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Chapter 32: Collecting Qualitative Data from Facebook: Approaches and Methods

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Collecting Qualitative Data from Facebook: Approaches and Methods
Collecting Qualitative Data from Facebook: Approaches and Methods
Hannah DitchfieldJoanne Meredith
Introduction

There is a growing use of the Internet for social research, particularly for the collection of qualitative data. It is a fertile ground for such data, with textual material such as videos, blog posts, comments, social networking posts and so on, all becoming part of the expanse of qualitative material online. More recently, online content has become more multimodal with pictures, videos and audio being used in combination with the written, or typed, word (Herring, 2015). There are, then, numerous data types and, as a result, there appear to be no standardised procedures for collecting online qualitative data (Hewson, 2008).

There have been a number of books and ...

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