Tool of the week: Duedil
What is it? Duedil is a website which launched in April 2010 and allows you to access company stats and figures for free. Gigaom described it as “Lexis-Nexis-meets-Google-meets-LinkedIn”.
It’s still in beta but is a kind of social network for company information; transparent data available on a site with an intuitive user interface.
You can, of course, access the information via Companies House (for a £1-a-report-fee) but what Duedil does really well is allow you to explore and drill down.
Graphs, charts and timelines present current stock information, the number of employees and opinions on the firm, including tweets.
How is it of use to journalists?
Whatever your area of journalism – from fashion to politics to local newspapers – you no doubt have to keep an eye on the finances, details of directors and employee numbers of companies within your field of expertise.
What’s really nice is that if you log in with your LinkedIn profile, it automatically suggests companies you might be interested in.
Even if you never use Duedil for journalistic research, it’s worth exploring and curiously addictive once you start browsing.
Here’s an example: Journalism.co.uk is interested in following newspaper groups, media organisations and tech companies.
Let’s take News International Publishers Ltd. You can click to see various details.
For example, you can click on the financials for various years.
You can then look at the list of directors and find James Murdoch’s current and past positions presented on a timeline.
Now click on the group graph and see the family of related companies.
Here’s another example, this time for Johnston Press. Here you can see the stock information, number of employees:
Under the “opinions” heading, you can also see the tweets that comment on JP.
It is worth checking and data you access from Duedil (you can report bad data if you come across it and receive £5 as part of its guarantee).
Simply by following companies on Duedil – in the way you would follow people in a social network – you may well come across data to inspire further investigation or information that reveals a connection.