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HyperTwitter: Weaving the Web of Linked Data, Tweet by Tweet

Name of the tool: HyperTwitter: Weaving the Web of Linked Data, Tweet by Tweet
Home page: http://semantictwitter.appspot.com/
Date of latest release:
Programming language(s) that can be used with the tool:
Relevant semantic web technologies: RDF
Categories: Social Media, Microblogging, API
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Public mailing list:
Preferred project URI:
DOAP reference:
Company or institution: Universität der Bundeswehr München

(Tool description last modified on 2011-11-10.)


HyperTwitter allows users to consolidate or relate pairs of

  • Twitter hashtags,
  • user IDs, and
  • arbitrary URIs.

by a simple yet powerful syntax. For example, users can easily state that two hashtags mean the same.

  • #muenchen = #munich

The Hypertwitter application can extract and interpret such special tweets (Twitter messages) for two purposes, namely

  • to expand your queries / search in Twitter (e.g. turn a query for tweets containing #muenchen into those also containing #munich), and
  • to create an RDF graph of all such statements for usage in other Web applications.

Now, given the millions of Twitter users, this could naturally lead to chaos, so there are two a simple yet effective ways to control which subset of statements should be considered:

  • Just use your own tweets.
  • Create a new public or private Twitter list that contains all users whose tweets you want us to consider. We call the list used for HyperTwitter the "trust list".
Facts about "HyperTwitter"
Company-or-institutionUniversität der Bundeswehr München +
ModifiedNovember 10, 2011 +
SW TechnologyRDF +
Tool NameHyperTwitter: Weaving the Web of Linked Data, Tweet by Tweet +
Tool categoryCategory:Social Media +, Category:Microblogging + and Category:API +
Tool homepagehttp://semantictwitter.appspot.com/ +