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Title: Doing social media analytics
Authors: Brooker, P
Barnett, J
Cribbin, TF
Keywords: Social media;Twitter;Analytics;Digital social science;Data visualisation;Methods
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publishing
Citation: Big Data & Society
Abstract: 'The era of Big Data has begun' (boyd and Crawford, 2012: 662). In the few years since this statement, social media analytics has begun to accumulate studies drawing on social media as a resource and tool for research work. Yet, there has been relatively little attention paid to the development of methodologies for handling this kind of data. The few works that exist in this area often reflect upon the implications of 'grand' social science methodological concepts for new social media research (i.e. they focus on general issues such as sampling, data validity, ethics, etc). By contrast, we advance an abductively-oriented methodological suite designed to explore the construction of phenomena played out through social media. To do this, we use a software tool - Chorus - to illustrate a visual analytic approach to data. Informed by visual analytic principles, we posit a two-by-two methodological model of social media analytics, combining two data collection strategies with two analytic modes. We go on to demonstrate each of these four approaches ‘in action’, to help clarify how and why they might be used to address various research questions.
ISSN: 2053-9517
Appears in Collections:Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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