Twitter as a first draft of the present – and the challenges of preserving it for the future
Bruns, Axel & Weller, Katrin (2016) Twitter as a first draft of the present – and the challenges of preserving it for the future. In Nejdl, Wolfgang, Hall, Wendy, Parigi, Paolo, & Staab, Steffen (Eds.) Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, ACM, Hannover, Germany, pp. 183-189.
This paper provides a framework for understanding Twitter as a historical source. We address digital humanities scholars to enable the transfer of concepts from traditional source criticism to new media formats, and to encourage the preservation of Twitter as a cultural artifact. Twitter has established itself as a key social media platform which plays an important role in public, real-time conversation. Twitter is also unique as its content is being archived by a public institution (the Library of Congress). In this paper we will show that we still have to assume that much of the contextual information beyond the pure tweet texts is already lost, and propose additional objectives for preservation.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Twitter, social media, user-generated content, cultural heritage, archiving, history, historical sources|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
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:||10 May 2016 01:48|
|Last Modified:||20 Jun 2016 04:51|
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