In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories Part Two: Approaches and Methods Part Three: Technologies & Business Models Part Four: Practices & Problems Part Five: Social, Cultural & Economic Domains

A Computational Analysis of Social Media Scholarship

A Computational Analysis of Social Media Scholarship

A computational analysis of social media scholarship
Jeremy Foote Aaron Shaw Benjamin Mako Hill


The combination of large-scale trace data generated through social media with a series of advances in computing and statistics have enabled the growth of ‘computational social science’ (Lazer et al., 2009). This turn presents an unprecedented opportunity for researchers who can now test social theories using massive datasets of fine-grained, unobtrusively collected behavioral data. In this chapter, we aim to introduce non-technical readers to the promise of these computational social science techniques by applying three of the most common approaches to a bibliographic dataset of social media scholarship. We use our ...

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