[EVENT] What can social media tell us about society? by @NatCen at @TwitterUK #ESRCFestival

Social media data is of great value to researchers. What people say on platforms such as Twitter can tell us a great deal about society's attitudes. It can also allow us to capture reactions to political events in the moment. However, since the Cambridge Analytica scandal – which involved data from millions of Facebook users being mined and used for political ads to sway the 2016 US presidential election – people are more sceptical of…

#FollowFriday: Using Twitter in Learning

Interesting story in THE, with Rosie Miles, who I heard from at Winchester in the past: Dr Miles used Twitter, she said, as a kind of “ludic learning” tool, allowing students to connect with Victorian literature in a very 21st-century way. Students adopted Twitter personas based on fictional characters: Dr Jekyll became @Doubleface1886, while Dracula’s enemy Van Helsing could be found at @Istakevamps, and Dorian Gray at @Consciencefree1. The role play allowed students to connect with…

Should McCann Twitter abuser have been doorstepped on TV? for @ConversationUK

A recent piece, published for The Conversation UK, under Creative Commons licence (republished on Durham University): Should McCann Twitter abuser have been doorstepped on TV? By Bex Lewis, Durham University Brenda Leyland, a 63-year old woman from Leicestershire who had been accused of publishing a stream of internet abuse about the family of missing child Madeleine McCann, has been found dead in a hotel room. Her death raises important questions about the wrongs and rights…

Tweet Featured on #BBCSML

Today's programme was pre-advertised as: Should there be a ‘fat tax’ on sugary drinks and fast food? This week the government announced a new healthy food school meal initiative across England. This is part of the solution to tackle the growing obesity issue facing the UK. A quarter of British adults are now thought to be obese. The NHS spends around £5billion a year on treating conditions linked to obese patients. Prof Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer…
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