Who Uses This Software?

Academics, market research specialists, HR departments, international organizations (eg., IMF, OECD), banks, financial services, hedge funds, predictive analysts, and anyone leveraging Twitter data.


Average Ratings

29 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $70.00/one-time/user
    See pricing details
  • Pricing Details
    $20/day and $50/million Tweets includes gratis access to DiscoverText.
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Texifter
  • texifter.com
  • Founded 2009
  • United States

About Sifter

Sifter provides search and retrieve access to every undeleted Tweet in the history of Twitter. Users submit historical Twitter estimate requests using a variety of using a variety of Gnip Powertrack rules. When the query is done, Sifter generates an email estimating the approximate number of tweets responsive to the query and the cost to get the data. We store the Twitter data in a free trial Enterprise DiscoverText account where you can perform advanced text analytics and machine-learning.


Sifter Features

  • Audience Segmentation
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Configurable Alerts
  • Customer Engagement
  • Dashboard
  • Impact Scoring
  • Influencer Tracking
  • Reputation Management
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Trend Tracking

Sifter Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Positive experience: easy to use, good prices, kind customer support

Feb 08, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I could precisely select the data of my interest, without too many technical difficulties. The software interface is handy also for non-experts. The costs are affordable and the features are greater than what I initially understood.

Cons: The organization of data (that is, how they are collected and divided into folders) and the most complex procedure for exporting them out of the software.

I really appreciated Sifter, its features and its value for money

Feb 01, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: What I liked the most is value for money, the chance to gather and analyze large amounts of data at reasonable prices. I also liked the software's features.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on February 02, 2018

Dear Francesca, Happy to hear from you. We appreciate the review. If we can do anything to support your work, do let us know via email to info@texifter.com. Thanks, ~Stu

Smooth but not enough opportunity to explore functionality

Jan 31, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: The potential power in the data collection process. There are so many parameters that can be used to call up data. Particularly over time, this makes for interesting research opportunities

Cons: I am still not sure how to fully take advantage of the collection method. The formulas are still quite unclear and I think that I am going to have to reach out to customer service for further help

Overall: None at this time. I am still a novice

Vendor Response

by Texifter on February 01, 2018

Daniel, Thanks for writing a review. Please email info@texifter.com for a demo. We specialize in supporting the academic use case and our tools grew directly out of NSF-funded basic research. You are correct the historical Twitter options are numerous. Sifter is a web front end (a web site) for the Gnip historical PowerTrack, which Twitter bought a few years back. Part of the reason they bought Gnip is because they did build a very advanced filtering capability. Our goal is to make those Gnip filters (the PowerTrack) easy to use. So, when users submit an invalid rule, we try to immediately reply with suggestions of a valid rule formulation. Sometimes the most advanced rules are complex and require specific syntax and capitalization. We are not the architects of the syntax, but we do everything we can to help users learn to navigate it. If we can help, please reach out. We aim for 5-star customer service, but you have to ask for help when you need it ;-) ~Stu

Data in the go

Jan 30, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Sifter has proven itself as a reliable partner in providing data. You can easly customize the query and get the data you need. Furthermore is cheaper than the competition.

Overall: The support team should be more kind. Sometimes it seems you bother them. Thats a pity bevande, the service itself is really good.

The price is clearly described and I could buy in a small amount

Jan 29, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The system that I could calculate the cost based on my need. I can input keywords to specify the expecting result.

Cons: The number of estimates per a day is limited to three. If you want to estimate more than 10 separate data sets, you need to do it during three or more days. After buying the data, it is confusing to save. I had to ask the company for description.

My experience has been easy and relatively straightforward.

Jan 29, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It's pretty streamlined. After you get over the initial hurdle of understanding how the parameters works, it's an easy process.

Cons: There's a bit of a learning curve when trying to understand how to define the parameters of which tweets you want.

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Best service for retrieving historical Twitter at affordable prices.

Jan 29, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Sifter provides the ability to search and retrieve every un-deleted tweet that has ever been posted. As an academic, I am yet to see a viable alternative to Sifter. It has acted as a great service for end users to conduct very exciting research across a number of fields and disciplines. The support has been excellent and I have received replies to my queries very quickly.

