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  • Ramzi Fatfouta added an answer:
    Are there any studies on the correlation between social media use and personality traits? or social media use in general?

    I plan to do my thesis on the correlation between social media use and narcisstic personality traits

    Ramzi Fatfouta · Freie Universität Berlin

    But see this paper as well: 

  • Darrell L. Butler added an answer:
    Do you think the Big technogies such as Social media, Mobile, AI, Cloud and Analytics is going to affect education?

    Recent IT technologies such as Social media, analytics etc is affecting and going to affcet the way we think, the way we imagine and the we way analyse. The higher education is going to get affected. Open learning platforms such as Moocs are creating waves and affecting the way we look at teaching learning process.

    Darrell L. Butler · Ball State University

    While I follow the Boyer characterization of higher educators, I still tend to generally conceive of my roles as educator, researcher, and other (primarily service).  The answer to your question is a bit different for each of these roles. 

    Education: Thirty years ago, none of my students brought a cell phone, tablet or portable computer to class.  Now it is the norm.  It enables the students (and I) to double check information by referring to Internet sources. Most of the course support is now online. My students take tests on computers, I use automatic grading AI to speed up my task and a social network so that my graders and I can reach consensus on grading, course support is done on a website, students turn in assignments online, etc. It is very frustrating when a tool (such as Bb) is not accessible across technologies.

    Research: Big data analytic tools are becoming more common.  This trend started with meta analysis, but has continued to evolve. Most journals now have an online submission process, articles are accessible online, and so on. Clearly the existence of research gate further suggests that social networks matter.  In many ways, research adapts to new technology faster than teaching. There are more research journals documenting this evolution than there are teaching journals. 

    Service: This seems to be are area adapting most slowly to emerging technologies.. though this may just be my perspective. 

  • Venkata Kongara added an answer:
    Can anybody suggest me research articles on dislike button/ dislike article/ dislike post etc.?

    Can anybody suggest me research articles on dislike button/ dislike article/ dislike post etc.?

    Thank you!

    Venkata Kongara · Sri Krishnadevaraya University

    Hey Nikos,

    I have found some information from other sources

    Please go through some of the references from this article, you will get an idea on how to proceed further., all the best for your study

  • Elizabeth Brooks added an answer:
    Do you know of a web resource with info on all the projects and initiatives in a region?

    What I am looking for is an example of an enquirable website hosting  information about all the funded projects, or good case study projects taking place in a geographical region (like a city or an English county or a US state, for example). Ideally the resource would give some evaluation of projects, or might contain information on people and skills and educational resources in the region as well.

    Elizabeth Brooks · University of Glasgow

    Many thanks for the site Daniela, it is a useful example. 

  • Jennifer Klein added an answer:
    Can anyone recommend Statistical analysis methods suitable for data collected through a multiple choice survey?

    I am doing my thesis. I have conducted a survey then I have prepared graphs and percentages for the results in the analysis phase. I need to do now higher statistical analysis. I don't know which statistical method is suitable for my data. My survey is multiple choices for students and instructors that are enrolled in online universities. For example:

    When you send a message to someone in the university, how long does it take to get back the answer?

    a. Same day b. Next day c. 2 to 3 days d. more than 3 days

    Does your university use social media for Education purposes?

    a. Yes b. No and I don’t care c. I wish it will be used d. I hope it will never

    What is the best way for you to communicate with your instructor or class-mates?

    a. University Email b. Social Media c. Mobile d. b or c

    Jennifer Klein · Northern Kentucky University

    Hi Nora,

    Generally, it is proper practice to determine your research questions prior to data collection. This helps to avoid “data snooping” which is a practice that generally leads to inflated false positive rates and at best is appropriate only in a “pilot” study scenario where you will follow up with additional testing on those things that you think you’ve identified from the pilot. It also ensures that you ask the right questions and don’t have to repeat the survey.

    1. For any individual question, provided you have a large enough sample (think hundreds) you could use a confidence interval to estimate the proportion who answer one specific answer of your choice (or some combination). For example you might estimate the percentage of (students?) who get answers same/next day by combining categories.

