TAGS started as one of my side projects in June 2010. Since then there have been six major version releases outline below:
- June 2010 – First version released in the blog post Using Google Spreadsheet to automatically monitor Twitter event hashtags and more the template originally being called the ‘Twitteralytics Google Spreadsheet’. Here’s a video giving an overview of the original version
- July 2011 – Version 2 released in Collect/backup tweets in a Google Spreadsheet [Twitteralytics v2]. The main change was to separate the data from twitter into individual columns. Version 2 included a number of minor updates including recording data in a single sheet. Here’s a video giving an overview of version 2
- October 2011 – The TAGS archive visual exploration tool TAGSExplorer is released.
- January 2012 – The Twitteralytics template is renamed TAGS (Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet) and released as version 3. TAGS v 3.0 included the introduction of a number of summary sheets. Advanced options also allowed the creation of friend/follower social graphs which was demonstrated in this video.
- March 2012 – TAGS v4.0 was ‘softly’ released and included a new feature for combining Google Analytics data to find your top content distributors.
- February 2013 – With changes to the Twitter API which required authorised access to data version 5.0 of TAGS was released. There were very few visible changes between versions 3.x/4.x and 5.x and this release mainly addressed the new authentication requirements.
- September 2014 – TAGS v6.0 is born. This version includes a major code rewrite which results in a more streamlined authentication processes. Another big advancement is authentication only needs to be done once. After that further copies of TAGS the user creates can immediately access data without going through the authentication process again.