Cons: Data over a long period of time may cost slightly more. However, the solution to this is easy which is to sample data strategically .

Overall: I was able to very quickly generate quotes and retrieve historical data on Twitter.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 30, 2018

Wasim, Thank-you for the thoughtful review. You are right that long timeframe historical jobs are expensive. We are actually developing a solution now to allow researchers to "pool" their resources together to then take a team approach to crowd-funding the data access, then collaborating on the data once it is available to the group via DiscoverText. ~Stu

Easy to use, good data

Jan 29, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: easy to pull quality data from twitter. Good pricing also, good and fast support when help is needed.

Cons: The User interface is a little confusing at first. Have to be careful about wording queries to twitter.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 30, 2018

Thanks for the review. If you need any follow up to take full advantage of the tools and data, let us know via an email to info@texifter.com.

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Overall it's not a very good experience for a detailed analysis of large tweets analysis

Jan 29, 2018
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: 1. Very good consumer services. Quick response and nice kind reply
2. Good for small project with built-in analysis tools

Cons: 1. Not user friendly and don't work well with large dataset. Keep freezing and not responding.
2. Price of historical tweets is almost same with buying from Twitter gnip directly.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 30, 2018

Dear Qiang Zheng, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. We would like to find a way to help you have a better result. It is true DiscoverText is a medium data (rather than "big" data) platform. That means most of our users have sets in the thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of items. If you have a good broadband connection, the performance on sets this size should be very fast. Some customers have sets in the millions. We have had more success handling sets that are 1-5 million items. You might need to shut down all the other tabs on your browser, but it should work reasonably well assuming you are not on weak or diffused broadband. To evaluate a specific instance of freezing, we would like to have a web meeting. If you can replicate the freeze in a web meeting, we can address the issue and hopefully improve the experience for everyone. At the very least, I'd like to the chance to demonstrate where the value for the money lies in our product. ~Stu

The program was very useful for viewing tweets for coding purposes for my thesis.

Jan 29, 2018
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Being able to view the actual tweet in its original format was really helpful. The connection with Sifter was great since I needed to buy archived, historical tweets.

Cons: the buckets and sets and groups, etc was very confusing. Also, there was no real way to code for multiple things various ways. I ended up using the software to view the tweets and used Qualtrics to code.

Overall: Thesis COMPLETED!!!

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 30, 2018

Dear Colleen, Congratulations on completing the thesis; no small feat. If you cite our software we would love to add it to this list: https://discovertext.com/publications/ I do have to respond to your comment there is "no real way to code for multiple things various ways" as it is not accurate. There are a variety of ways to label (code, annotate, tag) data. The original open source software (cat.texifter.com) is called the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT). DiscoverText has a variety of coding features developed originally in CAT and more that are unique to DiscoverText: - Mutually exclusive keystroke coding - Non-mutually exclusive coding - User defined coding - Hierarchical coding - Coding off a list coding - Item annotation We also use the live Twitter display during coding, preserving the original format in which the Tweet is meant to be viewed. Exporting to a spreadsheet means you lose pictures and media previews that we consider intrinsic to the data.

This was the only place I could find to buy access to Twitter data at an affordable price.

Jan 29, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: - The fact that it allows you to buy a very specific set of Twitter data without having to sign up for other things and services that you don't want. This was the only place I could find this software!

- The fact that there is a list of research that has been conducted using Sifter - took away some of my concerns about using the service to buy data. When I could look up the academic articles listed on the website, I was quite sure the service would be appropriate for my needs.

- The customer service is unbelievably. I even got some unsolicited advice about my query once, and I was so grateful for the staff explaining to me what I was doing wrong, as the mistake could have lead to bigger problems down the road.

- The fact that it doesn't matter where in the world you are (I'm in Japan, but it seems like there were no issues getting the service here).

- How well it integrates with discovertext

Cons: As with Discovertext, I feel that the documentation is really lacking, and also quite difficult to navigate (I keep getting thrown between FAQ and documentation, and can't get a good handle on what information is and is not available). Really needs to be more comprehensive documentation. Also, some of the documentation appears to be out of date, which is frustrating.

The interface could look a bit nicer, but it's not that important to me.

