instagram search tool.

iOS app tracks Instagram photos.

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.



Tool can be used to observe a specific account’s activity and quickly identify signs of suspicious behavior. You also can browse, sort and remove people from your lists. Twitter Video Downloader

MuckRack Trends
Works like Google Trends but also shows you how many articles are written about each term, as well as top publications and journalists covering each topic.
Create and embed social media feeds on your site.
Track hashtags in real-time.

Checks the activity of a Twitter account and gives it a score based on how likely the account is to be a bot. Higher scores are more bot-like.
This tool enables you to evaluate Twitter accounts. For example how automated they are, how many Retweets they post, or which websites they link to most often.

The Citizen Browser Project
The Markup, a nonprofit focused on data-driven investigations of technology and how it influences society, designed this tool to audit the algorithms that social media platforms use to distribute news and narratives to different communities.

Parsely Currents
Create a free account and inform your decisions with real audience attention habits, distribution trends, and more.

ProPublica: Politicians Tracked by Politwoops
Politwoops tracks tweets deleted from politicians’ Twitter accounts.

Social Searcher
Collates postings on social media networks.

LinkedIn for Journalists
Does training tailored to journos every few weeks.

LinkedIn Labs
Cool projects and experimental features from LinkedIn employees.

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

RJI: 6 Ways to Incorporate Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces in Your Audience Strategy

Reddit: Journalist Outreach Best Practices

Thread Creator
Create and schedule Twitter threads for free.

Chirr App
Helps you create Twitter threads on the fly.

Another great browser-based app to help you create Twitter threads.

Search Twitter for hashtags.

Popular with social media users who want to list all of their accounts in one place.

First Draft News: Newsgathering and Monitoring on the Social Web

Video: How to Mute a Word in Twitter
Long press on the word. It’s easy.

GIJN: How to Use Tweetdeck for Open-Source Investigations

Best Twitter Search Tricks
All kinds of filters and resources.

Mobile and Social Media Journalism: A Practical Guide
Blogs, tutorials, industry sources, syllabuses and more. Site is tied to a journalism textbook.

GIJN: How to Identify Bots, Trolls and Botnets

Bookmark and share content to social platforms from this phone app.
Find the person behind a username, email address or phone number.

IJNet: Social Media for Journalists – The Basics

Verifying Social Media Content
A great list of links, case studies and best practices from Josh Stearns.

45 Free Social Monitoring Tools

Seven Ways Journalists Can up Their Social Media Game

SID Licence
A new paid tool that claims to protect users on Twitter from abuse. It helps you mute accounts that are not ID verified, verifies your Twitter while keeping your identity hidden, gives you control of your mentions and claims to not share any identifiable data with Twitter. You also can mute followers of other problematic accounts.

Monitor when your favorite services are down or having problems. Good for tracking outages on social accounts, government sites, etc.

Track online data from social media channels.

Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor. Find the key influencers to promote your content.

Tweet ID Datasets
Twitter’s terms of service don’t allow tweet datasets to be published on the web, but they do allow tweet identifier datasets to be shared. This site is a catalog of datasets that are publicly available on the web.

Social Jukebox
Eliminates the need to continually schedule your posts, and manage your content. Tips to Improve Your Social Media Presence

GIJN Toolbox: Searching Social Media

Social News Desk
A great newsroom tool to manage stations’ social media accounts. It helps us map out the day’s posts (but also very flexible to upgrade and change). It was created by two former newsroom managers so they understand what producers need.

Followers analysis helps you analyze Twitter followers, export followers list in CSV, compare multiple twitter accounts and their followers, track followers growth rate and search Twitter profiles.

Assists with OSINT searches as a real time search engine which allows the users to aggregate, curate and report on data. The paid desktop tool uses image-recognition AI to locate objects, keywords and behaviors from narrative and visual media data sets.

Track online data from social media channels.

First Draft News Journalist Guides
Guides to social sources, copyright law and covering trauma.

First Draft News Journalist Guides
Guides to social sources, copyright law and covering trauma.

GIJN: Advanced Guide on Verifying Video Content

A street-level imagery platform, powered by collaboration and computer vision. Use it to find user generated pictures of a variety of countries and cities.

Digital Forensics: Using Social and Online Tools to Find Great Stories
Video from an ONA ’19 conference panel with great tools and tips.

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

Automatically delete your old tweets.

The Social Media Reporter
This Medium page is a guide to using social media for newsgathering. It covers verification, organizing your feeds, covering trending stories, and finding material from a specific location/or a specific beat.

Marketing Insider: 10 Social Media Tools
From a marketing pub but the tools are applicable to social media editors at media outlets.

Meet Edgar
A content scheduling tool.

