CrowdTangleis a tool to monitor and analyse statistics for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. CrowdTangle was founded in 2011, uses Facebook’s open API, is a measurement tool for companies that replaces the previous tool Signal, and is a complement to Insights on Facebook. Parts of the tool is free and open to all.This tool assists with gathering intelligence and its outputs are (neat and easy to interpret) statistical reports on your social media accounts. For example you can:
See how your audience interacts with your posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit
Compare different accounts based on their interaction rates (the number of interactions divided by the number of followers of the account/page) and shares
Generate lists for gathering intelligence within your areas
In CrowdTangle, you can easily put together lists to monitor politics, topics and issues or geographical areas (under the tab Dashboards). In a list, you can rapidly find posts on social media that stand out from the crowd – posts that many people reacted to or that are shared many times. One concrete way to use the tool is to filter posts from the last 24 hours every morning. Below is an example of a sorted list created with some of Swedish Radio’s Facebook pages.
Once you have created a list and added the pages that you want to monitor, you can sort these in different ways. You can sort them based on total interactions, on whether they are overperforming or underperforming (in relation to the average for the page) or sort by the most recent posts. You can also set a time period (in the example above, you can see that it is set to the last 72 hours). In addition, you can choose what kind of content you want to focus on (posts with images, videos, links, etc).
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR STATISTICS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
CrowdTangle also makes it easier for newsrooms/departments to work with statistics on social media. Under the Intelligence tab, you can extract data to learn more about how your journalism is working on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Here, you can view how a social media account is performing in terms of the number of interactions and video views, your Interaction Rate (number of interactions divided by the number of followers of the account/page at the time of measurement), the Post Count over a period of time, or the trend in the number of Page likes/Followers over a period of time. You can display the lists by post type and time period (see below).
You can even compare the statistics for different accounts by lining them up next to each other, for example to compare with competitors, or to see how the strategy behind your own accounts is working. One account might focus on links, while another focuses on a visual narrative in the form of still images or video – which does the audience like? What kinds of reactions is the content getting? Does the timing of posts make any difference? You can also download these statistics in neat PDF reports directly in CrowdTangle.
BUILD YOUR TEAm
It is easy for newsrooms/departments to collaborate in CrowdTangle, working in parallel or together in your Dashboards. The Team Owner invites other co-workers to join by clicking on the General Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen and selecting Invite People.
The invitation is sent by e-mail to the new user and since CrowdTangle is linked to Facebook, the user needs to be logged in to Facebook to be able to use the tool (and it works much better in Chrome than in Internet Explorer).