Welcome to your guide on data sources in Explore. Explore analyzes billions of results on a live basis and new content is collected 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This article contains information about Meltwater sources and also demographics, such as the countries and languages. Read below to learn more:


Twitter is an online social networking service and micro blogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 280 characters, known as Tweets. Meltwater has access to the full Twitter firehose, enabling users 15 months of historic Twitter content.


A blog is a personal journal published on the web consisting of discrete entries or "posts", typically displayed in reverse chronological order. It is usually themed on a single subject and written by an individual or small group. Most blogs allow readers to post comments or interact with each other via the blog unlike a static website. Over 1.5 million blogs are posted per day from over 29 million unique social blogs. We define social blogs as all blogs, except for editorial blogs. Editorial blogs are blogs associated to news sites such as http://www.mercurynews.com/blogs. Meltwater crawls these blogs the same way we crawl news documents, but we make them available as a separate source type in editorial searches.


A forum, sometimes called a message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. A forum can have many separate discussions going on at a time and each one is referred to as a thread. Usually a forum has an underlying theme or topic like politics, sports, technology, fashion etc. By pulling in around 5.2 million forum posts per day, you will have access to more targeted content in regards to your topic of interest.


Reddit is a social sharing website. It is home to social news aggregation, web content ratings, and discussions. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. Approximately 4 million Reddit posts are pulled into Explore daily.

Product Reviews

Product review sites are webpages where users can rate products. They may be dedicated product comparison sites or the review sections of large e-commerce companies like amazon.com.

By monitoring Product Reviews, you can gauge customer satisfaction and gain deeper insights into your products and competitors by tapping into over 865,000 reviews pulled in daily.


News is copyrighted content from news sources such as The New York Times, BBC, CNN, local newspapers and online journals. Content posted on television networks' websites is also classified as News. Over 3 million traditional media articles a day are crawled and archived, through Meltwater's news sources.


On many websites (news and blogs primarily) users can leave comments at the bottom of the page. By monitoring these comments, you will be able to gain deeper context-specific understanding of your brand by instantly sifting through approximately 2.2-million comments pulled into our system each day.


Users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information, and other personal information. Users can communicate with friends and other users through private or public messages and a chat feature. They can also create and join interest groups and "like pages", some of which are maintained by organizations as a means of advertising. There are personal pages and fan pages. Meltwater only collects from fan pages.

Data collected includes posts from more than 4 million Fan Pages that we crawl today, and we will continue to grow that list. If there are Pages that are relevant to you and your business, please inform your Client Success Manager who will request the page to be added to our list.


YouTube is a video-sharing website, created in February 2005, on which users can upload, view and share videos. YouTube hosts a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Explore pulls content directly from YouTube’s API and searches video title, description and tags.


Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.

Accessing results for Instagram can be done after setting up the hashtag or competitor search using an Instagram business token.


On many consumer websites users can leave product reviews. By monitoring these sites, you will be able to gain deeper context-specific understanding of your brand by instantly sifting through approximately 865,000 reviews daily.

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