Counting Tweets – Show the Number of Time Each Link has Tweeted

Counting Tweets website that provides a handy overlay to any URL you put into its search box. For example, if you were to put in a site address, it would take you to that site. However, the entire page would have little colored boxes over every link to every story. These boxes display the number of times each link has been tweeted, ie, where an outgoing link was established. Three different colors allow you to quickly identify a link’s ranking in popularity. Green represents a small number of links; orange signifies a large number and bright red indicates hot topics that receive more than 500 twitters.

The only problem with this site is that it can easily exceed the Topsy API allotment, which means it might not always work (the Topsy API has a limit of 10,000 URL lookups in an hour). You’ll know it’s past the search availability if you are transferred to the page but there are no boxes showing the amount of links.

A few things to note:

  • [advt]By default, the tool only looks up URLs that have a date or numeric ID in them.
  • It rewrites the URLs to point to their page on Topsy, so clicking on a link will take you to the Topsy page that shows all the tweets about that URL.
  • Topsy also doesn’t deal well with URLs that have the id of the story or post in the querystring. That’s because it ignores everything after the querystring when searching. So your mileage may vary on sites with urls like post.php?id=12345.

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