    2. If you want to look at cross-tabs, a chi-square test for independence (any two questions) could be appropriate, assuming that sample size conditions are met.

    3. Nora, you might want to consider rewording some of the questions. In particular question 2 should have re-worded responses and question 3 should just be a “select all that apply”.

    I hope this helps you. Best wishes.

  • Bin LING added an answer:
    Can we use structural equation modelling (SEM) in an exploratory research?

    Normally, SEM is used to test  some hypotheses. A students of mine wants to use SEM for his exploratory research in the area of Social Media and HR Roles.. He has stated some general and special objectives of this exploratory research, but he does not plan to proceed with making any hypotheses in this connection. Is this OK to use SEM methodology in this type of research?

    Bin LING · Hohai University

    SEM is usually used to test measure and structural modeling. If your student has no hypotheses in the research, maybe he just want to test a measure model. then SEM can be used in his or her research. ps, method serves for research objectives and questions.

  • Henry Boachi added an answer:
    What are the best tools for Big data Graph analysis?

    I am interested in tools which are used for Big Data Graph analysis. To extract some useful information from Massive graphs e.g social media graphs.

    Henry Boachi · Ohio University

    Try Tapad here: 

    You might also want to check out Astute. I've used that before. Works, but you may have to pay to access it. 

    All the best with your project!

  • Ashley Brooks added an answer:
    Any research available about envy and jealousy being positioned as a heteronormative attribute in television characterizations?

    In a recent episode of "How to Get Away with Murder," the "Asher Millstone" (Matt McGorry) character delivered a line when one of his fellow classmates/colleague, "Conner Walsh' (Jack Falahee) leaves the group to pursue a casual acquaintance.  He said says, "I'm so fricking mad I wasn't born gay."  The line, like many of the zingers in the show, was not lost on the fans who began commenting on social media.  As you see in the attached scene, the delivery of this line is of course complicated by the situation and the events that lead up to the line and that follow its delivery, but the writers and Peter Norwalk, the show runner are treading into a territory of heteronormative desire that I have not witnessed in popular culture before.  I know there has been much research in other fields that have positioned at least theoretical suggestions that some more violent behavior and thoughts against LGBT people by some self identified heterosexuals men may be connected to inner demons of the perpetrator possibly also being homosexual.  My question regards any research being done that may be looking at agenda setting issues or other theoretical perspective about positioning LGBT behavior as a enviable action among heterosexuals. Also, are there other instances of this in popular culture?  Also, if you have any  reactions to any of this would be appreciated as well. 

    Ashley Brooks · Anglia Ruskin University

    Hi Barth,

    I am currently going down this exact line of enquiry in my own research (which I expect to be collecting data for in January) and I fundamentally believe that, yes, envy reflects modern day prejudice towards gay men. However I am less convinced that this is the same for lesbian women for a number of reasons. Firstly, lesbian women have historically experienced far more identity invalidation/invisibility than gay men so there have been less opportunities for these enviable characteristics to take hold. Secondly, intersectionality among all lesbians (being both nonheterosexual and women) poses theoretical problems insofar that they are 'doubly' oppressed; how does envy arise from this? There is also the trend to focus a lot more on gay men than lesbian women in research, so there is more literature out there at your disposable for one but not the other.

    A good paper to look at would be Morrison and Bearden's (2007) homopositivity scale. It picks up on many of the tropes used throughout film and television.

    All the best

  • Efthymios Constantinides added an answer:
    Any suggestions for publications on Reputation Management in particular about customers blackmailing with negative reviews for discounts /favors?

    Social Media and Customer Empowerment have created a new reality for retailers. Customer reviews and social media help customers make better product choices and retailers improve their products. On the other hand customers seem to increasingly use the threat of negative comments in social media or negative reviews in review sites in order to get discounts or press for favors. In a large circulation Dutch newspaper there was a lot of attention to this phenomenon this weekend and I also have personal experience from businessmen who complained to me about such practices. Any suggestion for research on the topic is welcome

    Efthymios Constantinides · Universiteit Twente

    Thanks a lot, it is a very good tip

  • Wilson Truman Okaka added an answer:
    What is the impact of resource allocation in social media ?

    here i mean by the impact   the challenges of resource allocation in social media 

    Wilson Truman Okaka · Kyambogo University

    I think this is a very important question although it appears to be too broad. It is very rational for resource allocation to have the desired output, outcome, and impact. This requires that resource allocation for any social media function or activity should be based on SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timeline / time-frame) objectives.

