Social Media

TweetCoding: Display tweets embedded in coding form for analysis

TweetCoding is a tool for simple coding of tweets. It displays 5 tweets per page using Twitter’s tweet embedding to display each tweet as it looks on the Twitter website on a local web page. It needs internet access to get the tweets from Twitter, but all coding data is stored on your computer, not the internet. Tweet Coding Screen The page has form elements for coding each tweet as yes/no/not coded and a comment field for notes.

Social bots in a commercial context – A case study on SoundCloud

Recently, automated communication on social media has seen increased attention. Social bots, social media accounts controlled by algorithms that mimic human behaviour, have been found to attempt to influence users in several political contexts. …

Detecting Twitter bots that share SoundCloud tracks

Work in progress paper presented at Social Media & Society 2018 in Copenhagen today. Developed in collaboration with my QUT DMRC colleagues; Axel Bruns, Felix Münch, Patrik Wikström and our friends at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany; Stefan Stieglitz, Florian Brachten, Björn Ross Paper is now available in the conference proceedings

Detecting Twitter bots that share SoundCloud tracks

Sharing platforms for creative content are often closely connected to general purpose social media platforms like Twitter. This also means that coordinated and automated mechanisms for promoting such content are likely to span both sites: spammers …

Social Media in Australian Federal Elections: Comparing the 2013 and 2016 Campaigns

Against a backdrop of substantial and persistent disruption in Australian federal politics, this article examines the uses of Twitter in campaigning in the 2013 and 2016 federal elections. We comprehensively tracked the tweets posted by, and directed …

The Australian Twittersphere in 2016: Mapping the Follower/Followee Network

Twitter is now a key platform for public communication between a diverse range of participants, but the overall shape of the communication network it provides remains largely unknown. This article provides a detailed overview of the network structure …

Characterising Twitter reply chains in the Australian twittersphere

Axel Bruns live blog of my talk From Snurblog - liveblog at AOIR2017: The next speaker in this AoIR 2017 is my DMRC colleague Brenda Moon, whose focus is on reply chains on Twitter. There are a number of ways in which replies are chained together, and in fact the term ‘reply tree’ may be preferable to ‘reply chains’: there may be many replies to the same original tweet only, or a long dyadic interaction over a series of tweets, or various permutations between these two extremes.

Much Ado About Nothing? The Use of Social Media in the New Digital Agenda Committee of the German Bundestag

More technical opportunities and also more communicative and participatory options online could lead to more political interest in general, and to closer interrelations between citizens and politicians. From the point of view of democratic theory, it …

Identifying Bots in the Australian Twittersphere

WIP Paper available here

Identifying Bots in the Australian Twittersphere

Identification of bots on Twitter can be difficult, and successful approaches often use an iterative workflow, applying different techniques to identify discrete groups of bots. This paper presents first results of the application of this iterative …