Talking of many things : using topical networks to study discussions in social media

Highfield, Tim (2012) Talking of many things : using topical networks to study discussions in social media. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 30(3-4), pp. 204-218.

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This paper outlines a method for studying online activity using both qualitative and quantitative methods: topical network analysis. A topical network refers to "the collection of sites commenting on a particular event or issue, and the links between them" (Highfield, Kirchhoff, & Nicolai, 2011, p. 341). The approach is a complement for the analysis of large datasets enabling the examination and comparison of different discussions as a means of improving our understanding of the uses of social media and other forms of online communication. Developed for an analysis of political blogging, the method also has wider applications for other social media websites such as Twitter.

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ID Code: 55509
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social media, Blogs, Twitter, Networks, Issue publics
DOI: 10.1080/15228835.2012.746894
ISSN: 1522-8991
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Technology in Human Services, 30(3-4), pp. 204-218 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2012 22:54
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 06:35

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