Social search and display platform.

Create visual content for social media using customizable templates.

Engage users, get Twitter followers and grow your brand.

Resources galore for dealing with online harassment. Built by journalists for journalists.
Social backgrounding tool helpful for fact-checking. Gives you rich insights into any public twitter profile. Data about topics, mentions, hashtags, followers, location and more.
Find info on the person behind the email address, social username or phone number. Great for verifying account legitimacy.
Free people search tool.
Search people by name, phone, address and social media account.

How to Monitor Social Media for Misinformation

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Advanced Guide to Verifying Video Content
Type in a domain name, IP address or person’s name to find site information or who owns/registered what online.

Slides: Tips on Using Tweetdeck for Twitter
”Cyberstalking for Journalists” presentation from Dallas Morning News staff.

Use for fact-checking locations of photos and videos shared on social media.

Buzz Sumo
Find the most popular content online and analyze topics, competitors and keywords.

GIJN: Social Media in Your Newsroom: A Tipsheet on Distribution and Engaging Audiences

Social search engine.

13 Style and Grammar Tips for Twitter Success

Joy Mayer: Social Listening Tools List of News Bots

Consumer Reports: How to Filter Hate Speech and Misinformation on Social Media

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

Sree Sreenivasan’s Social Media Guide
His presentations, TEDx talks, guidelines and more. Great resource.

Using Twitter as a Data Resource: Social Media Research Tools (2017)

Washington Post: Top Political Reporters to Follow on Twitter in Every State (2020)

Election 2020 Twitter List: Swing State Newsrooms to Follow

Real Active Followers
It helps journalists acquire organic followers for their Twitter account. They also have a page where they give free Twitter followers.

Why Audience Engagement Holds the Key to a Thriving Future

TNW: Tips for Creating Social Video Content

12 Social Media Tips to Help Journalists Work Better

Socialkit: Customizable Templates for Social Media Accounts

Essential Tools and Tactics for Video on Social

StoryBench: How to Use Reddit: A Guide for Journalists

API: Finding a Voice on Social Media: Insights for Local Newsrooms

Free or Cheap Tools for Social News Gatherers

ONA 2016 Session Notes and Materials

Twitter List Copy Tool
Copy over a Twitter list from another account.

Tool to manage your Twitter lists.

USGS Social Media Accounts to Follow
Key accounts for tracking earthquakes and environmental news.

Product Hunt: Best Tools for Livestreaming
Great list that includes Periscope.
From First Look Media, global news delivered entirely through social media.

Geosocial Footprint
A footprint is combined bits of location information that a user divulges through social media, which ultimately forms the users location “footprint”. For users, this footprint is created from GPS enabled tweets, social check-ins, natural language location searching (geocoding), and profile harvesting.

Get a glimpse inside what’s trending on Twitter.

Vine Viewer
Search all kinds of Vine videos.

London School of Economics: Current Social Media Research Tools

91 Free Twitter Tools and Apps to Fit Any Need

Twitter Shadow Ban Tester

Sree’s Social Media Editors Twitter List
A great list of journalist must-follows from Sree Sreenivasan.

A great guide to all things social media. A must-bookmark for Twitter users.

Learno: Online Courses for Media Professionals
Data viz, social media, verification and more.

JournoResource: Reporting Tips for Verifying Social Media UGC

LifeHacker: Search Twitter More Efficiently

Twitter Guide for Skeptics and Newbies
Tailored to journalists, this guide from Columbia University Journalism Dean of Students Sree Sreenivathan gives you everything you need to know.

Verification Junkie
This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking on deadline.

NY Times: Ferguson Reveals a Twitter Loop

30 Tools to Help Journalists Use Twitter Better

10 Twitter Links for Journalists

Teaching Students to Write Stories for Social Media

A searchable feed of Twitpics.

91 Free Twitter Tools and Apps

Nine Free Social Media Tools

A Pinterest promotion tool.

Verification and Misinformation in Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing /a>
Great tools and resources from Josh Stearns.

Video: Mark Luckie on Twitter for Student Journalists
Great tips from Mark Luckie of Twitter on how journalism students can get started with using social media.

Mark Luckie Interview
Good interview with Mark Luckie, formerly of Twitter, on innovation and social media.

Tracks content in real-time across the social web.

Sweeter Tweet
Programmable auto-tweeter.

Use TwitterCounter to Check Impact on Social Media

Tells you what proportion of that account’s recent retweets (made during the last 100 tweets) were of comments or opinions issued by men or by women.

How to create, manage and embed Twitter collections

Searching Social Media
A Google Doc full of tips and links from Joy Mayer.

