What are the Data Sources in Explore? (2023)

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:

Included Sources

  • Twitter

  • Blogs

  • Forums

  • Reddit

  • Product Reviews

  • News

  • Comments

  • Request for Proposal

  • Facebook

  • YouTube

  • Instagram

  • Reviews

  • Pinterest

  • Twitch

  • TikTok

Add-on Sources

  • Broadcast

  • Podcasts

  • Sina Weibo

  • WeChat

  • Douyin

  • Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu)

  • Youku

  • Bilibili


Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging 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 with 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 web pages 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 through Meltwater's news sources.

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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 a deeper context-specific understanding of your brand by instantly sifting through approximately 2.2-million comments pulled into our system each day.

Request for Proposal

A request for proposal, also referred to as RFP or Tender, is a business document that announces a project, and solicits a proposal, often through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a good or service, to potential suppliers


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.

Accessing results for Facebook can be done after authenticating a Facebook account, then identifying and adding the specific Facebook pages you wish to collect posts and comments for in Meltwater.


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 titles, descriptions, 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. Results include posts, videos, reels, comments, and replies.

Pinterest - Learn More

Pinterest is an image-sharing and social media service designed to enable the saving and discovery of information on the internet using images and, on a smaller scale, animated GIFs and videos, in the form of pinboards.

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Our monitoring of Pinterest is a sample set of all content posted or pinned by 1.5million Pinterest users (out of the 475m monthly active Pinterest users). Your monitoring keywords will be matched with text accompanying images such as the title and caption of the content and does not include any text within images or image recognition.

Twitch - Learn More

Twitch is a video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions. In addition, it offers music broadcasts, creative content, and more recently, "in real life" streams.

Our monitoring of Twitch is content from a sample of active Twitch users, with clips/posts becoming searchable once the live stream is over and the clip is saved to a Twitch users page. Your monitoring keywords will be matched with the title and description of the saved stream.

TikTok - Learn More

TikTok is a social media platform used to make a variety of short-form videos, from genres like dance, comedy, and education, that have a duration from fifteen seconds to three minutes.

We collect a small sampling of TikTok content and have it available for searching for all Explore users.

There are several other add-on source types that can be included with your Explore subscription. These sources are in addition to what is included above and will need to be added to your account. Please reach out to your account manager for more information.

Broadcast - Learn More

These searches pull in radio and television clips hosted by TVEyes. When opening the clip, you will be able to view or listen to the original content, read the transcript, see information about the program, and more!

Podcasts - Learn More

Our top-ranking podcasts are sourced from the largest U.S.-based directory for podcast listening. Thousands of new episodes are added and transcribed daily for search and discovery.

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Currently, you have access to about 25,000 Podcasts and that is growing (90% US Based, 10% International). This also includes 16 languages and dialects including English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.

Sina Weibo - Learn More

Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging platform. Launched in 2009, it is one of the biggest social media platforms in China, with over 550 million monthly active users as of 2021. Sina Weibo is very similar to Twitter.

Our monitoring of Sina Weibo is of all public content. We collect the data via their API (keywords-based data collection). Your monitoring keywords will be matched with text in the body of the post, repost, or comment.

WeChat - Learn More

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media, and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. It was first released in 2011 and became one of the world's largest standalone mobile apps in 2021, with over 1.2 billion monthly active users. WeChat has been described as China's "app for everything" because of its wide range of functions.

Our monitoring of Wechat is of more than 800,000 WeChat official accounts, of which around 90 to 95% of accounts are highly active (posting at least once a week, or handling customer care). We collect WeChat data via their API (keywords-based data collection). Your monitoring keywords will be matched with text in the body of the post.

Douyin - Learn More

Douyin is a Chinese social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.

Launched in September 2016 by China’s young tech giant ByteDance, it is most comparable to TikTok. However, TikTok and Douyin are two completely separate apps. TikTok is an app specifically for markets outside of China.

As of 2021, there are about 600 Million monthly active users on Douyin.

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We collect WeChat data via the Douyin API (keywords-based data collection). Douyin data can only be gathered by specific keywords.

Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu) - Learn More

Created in 2014, Xiaohongshu, also known as Little Red Book, or simply Red, has grown to become China’s foremost fashion and luxury shopping platform. But it isn’t really a shopping platform at all. It’s first and foremost a content-sharing site, where users can post product photos with reviews and tips for other users to read, comment, and save to their boards - like Pinterest.

Youku - Learn More

Launched in December 2003, Youku is a video hosting service based in Beijing, China. It operates as a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited. Youku is one of China's top online video and streaming service platforms. As of 2020, there are about 400 Million monthly active users.

Bilibili - Learn More

Launched in early 2010, Bilibili is a Chinese video-sharing website based in Shanghai. It is focused on animation, comics, and games (ACG), where users can submit, view, and add overlaid commentary on videos. By late 2021, the number of average monthly active users reached about 267 million.