    Outputs are usually foreseen based on the proposed activities (inputs). However, I intend to give a general overview of the factors that determine the impact of resource allocation for any given social media activities.

    Social media activities are propelled by internet give rise to social networks like: Face book, You tube, Linked-in, Emails list serve, skills sharing. Resource allocation assumes an organized and planned commitment of key resources like: human (personnel), financial (money), material (products/facilities), space, or time, among others.

    All these resources should be effectively (optimally) deployed. The economics of scare resource allocation requires that efficiency and effectiveness are the guiding principles. The impact of the resource allocation for social media can be grouped as: social, economic, environmental, and political impacts.

    For example, social impacts are assessed through social indicators like: education, literacy, quality of life, knowledge, skills, access to information, communication, culture, faith or beliefs, food security, intercultural communication, cultural integration, fashions, health, water, energy, and transport.

    On the other hand, economic impact may be monitored through one or more of the following indicators: FDIs, employment, business competitiveness, infrastructures, family life, research and development, industries, incomes, finance, IPRs, standard of living, tourism, commerce and trade, technology innovations.

    Besides, the impact may be positive, negative, minimal, viral, or average. It also depends on the direction, sector, relevance or significance of the issue, or quantity of the allocation.

    Likewise, some of key environmental indicators include; weather and climate information, environmental health, green technology, renewable energy, environmental awareness (literacy), and environmental education.

    The following impact are evaluated through political indicators: respect for human rights, democracy and political freedom, press freedom, public participation, civic education, free and fair political and civil elections, checks and balances, political pluralism, media or press pluralism, independent electoral commissions, constitutionalism, and political term limits for top executives.

    It is equality important to assume that the impact varies with the levels of awareness, incentives, skills, knowledge, demographics, national policies and laws, the status of infrastructure, and access to ICT facilities.

    So, the impact depends on the amount (quantity and quality) of the resources allocated, the efficiency and effectiveness of resource deployment. It also depends on the rate of diffusion or adoption, effectiveness of resource monitoring and evaluation process.

    The impact will also depend on the development status of the countries or communities involved. For example, the developed and developing countries will most likely register different levels of impacts. There is a huge gap or divide between the developed and developing nations.

    In this, assumption, the impact will be higher digital density connectivity and access is bound to register higher impact than areas where internet access or illiteracy is still a big challenge.

  • Cricia Felicio added an answer:
    Searching a dataset for social-media based recommender system
    I am looking for a dataset to build a recommender system that leverages the user social media profiles e.g. Facebook or Twitter. The dataset should have information about items rated by users and users social media profiles.
    Cricia Felicio · Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Triângulo Mineiro

    Haifa, did you get Mendeley's dataset? The link is broken. 

  • Mary-Helen Castanuela added an answer:
    If I want to qualitatively describe and analyse social media debates that happened in the past: is this observation?

    I plan to do a close reading of past debates on social media about a certain public case, as a part of an ethnographic study. This will include note-taking and description about the nature of the content, the general atmosphere of the debate and any other notes (timing, activity, popularity..etc.).

    I feel confused about the appropriate academic name for such method. could it be considered observation even if it depends on saved data from the past that is still available on social media-  sort of archival observation.

    Or is it enough just to call it ethnographic reading?

    Dear Nouf, This would not be observation, as others have already said. As you mention, it is part of an ethnographic study, so it can be simply an analysis of....  with your own description at the start, of how you will analyze the information an what information you will use.

    It can be content analysis only if indeed, you follow the technique and  method of content analysis.  In that respect, you can also conduct a thematic analysis.  Or, as part of your larger ethnographic study, I have to say again, it can simply be an analysis. Not every analysis has to be one single named method. Also, it sounds like you already have planned what/how of the analysis, rather than if you had decided on a specific method, such as content analysis, thematic analysis before thinking of what/how you will do it.

