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The Science of Social Participation

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the break-it-down dept.

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cold fjord writes in with this story about research that breaks down Twitter conversations in 6 basic types."The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation analyzed thousands of twitter conversations going back to 2010. They found these conversations occurred based on the structure of the individual's Twitter network. For example, the subjects and content that a person tweets about, the people they follow, the people who follow them and the way they network creates a structure of social activity. In a recently released report Pew reports that they uncovered six distinct patterns for these structures. 'These are data-driven early steps in understanding Twitter discussion structures that contribute to the emerging science of social participation,' Ben Shneiderman professor of computer science at the University of Maryland ... 'This new field is emerging right before our eyes and could eventually have a large impact on our understanding of everything from health to community safety, from business innovation to citizen science and from civic engagement to sustainable energy programs.' ... 'These maps provide insights into people's behavior in a way that complements and expands on traditional research methods ... '"

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Nazi Bootlicker (0, Flamebait)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 5 months ago | (#46301417)

cold fjord is a shill for the mass murdering racist imperialist war criminal capitalist ruling class of the U$A.

Re:Nazi Bootlicker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301941)

he is also a nigger and an anaemic little faggot

Re:Nazi Bootlicker (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 5 months ago | (#46301971)

And those are his GOOD points...

Re:Nazi Bootlicker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46302113)

This should be moderated "Informative". Please read CF's posting history before moderating.

Re:Nazi Bootlicker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303955)

When did Slashdot get taken over by eurofags? I assume about the time it went into the shitter many years ago.

Re:Nazi Bootlicker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303995)

Not just eurofags but liberal arts majors and social science majors (i.e wanna-be eurofags). First post is obviously a poly-sci acolyte training for the priesthood.

phew does reflect random crapflooding? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301437)

aka crapflooding http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=twitter+pr+shill+percent&sm=3

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301443)

Not a single fuck is given about this story!

Re:What? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46302131)

Submitter "cold fjord" is one unit of a US government sockpuppet team which uses the type of data analysed by the Pew Research Center to improve their ability to influence readers here.

Slashdot is also part of the research - he's trying to assess how much of the readership is aware of the monitoring.

Re:What? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46302735)

That's the purpose of Slashdot Beta, to monitor users, eeerrr I mean, audience members. The large fonts and huge empty spaces are so that they can fit the tiny surveillance cameras in between. And by making you scroll the page 50 times to read or type a 200 word post, they are getting your muscle movement patterns from your mouse to build a physical fitness profile on you.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303357)

Apparently there are some badly calibrated troll detectors among the moderators.

Re:What? (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 5 months ago | (#46303647)

Apparently some people never get over their shock and rage at encountering someone that holds a different viewpoint than their own, and is willing to defend it with evidence.

I don't work for the government, nor am I a sock puppet. There is nontrivial percentage of people in my country that hold beliefs generally similar to mine. It takes a particularly stunted view to think you will never encounter them. I hope you get over it, sometime.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46304555)

"It takes a particularly stunted view to think you will never encounter them."

Nah, they just think mommy and daddy will continue to pay for their dorm room so they wont ever have to leave campus.

It's a Cookbook (2)

Bob9113 (14996) | about 5 months ago | (#46301445)

The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation analyzed thousands of twitter conversations going back to 2010. ... 'These maps provide insights into people's behavior in a way that complements and expands on traditional research methods ... '

It's a cookbook. [wikipedia.org] Society is a fuzzy programmable machine, and we are rapidly advancing the science of computer aided psychological operations (CAPO). Widespread use of centralized insecure comm systems makes the research work really easy. Lambs to the slaughter.

Re:It's a Cookbook (2)

cold fjord (826450) | about 5 months ago | (#46301773)

Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.

Re:It's a Cookbook (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46302751)

Reminds me of the Brad Pitt character in Twelve Monkeys, the part where he claims that during his stay at the mental hospital they must have built a model of his brain to predict his actions several years into the future.

Re:It's a Cookbook (2)

paazin (719486) | about 5 months ago | (#46304359)

Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.

Much of this rhetoric borders on needless alarmism; we've had technologies of destruction and oppression for decades and we've managed fairly well despite it. Don't forget that psychological/scientific analysis of human behavior has been influencing politics and those in power for over a century now.

Yeesh (0, Troll)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 5 months ago | (#46301459)

Would somebody please kill all the "social scientists" before they do any more harm.

Re:Yeesh (2, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | about 5 months ago | (#46301499)

But "social scientists" know all, see all, eat all, and tell you where to shit at the end of the day.

Re:Yeesh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301543)

Keep the social scientists out of my toilet.

Re:Yeesh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301979)

But I take my shit in the mornings, you insensitive clod!

