Recently, Russell Crowe, the gladiator star was irked by the Telegraph news citing him as a ‘BIG Tease’. A friend of mine (Syed Asrarullah) who follows the actor on Twitter came out in his support, inspiring him for a discussion. He was awesomely surprised when Russell Crowe replied to him mentioning his name.
Yes, such surprises can come your way too. What better it can be then saving such tweets as best memories. Here’s where you may find this simple utility called Archivist as useful. Archivist is a tool to collect, save, and analyze Tweets. It is a Windows application that you may use for archiving tweets for later data-mining and analysis.
The tool offers 2 different versions to save tweets:
Archivist online version
The online version begins archiving tweets right from the point in time when you start a search. At any point of time you can check the most recent tweets and some key statistics about all the tweets (tweet volume over time, % of tweets vs. retweets, etc.) archived by the program.
That said, the online version has some shortfalls. First, searches are updated periodically and automatically. So, you may miss out some important tweets you would want to archive. Second, you cannot export the tweets to archive them in files on your own computer. These limitations are overcome by downloading the Desktop version.
Archivist desktop version
You can certainly control the frequency of the search updates by downloading the Desktop version. When you do a search, Archivist will continue to monitor that search till he time you leave it open. It will refresh the search every ten minutes, though.
You can save the tweets for the search you’ve entered in .xml format on your computer. If the search has a lot of Twitter traffic, leave program running. Why? There’s a chance of you missing some tweets.
Also, if you would like to check out Twitter homepage for a user of a given tweet, simply click his avatar. The action will launch your browser that will take you to the concerned person’s Twitter homepage.
Moreover, if you’d like to perform deeper data analysis, you can export the data collected by Archivist to Excel directly by choosing ‘Export To Excel’ option. Once you have selected the option, Archivist will create a tab delimited text file which you can then open in Excel.
UPDATE: The tool is no longer free.