  • Ángel Gordo added an answer:
    Is there any grounded and updated piece on social media research methodologies?
    I'm working on a short piece on social media research methodology which might include some helpful cases studies. Any recommendation would be most welcome.
    Ángel Gordo · Complutense University of Madrid

    Thanks a lot! No doubt it will be very helpful


  • Sagar S. De added an answer:
    What are the different ways of large social data collection techniques?

    There are various socially linked data platforms in the web that can be described in the form of Crossed Referral Web Documents, Social Media, OSN, Blogs, Information Exchange Network such as Stackoverflow etc. Each individual source is also having their own privacy settings and restricted access, that limits data for research. So, what are the alternative ways of data collection (using API, Crawling etc.) for large scale social data research?

    Sagar S. De · S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences

    I am worried about the data limitation. I believe all these api provides data of my circle only.

  • Michael W. Marek added an answer:
    Can anyone suggest me a scale that measures the effect of Facebook on political elections?
    How do political candidates use Facebook?
    Michael W. Marek · Wayne State College

    Obama's social media strategic during the 2012 election has often been praised.  This article discusses some of what they did:

    I think that the most important point is that in social media, you can find niche demographic audiences and communicate with them in ways that are very focused to their motivation.

  • Kevin Larkin added an answer:
    What is definition of emergent technology in the context of pre-service teacher education?
    I am puzzling that how to define what is emergent technology / software in the context of pre-service teacher education and what are such examples of technology / software which should be integrated into curricula and instructional practises
    Kevin Larkin · Griffith University

    Hi Jari,

    I agree with John - the use of emergent in ICT studies is problematic as what is emergent in 2012 is often considered passe in 2014. I would encourage looking at the educational technology sites (as suggested by John) but also consider ICT peer-reviewed publications such as JRTE, AJET, EdLib etc.

    Cheers, Kevin.

  • Leila Othmani added an answer:
    Can anybody suggest a likert scale for social contagion?

    Hello .

    Thank you for reading my question.

    Please can some one help me to find a likert scale for Social contagion (on virtual communities )

    Leila Othmani · University of Tunis El Manar

    Many thanks

  • Martin Ebner added an answer:
    Can someone guide me to any latest paper (published in 2012-2014) on Using Twitter in Teaching Writing/Reading Skills?

    The ever-growing use of Social Media among public in general, and young learners in particular, has made it necessary for ESL/ELT instructors to realize the importance of social media, and find out ways to use it in education. In my research, I am focusing on Twitter exclusively to see how it can be used effectively to improve ESL learners' writing and reading skills.

    Martin Ebner · Graz University of Technology

    maybe this is from interest:

  • Fidan Hakkari added an answer:
    When and where should we use technology for education--in the classroom, outside the classroom, or both?

    I think most of us would agree that Technology Assisted Education (TAE), including both general technology and technology specifically for educational purposes, is of immense value for students of any age in any Learning Environment (LE).  However, the attached article points out some serious impediments to learning when allowing free and open access to laptops, tablets, and smart phones in the classroom.  Should these be "banned" from classrooms?  Should technology for education be focused primarily on outside class activities--homework, research, group activities, reading, testing, and the like? 

    Fidan Hakkari · Mustafa Kemal University

    During lectur, is the lecturer or the teaching tool more effective on students? :)

  • Raniê Solarevisky added an answer:
    Do you know relevant learning theories to design social media for learning?

    Recently, there is a lot of literature on designing social media for learning. Not clear, however, is if and to what degree these designs are founded on validated and operational learning theories. In short, can we bridge learning theories and social media technologies?

    Raniê Solarevisky · Universidade Federal de Goiás

    Here at UFG we are having a wonderful experience with a course coordinated by Professor Cleomar Rocha. The course is offered by the MediaLab of UFG and is called Innovation on Interactive Media. It does have a heavy focus on the use of social media.

