How to track Twitter hashtags, links, accounts and more.

With Bluenod, you can create a map for any Twitter search. But what does that mean and how does it work exactly?

In this article, you will learn:

1. How we collect Twitter data for your maps

2. How to track hashtags

3. How to track articles and web pages

4. How to track accounts

5. How to track Twitter lists

1. How we collect Twitter data for your maps

When you create a new map on Bluenod, we search for all the available tweets corresponding to your query. Due to Twitter limitations, we cannot provide a full historical record. However, we can generate your map in real-time using up to the last 500 tweets available in the last week.

You can see how many tweets we’ve collected and the related time period at the top of your map.

Then, we collect all the tweets coming in from the moment you started your map. So, when you check in at a later time, you will see how many tweets have been collected.

You can change the analyzed period at any time with the « Change period » function.

To see how the number of tweets evolved over time, you can go to the map’s dashboard.

2. How to track hashtags

Hashtags are used to follow general topics as well as specific events. You can choose to track a hashtag for a long period of time or just for the time of an event.

To track a hashtag, you need to enter the hashtag in the search input when creating a new map. Don’t forget the “#” symbol!

Note that you can use Boolean operators for a more complex search:

  • - Tweets containing two hashtags: #hashtag1 AND #hashtag2
  • - Tweets containing at least one of the two hashtags: #hashtag1 OR #hashtag2
  • - Tweets containing one hashtag but not the other one: #hashtag1 -#hashtag2
  • - Tweets only in one language (for example, in French): #hashtag lang:fr

3. How to track articles and web pages

Mapping hyperlinks shared on Twitter is an effective way to visualize how an article or a specific web page has been shared.

Enter the link URL in the search input when creating a new map. You will see how influencers were involved in spreading the content. Having influencers follow you can be highly valuable when doing press relations, bloggers outreach or network building.

4. How to track accounts

To map an account, enter the account’s user name with the @ symbol.

We have a special analysis when mapping a single account. Because Bluenod maps are based on the network of mentions received by each user, we do not display the account you are mapping. Indeed, this would take the entire map and you would not see the connections between the members of the community.

If you want to see the account on the map, enter the account’s user name without the @. It will be considered as a full text search.

Note that you can also use Boolean operators for a more complex search. For example, you could search “@account1 OR @account2” to see if two accounts share the same community.

5. How to track Twitter lists

To map a Twitter list, enter the list’s name under this format:

list:username/listname

example: list:NASA/astronauts

If you have any questions regarding Bluenod functionalities, you can watch our complete starting guide, read our resource articles or send us an email at hello@bluenod.com.