Overall: Would not have been able to get the data I needed for my research project without the existance of this service!

Still trying to figure out how to best use the software

Jan 28, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: The amount of data parameters available. I am very excited about the different ways that I will be able to manipulate a variety of twitter feature

Cons: Convenience of preliminary searches. After three searches, you can not do it again until the next day. This slows down my exploration

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Great affordable accesss to GNIP data

Jan 26, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software allows easy export from the data library to the computer in an excel sheet, which was super helpful.

Cons: Honestly the software felt just a little bit dated, and we got an email stating Sifter would not longer have access to GNIP data.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 31, 2018

Hi Jerry, Thanks for the review and the feedback. We did start engineering about a decade ago and we have chosen to focus on the back end functions required to scale instead of a fancy new interface. Someday we hope to modernize the GUI, but for now, we are focused on creating new ways to search, filter, code, cluster, and machine-classify the data. Maybe the best way to describe the GUI is retro :-) ~Stu

Easy to get the data, hard to make sense of the interface

Jan 26, 2018
3/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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2 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Once you get the hang of it, there is a lot of power behind the interface. The features for collaboration are decent, and more than covered what we needed.

Cons: The interface is very clunky and difficult when you first enter the website. Its hard to figure out what capabilities you actually have at your disposal, and takes a lot of trial and error to figure out how to fully capitalize on the software.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 29, 2018

Dear Reviewer, I think you have mixed two different reviews together into one. The product Sifter is a simple interface that allows you to enter a term, hashtag, or a more complicated rule, as well as a date range to get an estimate of how many historical Tweets are available. That is the core function of Sifter; the free and easy estimates. If you want to work with the actual data data, you can pay a fee and the data is Displayed in DiscoverText, a separate product that has its own set of reviews.. With respect to the second product, DiscoverText, we would ask that you both review it separately and approach it the same way you do Excel, SPSS, or any other advanced software you are using for the first time. Start with the most simple functions and work over time toward the most advanced. Request a free web demo. Watch a few of the videos. Read a few of the support articles. We would be happy to spend 15-60 minutes working with you on the orientation steps. Thanks!

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Super useful tool to analyze historical and real-time tweets

Jan 26, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: 1. Ease of accessing the historical tweets
2. Machine-learning platform to analyze tweet sentiments
3. Easy setup to download real-time tweets

Cons: 1. Little expensive for buying historical tweets, particularly the $$ charge for each historical day sometimes makes it difficult to work on tweets from a particular source/user.

Overall: Easily download and analyze historical tweets

Useful tool, customer support is great, but quite pricey, and doesn't necessarily give a lot of data

Jan 24, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is quick and allows you to access the entire Twitter firehose. You can specify a lot of search parameters and do multiple searches. The interface is pretty easy to learn and use.

Cons: There are problematic limits on certain search query parameters, especially geolocation. This may be partly Twitter's fault, but I couldn't get tweets in a geographic radius greater than 15 miles, and the number of geotagged tweets was very few or none. Also, you have to pay a lot to view your data; there's no option to view a small sample to check if it's good enough that you would want to buy it.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 25, 2018

Thanks for this useful review Cary. You are correct that the limits on geo-coded data are a factor. The radius maximum for a single point is 25 miles as determined by Twitter. It is possible to use multiple points in a single rule, or multiple bounding boxes, to cover a larger region. The real issue with geo-coded Tweets is that the feature is opt-in for Twitter users. Since the default is no geo-coded Tweets, it can be as few as 0.3-1.5% in a collection of Tweets will have geo-coded data. Conversely, you could restrict a rule to only Tweets that have geo data (the "has:geo" rule) but this has the effect of removing 98.5-99.7% of the Tweets. It is also true we have no practical way to let people sample a rule result. For some simple rules, testing in the Twitter Advanced search is the best bet. You can limit the date range and text keywords here: https://twitter.com/search-advanced?lang=en Happy to have your feedback!

I purchased Discovertext for my dissertation analysis.

Jan 24, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It offers a lot of functions such as social network analysis and individual coding. Also, it offers every tweets that I am looking for.

Cons: It is somewhat hard to figure out how to export whole data. I asked Doctor whenever I have questions. But he solved all of them quite effectively.

