This post was inspired by a post from an online friend of mine Andy Merchant. Andy put together a list of three free Twitter apps that he thought were useful. I tested them out on the term “Tweasier” as a test and I got a mixed bag of results. However, what do we really expect from a free tool right?
I have listed my favourite Twitter sentiment tools here. Some are free and some are not but if you are looking to use a tool to measure Twitter sentiment sometimes it might be better if you decided to pay for it as you will get more accurate data. However, if you are just going to use it as a quick indication some of the free twitter sentiment tools will be fine.
I should caveat this post by saying as a digital PR specialist I find sentiment analysis of any kind a tad dubious and it shouldn’t be entirely trusted as these tools often can’t understand sarcasm or humour. So although you might be saying something like “This blog post is sh*t hot” it would put that down as a negative comment. So I always tell my clients to bear that in mind. I would say it is an indication rather than something to live or die by.
Here are my top five (6) sentiment tools:
This isn’t an exhaustive list, so if you have a Twitter sentiment tool you think should be added here, feel free to leave a comment and point us all in the right direction.
Also a special thanks to @Strider47 @IdoNotes for their contributions via Twitter.
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