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Play by Play or Color Comments:
The evolution of tweeting from conferences
Christina K. Pikas
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Pikas research day 2014 poster

Poster describing one tiny aspect of my dissertation work: how geoscientists tweet meetings. Insights from taking so #$% long to finish so lots of conferences were held!

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Pikas research day 2014 poster

  1. 1. Play by Play or Color Comments: The evolution of tweeting from conferences Christina K. Pikas Conclusions The increasing use of Twitter from conferences gave rise to new roles of tweeters, such as color commentator and play-by-play commentator, and to many functions of tweets, such as persuasion and coordination. Introduction As part of my dissertation work studying scholarly communication in science, I have been studying how geoscientists tweet at conferences. This poster reports some interesting insights from that work. Tweets about the American Geophysical Union meeting were gathered for 2010-2012. I reviewed weets from 2013 in real time. nasa nasajpl efectos1260 “there’s a lot of the equivalent of sitting around the dorm late at night shooting the breeze” For 2010 an archive tool, TwapperKeeper, was used to gather and obtain preliminary statistics for the tweets with hashtag #agu10. Titan and Rhea as seen by Cassini and studied by participants Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute In subsequent years Twitter terms of service caused the closure of such tools so I gathered the Tweets using the site’s search (for #agu11, #agu2011, #agu12, #agu2012) and copying to Excel. I used Open refine to extract the user participants. I performed social network analysis to visualize the communication networks As is apparent from the visualizations, in 2010 many tweets were initially directed at the two major institutional accounts: @agu and @nasa. Much of this was about press releases and may not have come from meeting participants. In 2012 and 2013, the graphs are more interconnected. I conducted semi-structured interviews with participants selected from meeting tweets. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed. Initial coding was based on a comprehensive communication framework developed through an extensive review of the literature. I added new codes as they emerged from the data. setiinstitute theagu Groups of geoscience tweeters form a close network – even a “family” – and support each other at meetings and over the course of the year. Methods Year Tweeters Tweets 2010 860 2995 2011 907 3604 2012 1276 6207 2010 @ network, nodes sized by degree, largest component only Results Participants described various roles that were negotiated: “If there’s only one person in the room people tend to take it more seriously because people feel that they are providing information from that room” Example: “Emile-Geay: using non-marine proxies for SST reconstruction potentially problematic; unstable teleconnections #AGU12” “I sort of switched over to be a color commentator. Because you only need so many people in a session saying the dawn spacecraft found the radius of Vespa is…” “Sometimes I’ll tweet something I hear the audience say during talks … sometimes you’ll hear the person behind you say bullxxxx under their breath … so you give people a sense of what it’s like in the room” Example: “This is pretty awesome - Pearson and Tierney are a great team on stage during questions #AGU12” Yet “…a way to bounce things off of people … ‘hey this is how I’m interpreting this’ and [] who’s a dynamics guy could say … ‘that’s kind of crazy and here’s why. Here’s this paper that I’m working on that shows that this isn’t what’s going on’” Discussion Taking a longitudinal view of Twitter use has revealed evolving behavior not apparent in the snapshot view of a single year. Increasing numbers of tweeters has allowed for differentiation of roles and has also extended the reach of the meeting to scientists unable to attend and interested publics. More recent conference tweets fit more neatly into science communication framework derived from the literature. Purposes •Dissemination: preservation of notes •Teaching •Persuasion •Coordination •Social: Phatic Participants extended the reach of the meeting beyond the physical presence: 2011 @ network, nodes sized by degree, largest component only. 2012 @ network, nodes sized by degree, largest component only “There are people in the field who don’t have twitter accounts but they watch a couple of us when we go to meetings.” “…meetings that [well-known science communicator] couldn’t get to and she would encourage people on twitter – ‘hey it would be great if you could write a blog post if you could send some tweets if you could keep people updated’” Contact E-mail: cpikas@umd.edu Web: http://scientopia.org/blogs/christinaslisrant Twitter: @cpikas Slides will be posted to: http://www.slideshare.net/cpikas