Web EcologyJune 26th, 2009 by ftobia
A few weeks ago I got involved in a fledgling research group in Boston. We’re doing research on the internets. But this isn’t just any lame internet research! No no. See, too many times you get people drawing conclusions about a social network like they know what’s what, but really they’re just making things up. “Well I use Facebook sometimes and I read some of my friends’ profiles so clearly I can pontificate about broad generalizations with no data to back up my claims.”
Friends, that isn’t science. Science is about testing hypotheses with empirical data. And who has the data? We have the data. Let me introduce the Web Ecology Project. This project is, among other things, about basing qualitative analysis on firm quantitative footing. Check out our first report on the election in Iran to see some real Twitter research.