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Journalism - Information Gathering Resources

Social Media Tools

Twitter Tools:

Google Search Tools:

  • Google Search Features (operators, filters, etc.)
  • Google Trends - current search trends
    • A part of Google Trends, Google Correlate allows you to look at search trends over time.
  • The Google Public Data Explorer makes large data sets easy to explore, visualize and communicate.
  • Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
  • Google News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives.
  • Create charts with Google Charts.
  • Google's Ngram Viewer lets you search keywords in millions of books over the span of half a millennium, a useful tool for finding trends over time.
  • Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps
  • Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery.

Facebook Search Tools:

YouTube Search Tools:

Search Across Social Networks

Other Real Time Search Tools

  • BuzzSumo searches the most shared content across the four main social networks namely Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.
  • YouTube Trends, Map & Blog Dashboard
  • Popurls provides an overview of what is happening on the Internet and social web today.
  • SocialMention is a real time social media search that quantifies your results by sentiment, strength, passion & reach.
  • Boardreader searches across forums and other sites.
  • BuzzFeed  aggregates social trending content.

Social Data Sites

Verification Tools

  • Verification Junkie is a directory of tools for verifying, fact checking and assessing the validity of social media and user generated content.

Geosocial/ Location-based Tools

  • GeoSocial Footprint  - analyze your geosocial footprint for risk
  • Echosec - Location based meta-data in digital publications allows you to search physical regions for messages, images, videos and more.

Image Search

  • TinEye - Reverse image search using image or image url
  • Google Images - Use the image or image url to search for images across networks