Social Media can provide the site for research, the data to be researched, the method of research and the channel for distributing research. This board provides a resources to give a general overview and introduction to the concept, whether your interests may be in large scale, quantitative projects, small scale qualitative investigations, mixed methods or something different altogether. Curated from an academic research perspective, but including information drawn from market research and other sectors.
This list includes texts, blogs, Twitter accounts of people and groups involved in social media research, project reports and more.
The authors argue that it is incorrect to conflate internet or online research with social media research. The two, while similar, have key differences with regard to research ethics.
Qualitative researchers have grappled with how online inquiry shifts research procedures such as gaining access to spaces, communicating with participants, and obtaining informed consent. Drawing on a multimethod approach, Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces explores how to design and conduct diverse studies in online environments.
The Digital Methods Initiative is a contribution to doing research into the "natively digital". In other words, the effort is not simply to import well-known methods - be they from humanities, social science or computing. Rather, the focus is on how methods may change, however slightly or wholesale, owing to the technical specificities of new media.
Available through QUT library: A complete "how to" for communicating research through blogs, podcasts, data visualizations, and video.
Aimed at Information Systems researchers, but applicable to many disciplines interested in qualitative social media research. Full text available through QUT Library.
Available from QUT Library: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods offers a step-by-step guide to overcoming the challenges inherent in research projects that deal with "big and broad data," from the formulation of research questions through to the interpretation of findings.
Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice? How do social media change our perceptions of ethical practice? Do social media blur the boundaries between qualitative and quantitative research? This blog explores these issues.
Following his initial post on this topic in 2015, Wasim Ahmed has updated and expanded his rundown of the tools available to social scientists looking to analyse social media data.
@NatCen/@SAGEsociology exploring how social media is changing social science. What does digital mean for our methods/practice? Managers: @was3210
The latest Tweets from Amy Mollett (@amybmollett). Co-author of Communicating Your #Research with #SocialMedia: Using Blogs, Podcasts, #DataViz & Video. Social media manager @LSEnews. Growing veg @wal
The latest Tweets from Social Media @ QUT (@socialmediaQUT). Official Twitterfeed of the Social Media Research Group in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
The latest Tweets from QUT DMRC (@qutdmrc). The QUT Digital Media Research Centre helps society adapt to the changing digital media environment, and trains the researchers of tomorrow. CRICOS No. 0021
Although aimed at market researchers undertaking large scale 'social listening' this report alerts researchers to important aspects for consideration in all social media research. Download the PDF of the report from this page.