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POLS 063: African Politics (SC)

Political Science 063: African Politics (Paddon-Rhoads) Fall 2021

Searching Social Media

You can find public social media posts using Google and other search engines (e.g. DuckDuckGo, Bing).

Find Facebook posts: 

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Find posts from Facebook or Twitter:

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Use this tool to search across multiple social media platforms at once. (Just like when you're searching Google, you'll only get public posts in your results.)

Here's an example search:

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You can use CrowdTangle to find out how widely shared a link has been on Facebook.

The total likes and shares reported by CrowdTangle include actions taken in private accounts. You'll need a Facebook account to use this Chrome extension.

Here's an example:

screenshot of CrowdTangle results

Social Media Research Tools

Explore a topic, term, or hashtag:

How to do research using:

Identify trends and popular stories


How-To & Data Journalism Resources