Actions

The following section details everything you can do with items in Butterflyzer listed by item type.

To see the action menu for an item, just hold down the CTRL-key and mouse over it.

Index

Author Actions    Collection Actions    Interest Query Actions    Tag Actions    Tweet Actions    Twitter Session Actions    Web Page Actions   

Item Actions

The following actions can be performed on all items.

Focus

 Select this item(s) in the outline, causing it to be the new focus for all other views and the center of the graph.

Remove from Focus

 Remove from Focus

Delete

 Permanently remove item from entire catalog.

Prune

 Permanently remove this item -- and all objects directly connected to it -- from the catalog.

Caption

 Shows the Web Page in a caption, enabling quick scanning of resource content.

UnCaption

 Hides the Caption.

Author Actions

Collect Topsy User Statistics

Collect User information including influence statistics from Topsy. Topsy is rate-limited, but generally you can collect more information using the Topsy API than you can using the Twitter API.

Collect Quick Social Network

Collects and builds social networks for the selected users using the current settings defined in the Filter Menu. Note that as this option collects user data it can cause you to go over your Twitter API quota.

Collect Custom Social Network...

Collects and builds social networks for the selected users. The search dialog allows you to specify what data should be collected. Because social networks grow very large very quickly, it probably doesn't make sense to search much beyond depth 1 unless you have special a higher level of Twitter API access. When you use this search, note that you will probably bump up against Twitter limits. Butterflyzer handles this situation gracefully, but it will mean that you might have reduced Twitter access for a short time after doing user network searches.

Collect Details

Gathers User details from Twitter. When Butterflyzer collects Twitter Users from Tweets -- after a Search for example -- the User data itself is not collected. This allows you to collect data such as screen name, user icon, and user description. Note that as this option collects user data it can cause you to go over your Twitter API quota.

Tweet Actions

Collect Tweet Users

Collects all Users from related Tweets. In a normal Tweet search, User information isn't collected from Twitter. (That would be very slow and would very quickly use up your Twitter API quota!) Instead, we simply create Author items representing the users including their unique ID.) To collect the user data itself, you can use this option. You should be careful not to include too many users to avoid going over your Twitter API limit.

Collect Tweet Terms

Searches through all related Tweets, identifies frequently used words, and creates terms containing them.

Twitter Session Actions

Collect Tweet Users

Collects all Users from related Tweets. In a normal Tweet search, User information isn't collected from Twitter. (That would be very slow and would very quickly use up your Twitter API quota!) Instead, we simply create Author items representing the users including their unique ID.) To collect the user data itself, you can use this option. You should be careful not to include too many users to avoid going over your Twitter API limit.

Collect Tweet Terms

Searches through all related Tweets, identifies frequently used words, and creates terms containing them.

Search Tweets

Searches for Tweets that contain the selected Search Term.

Search Tweets and Users

Searches for Tweets that contain the selected Search Term, gathering Twitter Users in the process. Note that as this option collects user data you can very rapidly go over your Twitter API quota.

Begin Streaming

Starts a Twitter streaming session. This collects Tweets from Twitter in real time, allowing the collection of many thousands of Tweets quickly and efficiently, and enabling live monitoring of Twitter traffic. In general, you should only have one Twitter Stream activate at any given time. To stop collecting from a Twitter Stream, open the Progress view and click the stop button for the stream.

Tag Actions

Collect OpenCalais Tags

Collect semantic tags from OpenCalais from selected Web Pages.

Search

Search for Items with this Term using the selected Search Engines.

Collect Google Statistics

Collect Statistics using Google Insights.

Create Timeplot

Create a web-based Timeplot exhibit for related Web Pages and Tweets.

Create Timeline

Create a web-based Timeline exhibit for related Web Pages and Tweets.

Collect Tweet Terms

Searches through all related Tweets, identifies frequently used words, and creates terms containing them.

Collection Actions

Remove Lowest Terms...

Removes Terms within the selected collections (Tags) that are related to less than the specified number of Tweets. This action is extremely useful for managing large collections of Tweets, as the number of collected terms can grow very quickly.

Sort

Sort contained items and terms. Web Pages, Tweets, Authors and other Items are sorted alphabetically. Semantic types are sorted into common sense categories.

Export Bookmarks

Export bookmarks in a standard format for use in other browsers.

Web Page Actions

Collect Page

Collect Web Page. Semantics and statistics will be collected for the page if those Search Engines are enabled.

Collect Page Links

Collect Web Pages for all Web Page links (hrefs). Semantics and statistics will also be collected if those Search Engines are enabled.

Collect Topsy Trackbacks

Collect trackbacks to Web Pages for Tweets and other Web Pages from Topsy.

Collect Topsy Statistics

Collect statistics and influence rankings from Topsy.

Interest Query Actions

Collect Google Statistics

Collect Statistics using Google Insights with selected statistics definition.