We’ve replaced ‘Link Checker’ -- where you could place a URL into CrowdTangle and see who has posted about that URL -- with a new surface that mirrors the Chrome Extension functionality. The product is currently in beta and it will evolve over the coming months.
What happens when I search for a domain instead of an article?
When searching a domain like cnn.com instead of an article link, we look back at the last 10 days or the most recent 1,000 results across the four platforms. From there, you can sort posts by interactions, followers, and most recent.
When you search for a domain, you may notice the ‘Facebook Activity’ box returns different results from the Facebook section of ‘Public Referrals We’ve Seen.’ That’s because Facebook Activity only looks at mentions of the exact domain (i.e. cnn.com). Public Referrals tracks mentions/links to the exact domain in addition to all articles shared from that site.
How is it different from Chrome Extension?
Rather than go to a specific article and then use the Chrome Extension, Link Search is its own dedicated URL with a search bar. Copy the article link or domain into the bar to see who has recently shared that URL. Other ways Link Search is different include:
- You can filter results by total interactions, followers, account name, and most recent.
- We highlight whether it’s a Facebook Page, Verified Public Profile, or Group and compare interactions from the various platforms in the Link Summary. [Note: Similar to the Chrome Extension, we only get the last 7 days worth of data from Twitter.]
- URLs are shareable to other CrowdTangle users.
- We provide visualizations across the four platforms to show.
- There is currently no ability to download CSVs yet, but we are actively working on it.
How can I access this new link search?
You can go directly to apps.crowdtangle.com/search or you can find this by going to settings in the upper right corner of CrowdTangle and going down to Link Search.
Is this open to the public?
Currently this is only for CrowdTangle users.
Can I search keywords or phrases in addition to URLs?
While this is currently just for URLs, we have started work on the ability to search for keywords with the same options to sort and filter that you expect from CrowdTangle. We believe search can be a powerful entry point to ultimately gain transparency into public content shared on these platforms. Once this capability is ready, we’ll let everyone know.
Does this affect the Chrome Extension at all?
No. The Chrome Extension will continue working exactly the same way.
What about Twitter data? Is that different within Link Search?
Twitter data will appear the same as it does in Chrome Extension. Data is limited to the most recent 7 days of Tweets. Searching for a link that’s more than 7 days old will result in incomplete data.