[..] How Can We Monitor The Evolution Of The Online Protest?
As open source researchers know, and as mentioned previously in this case study, social media platforms come with vastly different ease of access to their data. Facebook’s API makes it practically impossible to extract data for external manipulation. Twitter, however, presents interesting opportunities to explore topics by automating the data collection via API. This can be done through a variety of means – most notably custom Python scripts – but for the sake of simplicity, and ease of visualization, this time we will use a platform readily available: TAGS (Twitter Archive Google Spreadsheets), by Martin Hawksey.
TAGS, after a quick set up (you need an active Twitter account to link to every new spreadsheet), allows the researcher to explore tweets around specific hashtags, keywords, or from target users. For this case study, we will focus on one of the four main hashtags located via Trendsmap, and we’ll try to understand its pattern of diffusion. [..]