Re:Yeesh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301671)

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

- Billy Shakespeare

Boring. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301481)

Give us articles about Cloud Business Solutions.

Re:Boring. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301585)

According to the latest research from the Amazon Unbiased Research Foundation Center, the Cloud can provide Solutions to grow your Business!

Re:Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301779)

Where is your submission on it for us to vote up?

Re:Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46304929)

The next person to utter the term "Cloud" in reference to other people's servers, should be shot.

accurate research completely overlooked (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301483)

#chomsky & assoc.....

How it is used (1)

moschner (3003611) | about 5 months ago | (#46301487)

While this is an interesting look into way people communicate online, for some reason I see this research being used by advertisers before being put to more civic minded uses.

Re:How it is used (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301565)

Will this research help me make friends with fake 16-year-old girls?

Pussy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301581)

It's all about females.

See guys doing something stupid? It's because women encourage it. When the ladies stop thinking something is cool, the activities stop forthwith. So when you see something stupid going on... don't blame the poor guys trying to attract females.

I am quite sure most of the behaviour in social networks can be summed up using some subset of the rule above.

Re:Pussy (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301611)

How dare you imply the existence of a gynecocracy that controls men. You are sexist by definition. Mods, delete the offender immediately.

This is BETA news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301589)

How can they dont let a fucking beta ! fuck beta

Didn't Azimov call this Psychohistory? (3, Informative)

sandbagger (654585) | about 5 months ago | (#46301593)

Re:Didn't Azimov call this Psychohistory? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301657)

Am sure there is some sort of psycho involved.

Re:Didn't Azimov call this Psychohistory? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301699)

Gratz!

Caught one with mod points to burn!

Those who wish not to participate? (1)

EzInKy (115248) | about 5 months ago | (#46301737)

Wouldn't that be a more interesting study? What do researchers make of those who do not want their every bowell movement be globally shared make of them? Do they simply label such people as social parranahs who are trying to hide illicit activity or do they factor in sincere the sincere desires to preserve a human being's privacy?

Re:Those who wish not to participate? (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 5 months ago | (#46302753)

Wouldn't that be a more interesting study? What do researchers make of those who do not want their every bowell movement be globally shared make of them? Do they simply label such people as social parranahs who are trying to hide illicit activity or do they factor in sincere the sincere desires to preserve a human being's privacy?

Or who maybe just aren't interested? Or who maybe (gasp) don't even use Twitter?

I'm so sad that they won't be able to analyze me.

Re:Those who wish not to participate? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303233)

The self-selecting nature of social media participants has been underestimated in all forms of research and analysis. The only people who participate in social media seem to be people who have nothing better to do. The people who are doing something don't have the time and energy to bother. So you have a self-selected group of people with nothing better to do than post to social media, which gives you a population of people who have some reason to promote themselves (media figures, athletes, etc), unemployed people, busybodies, and so on. This absolutely has to skew any conclusions drawn from looking at social media posts.

Re:Those who wish not to participate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303841)

The self-selecting nature of social media participants has been underestimated in all forms of research and analysis. The only people who participate in social media seem to be people who have nothing better to do. The people who are doing something don't have the time and energy to bother. So you have a self-selected group of people with nothing better to do than post to social media, which gives you a population of people who have some reason to promote themselves (media figures, athletes, etc), unemployed people, busybodies, and so on. This absolutely has to skew any conclusions drawn from looking at social media posts.

Which is why actual social scientists don't use social media to do their research.

Re:Those who wish not to participate? (1)

epiccollision (1373095) | about 5 months ago | (#46304565)

how long before we find out/realize most of "social media" is a self aggrandizing pit of bots and social media companies. I know people who operate thousands of followers/friends each, they may not outnumber the real users but they are following/friends with one.

Maybe I'm missing the point but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46301755)

I think this guys smokin crack lol. Who makes a leap from twitter patterns to sustainable energy programs?! Dafuq is he smoking, seriously...

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Classic patterns of group interacion ON A COMPUTER (0)

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projection (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303165)

"If a pattern didn’t fit into a particular structure they created a new".
Sounds as pointless as trying to find meaning in the changing shape of a flock of starlings. They are trying to project meaning on the meaningless.

Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303517)

Just wait until they start to use the findings to make predictions - that's when things get ugly.
.

prof of computer science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46303929)

has something to say about social interactions??? I mean really?

Lies, lies, and statistics (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | about 5 months ago | (#46304951)

What percentage of twitter is marketing teams using each other to up their numbers? Where I work, most employees who are customer facing were told to double their twitter followers. They all followed hundreds of accounts that automatically follow you back. Check, good work says the marketing team. This is just another of the many bogus internet trends that will collapse under its own weight.

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