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A big part of Twitter comes with the amount of data anyone can get from it. Yes, our tweets, our profiles,… Anything can be turned into data. That is why getting to know the basics of Twitter Analytics is crucial for any marketer or anyone interested in statistics. Twitter content is made by users, therefore each user needs to have a Twitter account. Tweet Binder has a product that analyzes the activity of any Twitter account. With just a few clicks you can get a report with all the original tweets and retweets sent by a user.  Do you want to know how to run an analysis on a Twitter account? In this post we will show you how.

In fact, we have already posted about how to get the most retweeted tweets out of a topic. Or even how to calculate Twitter impressions. What’s more, Tweet Binder offers the sentiment analytics of Twitter hashtags the tool monitors. However, this post is going to be focused on the importance of the analysis of Twitter accounts. 

What is a Twitter user?

A Twitter user is the name anyone gives to its account. It starts with an “@” and it can contains letters, numbers and _ or -. Every Twitter user name is unique, there can not be two equal accounts. A Twitter account must have a name and a user name. 

The user name lets other users tweet you or look for you. It allows you to tweet. It is your identity within Twitter. The number of tweets or the followers you have are some of the details anyone can track. Well, that in case the Twitter account is not private (in that case nothing can be done). Let’s focus our post using @jk_rowling as example. (Big Harry Potter fans over here).

How to get a Twitter Account Report

The name Tweet Binder has given to these reports is “Twitter Account Report” also known as TAR. This report is basically a Twitter account archive of tweets. After analyzing all the tweets sent by that account the report gives information such as the creation date of the account, its most mentioned users and even its economic value. Of course, it also collects all the tweets sent by that account.

The best way of learning about it is by going through an example. At Tweet Binder we are huge fans of Harry Potter, that is why we will use JK’s account as an example to see the information included in the analysis of a Twitter account.

JK Rowling Twitter Account Analysis
Twitter Account Report for @jk_rowling

In the image above we can see that JK Rowling created her Twitter account on the 3rd of August 2009 and waited until the 24th of February 2011 to send her first tweet. It is quite possible that she may have sent some tweets between 2009 and 2011 but maybe they have been deleted. An interesting figure that this report gives is the number of Twitter lists this user is included in. JK Rowling is in 33,352 Twitter lists, which is a really high number.

A really cool thing about her is that more than half of her tweets (59%) are original. This means that she does not retweet the whole time. She takes the time to write and send her own tweets. In fact, JK Rowling is known for sharing her opinion on Twitter with no hesitation. She knows some people are not going to like what she says but she is not afraid to speak out.

How to download someone’s tweets

As we have said, the Twitter Account Report does an analysis of a Twitter account. Therefore, creates an archive with all of the tweets from that account. Tweet Binder reports can be exported to an Excel document giving its users the opportunity to work more efficiently with the information. This spreadsheet collects all the stats shown in the web report and its classified in different tabs.

Twitter account archive by Tweet Binder
The Excel collects information about the tweets and hashtags

The spreadsheet includes a tab named “Hashtags”. This is both useful and interesting at the same time. We can sort the tweets by the number of tweets sent with each hashtag and we will discover which is the most used hashtag by that account.  These are the most used hashtags by JK Rowling.

Hashtag Tweets
#theickabog 969
#asone 58
#cursedchild 53
#fantasticbeasts 44
#indyref 32

How to see someone’s first tweets

Thanks to these reports, we can see the first tweets an account has shared. In fact, this is one of the many new metrics included in the Twitter Account Reports. One way of seeing the first tweets is by going to the spreadsheet aforementioned. However, they can be consulted from the website as well. The web report has a tab named “Tweets”. If we access there we will see all their tweets displayed and we can even create binders to sort the information. This is the first tweet shared by JK Rowling.

Alternative ways to get Twitter account analytics

When analyzing a Twitter account, there are several factors that need to be considered. For example: do you need to see all the tweets sent by one account? Or do you just want to see its original tweets? Do you want to exclude the retweets from that analysis? Well, with Tweet Binder you can do all of the above.

