We have documented users in 30 languages including the ten most-spoken on earth. See this multilingual list of academic publications that cite DiscoverText.
New Academic Citations of DiscoverText: 2019-2020
Communication About Hereditary Cancers on Social Media: A Content Analysis of Tweets About Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Lynch Syndrome
The Story of Goldilocks and Three Twitter’s APIs: A Pilot Study on Twitter Data Sources and Disclosure
Free and Low-Cost Twitter Research Software Tools for Social Science
VATAS: An Open-Source Web Platform for Visual and Textual Analysis of Social Media
‘Brussels will land on its feet like a cat’: motivations for memefying #Brusselslockdown
Recovering from Scandals: Twitter Coverage of Oxfam and Save the Children Scandals
Understanding public opinion to the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland: a qualitative study using Twitter
Analyzing Twitter Data: Advantages and Challenges in the Study of UN Climate Negotiations
Exploring Political Journalism Homophily on Twitter: A Comparative Analysis of US and UK Elections in 2016 and 2017
Turf wars: Using social media network analysis to examine the suspected astroturfing campaign for the Adani Carmichael Coal mine on Twitter
Blurring European and Islamic values or brightening the good – bad Muslim dichotomy? A critical analysis of French Muslim victims of Jihadi terror online on twitter and in Le Monde newspaper
Approaches to Mormon Identity and Practice in the #ldsconf Twitter Hashtag
Nursing Organizations’ Health Policy Content on Facebook and Twitter Preceding the 2016 United States Presidential Election 2016 年美国总统大选前护理机构在Facebook和Twitter上发布的卫生政策
Using Social Network Analysis to Study Twitter Data in the Field of International Agreements
Opinion leaders on Twitter immigration issue networks: combining agenda-setting effects and the two-step flow of information
Unraveling Public Health Crises Across Stages: Understanding Twitter Emotions and Message Types During the California Measles Outbreak
Twitter message types, health beliefs, and vaccine attitudes during the 2015 measles outbreak in California
Narratives of the refugee crisis: A comparative study of mainstream-media and twitter
Novel insights into views towards H1N1 during the 2009 Pandemic: a thematic analysis of Twitter data
‘There’s a Starman waiting in the sky’: Mourning David #Bowie on Twitter
Multi-Party Media Partisanship Attention Score. Estimating Partisan Attention of News Media Sources Using Twitter Data in the Lead-up to 2018 Italian Election
It Takes a Village: A Social Network Approach to NGOs’ International Public Engagement
Tweeting Grenfell: Discourse and networks in critical constructions of British Muslim social boundaries on social media
Using Social Media as a Source for Understanding Public Perceptions of Archaeology: Research Challenges and Methodological Pitfalls
Breastfeeding Discourse on Social Media
The application of the sentiment analysis technique in social media as a tool for social management practices at the governmental level
Shouting on social media? A borderscapes perspective on a contentious hashtag
Cosmopolitan Dimensions of Virality and “The Boy in the Ambulance”
Diverging patterns of interaction around news on social media: insularity and partisanship during the 2018 Italian election campaign
Mapping Information of Fire Events, from VGI Source (Twitter), for Effective Disaster Management (in Greece); The Fire of North-East Attica, August 2017, (Greece) Case Study
Understanding a digital movement of opinion: the case of #RefugeesWelcome
Hashtag Unity: Qatar’s digital nationalism in the Gulf crisis
Ups and Downs: Social Media Advocacy of Bipolar Disorder on World Mental Health Day
Covering Trump’s ‘Carnival’: A Rhetorical Alternative to ‘Objective’ Reporting
“I can’t believe #Ziggy #Stardust died” Stance, fan identities and multimodality in reactions to the death of David Bowie on Instagram
Serial participants of social media climate discussion as a community of practice: a longitudinal network analysis
“To Ferguson, Love Palestine”: mediating life under occupation
Pro-social messages and transcendence: A content analysis of Facebook reactions to Mark Zuckerberg’s donation pledge
From media technologies to mediated events: a different settlement between media studies and science and technology studies
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Affective Action and Delayed Dissent: Why Colombia’s Referendum Opponents Tweeted Their Outrage a Year After the Theft of Their Vote
Toxic for Whom? Examining the Targets of Uncivil and Intolerant Discourse in Online Political Talk
The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use Before, During and After the Libyan Uprising
Classifier, représenter et labelliser: Cadre et outils méthodologiques associés pour une émergence automatique de thématiques sur données textuelles
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The New Normal: Tulsi2020
Have you ever fallen into a spiraling lake of data? That is how it feels trying to understand the debate between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tulsi Gabbard over the “Russia” question. In the last post, we alerted readers to the heavy presence of #MAGA movement identities (user_descriptions) in the “Tulsi OR Gabbard” Twitter data which is accumulating at a remarkable rate.
Today, while we are pouring over the translated Russian and other non-English user bios, I wanted to share something new emerging from our inductive research methods.
Trump Trolls Love to Post about Tulsi Gabbard
There are a lot of things happening in this data. We are not finding one trend, a single pattern, or a clear playbook. It’s more like walking around an Iowa hog lot; no matter where you go, everything stinks. For example, we are seeing a lot of interesting activity in the accounts that are 1-day old.
The Top 20 Most Viral Tweets about Tulsi in Our Collection
Based on more than 750,000 Tweets collected from the Twitter Search API over the last three or so days, these are the most viral retweets are shown here.
That is a bunch of hot topics for a 2% candidate. So who are the most active screen_names? What are the top 10 user descriptions?
As in many of these posts, we invite the reader to reflect on these data. You can visually inspect samples from the users and hashtags cited here using the Advanced Search feature provided by Twitter. In a complex and ambiguous space, the value of manual inspection cannot be over-stated.
The accumulation of strategies and accidents, humans and machines, truths and distortions, all in one semi-regulated information system is a fact we live with. In every open democratic debate, with or without Twitter, there will be authentic and staged performances. All the world is a stage. It is worth noting, in this context, the special platform affordances of Twitter, including automated retweeting, post scheduling, private networks, and so on.
Sometimes it is precisely the lack of affordance that is notable as well. For example, the landscape of very limited authentication of identity. I am a PhD-holding recovering academic, a former 7-year customer of Gnip & Twitter, with many public presentations posted on legitimate third party web sites, yet I cannot get a blue Twitter verified check mark next to my name. Why am I unverifiable? I was a founding board member and Treasurer of a 501(c)(6) dedicated to the long term preservation of the social data ecosystem.
By enabling extreme forms of inauthentic communication, networks like Twitter seek commoditize the transmission of misleading information. There are ad tech connections creating incentives to allow this behavior.
Having spent the last two weeks documenting the extensive role of MAGA-related Twitter accounts in the Canadian election, let’s turn back to the United States and check in with the Democratic party primary where a food fight recently broke out.
Candidate Tulsi Gabbard is getting a much closer look these days. The assertion by HRC that she is a product of Russian grooming definitely got a lot of press, but most of it was opinion-based (bashing Clinton, see Van Jones on CNN for example) rather than a data-based analysis of the role that foreign actors have played promoting the Gabbard candidacy. According to a report on the event in The Hill:
“The Russians already have their “eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” she said, in an apparent reference to Gabbard. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her, so far,” Clinton told David Plouffe, the podcast’s host and the campaign manager for former President Obama’s 2008 campaign.”
Who is Tweeting about Tulsi Gabbard
In a new series of posts, we will inductively explore Twitter data that mentions “Tulsi” or “Gabbard” to see what appears in the digital vapor trail of her Twitter supporters and opposition. It definitely caught my attention when it was reported that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has maxed out his contributions to Tulsi2020.
Leaving aside her billionaire backers (Dorsey, a platform Czar, and Vladimir Putin, the other kind of Czar), who else is pushing Candidate Gabbard into the trending column on Twitter as well as the crowded Democratic debate stage in the primaries? Maybe it is these folks?
You Be the Judge
We collected over 100,000 mentions of “Tulsi” or Gabbard” produced by Twitter users with 49,082 distinct user_descriptions in under 24 hours on October 20, 2019. Using a short set of search terms and the Boolean OR operator (God OR Patriot OR Brexit OR Swamp OR Trump OR MAGA OR KAG OR QAnon OR Sharia OR Islam), we found >20% of the bios in the Tulsi Gabbard data have a clear pro-MAGA ideological orientation.
Let’s broaden this out a bit and scroll through some of the bios organized alphabetically in a spreadheeet, which is incredibly interesting if you ever try it!
None of this supports the claims that Tulsi Gabbard is an agent of the Russians. However, it does suggest we have significant and complex work ahead to guage the scope and nature of the support she receives not only from Trump supporters, but from a wider multilingual, global audience of fans and critics. We turn to that next.