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  • Bob Nieman added an answer:
    Could anyone suggest interesting publications related with an ethnographic approximation to the production and circulation of documents?

    I am currently making my phd on ethnographic approximations to the production and circulation of documents. I am interesting in similar approaches  of Annelise Riles work on documents as artifacts of modern knoweldge (2006). I am flowing in STS's sensibilities and, in general, works which takes materiality as a main feature of social production (Deleuze studies, ANT descriptions and so on). Thanks in advance. 

    Bob Nieman · Hogeschool Rotterdam

    Ik did a ethnographic study how journalist find information on the Internet for producing newsarticles. See:

  • Saima Shahid asked a question:
    I have data on 1-cultural 2-religious suitability of a medium for women. May I run a correlation on this? which type?

    The emergent categories are Print, electronic and social media. Responses are recorded in simple frequencies. I will appreciate any further suggestion as well 

  • Martin Schulz added an answer:
    Social media: Downvoting and degrading in social networks – What are the reasons? - What are the reactions?
    We have recently seen a lot of down-votings in some threads. We also saw different kinds of reactions on this phenomenon. I would like to ask a question about these reactions.

    First I assume that there are several possible reasons for downvotings: dissent – misunderstandings – misuse of buttons without knowing it– a social scientist who writes a paper about the reactions – a test carried out by RG – some technical problem, etc.

    I would like to have a discussion about the reactions on the part of researchers. We have seen calls to ban down-voters or to cancel their anonymity. Elections in democracies are anonymous and there are good reasons for this. I think most of us agree about some basic traits of democracy, the right to stay anonymous is among them. What about these basics in social media?
    Martin Schulz · Folkwang Universität der Künste

    Nicholas, your post gave me this idea:  there are things that are to be banned without any assessment of the pros and cons, such as a Gulag. There is no question of being fair in relation to the issue or proposing an amelioration of it. That was my point. It must be possible to be against something without having to give arguments, e.g. "how we would run a better Gulag". That would be absurd, or course.

    And this holds true for other things that are far more harmless, like theories! Many theories were abandoned without any amelioration.

  • Mahin sheikh ansari added an answer:
    Does anyone have any research on work-related social media and similar concepts?

    Both for my bachelor thesis as my current line of research, I'm trying to develop a theory in which social media in a work-related context is key. As far as my current work goes, I'm theorizing that it can enhance, and ultimately replace most mid-level communication efforts by organizaitons.

    This line of thought is relatively new with only about five published articles on this subject in 2014. Now, a year ahead, there are many many more articles on this subject. However, I found that a lot of research prior to 2014 was published that address this topic but with different terminology.

    Work-related social media is described in my current work as:

    This study proposes therefore that social media are internet based applications, that facilitate the consumption, creation and exchange of content, and enable real time, two-way communication between people, disregarding space-time barriers. Specifically, this study is interested in social media use in a work-related context (i.e. discussing of policies, collaborating on projects, socializing with colleagues), also known as work-related social media use.

    My question then, is if any of you know of work that has studied similar concepts but under different names?

    Mahin sheikh ansari · University of Tehran

    We have written an article about Facebook and social capital 

  • Sander Spoelstra added an answer:
    Can anyone help with studies involving the influences of social media and technology on juveniles in relation to crime?

    I'm looking for social theory studies that involve juveniles and the influences of social media and technology on their participation, complacency or attitudes on crime.

    Sander Spoelstra · University of Amsterdam

    I don't think there are many articles that focus specfically on the relation between crime and social media use, less so even for the juveniles/adolescents group. However, there is a lot of research about social decline amongst youth, adolescents and young adults.
    Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2013). Social influences on cyberbullying behaviors among middle and high school students. Journal of youth and adolescence, 42(5), 711-722.
    Siegel, L., & Welsh, B. (2014). Juvenile delinquency: Theory, practice, and law. Cengage Learning.

    Another field is that of gaming <--> aggression/violence. Especially when talking about MMO games (massively multiplayer online) the social part is very important. Be careful though, because especially in this area there is a LOT of bias in research (on both sides of the fence).

  • Bin Jiang 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.

    Bin Jiang · Högskolan i Gävle

    try head/tail breaks:

  • Bimo Hernowo added an answer:
    Social Media in South East Asia - Approaches & Problems?
    It feels like social media in South East Asia is still mostly a 'chatting & gaming tool'. What's your take on it and how could we change this perception?
  • Ademir Macedo Nascimento added an answer:
    Are there any cases of companies that use social networks sites to improve company processes?

    For example: collecting information of followers to know what can improve in the company.

