Tech finds of the week: Tools for search, Twitter, presentation, analytics

Search

IceRocket

Allows you to search blogs, Facebook, Twitter and images. You can also search for trending topics for up to three months. You can narrow your search by limiting it to tags that people have used on blog posts. The home page contains a list of trending topics that users are searching. The tool was created by the software services company Meltwater. Via KissMetrics blog.

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Social media / Twitter

TweetReach

A tool that analyzes the reach of your tweets. A free search provides a snapshot of the most recent 50 tweets on any term. If you sign up for a free account, you can save the reports you generate, share them and download them. For $20, you can get a more extensive search that analyzes up to 1,500 tweets over several days. That report shows how many accounts received a tweet and who was most influential in spreading a tweet. Via @NeilPatel and Entrepreneur magazine.

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Presentation / Mind-mapping

Popplet

This new tool looks and works much like Prezi, though without the zoom capabilities. You start by creating boxes on a  whiteboard-like palette. You can then add text, pictures and video, or you can draw freehand (though the drawing function didn’t work in my test). You can group the boxes or link them with lines, as with a mind map. Popplet allows you to choose background and text colors, add comment boxes and align elements. You can export as a PDF or a .jpeg. A record function allows you to order the elements of your Popplet for presentation. You move through it by clicking, much like Prezi. It also has a collaboration function and a downloadable presenter. Via Edudemic.

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Analytics

Stat My Web

Allows you to type in a domain name and find a wealth of information about any website, including average number of daily visitors, estimated advertising revenue, location of the server, and history of the site. Stat My Web’s suite of tools also includes a broken link checker, a domain look-up and a website speed test. From my limited testing, I can see many uses for this site. It is aimed at information about your own site and those of competitors. It could easily be a useful fact-checking or reporting tool, too. The service is free. Via Paratus Communications.

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Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.
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