Texifter’s most recent historical Twitter prize winners include three from the United States, one from Great Britain, and one from France. Winners receive Enterprise access to DiscoverText for six months, and Sifter credit for up to three historical Twitter days and 200,000 tweets. The following is a snapshot of the most recent winners and their proposed research projects. Diana Ascher PhD student in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA @dianaascher “Helping Companies Streamline Information” Ascher proposes exploring cultural time orientation by analyzing the Twitter feeds from three news organizations to better understand how “information agents’ cultural backgrounds affect corporate information practice,” and specifically how organizations decide what information to share and when. Ascher hopes the research will help businesses streamline their information activity and routines, and help managers understand “how employees decide what’s important and what’s not.” Stephen Barnard Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at St. Lawrence University @socsavvy “Better Understanding Journalism via Boston Marathon Bombing Twitter Data” Barnard plans to use Sifter to collect and analyze Twitter data about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. He will use Twitter’s PowerTrack filters to conduct a detailed search of Tweets that reported on the bombing, and compare the results to the responses from professional and citizen journalists. “I hope to gain a better understanding of the reporting processes and outcomes emerging from both groups,” Barnard writes, adding that he will use the findings to “highlight the structural relations of the emerging journalistic field.” Oliver Haimson PhD Student in the Informatics Department at University of California, Irvine @oliverhaimson “Analyzing Hashtags” Haimson’s plans to use the prize to analyze the hashtags #nymwars and #mynameis, which were used in 2011 and 2014 to critique Google’s and Facebook’s “real name” policies. He plans to evaluate the Twitter data from these two hashtags “using computational linguistics, qualitative coding, and social network analysis.” Omar Jaafor PhD Student in the Department of Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Simulation at University of Technology of Troyes @lmhasher “Developing Algorithms for Social Networks” Jaafor and fellow researchers will use the prize to continue to develop “clustering and anomaly detection algorithms for social networks in a big data environment.” Wasim Ahmed PhD Student in the Health Informatics Research Group at the University of Sheffield’s Information Department @was3210 ” Responding to Infectious Disease Outbreaks” Ahmed will use his prize to “study how users respond to outbreaks on infectious diseases on social media platforms, such as Twitter.” He plans to use his data towards his PhD “Pandemics and epidemics: User reactions on social media and Web 2.0 platforms.” For more information on the Texifter’s social data offer and text analytics tools, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Better yet, sign up for a free 30-day trial and start collecting your own social data today.
We need beta testers to close out our first year of new product development. Our tool Sifter is used for searching the complete “undeleted” history of Twitter. It allows the user to get a free estimate of the size and cost of a data license. Sifter supports keyword and metadata filters as well as complex Boolean formulations, all powered by the Gnip PowerTrack. We are offering a prize drawing for anyone (not limited to academics) who gets onto Sifter between today December 2, 2014 and the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2014 and completes the following three steps:
- Create a valid Sifter estimate for no more than 3 Twitter days resulting in no more than 100,000 results. Depending on the keyword or hashtags, this may take some trial and error and possibly use of the sampling filter. We’d very much like you to iterate through various free estimate attempts. Once you are logged in, it takes between 30 seconds and 2 minutes to create a valid estimate, depending on the complexity of your rules.
- Tweet about the experience including @texifter in the body of the Tweet.
- Send us a brief email about how Sifter could be improved (email@example.com) and please include a link to your Tweet.
The prize drawing will take place December 22nd. The drawing is limited to one entry per Twitter account. An individual or organization with multiple Twitter accounts can enter multiple times, however, an individual or organization can win only one prize. We will award five equal prizes in December. The winners will be able to get new estimates for up to 3 Twitter days and no more than 200,000 tweets. Texifter will pay the license fees and the winners will have access to the data in gratis DiscoverText Enterprise accounts for 90 days. For more information, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org. To get started, register for Sifter or login to your existing account.