    Ademir Macedo Nascimento · Universidade de Pernambuco

    Actually, I'm thinking in use of social media as an input for organizations (not for disclosure).

  • Michael Tang added an answer:
    How has social media been incorporated in social studies teaching?

    I'm interested in identifying examples of the ways in which teachers are incorporating social media into social studies classes in secondary schools as well as the obstacles teacher might have encountered in their efforts to bring social media into the learning process.

    Michael Tang · University of Colorado

    Dear All:

    According to Marshall McLuhan "The medium is the message" social networking should fit admirably well with social studies classes.  But be careful with what you're doing as business models in social networking introduced into academia will completely change the traditional social science message based on print and the book.  In addition using social media in learning, like online learning will further David Noble's prediction of the "commodification of education," in which courses and lessons are distributed as nodes on a vast commercial network, with teachers being mangers of the vast educational machine.  Given the sad state of traditional education today, I'm not sure it's a bad thing.  For those who want to apply social networking to learning, see the article "Business Models in Social Networking" to learn more of the technical aspects of this new IT trend.

    Kevin, if you decide to measure your student's learning, make sure you find the right measuring instrument.  Traditional measures based on text and print will result in negligible of negative results.  See popular review of the literature in an issue of Scientific American:, which I would re-title, "Life on the Screen" after a famous work by S. Turkle, Life  on the screen: Identity in the age of the internet.


  • Maurício Lavarda added an answer:
    Do you believe the web will be more social in the future?
    I would like to share opinions about it.
    Maurício Lavarda · Centro Universitário Franciscano (Unifra)
    Really nice opinions. Maybe my question is a little bit confused (i'm a portuguese speaker). But the answers were really concise.
  • Yang Feng added an answer:
    Could you advise past literature and methodology for studying the impact of social media promotions on customers' purchase of air travel services?

    Kindly advise me on past literature and methodology for studying the impact of social media promotions on customers' purchase of air travel services.

    Yang Feng · The University of Virginia's College at Wise

    Hi Arhan,

    In terms of methodology, what I can think of is a two-stage research. In the first stage, you may conduct a content analysis of social media promotions. In the second stage, you may develop experimental stimuli derived from the content analysis and conduct experiment to test the impact of social media promotions on customers' purchase of air travel services. 

  • Sander Spoelstra added an answer:
    Can anyone help with emotion analysis on Code-Mixing data from social media?

    What are the new research scopes or trends on Code-Mixing data from Social Media?

    Sander Spoelstra · University of Amsterdam

    Well based on the fact that you're looking into social media (which is rather a broad spectrum: depending on how you define it, it can range from interactive media like multiplayer games up to forums like these) and you're looking into code-mixed data, I presume you're doing an content analysis of gathered messages. Because of the qualitative nature of such an approach, there are no real rules. Only that you go at it logical and cluster responses, rating each message carefully through a codebook. 

    If you're going at it quantitative (experiment) you have to figure out which emotion you want to address since you can't possibly address all emotions in an experiment.

    If you're doing a survey, it's based on self-measurements. That is perhaps the worst form for what you're suggesting now in that one line of text since people tend to code-mix when they're emotional and thus impulsive/unaware which makes the chances of capturing the full extent of those emotions very poor.

  • Nayan Jyoti Kalita added an answer:
    Can anyone help with emotion analysis in social media?
    What are the different techniques to analyse emotions on data collected from social media?
    Nayan Jyoti Kalita · Tezpur University

    What are the research scopes in Code-Mixing in Social Media areas?

  • Shamsul Izwan Saharani added an answer:
    Do facebook status updates define what kind of a human you are?
    I am interested to explore the impact and effect of status updates on viewers and assess the personality of the uploader.
    Shamsul Izwan Saharani · University of Malaya

    This link may help: 

  • Andreu Castellet added an answer:
    Is there any paper discussing the way mobile media platforms -Facebok, Amazon, Google and Apple, mainly- should be regulated or not?

    As far as these platforms have built their own private regulation spaces and they cater for millions of users worldwide -thus, they hold a certain degree of market powe-r, their activity and the kind of relationhips between the platform users -both sides- and the platform ruler should be -or not- submitted to public regulation. 

    Andreu Castellet · University of Murcia

    It does indeed, Nadeem! Thanks a lot

    Invaluable reply. I'll look at it.

    Social media... very interesting. Imagine the day regulators go further and start to look into what happens inside the big app stores environments.

  • Dominik Batorski added an answer:
    Is it possible to capture a company's stock performance by social media sentiment?