StoryBench: Optimizing Your News Article for Social Media

15 Tips for Newsgathering via Twitter
Tips form Sarah Marshall’s blog.

Track topics across social media.

New tool to design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds.

A new way to build Twitter lists.

How to Put a Poll in a Tweet
App turns photos on your phone into cool story websites.

Buffer: Headline Formats for Tweets, Emails, etc.
App turns photos on your phone into cool story websites.

Social Bro
Manage your Twitter lists. Developed by Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Social Media and Reporting
How news outlets are using Twitter, YouTube, Google+ in news reporting.

ReadWrite: An Illustrated Guide to Twitter Jargon

Aggregate all of your social media into one feed.

Share your content with people who fit your target audience.

Journalists Should See Vine as a Social Storytelling Resource

Modern Journalist: Twitter List of Journalism Educators

Heidi Cohen: 27 Tips to Improve Your Twitter Strategy

Tools for Creating Images for Social Media

How Journalists Can Get the Most Out of Twitter

Buffer: The Big List of 61 Social Media Tools

21 Twitter Tools Every Power User Should Use

The Ultimate List of Social Publishing Tools
Track hashtags.
Follow any topic on multiple social networks.

Search and filter content from those you trust. Curate links. Somewhat similar to Delicious.

A daily email of links from your Twitter timeline.

49 Curation and Clipping Tools

Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts
Great list of keyboard shortcuts for Twitter, Facebook, etc.

PBS Idea Lab: Tips for Using Social Media as a Reporting Tool

Podcast: When Should Pinterest be Part of Your Social Media Strategy

Analyze Words
Measure your Twitter style.

CJR: The New Importance of Social Listening Tools

Buffer: Social Media Resource Kit
Good tools and resources. Geared to marketing but it also has some tools helpful to journalists.

Storybench: Reddit: A Guide for Journalists

Twitter @ and d Messages: Who Can See What?
Great chart to help you keep this straight.

Let’s you track social media content on your website.

Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles and Emails

Twutorial for Copy Editors
Steve Buttry’s Powerpoint presentation.

50 Tweetable Twitter Tips

Real-time credibility evaluation on Twitter.
A huge directory of journalists on Twitter. A must-bookmark for journalists.
Twitter’s version of Google.

Twitter Guide for Young Journalists
From Kelly Fincham at Hofstra. Great set of tips, do’s and don’ts.

12 Essential Social Media Cheat Sheets
Great list of shortcuts. A must-bookmark.

CNET: The Most Twittery Journalists
Great list from Sree.

Time: What’s Your Twitter Account Worth?
A fun calculator to determine the value of your Twitter account. Done in jest around Twitter’s IPO.

Buffer: 59 Free Twitter Tools

Journalism2Ls: Twitter Tools for Journalists
Allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 500 popular and emerging social media websites. Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does.

Measure and manage your social media reputation.

Twitter “Everyday Moments” Advertising Tool

Steve Buttry: How to Use Twitter’s Advanced Search

Another great Twitter management tool.

Great Twitter management tool. Built-in link compressor, manage multiple accounts, schedule tweets for later, etc.

Great for chats, just type in a keyword and follow/participate in the discussion.

As the name suggests, you can track three trending topics at once.

SAM Desk
A social media research and storytelling tool.

Buffer: The Complete Guide to Social Media Formatting
Great tips.

Jeremy Caplan: Twitter List of Cool Portfolio Tools

Content Curation Tools Supermap
Resources galore from Robin Good.

10 Basic Twitter Tools Experts Use

Open Reporter
A social network for journalists, this site provides many helpful tools. Includes listings of journos on social media.
Media members on Twitter organized by beat, outlet, region.

App lets you see tweets from this exact day in history. Cool tool.

30 Best Tools for Data Visualization
Treasure trove of tools.

Make interactive videos. Add links, chapters and quizzes.

Helps you prolong the life of tweets on a page.

Journalism2ls: 50 Apps to Use with Twitter
From the Knight Lab – a better way to search Twitter.

Sorts through your followers and those you are following. See how active/inactive they are and unfollow the noise or the fake accounts.

Tweriod Twitter Chat Search Tool
Not sure of the date/time of a Twitter chat? Use Tweriod’s search tool and listings to find it.

Type in your Twitter log-in and this maps where your followers are from.

Liquid Newsroom: Great Social Media and Multimedia Tools
Great list of web apps that work with Twitter and other social media.

Site for sharing drone photography.

Ragan: Nine Useful Social Media Tools

Monitor your brand in real time.

Helps you dig deeper into Twitter analytics and connect with influencers. Produce free analytics and graphic reports.

Nodexl Graph Gallery
Great visualizations of Twitter interactivity around various hashtags, topics, events.
Enter a Twitter account to see what that person cares about online.

