Challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online
Highfield, Tim, Kirchhoff, Lars, & Nicolai, Thomas (2011) Challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online. Social Science Computer Review.
Attempts to map online networks, representing relationships between people and sites, have covered sites including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. However, the predominant approach of static network visualization, treating months of data as a single case rather than depicting changes over time or between topics, remains a flawed process. As different events and themes provoke varying interactions and conversations, it is proposed that case-by-case analysis would aid studies of online social networks by further examining the dynamics of links and information flows. This study uses hyperlink analysis of a population of French political blogs to compare connections between sites from January to August 2009. Themes discussed in this period were identified for subsequent analysis of topic-oriented networks. By comparing static blogrolls with topical citations within posts, this research addresses challenges and methods in mapping online networks, providing
new information on temporal aspects of linking behaviors and information flows within these systems.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||published online 21 September 2010|
|Keywords:||blogs, network mapping, methodology, social media, visualization|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2010 SAGE Publications|
|Deposited On:||13 May 2011 07:31|
|Last Modified:||03 Apr 2013 05:10|
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