    I am interested to see if I can validate the positive sentiment in social media for a particular company by any financial measure (Stock!). As far as I know, stock prices are quite sensitive by many factors such (expanding markets which in Apple Co. Case the market expansion in china was the main reason for its stock price jump).

    So the question: Is it possible to reduce other major factors that affect stock prices and explore the relationship of the remaining fluctuations with social media sentiment?

    Dominik Batorski · University of Warsaw

    An analysis of almost 10 million tweets from 2008 shows how they can be used to predict stock market movements up to 6 days in advance

  • Rami Mohammad Al-dweeri added an answer:
    Is there a model that measures the e-services quality of social media?

    I am in the process for a study of social media and its impact on enterprises

    Rami Mohammad Al-dweeri · University of Jordan

    Thank you Saima, interesting study

  • Liz Robson added an answer:
    Can anyone suggest literature on how social media can explore research opportunities for the marginal communities in developing countries?

    Hello everyone.

    Can anyone suggest research conducted using social media for the marginal communities in developing countries?

    To be precise, for example, using official website, Facebook Page, blogs,  tripadvisor, slideshare, tourism-link, etc, to explore about particular community, tribe, community-school.

    Please do advise any link. Thank you for contributing your time!

    Karun Rawat 

    Liz Robson · Newcastle University

    OECD global Pulse is undertaking some practical studies that might be of interest

  • Shian-Loong Bernard Lew added an answer:
    Is there research on the effect hashtags can have on viral topics/communication?

    I'm searching for papers on the effect hashtags can have on online communication.

    Shian-Loong Bernard Lew · Taylor's University

    Some results here between hashtags and viral reach?

  • Erik Amnå added an answer:
    Can anyone recommend some literature on measuring political participation in a non-democratic countries authoritarian countries in particular?

    I am working on my doctoral thesis regarding social media effects on political participation. I think about doing a empirical study. I figure out some indpendent variables, i.e., politically use of socia media (searching for news, participating political conversation with others online, online social networking size), also some mediators, i.e., political interest, political efficacy, and dependent variable as political partipation online and offline.

    I decided to design some questions measuring the political participation in China. But I can not. I red Political Participation in Beijing by Tianjian Shi and I am still confused somehow. Can anyone recommed some books or papers?


    Erik Amnå · Örebro universitet

    Maybe you can get some help out from our attached article.


    Erik Amnå

  • Are there alternatives to the API for creating visualizations of article-level social media metrics?

    Seeking the equivalent to a social networks structure graph for online scholarly article mentions. 

    Robin Mackenzie Featherstone · University of Alberta

    Thanks José & Denise!

    I started using the PLOS ALM Reports tool for creating these kinds of visualizations:

    Unfortunately, the reports only display data for articles published in PLOS journals. 

    Mendeley readership statistics through Scopus is another option for getting a broader view:

    The DBJournal project is another interesting approach, albeit more development intensive:

    There are lots of tools under development in this rapidly changing landscape!

  • Rahimi Ali added an answer:
    Anyone know of research regarding social media and rural indian political sensibilities?


    Rahimi Ali · Bangkok University

    Dear Pallavi,

    here's the publication :

    good luck with your study

  • A K M Alamgir added an answer:
    What are functional types of social media that can be used for community based research?

    We are using the social media (FB, blog, and twitter) as an advocacy tool for our community research interventions. We have challenges of penetration into the main stream marginalized population with limited literacy. We're using innovative approaches for every campaign. I'm very interested to know about the functional types of social media related to community based research.

    A K M Alamgir · Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

    Dear Shabana, we are working on maximizing the potential of the social media (particularly FB and twitter) as a vehicle/ tool for our community based research initiatives. This is one layer beyond its functional use for entertainment and networking. We are exploring other possible functional areas that might be supportive for our research and advocacy for targeting health with dignity from an equity lens.

  • Arnold Windeler added an answer:
    What is Institutional theory? How can institutional theory be applied into social media and consumer behaviour research?

    I rarely find any of institutional theory applied into social media and consumer behaviour research. Does anyone know how to explain it in general terms? or is there any journals / articles that explain more details (framework /diagram etc..). Please attach.

    Thank You very much! 

