[publication] What are we tweeting about? Providing Context for Twitter Analysis

Our publication about „What are we tweeting about? Providing Context for Twitter Analysis“ is now published in the International Journal of Computer and Information Technology.
Abstract:

Twitter is a medium, which is primarily used for real-time communication. Due to the limitations of retrieving older tweets, archiving them is necessary to enable users to access and analyze old tweets. When analyzing tweet archives, more contexts can lead to better results. This research work aims to determine the value of context for an analysis of tweet archives. First of all the current state of the art of Twitter analysis research is discussed. Afterwards a tool called TweetCollector is introduced, which provides archiving capabilities. Additionally, a further tool for Twitter analysis called TwitterStat is developed. Finally a real-world use case is performed and discussed in depth. The research study points out that providing this context leads to better understanding of the analysis results.

Reference: Ebner, M., Altmann, T. (2014) What are we tweeting about? Providing Context for Twitter Analysis, International Journal of Computer and Information Technology, 3/6, pp. 1390 – 1397

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[publication] How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs

We are feeling very honored that our contribution „How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs“ is part of the book Twitter & Society.
Abstract:

In this chapter we concentrate on an analysis of Twitter usage surrounding a German-language MOOC that could indicate future trends in technology-enhanced learning. Our research focuses on the Twitter stream accompanying the course and ask how Twitter is used and for what purposes by the heavy twitter users, by the educators / organisers / guestspeakers in the course and if tweets from “outside” get into to the stream.

Reference: van Treeck, T., Ebner, M. (2013) How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs. In: Twitter & Society, Weller, K., Bruns, A., Burgess, J., Mahrt, M., Puschmann, C. (eds.), Peter Lang, p. 411-424

[publication] Get Granular on Twitter – Tweets from a Conference and their Limited Usefulness for Non-Participants

Our publication at this year World Computer Congress about „Get Granular on Twitter – Tweets from a Conference and their Limited Usefulness for Non-Participants“ is now online as draft version available.
Abstract:

The use of microblogging applications (especially Twitter) becomes common in different settings. Nowadays, active conference participants post messages on microblogging platforms to exchange information fast and in real- time. Recent research work addressed quantitative analyses in terms of number of tweets or active Twitter user in a specific time period. In this publication we look at the content of the contributions. It can be shown that only a few posts are of interest for non-participants of the corresponding event and that a meaningful usage of a microblogging application needs carefulness.


Reference: Ebner, M., Mühlburger, H., Schön (aka Schaffert), S., Schiefner, M., Reinhardt, W., Wheeler, S. (2010) Get Granular on Twitter – Tweets from a Conference and their Limited Usefulness for Non-Participants, N. Reynolds and M. Turcsányi-Szabó (Eds.), KCKS 2010, IFIP AICT 324, pp. 102–113