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What are the main sources of data answer? ›

Methods of Collecting Primary Data
  • Direct personal investigation.
  • Indirect oral investigation.
  • Information through correspondents.
  • Telephonic interview.
  • Mailed questionnaire.
  • The questionnaire filled by enumerators.
29 Jun 2020

What are the 5 sources of data? ›

The data which is to be analyzed must be collected from different valid sources.
1. Primary data:
  • Interview method: ...
  • Survey method: ...
  • Observation method: ...
  • Experimental method:
8 Jul 2022

What is data source Question Answer? ›

Concretely, a data source may be a database, a flat file, live measurements from physical devices, scraped web data, or any of the myriad static and streaming data services which abound across the internet.

What are the three 3 different types of data source? ›

There are three types of data sources: relational. multidimensional (OLAP) dimensionally modeled relational.

What are the 3 most important sources of data? ›

Sources of Data
  • Observation Method.
  • Survey Method.
  • Experimental Method.

How many data sources are there? ›

Data can be gathered from two places: internal and external sources. The information collected from internal sources is called “primary data,” while the information gathered from outside references is called “secondary data.”

What are the 10 sources of data? ›

The top 10 sources of data for international development research
  • 1 | Economic atlas and the globe of economic complexity. ...
  • 2 | International Energy Agency atlas. ...
  • 3 | Transnational land database – the Land Matrix. ...
  • 4 | IMF data site, data mapper and IMF Article IV reports.
16 Mar 2016

What are the 4 types of sources? ›

Types of Sources
  • Scholarly publications (Journals) A scholarly publication contains articles written by experts in a particular field. ...
  • Popular sources (News and Magazines) ...
  • Professional/Trade sources. ...
  • Books / Book Chapters. ...
  • Conference proceedings. ...
  • Government Documents. ...
  • Theses & Dissertations.
5 May 2022

What are the 10 types of sources? ›

10.3: Types of Sources
  • books and encyclopedias.
  • websites, web pages, and blogs.
  • magazine, journal, and newspaper articles.
  • research reports and conference papers.
  • interviews and surveys.
  • photographs, paintings, cartoons, and other art works.
  • TV and radio programs, podcasts, movies, and videos.

What are examples of data sources? ›

Primary Data Sources
  • Autobiographies and memoirs.
  • Diaries, personal letters, and correspondence.
  • Interviews, surveys, and fieldwork.
  • Internet communications on email, blogs, listservs, and newsgroups.
  • Photographs, drawings, and posters.
  • Works of art and literature.
19 Aug 2022

What are the 6 sources of data? ›

The most commonly used methods are: published literature sources, surveys (email and mail), interviews (telephone, face-to-face or focus group), observations, documents and records, and experiments.

What is data source and types of data source? ›

A data source is a place where information is obtained. The source can be a database, a flat file, an XML file, or any other format that a system can read. The input is recorded as a collection of records that contain information used in the business process.

How many types are source? ›

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources.

What are the different types of data resources? ›

There are two types of data sources: machine data sources and file data sources. Although both contain similar information about the source of the data, they differ in the way this information is stored. Because of these differences, they are used in somewhat different manners.

What is the best data source? ›

Discover the best free big data sources below:
  • Amazon Web Services. Amazon Web Services provides a registry of open data to help users discover and share datasets. ...
  • Chartr. ...
  • Data Portals. ...
  • Google Scholar. ...
  • Open Data Network. ...
  • Pew Research Center. ...
  • Statista. ...
  • CIA World Factbook.
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What are the 2 sources of data explain each? ›

There are two sources of data in Statistics. Statistical sources refer to data that are collected for some official purposes and include censuses and officially conducted surveys. Non-statistical sources refer to the data that are collected for other administrative purposes or for the private sector.

What are good sources of data? ›

So here's my list of 15 awesome Open Data sources:
  • World Bank Open Data. ...
  • WHO (World Health Organization) — Open data repository. ...
  • Google Public Data Explorer. ...
  • Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA) ...
  • European Union Open Data Portal. ...
  • FiveThirtyEight. ...
  • U.S. Census Bureau. ...
  • Data.gov.
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What are the three sources of data and information? ›

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources.

What are the 7 types of data? ›

And there you have the 7 Data Types.
  • Useless.
  • Nominal.
  • Binary.
  • Ordinal.
  • Count.
  • Time.
  • Interval.
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How many are types of data? ›

4 Types of Data: Nominal, Ordinal, Discrete, Continuous.

What are 9 types of data? ›

9 Different Data Types to Better Understand Your Business
  • Internal data.
  • External data.
  • Time-stamped data.
  • Structured data.
  • Unstructured data.
  • Open data.
  • Big data.
  • Genomic data.

What are the 20 sources of information? ›

In this Section
  • Books.
  • Encyclopedias.
  • Magazines.
  • Databases.
  • Newspapers.
  • Library Catalog.
  • Internet.
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What are the 4 main sources for collecting data? ›

The main techniques for gathering data are observation, interviews, questionnaires, schedules, and surveys.

