The #notracist project has made extensive use of two software packages - Chorus and Textometrica - as part of its working to understand racialised Twitter talk. The various features, functions and affordances of these software packages have helped formulate and shape our analytic thinking about the data - see Methodology.
Chorus is a data collection and visualisation suite for harvesting and processing Twitter data, consisting of two programmes: TweetCatcher (which handles data collection) and TweetVis (which handles data visualisation and analysis). The main features and functions of Chorus are outlined in the video below:
Desktop versions of Chorus software can be downloaded at: http://www.chorusanalytics.co.uk. Note: Chorus currently runs only on Windows operating systems.