Simply Measured
Free tools for measuring social media engagement.

Journalist’s Resource: Twitter Research
From Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center.

Revolutionary iPad app allows you to read your Twitter and Facebook feeds like a magazine.

Track where your Twitter followers are.

22 Apps and Tools Every College Journalism Student Should Know About

Video: The Illustrated History of Twitter
From Mashable.

The Guardian: Twitter and Intellectual Larceny

How Social Media Can Affect Employment
Good tips of dos/don’ts on social media.

Feed your blog updates to your Twitter account using an RSS feed. Very cool.

Reports on how often you tweet, what times, replies, etc. Key to developing a social media strategy.

Build a social network into your site.

Similar to ConvoTrack but with more features, this tool tracks online conversations about your tweets, hashtags, etc.

Twiends: Twitter How-To Page
Twitter basics in an easy-to-follow graphic.

Al Tompkins Online Tools for Journalists and Educators

Similar to TrendsMap and Twittervision.

Twitter curation site.

Friend or Follow
Track people you follow who are not following you back. Great for clearing out your Twitter stream. Many of us do this quarterly.

A search tool more powerful than the one built into Twitter. You can detail searches and track down someone whose Twitter handle you can’t remember.

A combined search and Twitter account management tool. Good for handling a large following.

Mom, This is How Twitter Works
Learn Twitter basics. Fun site.

Notification Control
Clean up email notifications with this tool.

Tells you who has stopped following you.

How to Write a Killer Twitter Headline

Social Media Today
A daily chronicle of Internet, mobile and tablet publishing news, information and opinion.

Mashable: 11 Sportswriters You Should Follow on Twitter
Crowdsourced funding for photojournalism projects, similar to

Makes it easy to move mobile phone or desktop photos to Twitter.

Peer Index
How effective is your Twitter account?

Evaluates how influential you are on Twitter.

Twitter management tool that allows you to schedule tweets. Free and professional versions.

Retweet Rank
Are people retweeting what you post? See how you stack up with others.
Tracks Twitter trends.

A Twitter invitation tool that helps you schedule tweet-ups.

WordPress: Twitter Tools Plug-in
Organize your social media and other online accounts.

Mashable: 10 Twitter Tools to Organize Your Tweeps

Lists the best Twitter tools by category: desktop, mobile, media sharing, analytics, etc.

OneForty: News Twitter Tools
A must-bookmark list of key Twitter tools for news journalists.

Digg for Twitter. Very cool tool.

Useful Newsroom Social Media Tools
Nice list of resources from Kate Gardiner.

Free timeline creation tool. Post and share on web.

Tools for Managing Twitter Accounts

Much like ConvoTrack and BackTweets, enter a Web site’s address and measure it’s social media impact.

Social bookmarking site in the spirit of Delicious.

22 Sites for Twitter Backgrounds

Twitter for Teachers
Nice links and examples from Kathy Schrock.

Smashing Magazine: 99 Essential Twitter Tools and Applications

Graphic: What Happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

Sociable Blog: 100 Twitter Tools

SPJ: Twenty Journalists to Follow on Twitter

MobiForms Developer
Develop mobile apps in HTML 5 with no programming. Download the software from this site.

Washington Post: Retweets DO Equal Endorsements
Outlook piece from Sree Sreenivasan on how the Twitter bio description of “RTs don’t equal endorsements” is an empty promise.

Onehub Transfers
Easily share files with your social network for free using Onehub Transfers. Upload files and post to twitter it’s that easy. Upload any file type including .zip, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .gif, .mp3 and .txt.

URL Shorteners

Mashable: Worst Pro Athletes’ on Twitter
Which ones average the most mistakes per 100 words. It’s good …
One of the more popular link compressors.

A popular link compressor that allows you to customize your compressed links.
Use cautiously, this site shut down for a short period in August 2009

Liven up your page with different designs and colors for your page. Easy-to-use. Many designs are free but some cost a small fee.


TwitRounds Free Twitter backgrounds


Use your followers’ icons to make your background.

Mobile Applications

For iPhone: Twitter for iPhone, Hootsuite or Simply Tweet in the iTunes store.

For BlackBerry: TwitterBerry.

Sree’s Sites from EIJ 2012

Analyzes your Gmail contacts and provides relevant info. about them, including Twitter handles.

Wonderful tool. Enter two or more Twitter addresses and pinpoint their mutual followers. Great for sourcing and paring down a list of people to follow.

Track how far your Twitter account reaches. You can do the same with a specific hashtag.

Tweet Reach
This wasn’t in Sree’s list, but it’s cool and works along the same lines as the aforementioned Hashtracking.
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