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Social Feed Manager

GW Libraries can collect social media data for research, archiving, and academic purposes. We developed the Social Feed Manager software to support campus research about social media including Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo platforms.

To get started with Social Feed Manager, schedule a social media data consultation or email libsocialmedia@gwu.edu.

Research support

If you’re studying Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, or Sina Weibo, you can collect data for your research using Social Feed Manager.

Social Feed Manager is hosted and run by GW Libraries and harvests data and websites from free public sources provided by the platforms. You can receive data in several formats, including CSV, Excel, and JSON. Social Feed Manager is open source (on Github) and you may run your own instance if you prefer. (We can help with that, too!) If needed, we can recommend additional strategies for collecting social media.

Recently published research using data from SFM:

Instructional support

If your class is studying Twitter or other social media platforms, we can give a class session on how to use SFM to collect data and provide data for academic use.

Grant support

We can provide advice for your grant proposal where it involves gathering social media data:

  • Working with you to set up Social Feed Manager to query platforms and collect data.
  • Providing sample datasets.
  • Advising on purchasing datasets or firehose access from a third-party reseller.

Contact us

To get started with Social Feed Manager, schedule a social media data consultation or email libsocialmedia@gwu.edu.

About the project

Social Feed Manager was funded by a three-year National Historical Publications and Records (NHPRC) Innovation grant. Under this grant, we released a new version of SFM that allows students and researchers to directly develop their own social media collections. Our current grant also supported sharing recommendations around collection development and metadata for social media collections and archives. More information about the project.

SFM was initially funded by an IMLS Sparks! Innovation Grant and supported the development of the first version of Social Feed Manager.

Additional resources on Social Feed Manager

Data management and dataset resources


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