There are a few web-apps that save tweets automatically and there are good business & marketing reasons as well as research reasons for doing this. For example, to capture conference buzz at an event, or to capture a tweet chat, or to capture customer feedback, or to have a keepsake.
Automated web-apps that monitor and archive tweets:
- Hootsuite Archives – Store up to 100 tweets free with Pro plan @ $5.99/mo; and purchase up to 100,000 Twitter message archiving (formerly Twapperkeeper)
- Archovi – starts at $39/mo
- hack: using Google Reader to keep a twitter archive Google Reader as Online Archive
- Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet TAGS – runs scripts with a Google Drive Spreadsheet – very powerful
- more enterprise social media monitoring/ listening apps being launched out there…
Manually add tweets via a web-based dashboard:
- Chirpstory – create stories from tweets
- Storify – tell stories by curating social media
- CoverItLive (this can archive hashtagged tweets, automatic or moderated, while an event is running)
- Or you could copy/paste from search.twitter.com – the old fashion way
There’s one web-app called The Archivist that shows a statistical analytical dashboard visualization for a hashtag. Pretty cool, even though it’d be better named as The Dashboard. cf. 30+ twitter tools for research // web-apps for twitter analysis, 10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets (2009)
And, it may also be useful to capture twitter id’s of people who use a certain hashtag. There may be a web app out there that can do that, and even convert it into a Twitter List.
(This is a moving-target since web-apps (SaaS) come and go, like Twitoaster. I’ll do what I can to keep this list updated.)
[update 7/2013] new web app tagboard.com is really handy for tracking and displaying hashtags across multiple social networks