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The Science of Social Participation 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the break-it-down dept.
cold fjord writes in with this story about research that breaks down Twitter conversations in 6 basic types."The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation analyzed thousands of twitter conversations going back to 2010. They found these conversations occurred based on the structure of the individual's Twitter network. For example, the subjects and content that a person tweets about, the people they follow, the people who follow them and the way they network creates a structure of social activity. In a recently released report Pew reports that they uncovered six distinct patterns for these structures. 'These are data-driven early steps in understanding Twitter discussion structures that contribute to the emerging science of social participation,' Ben Shneiderman professor of computer science at the University of Maryland ... 'This new field is emerging right before our eyes and could eventually have a large impact on our understanding of everything from health to community safety, from business innovation to citizen science and from civic engagement to sustainable energy programs.' ... 'These maps provide insights into people's behavior in a way that complements and expands on traditional research methods ... '"
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The Science of Social Participation

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  • by Bob9113 (14996) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @11:19PM (#46301445) Homepage

    The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation analyzed thousands of twitter conversations going back to 2010. ... 'These maps provide insights into people's behavior in a way that complements and expands on traditional research methods ... '

    It's a cookbook. [wikipedia.org] Society is a fuzzy programmable machine, and we are rapidly advancing the science of computer aided psychological operations (CAPO). Widespread use of centralized insecure comm systems makes the research work really easy. Lambs to the slaughter.

    • Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.

      • by paazin (719486)

        Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.

        Much of this rhetoric borders on needless alarmism; we've had techno

  • Would somebody please kill all the "social scientists" before they do any more harm.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Mashiki (184564)

      But "social scientists" know all, see all, eat all, and tell you where to shit at the end of the day.

  • Boring. (Score:2, Funny)

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  • by sandbagger (654585) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @11:57PM (#46301593)
  • Wouldn't that be a more interesting study? What do researchers make of those who do not want their every bowell movement be globally shared make of them? Do they simply label such people as social parranahs who are trying to hide illicit activity or do they factor in sincere the sincere desires to preserve a human being's privacy?

    • Wouldn't that be a more interesting study? What do researchers make of those who do not want their every bowell movement be globally shared make of them? Do they simply label such people as social parranahs who are trying to hide illicit activity or do they factor in sincere the sincere desires to preserve a human being's privacy?

      Or who maybe just aren't interested? Or who maybe (gasp) don't even use Twitter?

      I'm so sad that they won't be able to analyze me.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The self-selecting nature of social media participants has been underestimated in all forms of research and analysis. The only people who participate in social media seem to be people who have nothing better to do. The people who are doing something don't have the time and energy to bother. So you have a self-selected group of people with nothing better to do than post to social media, which gives you a population of people who have some reason to promote themselves (media figures, athletes, etc), unemploye

      • how long before we find out/realize most of "social media" is a self aggrandizing pit of bots and social media companies. I know people who operate thousands of followers/friends each, they may not outnumber the real users but they are following/friends with one.

  • What percentage of twitter is marketing teams using each other to up their numbers? Where I work, most employees who are customer facing were told to double their twitter followers. They all followed hundreds of accounts that automatically follow you back. Check, good work says the marketing team. This is just another of the many bogus internet trends that will collapse under its own weight.

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