The Social Research Association‘s conference on 24 June explored the value of socme to social researchers. The SRA is a membership body, have to admit to being a bit vague about what a social researcher is, but never mind. Twitter: @TheSRAOrg.
- Farida Vis keynoted on her researching social media experience – 105 slides
- Using social media to enhance your research activities (links to paper and slides)| Storify – Brian Kelly on engagement with one’s peers, dissemination and maximising impact
- Understanding the ethical implications of social media research – findings from the NSMNSS survey on the quality of ethics guidelines and the value of ethics panels; see esp slide 12 on issues, 13 on chats, 15 on gaps, 20-23 on findings
- Using social media to investigate young people’s drug use
- Are we getting it right? Social media users’ views on social media research – findings from a study exploring the views of users about privacy, confidentiality and use of their data for research purposes
- Exploring the privacy behaviours of social media users – what can and should be done when research participants make their personal and sensitive data available online?
- Vulnerability and safeguarding: the social work ‘trump cards’ for the digital age – the impact of social media on social work with young people
- panel discussion on the ethics of social media research
- results of SRA survey on the use of #some in research – note use of word clouds to present findings
- a ‘perception of privacy’ – platform specific? are users on Twitter more aware of their content being public than Facebook users? to what extent do people change their content and tone from platform to platform?
- researching ‘issues’ – which issues are people bothered enough about to talk about online; things that are controversial, fun, funny, cool, sexy, rapidly progressing, modern, topical or just generally interesting
- difference between online and offline personas
- even ‘elite’ users of twitter only use hashtags 60% of the time; using hashtags for research may miss crucial info
- types of user – apprehensive passives, confident cavaliers, controlling cautionaries, savvy opinionators…
A report from a research consultancy has also popped up.
@Flygirltwo tweeted a Bluenod SNA of #SRAconf tweets. I’d forgotten about Bluenod. Quite fun, but not sure it tells you that much really, particularly as it only looks at the last (?) 300 tweets. Comparing #SRAconf with hot topic #letr, the latter is much more dispersed, as you might perhaps expect from a topic as opposed to an event: