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Kelly Fincham: Twitter Research on a Shoestring

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“How to do Twitter Research on a Shoestring”

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Journalism Professor Kelly Fincham explains that Twitter has taken an increasingly influential role in journalism, prompting an accompanying upsurge in academic research, particularly around the ways in which journalists and media organizations have integrated Twitter into their norms and practices.

Twitter offers researchers a potentially deep and rich stream of social media data. However, unlike historical newspaper content, which is readily available via library microfiches or databases like Lexis Nexis, much of the historical data on Twitter (what’s called the Twitter firehose) is walled off in costly private archives.

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