Alternative metrics, or altmetrics, are tools that measure the current use of your publications. These tools provide a more current measure of research impact than citations, which may take months or years after you publish. Altmetrics might measure usage, captures, mentions, discussions, social media, and/or citations. Altmetrics can be viewed under the "Usage Count" drop-down in Web of Science.
Here are some ways altmetrics measure the impact of your research: