Honeycutt, C., & Herring, S. C. (2009). Beyond Microblogging: Conversation and Collaboration via Twitter. System Sciences, 2009. HICSS ’09. 42nd Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 1 -10). doi:10.1109/HICSS.2009.89
This study aims to determine how well Twitter supports user-to-user exchanges, what people are using Twitter for, and what usage or design modifications would make it (more) usable as a tool for collaboration.
Tweets were collected from Twitter.com’s public timeline in four one-hour samples gathered at four-hour intervals, starting at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on January 11, 2008. The were then analyzed by the researcher according to the 5 research questions. Their findings are presented below, which relate to the 5 research questions.
I feel this research was a good addition to the field. I does a good job exploring the @ sign, and how it is used on Twitter. I thought it was interesting how people focus more on personal experiences, but when the @ sign is included they focus more on the addressee. This can help in my research by helping me determine what people use Twitter for, which I can relate to higher education specifically.