If you use tools such as Radian6 to analyze how the social Web is talking about your company, brands or products, perhaps it might be time to take a look at what you can get for free from the competition ViralHeat. Starting today, they will offer a free developer account good for up to 5,000 connections from their site here.

This is what the dashboard looks like and the kinds of resources that are available there. You can click on the image to get it enlarged.

The Viralheat sentiment API, which currently is in beta, is already being leveraged by three major analytics partners, including Klout, Seesmic, and Zuberance. And it covers more than just social media mentions, including financial buzz about stocks, political buzz, coverage and conversations, brand and product reviews. Indeed, any Web page content is fair game for its scrutiny.