This is where we’ll talk about Bill Wolff’s article “Baby, We Were Born to Tweet Springsteen Fans, the Writing Practices of In Situ Tweeting, and the Research Possibilities for Twitter.” This is kind of a complicated and long essay, and if you don’t get it all, that’s fine. (And if you have some specific questions about what’s going on here, feel free to ask). I think it’s worth taking a look at for a few different reasons:
- There is lots of stuff in here about how social media works, how fan culture works, and how Twitter works that could be potentially useful for any of your final projects for the semester of social media.
- The detail is perhaps a bit much for our purposes here, but the way that Wolff spells out his research methodology is interesting and potentially something the graduate students in the class might want to study. After all, a big part of making your MA projects work is figuring out a research methodology.
- The “in situ” bit just means the way people use Twitter while actually involved at an event, and in my experience, this is a really important way people tend to use Twitter. So I thought that was pretty interesting as well.