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Title:The missing link: a preliminary typology for understanding link decay in social media
Author(s):Walker, Shawn; Agarwal, Sheetal
Subject(s):social media
archives
ephemerality
methods
data collection
Abstract:In this study we offer a preliminary typology of types of link ephemerality that can occur and affect content of social media data. The preliminary typology emerged while collecting and analyzing social media data, videos, and web links in three distinct projects. The Internet Archive was also queried to determine if each URL was archived and the timespan between tweet production and archiving. Since certain types of URL change may have a negative impact on our research, we need a more nuanced understanding of the ways in which URLs in social media data change. Understanding this change moves us beyond binary inclusion/exclusion categories of accessible (“404 Not Found”) and inaccessible. Our analysis and typology informs researchers’ data collection strategies as well as opening up the possibilities on setting more nuanced boundaries on data collection and inclusion.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89413
DOI:10.9776/16590
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08


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