Methodological innovation in precarious spaces: The case of Twitter

Bruns, Axel & Burgess, Jean (2015) Methodological innovation in precarious spaces: The case of Twitter. In Snee, Helene, Hine, Christine, Morey, Yvette, Roberts, Steven, & Watson, Hayley (Eds.) Digital Methods for Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Research Innovation. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 17-33.

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Abstract

Social media analytics is a rapidly developing field of research at present: new, powerful ‘big data’ research methods draw on the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of social media platforms. Twitter has proven to be a particularly productive space for such methods development, initially due to the explicit support and encouragement of Twitter, Inc. However, because of the growing commercialisation of Twitter data, and the increasing API restrictions imposed by Twitter, Inc., researchers are now facing a considerably less welcoming environment, and are forced to find additional funding for paid data access, or to bend or break the rules of the Twitter API. This article considers the increasingly precarious nature of ‘big data’ Twitter research, and flags the potential consequences of this shift for academic scholarship.

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ID Code: 90465
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Twitter, social media, research methods, innovation, platforms
ISBN: 9781137453655
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 > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 23:04
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 17:17

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