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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011
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Law Practice Management Tip

Hashtag, you’re it: How to filter and archive Twitter posts by the #

As we have previously written, hashtagged conversations on Twitter have become an important adjunct to legal conferences, both as a method for driving participation and for serving as another valuable stream of conference-related content. In general, hashtags, whether formally or informally derived, aggregate content by subject matter coding.  But, as with much of what passes through Twitter, even the most vibrant hashtag related conversations disappear, for all practical purposes, over the long-term.

There are available, however, services, beyond Twitter's search, that allow you to filter for and to archive hashtagged conversations in which you have an interest. TwapperKeeper is the best of the bunch, by a fair margin. It returns the most and the best results of any of the programs that we tested. TwapperKeeper also provides further information (beyond the filtered listing of tweets) related to the hashtag, including that respecting its origin (e.g.--the handle of the hashtag creator and the date of creation).

The Archivist has an aesthetically pleasing website, and some analytics features. The Archivist, once you've made a search, will also monitor for future results appearing with the attached hashtag. SearchHash allows you to export captured hashtagged tweets to Excel, for archive, and search. However, both the Archivist and SearchHash achieved extremely poor results in practice, locating approximately 2 percent of the hashtagged tweets that TwapperKeeper was able to extract.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia and Rachel Willcox, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published August 11, 2011

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