Overall: Tweets that I am using for my dissertation.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 25, 2018

Thank-you for the review! If any further questions arise, please let us know.

Was helpful in accessing historical Twitter data - great for research

Jan 23, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Allows you to access and organize historical Twitter data
You can enter your search criteria and will be told how much the requested data will cost, giving you an opportunity to modify your criteria as needed

Cons: Can take some getting used to if have not used similar tools before, but once you figure it out it is helpful

Sifter was easy to get the hang of and straightforward to work with.

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Great customer service, clean and simple interface. Nice infrastructure for big data analysis, and easy to package/export data for use with other software.

I was very pleased with the whole experience from transaction to implementation. Stu was very helpfu

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It was very easy to use. The tutorials were straightforward. The functionalities were useful in my analysis. When I needed help I got it very quickly from the company

Cons: I can't really think of anything other than it is not open source. I would have liked to get the data in json format in addition to the excel sheets.

Research use

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Quick quotes and able to access data i cannot reach through other means. Look forward to using more of it

I am a research assistant who is measuring social movements using Twitter data.

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The software allows me to get and manipulate large amonts of Twitter data at a very reasonable price.

Cons: The user panel of DiscoverText is a bit confusing. I personally thinks I need some time to learn about how to use the panel, better with a video.

Love Sifter!

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Sifter is a great solution. I have nothing but positive user experiences to date. Customer service is also very responsive.

Cons: Price points could come down a bit but this is not a deal breaker! Otherwise, nothing negative about Sifter.

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The overall experience was good. I was able to get historical data which wasn't readily avalable.

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: -Customization helped me and my team get the required data after setting out various filters. I was able to get a sample data for each of those customizations which helped my team a lot.

Cons: The response time of the queries were very slow. Sometimes, it took days to get a query run. Because of which our project was delayed.

Overall: I was able to perform twitter sentimental analysis and it was impossible to get the past data. Sifter was there for the rescue and i really appreciate it.

Easy to use and interesting results

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It took me very little time to figure out the software and ways to visualize the data. I think it's a great product for data-minded individuals.

Cons: The software sometimes didn't capture everything I was looking for. It took some refining to grey to the results I wanted.

Overall: I learned some interesting insights about the structure of the data I wad liking for, as well as what not to try to model. Overall, a helpful product.

Very easy to use, intuitive navigation.

Dec 31, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: A very streamlined method of generating volume estimates for tweets around a topic. Provides good estimates matched with clear pricing. Quick to use and easy to access support, for fielding questions about functionality and so forth. I used the software in conjunction with Discover Text for an academic research project around tree pathogens in the UK.

Cons: Not much to say. It did what I wanted/needed. Completely off the top of my head, perhaps the software would be enhanced if it included a function that automatically suggested extensions to your search criteria, based on what initial retrieval produced. This would enable users to consider, for example, related areas of tweet that they had not initially envisaged.

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Excellent cost-benefit to work with Twitter data. Very useful to visualize tweets as it is online.

Dec 26, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Excellent metadata, very quick response from the owner and his crew when I had technical or interface difficulties. Since it was created by academics, it answers better to academics needs

Cons: Navigation is not very intuitive, all can be sorted out with the self-help tutorial videos though.

Overall: Extraction and analysis of Twitter data for my PhD and other projects in the academia

Good experience for quickly getting data

Dec 21, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Personal attention and follow up from stu. Speed of resolution was good.

Cons: Software/data was not very easy to use and took us some time to use as we wanted it.

Vendor Response

by Texifter on January 24, 2018

Thanks for the review Suraj. I am sorry to hear you had some issues using DiscoverText. If you like, please request a web meeting (info@texifter.com) and we can go through some of the key features of the system.

Easiest way to get social data without an enterprise license

Dec 21, 2017
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: If you need a very specific historical dataset, there is no easier way of accessing it. No need for signing up to a multi-month or volume enterprise license. Great for small, ad hoc dataset acquisition.

Cons: The interface takes a while to figure out. It's not entirely intuitive, partly because the platform does many more things that just acquire datasets, which is what I used it for.

Overall: Super quick, affordable social media dataset acquisition.