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  • May 9, 2013
  • 09:43 AM

Reflections on WebSci‘13

by Peter Kraker in Science and the Web

I spent last week at Web Science 2013 in Paris. And what a well spent time that was. Web Science was for sure the most diverse conference I have ever attended. One of the reasons for this diversity is that Webscience was collocated with CHI (Human-Computer-Interaction) and Hypertext. But most importantly, the community of Webscience …Read More... Read more »

Peter Kraker, Kris Jack, Christian Schlögl, Christoph Trattner, & Stefanie Lindstaedt. (2013) Head Start: Improving Academic Literature Search with Overview Visualizations based on Readership Statistics. Web Science 2013. info:/

  • October 29, 2012
  • 11:30 AM

Connected Scholars: Examining the Role of Social Media in Research Practices of Faculty by @dalprof et al.

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

[New Study] Connected Scholars: Examining the Role of Social Media in Research Practices of Faculty using the UTAUT Model. Computers in Human Behavior. Abstract Social media has become mainstream in recent years, and its adoption has skyrocketed. Following this trend among the general public, scholars are also increasingly adopting these tools for their professional work. … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • September 13, 2012
  • 12:38 AM

Investigating Political Polarization on Twitter: A Canadian Perspective

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

During the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, a lot was written about the influence of social media on the election. On some level this is not very surprising. In just a short period of time, social media have altered many aspects of our daily lives, from how we teach and learn, to how we find and … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • February 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Twitter Networks are like Airline Hub Maps: NPR Morning Edition story featuring study by @qaramazov @dalprof @barrywellman

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

I am pleased to share with you an NPR interview with one of my collaborators, Dr. Barry Wellman from the University of Toronto. He was interviewed by Shankar Vedantam for a story that was featured this morning (2/21/2012) on NPR Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep. In the interview, Dr. Wellman discussed findings from a recent study that he co-authored with Dr. Yuri Takhteyev and me called, “Geography of Twitter Networks.”... Read more »

Takhteyev, Y., Gruzd, A., & Wellman, B. (2012) Geography of Twitter networks. Social Networks, 34(1), 73-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2011.05.006  

  • January 12, 2012
  • 11:40 AM

Is it safe for diabetes patients to rely on the blogosphere for medical information?

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

Medical information and advice on demand 24/7. The internet is many things to many people, but for people who are sick or have a medical condition, it is a first-line medical adviser on-call. It has been estimated that almost 80% of Internet users have searched for health information on the web. Among web 2.0 applications, … Continue reading »... Read more »

Anatoliy Gruzd, Fiona A. Black, Thi Ngoc Yen Le, Kathleen Amos. (2012) Investigating biomedical research literature in the blogosphere: a case study of diabetes and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100(1 ), 34-42. info:/

  • December 7, 2011
  • 08:01 AM

Two Roads to Middle-earth Converge & one online social networks analysis tool to study them all: Introducing Netlytic

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

This post is part of the series of post designed to highlight some of the web tools that we are developing at the Social Media Lab and how they can be used for research. Given the choice between watching a movie or reading the book from which the movie is based on, which would you [...]... Read more »

Grek Martin, Jennifer M. (2011) Two Roads to Middle-earth Converge: Observing Text-based and Film-based Mental Images from Online Fan Community. Master's thesis, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. info:/

  • November 15, 2011
  • 09:45 AM

Trends in Scholarly Communication & Knowledge Dissemination #SocialMedia #cdnpse #highered @ua_magazine @chronicle

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

It is no secret that Online Social Media (OSM) has become mainstream in recent years, and their adoption has skyrocketed. As a result of their growing popularity, numerous studies have been conducted on how the general public is using OSM. However, very little work has been done on how scholars are using and adapting to [...]... Read more »

Gruzd, A., Goertzen, M., and Mai, P. (2011) Survey Results Highlights: Trends in Scholarly Communication and Knowledge Dissemination in the Age of Online Social Media. Social Media Lab Report. info:/

  • September 22, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Using Tweets to Predict Box Office Success #stratfest #broadway

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

Does the number of tweets a theatrical production receives correlate with its success, and can the tweets be used to predict a production’s popularity? In May I began a study examining the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s use of Twitter. Over the past several months I have been using Netlytic, a web-based system being developed here at [...]... Read more »

The Really Useful Group. (2011) Andrew on the Stratford Festival production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Blog post. info:/

  • August 30, 2011
  • 10:12 AM

New papers: “Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community” and “Geography of Twitter Networks”

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

As part of our ongoing research on how Twitter is being used by scholars and the general public for networking and information dissemination, I am happy to announce the publication of two new papers which I co-authored with my collaborators at the University of Toronto, Dr. Barry Wellman and Dr. Yuri Takhteyev. Below are the [...]... Read more »

Gruzd, A., Wellman, B., & Takhteyev, Y. (2011) Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community. American Behavioral Scientist, 55(10), 1294-1318. DOI: 10.1177/0002764211409378  

Takhteyev, Y., Gruzd, A., & Wellman, B. (2011) Geography of Twitter networks. Social Networks. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2011.05.006  

  • July 13, 2011
  • 10:46 AM

Question: Smartphones Social Media Workplace = ?