As a part of getting new users to test our Sifter beta, every month this summer we are awarding 12 #datagrants to academics. These prizes shave thousands of dollars of costs off of your research. The August social data and tools prize winners were: Kelli S. Burns, Ph.D. University of South Florida School of Mass Communications “I will look at the #icebucketchallenge during a particularly active time in the campaign (mid-August 2014) when several celebrities were creating a lot of attention for their videos. I plan to explore the celebrity impact on tweets as well as specific mentions of ALS in tweets about the campaign. I am also interested in conversation themes related to the campaign and how other organizations hijacked the hashtag for their own gain.” @KelliSBurns Kathleen PJ Brennan PhD Candidate at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Political Science “I hope to use my data and software prize to study the influence of internet memes on political interest and awareness. This particular analysis will form part of a dissertation chapter on internet memes, which examines such memes as emergent agents in the overlaps of online and offline spaces. This will be my first opportunity to incorporate such data into my dissertation, and I can’t wait to get started!” @katiepbrennan Aminu Bello Phd Research Student Marketing “To analyse data from social media To find out the role of social media in CRM Data will be collected primarily from facebook and twitter pages” Ann Pegoraro Laurentian University School of Sports Administration and I am the Director of the Institute for Sport Marketing, a research center at the university “I plan on using the Texifter Data and software to further my research work in social media use in sport. In particular, the historical data will be used by my colleagues and I to investigate how the use of Twitter by athletes, teams/organizations and fans has evolved over time.” @SportMgmtProf Susan Currie Sivek Linfield College Mass Communication “I will use the prize to continue to study the relationship between journalism and social media. I am especially interested in how magazines use these media to connect to their audiences.” @profsivek Dimitrinka Atanasova Research Associate (CascEff) and PhD student Media and Communication, University of Leicester “I plan to study information sharing about obesity, specifically I hope to identify the sources behind the web links that are shared most. For my recently submitted PhD I analysed obesity-related news articles from selected online newspapers, and while it can be expected that content from these should be among the most shared, I would like to see what other information sources are read/shared.” @dbatanasova Hassan Zamir University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science “The Texifter data prize will be primarily used as the data for writing my dissertation which focuses on how and what citizens and expatriates of Bangladesh reported about the Shahbag Movement during 2013 in Twitter. A content analysis of these tweets will be helpful to get an insight about the protest, it’s primary issues, protesters, and their concerns. The data will be useful for understanding how social media tools like Twitter increases democracy, civic engagement, and social empowerment. A potential outcome of this research will be designing a computer supported tool for better understanding worldwide social movements and mitigate the social crisis issues quickly.” @hassan_zamir Jacob Groshek Boston university Emerging media “I plan to look at how people use social media in a smoking cessation program. Or follow other emergent social situations, like Ferguson or Gaza.” @jgroshek Yunkang Yang University of Washington Department of Communication “I would use it to extract historical posts to study online discourse regarding a major public event in China in 2012, as well as the access to discover text to cleanse, code and visualize the data. I hope to group those posts into categories to show the levels of contention in discourse and to reflect the role social media play in facilitating public debate.” @yangyunkang Will Frankenstein Carnegie Mellon University Dept. Engineering & Public Policy / Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems “I will be using the data to explore how individuals communicate and discuss technological risk as expressed on social media. I will be focusing on discussions of nuclear proliferation. The prize is especially helpful for gauging and distinguishing the immediate social media response vs. the long-term response of major events related to nuclear materials, such as Fukushima and New START.” Micah Altman MIT Libraries: Program on Information Science “We will experiment with PowerTrack to pilot to integrate dynamic corrections to official statistics. We will experiment with DiscoverText to perform collaborative evaluation of transparency in government data and websites.” @drmaltman
As a part of getting new users to test our sifter beta, every month this summer we are awarding 12 #datagrants to academics. All you need to do to be included in the August drawing is submit a valid historical Twitter estimate request using sifter and then send us your CV. These prizes shave thousands of dollars of costs off of your research. The July social data and tools prize winners were: Enrique Castro Sanchez Centre for Infection Prevention and Management at Imperial College London
