We had a fantastic time at Internet Research 13 in MediaCityUK, Manchester! Folks from SoMe Lab gave three paper presentations and sat on a panel involving the technical and ethical aspects of social media! Click through for a short synopsis of each presentation and a link to each of the slide decks. We’ll be adding longer, more descriptive synopses along with other thoughts as the weeks continue.
Karine Nahon presented “Power and Networked Social Movements,” a paper she’s authored in collaboration with Manuel Castells. The paper described a working theoretical framework for understanding the role of power among stakeholders during political unrest. You can find her slides here.
Jeff Hemsley presented “30,000,000 Occupation Tweets: A hashtag co-occurrence network analysis of information flows” in which he presented preliminary findings for SNA analysis that examines the statistical relationship between co-occurring hashtags and their purpose. The results were surprising! You can find his slides here, and he’ll be offering more detail about them in the weeks to come.
Joe Eckert talked about the role of geography in hashtag co-occurrence, in his paper titled “Geolocation and Geographic Imaginaries (or place-framing as the “becoming” of networked space). Drawing from earlier work that suggested a relationship between geolocated Twitter users and their relative proximity to protest locations, he attempted to link distance between locational hashtags (e.g. “#occupyseattle”) with their co-occurrence in a Tweet. Tobler’s first law didn’t seem to hold up for folks’ geographic imaginaries. You can find his slides here.
Finally, Shawn Walker headed up a panel that featured Jeff, Joe, Karine, Bob Mason, and Kevin Driscoll speaking about “Social Media Confidential: Exposing the Details of Social Media Data Collection and Cleaning.” Joe was particularly stoked that he was able to tweet with the backchannel during the panel presentations, which is something he never gets to do at geography conferences! The panel took a surprising twist toward the consideration of research ethics as they relate to social media and big data. We don’t have any slides for that one — you’ll just have to trust us when we say that if you weren’t there, you missed out!
We’re looking forward to seeing folks again at HICSS and the next iConference!