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Research on the Free Web Tutorial: B. Twitter

Who's the tweety bird?

Twitter.

Tweets.

140 characters max.

How can this possibly be of use in academic work?

There are two main uses:

  • Keeping up with an evolving event or situation that's relevant to one of your classes (e.g. the presidential election)
  • Following tweets from individuals who are significant to your topic
Twitter's strengths are timeliness and democratic access for all sides and voices in any given debate - and it IS a debate.  It's not controlled by a single source as news, Facebook pages, and blogs are, so all sides can be represented.  Twitter's weakness is that it is unedited and not fact-checked.  It's hard to know what value to give to any single tweet.  For academic use, you'll likely follow a person or a hashtag and use the collective set of tweets to bolster your work, which should be supported by more robust information resources.

 

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