What are the 2 types of sources? ›

The two kinds of sources

There are two kinds of sources: primary and secondary. The main difference between a primary and a secondary source is when they were made. In order to determine whether a particular sources is a primary or secondary source, you need to discover its time of creation.

What are the 3 types of primary sources of data give examples? ›

Primary Data Collection Methods
  • Interviews. ...
  • Surveys & Questionnaires. ...
  • Observation. ...
  • Focus Groups. ...
  • Experiments.
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What are the two types of sources answer? ›

Solution. The two different types of sources for the study of history are Primary Source and Secondary Source.

What are a list of sources? ›

A bibliography is a listing of all the sources you consulted in writing your research paper. You must closely follow the specific rules for writing bibliographies that are provided in style manuals, the most common ones being APA, MLA, and Chicago.

What are the 7 primary sources? ›

Letters, diaries, minutes, photographs, artifacts, interviews, and sound or video recordings are examples of primary sources created as a time or event is occurring.

What is secondary sources of data and give at least 5 examples? ›

Sources of secondary data include books, personal sources, journals, newspapers, websitess, government records etc. Secondary data are known to be readily available compared to that of primary data.

What is data source also called? ›

In computing, a data source name (DSN, sometimes known as a database source name, though "data sources" can comprise other repositories apart from databases) is a string that has an associated data structure used to describe a connection to a data source.

What is primary source of data? ›

A primary data source is an original data source, that is, one in which the data are collected firsthand by the researcher for a specific research purpose or project.

How do you identify the source of data? ›

Identifying Data Sources

Identify organizations that provide information. Locate all the organizations that manage information essential to your enterprise. Typically, these organizations include your information services, human resources, payroll, and accounting departments.

What are data Resources in information? ›

The Data Resource format describes a data resource such as an individual file or table. The essence of a Data Resource is a locator for the data it describes. A range of other properties can be declared to provide a richer set of metadata.

What are the uses of data? ›

Data does not have to be complicated.
12 Reasons Why Data Is Important
  • Improve People's Lives. ...
  • Make Informed Decisions. ...
  • Stop Molehills From Turning Into Mountains. ...
  • Get The Results You Want. ...
  • Find Solutions To Problems. ...
  • Back Up Your Arguments. ...
  • Stop The Guessing Game. ...
  • Be Strategic In Your Approaches.

What are the types of data explain with example? ›

There are 2 general types of quantitative data: discrete data and continuous data. We will explain them later in this article. Qualitative data can't be expressed as a number and can't be measured. Qualitative data consist of words, pictures, and symbols, not numbers.

What is data and its importance? ›

Data is essentially the plain facts and statistics collected during the operations of a business. They can be used to measure/record a wide range of business activities - both internal and external. While the data itself may not be very informative, it is the basis for all reporting and as such is crucial in business.

What are the main sources of data class 11th? ›

Methods of collecting primary data
  • Direct personal investigation.
  • Indirect oral investigation.
  • Information through correspondents.
  • Telephonic interview.
  • Mailed questionnaire.
  • The questionnaire filled by enumerators.

What are the sources of data Mcq? ›

Mainly, there are two types of data sources- primary and secondary.

What are the sources of big data Class 8? ›

The primary aspect of Big Data is to provide demanding data rapidly. Big data velocity deals with the speed at the data flows from sources like application logs, business processes, networks, and social media sites, sensors, mobile devices, etc.

What are the types of data sources? ›

There are two types of data sources: machine data sources and file data sources. Although both contain similar information about the source of the data, they differ in the way this information is stored.

What is data source Main? ›

The data source is a document, spreadsheet or database that contains personalized information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. The Main Document can be a Form Letter, Labels, Email, or Directory.

What is a data type Mcq? ›

Explanation: Data types are of three basic types: Numeric, Alphabetic and Alphanumeric. Numeric Data consists of only numbers. Alphabetic Data consists of only letters and a blank character and alphanumeric data consists of symbols. 2.

Which of these is source of data? ›

Notes: Typically the source of data is a computer, but it can be any other electronic equipment such as telephone handset, video camera, etc, which can generate data for transmission to some destination.

Is a primary source of data *? ›

A primary data source is an original data source, that is, one in which the data are collected firsthand by the researcher for a specific research purpose or project.

What are data types Class 8 Short answer? ›

A data type, in programming, is a classification that specifies which type of value a variable has and what type of mathematical, relational or logical operations can be applied to it without causing an error.

What are the 4 sources that data and information can come from? ›

Information can come from virtually anywhere — media, blogs, personal experiences, books, journal and magazine articles, expert opinions, encyclopedias, and web pages — and the type of information you need will change depending on the question you are trying to answer.

How many types of sources are there class 8? ›

The correct option is C Primary source and secondary source.


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