    Arnold Windeler · Technische Universität Berlin

    Dear Nirsin, dear all,

    Two remarks from my side to the instrucitve discussion:

    1. Institutional theory

    There exist several major, and each in their way fruitful strands in institutional theory

    In Politics a good starting point is Kathy Thelen (MIT Political Science)

    In Economics you could start with either Douglas North or Oliver Williamson; economic neo-institutionalism /transaction cost economics

    In sociology of organizations still dominant is the so called Stanford School (John W. Meyer; W. Richard Scott; Walter Powell)

    In general sociology you could start with Durkheim (societal facts) or Weber (order); newer frutiful approaches are e.g. Giddens or Bourdieu or Foucault

    2. Neoinstitutional theory and media

    You could ask:

    (a) Are forms of media institutionalized in particular contexts or societies, e.g. taken for granted, meaning that they have ot be used in communication?

    (b) ist content and the forms of their production institutionalized? One could ask how far and in what respect is content scripted? Do actors have to use particular forms of signification, use particular words/phrases etc. in defined contexts etc. If you are interested in ways of institutionalization of production in interfirm networks see also und the rubrik my papers.

    (c) Are the actors of media use instituionalized? Are actors scripted in their use of media and which media they have to use in which ways etc.?

    (d) Do their exist packages of actors and activities of media usage in particular contexts?

    (e) Do their exist institutionalized sets of practices of media usage e.g. per day or so? A very instructive source in this respect is e.g. Shaun Moores 2005: media/theory


  • Debra J. Paxton-Buursma added an answer:
    Can anyone recommend any research on the use of social media with ELLs or students who receive special education services?

    Papers can be theoretical or empirical. 

    Debra J. Paxton-Buursma · Calvin College


    Are you familiar with the work out of Alfredo Artiles at ASU on culturally responsive teaching and learning for diverse students? It addresses language difference and special education on a number of pedagogical and curricular areas. I have included the general web url as well as a beautifully organized learning carousel with a multiple range of resources.

    learning carousel:

  • Remy Fannader added an answer:
    Trying to translate tweets into propositional logic statements or first order logic. Insights?

    In symbolic logic, you can translate proper sentences to logical constructs: propositional or first order. This is very difficult to do in tweets because it is not written in proper english, at least not for the most part. So, I am designing an algorithm to convert tweets to logical constructs. If you have some ideas or would like to collaborate, let me know. Thanks!

    Remy Fannader · caminao

    The first step could be building normalized syntactic constructs using one of the many semantic parsers that exploit the gigantic web data bases to "interpret" texts.

    Then it should be easy to translate the outcome into predicates to be run by a logical engine, e.g Prolog. 

  • Sharon Rundle added an answer:
    How has technology and social media affected your life? What happens when technology fails us?
    I have just released a collection of stories from India and Australia that reflect on the way in which technology has infiltrated our lives, for better or worse. Stories cover the topics of crime, mystery, relationships, social media, the arms race, the 24 hour relentless media cycle, how social media impacts on the way we use language, tragedy and much more. Each story shows another aspect of technology and us. So I am interested to know: what impact does technology and social media have on you and your life?
    Sharon Rundle · University of Technology Sydney

    Hi Brad,
    Your first point can also be true of mainstream publishers of fiction, biographies and autobiographies. For example, publishers will often ask whether a manuscript has a 'happy, inspiring or upliftng ending'. Some of the most memorable stories i've read have not had a 'happy' ending but have had a deep impact on my understanding, eg of social justice. Is this a valid way of filtering manuscripts? It’s impossible to predict which books will ‘fly of the shelves’ so publishers relay on past experience and market trends to inform present judgements of who/what will be published. So, again, pluses and minuses.

    Arguably, the biggest influence on mainstream publishers is sales. BookScan tracks sales of print books through point of sale barcodes. If a book doesn’t ‘perform well’ in sales figures, it’s very difficult to persuade them to publish the next book by the same author even if they have taken out an option clause to have first right to publish.

    As far as your other point about true news and current affairs, i sometimes despair at the sensationalised trivia dressed up as news and current affairs. I'm concerned, too, about proposed media laws affecting investigative journalism and a lack of diversity in media reports. This may mean fewer worthwhile comparative debates, as you mention, and more puff pieces in the media.

    Great discussion, Brad, thank you.

  • Ana-Despina Tudor added an answer:
    What's the relationship between social support and empowerment?

    I am doing research (content analysis) on empowering LGBT youth through social media participation (Youtube). I am looking at what people post (videos and comments), but I don't exactly know what content is really empowering.

    I found a lot of literature on social support that analyzes forums and comments and it seems that giving and receiving opinions and advice has a sort of empowering effect upon people. However, I haven't found any clearly stated connection between social support and empowerment.

    Can anyone help me clarify this? Any input is much appreciated.

    Thank you!


    Ana-Despina Tudor · Technische Universität Ilmenau

    Dear Chana,

    Thank you so much for the input and for the articles! I will check them out!

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