Our project is trying to determine attitudes towards black Twitter, and things that people associate with black Twitter. We will collect tweets with key words and hashtags associated with black Twitter and organize the tweets by location, sentiment, and other categories. Our project is trying to determine attitudes towards black Twitter, and things that people associate with black Twitter. We will collect tweets with key words and hashtags associated with black Twitter and organize the tweets by location, sentiment, and other categories.
We will produce visualizations of our findings, examples of tweets, and a write-up of our process and findings. Our group just recently solidified our project focus so we do not have completely defined roles yet. I am an avid Twitter user and while I do not tweet daily, I scroll through hundreds of tweets per day. I am also a black person, and I consider being black a big part of my existence and how I move through the world, so I believe I will have particular insight when it comes to analyzing black Twitter. I also love writing. :) I will give as much insight as possible, and try to make sure that our whole project is going smoothly. I am willing to step into any role and contribute to the project in any way that is useful.
Technically speaking, our project will include:
- Pulling tweets from the Internet
- Organizing the tweets into categories
- Using a tool to visualize our findings (perhaps Voyant and/or other tools)
This reading directly lines up with our project. Lisa Nakamura, “The Unwanted Labour of Social Media: Women of Color Call Out Culture As Venture Community Management.” The technologies that we are using will not include every tweet that could be deemed as being from black Twitter. It may even include some tweets that some may deem to not be from black Twitter. We need some way to aggregate tweets, and the best way we know how to do that is with hashtags and keywords that we associate with black Twitter. This will also give us tweets with different sentiments because I am sure that people who disagree with certain tweets will tweet using the same hashtags to mock or make a point about the tweet.