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Social Tools: Social search, verification, crowdsourcing and curation


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Handout featuring a number of social media tools for journalism as a companion to presentations given August 2013 at the Summer School for Investigative Reporting at SSE Riga, Latvia.

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Social Tools: Social search, verification, crowdsourcing and curation

  1. 1. Compiled  by  Mandy  Jenkins,  8/2013   Tap Into the Crowd Resource List Content Search Tools Twitter: Search Twitter by keyword, location and more. Topsy: Search older tweets and photos. Twazzup: Real-time keyword search, displayed in a visual format Search for Twitter users by biography keyword and their connections to others. Social Buzz: Searches Twitter, Facebook and Google+, order by popularity AllMyTweets: See all of a user’s tweets on one page. Social Mention: Real-time keyword search across many social networks, plus ability to save searches to Excel. Search.Stagram: Search Instagram photos and videos by keyword. Facebook Status Search: Search public status updates. Source Search Tools Facebook OpenGraph Searches: Top search box on, dig in upon results to search by education, employer, location and more. LinkedIn Search for people: Filter your results by location, profession, company and more Search for skills: Search and follow companies: Check out New Titles and Departures under “Employee Insights” Quora: Ask questions and find related experts
  2. 2. Compiled  by  Mandy  Jenkins,  8/2013   Source Background Tools Foller Me: Insights on all public Twitter accounts Foller.Me Hachi: Search for connections across LinkedIn, Facebook and Gmail Find their other social networks: Use Identify (Firefox) or Falcon (Chrome) in your browser to see a social user’s other accounts Browser extensions Rapportive: Discover social networks of those who email you in Gmail Chrome Extension Watching Trends and Topics Trendsmap: See popular Twitter keywords on a location map TameIt: Trending links, keywords and people in your Twitter network Tame.It MagicRecs: See who is being followed on Twitter right now by those in your network Follow Google Alerts: Know when a mention of a source, story or yourself is posted anywhere online Location Searches Mobile app that shows public tweets, Foursquare check-ins and Facebook check-ins on a map. Can be used online at Geofeedia: Premium geolocation search tool. Can search down to the building, seeing located tweets and images. $ Mappeo: Search YouTube videos by their location. Crowdsourcing Tools Google Docs: Create public forms, surveys and other shareable documents MapaList: Create an automatic map from a Google spreadsheet and form
  3. 3. Compiled  by  Mandy  Jenkins,  8/2013   Crowdmap: Create a mobile-friendly reader-assisted map Tumblr: Simple blog interface allows for user submissions Curation Tools Diigo: Save links of any sort to access from anywhere, anytime. Install the Diigo plugin on your browser to take full advantage of its ease. Storify: Compile tweets, YouTube videos, links, social photos, text and more into stories you can embed on your website. Be sure to install the Storify plugin for Chrome or Firefox to make it easier to add items. Timeline: Arrange text, images, videos, tweets and more into an embeddable timeline out of Google Spreadsheets. RebelMouse: Create always-updating, embeddable section fronts around topics or events using social accounts, social searches and other feeds. NewHive: Build visually compelling collections of related media for an embeddable and original alternative to a boring story package. Photo Verification Tools EXIF viewer: This tool lets you view the available Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data on any image via an uploaded file from your desktop or a URL from the web. This may include the camera/scanner used, date taken and settings. Reverse Image Search: This online tool allows you to see where else a particular image is in use across the web. This is handy for seeing if your image is being used without permission, as well as finding hoax photos used previously. Error Level Analysis: See how/if an image has been Photoshopped. If part of an image’s scan stands out or looks lighter than the rest, the image may have been edited. Be sure to use the highest quality image you can find.