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

Human resource managers and bosses everywhere in North America should take note. Productivity at work might take a hit later this summer. HTC, the Taiwanese-based mobile phone juggernaut, recently announced the imminent release (July 17th) of a new smartphone dubbed by many as the “Facebook Phone”. It is the first smartphone release in North America [...]... Read more »

Smith, A. (2001) Smartphone Adoption and Usage. Pew Research Center. info:/

  • June 28, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

You are Hired! Be your own Publisher & Editor-in-Chief:Brave New World of Social Publishing #paperli

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

Social media has altered many aspects of our lives including how we keep in touch with our friends and family. Now social media is also changing the way we find, access and share news. According to a recent study, more than two thirds of Canadians who use social networking sites value them as a way [...]... Read more »

Canadian Media Research Consortium. (2011) Social networks transforming how Canadians get the news. Report. info:/

  • June 1, 2011
  • 10:05 AM

Social Networking and Classrooms: What’s there for us?

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

Last August, a soon-to-be student of mine posted a message on Twitter, a popular micro-blogging platform, asking her online followers for information about @dalprof, from whom she was about to take a class. As it happens @dalprof is my username on Twitter, and because the student used it in her post, Twitter automatically alerted me [...]... Read more »

Moran, M., Seaman, J., . (2010) Teaching, Learning and Sharing: How Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media. Report, Pearson Learning Solutions. info:/

  • May 23, 2011
  • 06:46 PM

To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question #stratfest #broadway

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

What does the word live or classical theatre bring to mind? Possibly something simple like a stage and curtains, a dark auditorium, an over-the-top Broadway musical or maybe even Shakespeare, and most likely something from another era. Few today would associate classical theatres with something as modern and now as online social media sites (OSM) [...]... Read more »

Cimolino, A. (2010) Who’s afraid of the brave new world? What does the digital revolution mean for the future of classical theatre?. Unpublished paper. info:/

  • April 26, 2011
  • 11:57 AM

Is Facebook a waste of time for political parties? #cdnpoli #elxn41

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

One of the questions during this ‘social media’ election is, can Facebook, a social networking site that was developed as a venue for friends and family to stay in touch and strengthen personal connections, also be used as an effective platform to engage in political discussion? Most of the political parties and candidates running for [...]... Read more »

Lewis, K., Kaufman, J., Gonzalez, M., Wimmer, A., & Christakis, N. (2008) Tastes, ties, and time: A new social network dataset using Social Networks, 30(4), 330-342. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2008.07.002  

McPherson, M., Smith-Lovin, L., & Cook, J. (2001) Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks. Annual Review of Sociology, 27(1), 415-444. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.soc.27.1.415  

  • April 18, 2011
  • 04:03 PM

Imposters among the believers… fakers and spammers “following” party leaders #elxn41 #cdnpoli

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

In the race to spread their political messages and win over voters during this year’s election, all of the leaders and their parties are making a mad dash to see who can gain the most number of followers, “Likes”, retweets, and comments, etc. on social media.  For many in the mainstream media, these absolute numbers [...]... Read more »

Chu, Z., Gianvecchio, S., Wang, H. and Jajodia, S. (2010) Who is tweeting on Twitter: human, bot, or cyborg?. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 21-30. info:/10.1145/1920261.1920265

  • April 11, 2011
  • 05:00 AM

Measuring Influence on Twitter: Top 10 Influencers on #cndpoli, #elxn41 #cbcns

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

During this election campaign, a lot has been written about the influence of social media in general and the influence of twitter in particular. But who exactly are the people that actually influence and control the twitter conversations about Canada’s upcoming election? And how can we measure influence on twitter? For the purpose of our [...]... Read more »

Bernardo A. Huberman, Daniel M. Romero, & Fang Wu. (2009) Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope. First Monday, 14(1-5). arXiv: 0812.1045v1

Gruzd, A., Wellman, B., and Takhteyev, Y. (2011) Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community. American Behavioral Scientist, Special issue on Imagined Communities. info:/

  • April 3, 2011
  • 08:01 PM

“The Vinegar That Brightens the Vegetables”: Humour in Canadian Politics @rickmercer #cndpoli #elxn41

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

When it comes to tweeting about the upcoming election, Canadians are showing their famous sense of humour. Based on a sample of over 14,000 messages posted on twitter with the hashtag #CNDPOLI (collected between March 26 – April 3), we found that of the tweets  that did express sentiment (6,860~49% ), about 65% expressed positive [...]... Read more »

Diakopoulos N.A. and Shamma D.A. (2010) Characterizing Debate Performance via Aggregated Twitter Sentiment. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1195-1198. info:/10.1145/1753326.1753504

  • January 19, 2011
  • 01:53 PM

Ringing in the New Year with Info Science Conferences: What social media do you use? #ALISE #HICSS

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

Early January was a busy time for information science scholars, with two major conferences held in the United States.  Both the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) Conference, and the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) were held from January 4-7 this year.  Researchers from the Social Media Lab attended each to [...]... Read more »

Gruzd, A. . (2011) How Online Social Media and Networks Are Changing Scholarly Practice. Poster presented at the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference. info:/

  • January 9, 2011
  • 03:58 PM

“Is Happiness Contagious Online” Paper presented at #HICSS

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

This week, I traveled to Hawaii to present a paper entitled “Is Happiness Contagious Online? A Case of Twitter and the 2010 Winter Olympics” (co-authored with Sophie Dorion and Philip Mai) at the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). HICSS is one of the longest-standing continuously running scientific conferences in the world. [...]... Read more »

Gruzd, A., Doiron, S., Mai, P. (2011) Is Happiness Contagious Online? A Case of Twitter and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 4-7, Kauai, HI, USA. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 09:00 AM

YouTube EDU: There is more to YouTube than Justin Bieber’s Video

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

On October 28th 2010, YouTube subscribers base reached 1 billion, helping to make it the third most popular website in the world. YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows user to upload, share and view videos online. On the main YouTube site, one can find videos on a wide variety of subjects matters from music [...]... Read more »

Colman, D. (2009) Introducing YouTube EDU. Blog post. info:/

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