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OSoMe: The IUNI observatory on social media

Davis CA, Ciampaglia GL, Aiello LM, Chung K, Conover MD, Ferrara E, Flammini A, Fox GC, Gao X, Gonçalves B, Grabowicz PA, Hong K, Hui P, McCaulay S, McKelvey K, Meiss MR, Patil S, Peli Kankanamalage C, Pentchev V, Qiu J, Ratkiewicz J, Rudnick A, Serrette B, Shiralkar P, Varol O, Weng L, Wu T, Younge AJ, Menczer F. (2016) OSoMe: The IUNI observatory on social media. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2008v1

“The study of social phenomena is becoming increasingly reliant on big data from online social networks. Broad access to social media data, however, requires software development skills that not all researchers possess. Here we present the IUNI Observatory on Social Media, an open analytics platform designed to facilitate computational social science. The system leverages a historical, ongoing collection of over 70 billion public messages from Twitter. We illustrate a number of interactive open-source tools to retrieve, visualize, and analyze derived data from this collection. The Observatory, now available at, is the result of a large, six-year collaborative effort coordinated by the Indiana University Network Science Institute.”

Facebook Government Requests Report

Report, July 2015-December 2015: “United States Law Enforcement Requests for Data – We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague. Total Requests – 19,235 Users / Accounts RequestedContinue Reading

Commentary – What Do Your Social Media Posts Reveal About Your Health?

[email protected]: “What have you shared on social media today? Did you comment on last night’s election results; mention that you’re going to the gym later; sympathize with a friend who’s been in the hospital; describe your meal at a favorite burger joint, or display pictures of your daughter’s jazz dance recital? And what do thoseContinue Reading

Poynter – Winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes

Poynter Institute: “The recipients of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. We’ve collected the winners below, along with reactions from newsrooms across the country.” Please note – via Margot Williams, The Intercept – “Congratulations to all the researchers who have contributed so much to winning and finalist stories! I am so proud of you.Continue Reading

USPS leveraging social media to target employee misconduct

Via NextGov: “Paid consultants are scheduled to teach agents “Internet reconnaissance” during a three-day June workshop at the office’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters, according to a November 2015 contracting notice. The training will include methods “to identify the target individual/organization’s social media and Internet footprint,” the notice states, referring to government employees, contractors and other companies. “Developing theContinue Reading

Facebook posts now include more about news that personal issues

Bloomberg: “Facebook Inc. is working to combat a decline in people sharing original, personal content, the fuel that helps power the money machine at the heart of its social network, according to people familiar with the matter. Overall sharing has remained “strong,” according to Facebook. However, people have been less willing to post updates aboutContinue Reading Launches Inaugural Report

Via EFF: “We’re proud to announce today’s release of’s first report looking at how content is regulated by social media companies.—a joint project of EFF and Visualizing Impact (VI) that won the 2014 Knight News Challenge—seeks to encourage social media companies to operate with greater transparency and accountability toward their users as theyContinue Reading

Poynter – Washington Post dug into archives for stories about and by women

Kristen Hare • March 30, 201:  “The first time Julia Carpenter’s editor took her to the archives at The Washington Post’s previous home, he offered some advice: Be mindful of how much time you spend here. Carpenter, an embedded social media editor, loves discovering the old Post work, though it can be a bit ofContinue Reading

The Social Intranet Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally

IBM Center for the Business of Government – The Social Intranet: Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally, March 2016: “Corporate America increasingly relies on social intranets to leverage employees’ knowledge and foster collaboration in ways that speed up work and reduce costs . While much of the federal government lags behind, some agencies areContinue Reading

Growing personal impact of large-scale government and corporate data collection

Via Fast CoExit – Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can’t Even Imagine – Job decisions, college admissions, health care decisions: All are now being fundamentally altered by your big data, and you might not even know. “…Predictions about you (and millions of other strangers) are starting to deeply shape yourContinue Reading

Pew – 5 facts about Twitter at age 10

Pew Research Center – ” The very first Twitter message was sent on March 21, 2006. The microblogging platform was then known as twttr – the vowels came later, after the founders bought the domain name. It spent its first few months as an internal messaging system for Odeo, the company that developed it,Continue Reading

Twitter Timeline requires users to Opt-Out

Gizmodo – “Much to the chagrin of anyone who hates algorithms, it appears that Twitter’s new timeline—the one that displays tweets based on importance rather than chronology—is now the default setting for all users. Twitter rolled out the feature in February, but it was initially opt-in. Now, however, reports are emerging that the company hasContinue Reading