Post 3: Group Project and Wiki Contribution

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Web Culture

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Since our first group meeting, we were agreed to do research on twitter and it is my first contribution is to describe why twitter is important to be the subject of our research. Based on my research on internet, according to Akshay Java et al (2007), micro-blogging like Twitter is becomes faster mode of communication. ‘By encouraging shorter posts, it lowers users’ requirement of time and thought investment for content generation. This is also one of its main differentiating factors from blogging in general. The second important difference is the frequency of update. On average, a prolific bloger may update her blog once every few days; on the other hand a microblogger may post several updates in a single day’ (Java, A. et al, 2007).

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Nowadays, millions of people are using Twitter as new way to share information, communicate, or doing business. In our research, Group 1 tries to focus the research on how celebrity and politician using twitter as responds to some natural disaster which occurred around the world. My second contribution is to give reason why celebrity and politician become our focus. According to Shaomei Wu et al (2011), celebrity uses Twitter to communicate directly to the fans which is become their followers on that micro-blogging website. The link of communication between celebrity and fans are no longer mediated by traditional mass media. The politicians also share the same situation. Through Twitter they can constantly communicate with their constituents and get the feedback directly. Celebrity or politician know that what they are doing can be the headline of newspaper, forming lifestyle or trend, and shaping the regulation of a government.

To conduct our research, we use world cloud as tools to generate the most often used word from our subject’s tweets. My contribution task is to categorize those words. I make table to distinguish the tweets from politician and the tweets from celebrity. From that table, on one hand, we found that politician tend to use supportive and realistic word towards the disaster. On the other hand, celebrity tends to use emotive words which only show their feeling about the disaster. Lastly, my fourth contribution is to search journals or books which can support our findings and arguments. In academic style writing, reference play important role as grounding for our research.

Apart from my contribution, this project group actually give an insight of how we should use the grace of internet to make our work easier. Through Wikispaces every group member can edit the result of our essay and keep it updated according to their specific contribution. Even though we still have to meet every week, but by doing that way (using Wikispaces) we actually reducing our time consumption. However, the challenge is there must be one person who in charge to compile and arrange all the data which being posted on Wikispaces.


Java, A. et al (2007) ‘Why We Twitter: Understanding Micro-blogging Usage and Communities’, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 3( 3).

Wu, S. et al (2011) Who Says What to Whom on Twitter, International World Wide Web Conference 2011, India: International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2)

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