Loads of stuff from the superbly named #lutwit on researching Twitter from a (mainly) linguistics perspective, held on 10-12 April. Liveblogged by Nicola Osborne (style: verbatim) and Peter Evans. Programme and abstracts on Lanyrd, some nice posters (inc one digitally; see unscheduled sessions), Tweet Category analysis (10 April only; ipad app, $3.99).
Some stonking sessions:
- Building rapport in conference live tweets – looking at the language strategies adopted by scholars in conference tweets so as to construct their academic identity and establish a connection with their audience; see Nicola’s liveblog – corpus of 2K tweets, stats (81.5% original tweets, 12.8% RTs, 5.7% replies), typologies, role of official livetweeter
- Twitter backchannels as new literacy practice (slides) – studying the conference behaviours of academic users of Twitter; see Nicola’s liveblog – raises questions about new forms of conference participation, PLNs and the changing nature of collegiality, typology (livetweeting, note taking/resource sharing inc co-construction of knowledge and collaborative aspects, personal commentary, dialogue/monologue, banter/snark), livetweeting/blogging half way between an f2f and online conference, conversation? often comes down to a few very active tweeters
- An analysis of professional exchange and community dynamics on Twitter around the #OR2012 conference hashtag (Prezi) – see Peter’s liveblog; looks at clustering algorithms and raises questions around analysing conference tweets, aims and objectives etc
- Whose piper and whose tune? Discursive practices in informal learning events on Twitter (slides) – ie chats; see Nicola’s liveblog – how far does a sense of community develop, typology of tweets
- Working and playing on science Twitter – qualitative study of Twitter use by a number of communities, including – wait for it… – @dogloversdigest/Kevin Myers (Nicola | Peter); different communities use Twitter for different activities –>useful for law analysis
- The tweeting zone (slides | paper | Peter) – Twitter as PLE; another typology of tweets, also some SNA
Some more presos:
- #Ethnography of a search page (micromemes; slides)
- Exploring Twitter-based research methods: a critical review focused on mobility disruptions (slides)
- Factors influencing academics’ use of microblogging tools in teaching and learning – how and why academics engage in microblogging; see Nicola’s liveblog for taxonomy of activities
- Sociotechnical mediation in learning communities (slides | Peter) – the potential of Twitter to support distance learning, eg MOOCs?
- Uses and risks of microblogging in SMEs (Nicola | Peter)
- Professional Twitter panel (Nicola | Peter) – thoughts on practice by tweeters with 1-10K followers
- Use of Weibo by UK universities and Chinese students: a study of intercultural micro-blogging (Nicola)
- Saying ‘sorry’: Corporate apologies posted on Twitter (slides | Nicola | Peter)
Big bunch on digigov: Turkish MPs use of “we” | Twitter uses in the EP, Commission and Council (liveblog) | Labour Party Peers (slides) | Italian politicians | Use of Twitter during 2010 British and Dutch elections (Nicola) | Reciprocity and preaching to the converted: a cross-national comparative analysis of politicians’ social and communication networks | 2012 elections in Belgium (Peter) | see also German politicians’ Twitter networks
Tools and recipes:
- content/linguistic/textual analysis – AntConc (concordance program; load data, go to Word List tab, click start to generate a frequency list)
- discourse analysis – eMargin (annotation tool)
- JISC Twitter analysis workbench cf NodeXL, poss only authenticated access
- University Twitter sentiment analysis
People, projects, blogs:
- Analysing Social Media Collaboration
- Corpus, not corpse – ie computational linguistics; also sentiment analysis
- Social Media Linguist – lecturer in Oz, author of Discourse of Twitter and social media
- Using Twitter in an educational context – Noreen Dunnett
- Language matters in Twitter (cultural differences)
- Quantitative approaches to comparing communication approaches on Twitter
- Using topical networks to study discussions in social media
Forthcoming: Language online: investigating digital texts and practices (Barton & Lee)…also The discourse of blogs and wikis (Myers), Stories and social media (Page).
I did a module on computational linguistics as part of my degree, looking at a corpus of German drama, back in the mists of time. Just imagine if I’d continued down that route.