We did it again. Another Twitter network study, but on a very different scale: After our “Austrian political Twittersphere”-project last year, we looked at the Twitter-follower networks on the 2014 European parliament elections. Based on the followings of roughly 450,000 accounts we identified the top 12,000 Twitter users in terms of participation (at least 2 tweets) and centrality (a minimum of 250 followers within the network). Together with our partners at the GfK SMI Center, we analyzed and vizualized the network of those 12,000. We revealed the structural underpinnings of political communication on Twitter that represent interest patterns and shape diffusion dynamics. The whole study including study design, all results and user rankings can be downloaded at gfk.com/twitter. Continue Reading →
Twitter informational ties of MEPs by country and political group
Twitter has become an important channel for political communication in many European countries. Politicians, activists, lobbyists, experts and journalists use the micro-blogging service to exchange information and engage in conversations on current political affairs. In regard to the European elections to be held in May 2014, we can expect Twitter to be an integral part of the media mix for political discussion and campaigning.
“Forsche und sprich darüber“, ein APA Dossier zu neuen Formen der Wissenschaftsvermittlung, in der ich ausführlich zu Wort komme
This article explores the development of a social-political discussion on everyday sexism in Germany, labelled ‘#aufschrei’ (German for ‘outcry’), that started as a small Twitter conversation and evolved into a nationwide debate within 24 hours. After discussing the relationship of social actions, social networks, and interlinked digital objects in the construction of networked publics, the authors propose to understand #aufschrei as an ‘ad hoc’ public—a communication sphere evolving around a shared topic within the spaces of the networked public sphere. Applying both computational research approaches and traditional content analysis to a large set of Twitter data, the authors reconstruct the dynamics of the debate in relation to concepts of horizontal and vertical segments of the public sphere. The conclusion calls for a theoretical reevaluation of how those concepts can be applied to networked publics, and for an increased research effort to develop comprehensive methods for visualizing or objectifying networked publics.
Pre-print Version of an article to be published in the European Journal of Communication (accepted 14 February 2014). Please cite the journal paper as soon as it is published. Authors: Axel Maireder and Stephan Schlögl
Download PDF [UPDATE September 2014: It has now been published as forthcoming by EJC]
Für die aktuellen Ausgabe von „Digitalkompakt“ der Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM) hab ich ein Interview zu Netzöffentlichkeit gegeben, das ich mit freundlicher Genehmigung der LfM hier wiedergeben möchte.
LfM: Soziale Netzwerke wie Facebook werden vor allem als Plattformen für private Zwecke genutzt. Inwieweit berühren sie überhaupt die Öffentlichkeit und die öffentliche Meinung?
The long awaited compendium “Twitter and Society” including my article (with J. Ausserhofer) “Political Discourses on Twitter: Networking Topics, Objects and People” is now available! Published by Peter Lang and edited by Kathrin Weller, Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Merja Mahrt and Cornelius Puschmann, the book contains 31 papers on a wide range of topics, and has its own Twitter account.
The BBC’s School of Journalism Blog has published my commentary on the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ORF) legal fight to be able to use Facebook and Twitter, titled “Public broadcaster battles legal threat against using Twitter and Facebook”. My draft was a little bit shortened by the BBC editors to suit their blog’s audience. This is the original piece with more academic babble Continue Reading →
Mein Text “Identitätsmanagement beim ‚Sharing’ in Social Network Services” (gem. mit J. Ausserhofer) ist nun im Band Emmer et.al. (2013): Echtheit, Wahrheit, Ehrlichkeit. Authentizität in der Online-Kommunikation bei Beltz Juventa erschienen. > PrePrint hier