Periscope Videos on Tweetdeck: Searching for Weather Reports
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Periscope Videos on Tweetdeck: Searching for Weather Reports

Hello. I’m Andrew Arnold at WFO Detroit.
As part of the series on social media data mining I’m going to cover the topic
of searching for periscopes through TweetDeck. So let’s get started.
So TweetDeck makes it very easy to search for periscopes, and I’ll go over a
couple of ways to do this. So let’s begin by creating a basic search column. As I
go through and create a search column, and I click to search, you’ll notice I
already have a recent search up. This is how you go about searching for
periscopes. It’s pretty easy and all you have to do is search the hashtag
periscope (#periscope). So once I click that it is going to create a column, and I’ll just
drag that column over here to the center so we can see it a little bit better. So
this column will basically search for every periscope across Twitter. Searching
for every periscope across Twitter isn’t exactly useful in most cases. So there
are several things we can do to narrow the search. Since there is winter weather
occurring across several states today we can try and narrow the search to look
for periscopes with snow in them. So let’s combine the “#periscope” and
the word snow and try and narrow the search down to just look for broadcasts
that mentioned the word snow in them. So maybe just searching for
“#periscope AND snow” is too broad of a search, so maybe you can search for
specific states in this instance. So since there was things going on in Texas,
you can type in the “#periscope and snow” and also include “and Texas” to
try and hone in on any sort of snow broadcasts from periscope that have
those two words associated with them. Another great way to narrow those
searches is to also include the various state weather hashtags, such as #txwx or #miwx, which may be used by various weather service offices.
Remember that you can also search for geo-located tweets to find
periscopes within a given radius. One way to do that is in the search column drop
down menu, which is on the far right side of your search column. So once you drop
that menu down, you’ll want to find location. And here you can input various
locations such as Austin, Texas in this instance. Then you can choose how large
of a radius you actually want to search around that particular location. In this
instance we can choose 100 kilometers instead of 20 kilometers. And in this
instance there were only three tweets that had periscopes that included the
word snow in the Austin area. The next way to search for periscopes is to
create a column that does not have the “#periscope” in it. So let’s just
create another search column that is searching for tweets with the word snow
in them. So this column, at the moment, is showing tweets that just have
the word snow in them. But if you want to narrow it down to search for periscopes,
click on the drop down menu on the right-hand side, and then click contents,
and within the “Showing” drop- down menu select “Tweets with Broadcasts”
instead of “all Tweets.” The plus side to searching for periscopes this way is
it may catch tweets that do not have the “#periscope” in them and just
include the link, similar to that first tweet that showed up in this search. And
just like the previous way of searching for periscopes, you can use the
geo-location option to help narrow a search to a particular location. With the
recent winter storm across the East Coast so we could use the snow example
again and search for periscopes geotagged in the Boston, Massachusetts area. After
choosing the extent of the search radius once again, from 20 to 100 in this
example, we will now get tweets showing periscopes geotagged in the Boston area
that include the word snow in them. When you find a periscope that you want to
view, just click on the link and view the periscope.
Well that’s all for this topic on searching for periscopes. Be sure to
check out our other data mining lessons in this series that discuss TweetDeck,
like how to utilize different search features and columns and the location
geocode feature, both of which were used in a basic manner in this lesson.
Combining all of these techniques will help you sift through the clutter of
Twitter and periscope broadcast during weather events.

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