    It is based on the PBL method (problem-based learning) and it uses a theory that the professor himself is developing: The "H Concept", a theory that sees all the internet environments as a learning ecosystem. If you like, I can arrange a contact between you and him. I'm sure that it would provide a very rich discussion for both sides.

  • Leila Othmani added an answer:
    What theory can be used about nationalism in social media?

    Representation theory? What else? Key words: user generated content, collective identity, self-representation

    I am doing my thesis on nationalism in social media. I have ideas on how to conduct my study (methods), but I don't have a concrete study framework yet. What theoretical framework can you suggest? My focus is on the posts of people that they deem as "nationalistic" and how it affects national identity in social media. I'm planning to do content analysis. 

    Leila Othmani · University of Tunis El Manar

    Social contagion and the crowd theory

  • Robert Costello added an answer:
    How does social networking impact student engagement?

    Are there specific social networking strategies that sustain student engagement? Have there been any sustainable strategies for engagement through social media which have shown continuous participation (>5%) of followers/fans?

    Robert Costello · University of Hull/Free-Lance

    Good evening Aeron,

    Trying using Personal Learning (Which incorporates a variety of social media techniques) to capture the audience of the students for a long period of time and Heutagogy, which  refers to the personal learning experience of an individual within a constantly changing environment.  Really hope that helps..


  • Robin Effing added an answer:
    Do you have any recent stats regarding social media adoption levels?

    Please help! Provide me with the latest statistics (reports, blogs, etc) regarding social media use. Some 2014 / 2013 sources are very welcome.

    Robin Effing · Saxion University of Applied Sciences

    Thank you all.

  • Kamil Demirhan added an answer:
    What is the importance of social media in political communication?
    Do you think social media has become more important than traditional media in political communication? I think it´s 50/50 more or less nowadays.
    Kamil Demirhan · Hacettepe Üniversitesi Ana Sayfasi

    Dear Jesus , I think that SM causes to changes on the character of political communication. There is not one way communication and the recievers of messages are not masses. The users of social media has oppurtunity to product content as well as being recievers of messages. They also contribute to the dissemination of political discourse, individually. It makes partipation more open to personal participation. SM also creates pressure on traditional political actors to use new Technologies during political communication process. However, there is important gap to use it as interactive tool, especially for organisational actors like parties and leaders. My article in the followng link may contribute to discussion in terms of the gap of interactive usage and SM usage by traditional actors during political communication. 

  • Ali Akbar Bromideh added an answer:
    How do Non-Profit Organizations use Social Media and Social Media related tools?
    I am interested in the usage of Social Media/Social Media tools in NPOs/NGOs. Are there any related studies. So far I could not find (many) studies for the German market.
    Ali Akbar Bromideh · Iran Khodro Industrial Group

    After more than one year, did you publish your study finally? 

  • Celia Diaz Catalan added an answer:
    Should social media metrics (e.g. using third party data from Twitter, Slideshare, Mendeley) be counted towards your scholarly reputation?

    In other words, is altmetrics useful for building academic reputation?

  • Muhammad Yousuf Ali added an answer:
    Are there any discussions on the heterogeneous knowledge among different social media platforms?
    For example, how to quantify the variety? How to exploit the association for integral application?
    Muhammad Yousuf Ali · Sindh Madressatul Islam University

    Integration of Knowledge with different path on social media is very exciting idea ? an analysis report or research should be conducted about the above topic Heterogeneous Knowledge connectivity with different social media 

  • Krishnan Umachandran added an answer:
    Has there been research conducted on Buzzword lifespan?

    Shifts and trend have a major impact on how business is conducted and how it is labeled. As the markets evolves, buzzwords come into play and similar to social media, the buzzwords go viral. For instance data science and analytics were the 'bleed edge' terms and strategies such as TQM was 3 years ago. How can we determine if these terms are here to stay or just shifting with the trends of popular buzzwordology? 

    Krishnan Umachandran · Professor

    A growth hacker is just different than a marketer”. So, while the two positions do coincide, neither is a replacement for the other, and a growth hacker may just be necessary before a traditional marketer in a business’s lifespan. Growth hackers simply have a narrowed objective and can therefore run various experiments in order to test their only goal: growth.

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