“I am interested in exploring how antibiotics and antibiotic resistance are discussed in Twitter, focusing on opinion leaders driving particular perceptions. The data will allow me to explore collective Twitter responses to news and events related to antibiotics, in an effort to understand how best mobilise public opinion.” @castrocloud
Stephen Barnard Department of Sociology at St. Lawrence University
“I plan to use the Texifter #datagrant and DiscoverText software package to extend my research on the significance of Twitter in American journalism. This may include collecting both real-time and historical tweets relating to major events in the journalistic field. Additionally, I am also hoping to use the Texifter/DiscoverText package as a grading tool, given that I often incorporate social media projects and Twitter discussion in my classes and have been searching for an efficient way to collect and grade them. This prize provides an ideal opportunity for me to experiment with new grading protocols.” @socsavvy
Gonzalo Bacigalupe Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston
“Do ehealth, innovation in healthcare and technology, mhealth, and other forms of ehealth ideas, emerge associated to the question of health equity, social determinants of health, and overall with concerns about social justice” @bacigalupe
“As an economist I am interested in how economic agents interact with each other; in particular how networks (formally or informally – hence Twitter and other social networks) influence decision-making. I hope to use this data award to learn more about the ways in which decisions are impacted by the position somebody has within a network.” @jjreade
Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld Political Science at the University of California – San Diego
“I am researching how individuals use Twitter to organize contentious action in authoritarian regimes. Because I have too many tweets to hand code, creating topic models is a core part of my research. Access to an Enterprise level DiscoverText account will prove invaluably productive.” @ZacharyST
“I will be using the data for community detection and anomaly detection. I am building algorithms that allow for community and anomaly detection in networks using both the attributes of nodes (country, age, messages…) and relationships between nodes.” @lmhasher
“With Prof. Ed Lee in the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, I’m studying how to evaluate online protests and their achievements. We use the case study method to examine tweets related to protests of NSA surveillance. Our goal is to develop a set of metrics by which we can better evaluate the success of online protests and what they may achieve, particularly in protests whose objectives do not involve revolution or overthrow of the government. The results of the project will be useful for Internet activists, businesses, media, policymakers, and software programmers in designing, evaluating, or utilizing social media for political purposes.” @libbyh
“I’m exploring social media commentary about the use of conflict resolution programming in schools, with a special focus on peer mediation. I’ve been gathering tweets related to peer mediation and find some interesting back-channel conversations going on that school staff probably are not aware of.” @bwarters
Nigel L. Williams FestIM Research Project, School of Tourism at Bournemouth University
“My research examines Digital Engagement by stakeholders with Projects and Events. I’m especially interested in applying Social Network Analysis and Text Analysis to understand conversations on Social Media about Projects and Events. In the Project Domain, I will look at online narratives discussing Crossrail, a London transport project. For Events, I will apply the data and software to examine the impact of online narratives on a costal destination” @Org_PM
Meredith Clark Journalism & Mass Communication at UNC-CH
“I will use the prize to extend my research into digital media use and connectivity among minorities.” @meredithclark
Stephen K Tagg Marketing at Strathclyde Business School
“To produce academic articles on dynamic modelling of sentiments in the Scottish Independence Referendum debate. This is in cooperation with a colleague in the school of government (Dr Mark Shephard). Techniques for the analysis of unstructured data in the R software environment will be used: qdap, tm and Austin.” @stephenktagg
Bill Wilkerson Political Science at SUNY Oneonta
“I am interested in learning about how the US Supreme Court is discussed on Twitter. What cases draw interest? What network patterns exist in this discussion? I hope that there is sufficient geo-location data to use this as part of the research as well.” @bill_wilkerson
Remember: All you need to do to be included in the July drawing is submit a valid historical Twitter estimate request using sifter and then send us your CV.
We are making continual improvements to the sifter beta. Our goal is to develop the best possible user interface for Gnip’s PowerTrack filters when searching for historical Twitter data. Version 2 of the historical Twitter filtering system reflects a lot of great input from our early adopters. The work is far from done. This video introduces v2. What we need is your input. How can we make this tool for searching every undeleted tweet in history easier to use?