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Richard Rogers

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 5: Digital Methods for Cross-platform Analysis

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Digital Methods for Cross-platform Analysis
Digital methods for cross-platform analysis
Richard Rogers
Digital methods after social media

Increasingly employed as an umbrella term for tool-based methods employed in the digital humanities and e-social sciences, digital methods have as their point of departure a series of heuristics with respect to how to study online media (Rogers, 2013b). The first historicises the web as an object of study, one that has undergone a transformation from a (virtual) site for the study of online culture specifically to a source of data about broader societal and cultural trends. Second, to extract the data one not only employs crawlers, scrapers, API logins and manual means, but also pays special attention to ‘query design’ and ‘search as research’ ...

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