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Networks in action: Mapping the Australian Twittersphere

Researchers at the Digital Media Research Centre, QUT, discuss how they use social media analytics to map relationships among Australian Twitter users

At Queensland University of Technology’s Digital Media Research Centre, we’re investigating large-scale networks. Take a tour with us above and find out how we’re mapping the relationships among Australian Twitter users and what this tells us about Australian culture and society.

While we work on large-scale research using social media data, the methods we use are similar to the ones you’re learning in this course. Fundamentally, you could work on similar projects and, with practice, produce analyses and visualisations of your own. By the end of this week, you’ll have new skills in visualisation to help you do so.

Graphic showing the network structure of Australian discussion topics of interest on Twitter, as discussed in the video and article on this page Map of the Australian Twittersphere © QUT (Click to expand)

Have your say

Have a closer look at the map of the Australian Twittersphere mentioned in the video and included above. Based on what you see, what conclusions can you draw from the map? Settle on an observation and then see how it compares with others in the discussion. Add your comment to a related post or add a new idea.

In the next step, we’re going to dive down into the theory of network structure and learn about the elements that give them shape.

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