The only thing you need to be a master of is of the Twitter advanced search. With its commands you can filter your search by type of tweet, by date or by language, So, imagine that we just need the original tweets sent by JK Rowling, we just need to type in the following search box this:

from:@jk_rowling -RT 

The search box above will give us a free report of up to 500 tweets from the past 7 days.  If you need a wider report, you can check our Twitter analytics reports. You can create a report that analyses the past 30 days or even a report that analyses the last

  1. The easiest and fastest way to analyze a Twitter user is by checking its Twitter profile. It may seem obvious, but it gives a lot of information. Following the @jk_rowling example, these are the data we get just by visiting her Twitter profile: number of tweets, followers, following,… Even her birthday! That is a really complete Twitter user profile.

    Analysis Twitter user
    Analysis Twitter user: J.K. Rowling
  2. Using a Twitter monitoring tool. With a Twitter tracking tool we can monitor the tweets a Twitter account shares or we can analyze the tweets that account receives. Meaning: the Twitter mentions received. For example, we can use the Tweet Binder and its search box to analyze @jk_rowling mentions. 
  3. Checking its tweets, replies and interactions. Not just the number of tweets. A Twitter user that only tweets but doesn’t interact with others may seem suspicious. Or even not retweeting anything. Starting a conversation with other users is not mandatory, but a user who is on twitter and does not engage with others is kind of suspicious. 

Tweets sent by JK Rowling

Following the example we have mentioned, we are going to run a report for the latest JK Rowling tweets. We hace created a simple 7-day Twitter report. However, we could create a Twitter historical report to see all the tweets sent by he Harry Potter writer.

Analysis of JK Rowling's Twitter account
Original tweets sent by @jk_rowling – Apr 13, 2020 15:14:36 – Apr 21, 2020 01:19:53

Following the upper image, we see that in the past 7 days JK Rowling has sent 71 original tweets. And it is important to keep that in mind. By adding the command -RT we are excluding from the analysis all the RTs she has made. Also, by adding the command from: we are excluding all the tweets sent by anyone who is not JK Rowling. Therefore, we are excluding all the RTs users make to her tweets.

When analyzing a Twitter account it is important to focus only in the tweets that account has sent. That way, we won’t loose the focus on what we are analyzing. If we need to know how many RTs the user has received, we can do it with the Excel exportation. Tweet Binder is capable of turning Twitter data into Excel sheets. In that document, we give the number of retweets and likes each tweet receives.

If you want to see all the tweets sent by an account, retweets included, you just need to type this: from:@jk_rowling.

Main Twitter account analytics

There are mandatory details anyone who wants to join Twitter must follow. We need an email to link our Twitter account to. We have to include a name and a unique Twitter username to our account. Then, it’s suggested to follow some accounts (what are we on Twitter for, right?).

Apart from the details that are required to join the social network, there are statistics and data to easily analyze a Twitter profile:

  • The blue mark: also known as the Twitter verification symbol. If we search for J.K Rowling in the Twitter search option we may come up with a lot of results. However, we know @jk_rowling is the good one because it has a verification mark. 
  • Description: It gives an idea of the content or the interest the user has. We could also say that it gives a glimpse of the personality of the person behind the account. In the case of J.K. Rowling she points out that she’s a writer and that she also goes by the name of Robert Galbraith (which is her pseudonym).
  • The date when the Twitter user was created: this way we know if the user has been posting for a long time or if it’s a new addition to the social network.
  • The number of followers: it’s just a number but it gives a glimpse of how interesting the tweets are or how well-known the Twitter profile is. This works closely with when the Twitter account was created.
  • How many accounts the profile follows: it’s ok to have followers but following other accounts it is crucial as well. Twitter is a platform to share information and to chat. Thus a balance between followers and following should exist.

There are additional facts that can be part of a Twitter profile such as the birthday or a link. But another important one is the profile picture. When we create a Twitter account picture of an egg is the image we get. We can say that those who remain with an egg as a Twitter profile picture are not really worth following. It also happens with those that don’t really show themselves. 

Conclusion

In the era of Twitter bots, a Twitter profile with a good profile picture, a nice description and a relative balance between followers and followings give us a good analysis of a Twitter user.  Well, that’s not applicable for popular accounts such as J.K. Rowling. For popular accounts always rely on the Twitter verification mark.

And if you want to dig in deeper in the Twitter analytics universe, start using our Twitter tool to analyze tweets and Twitter accounts.