What Would You Do with a Million Tweets?

libby pic.jpgThe In the Loop lecture series at IIT Institute of Design presents “What Would You Do With a Million Tweets?” on Tuesday, January 27 at 12:30 p.m. at 350 N. LaSalle, 6th floor, Chicago, featuring Libby Hemphill.

Most of Hemphill’s recent research uses tweets as a significant data source for understanding how social media shapes political discussion, how social media is used as an instrument of power, and how social media fits within the broader media landscape. In this talk, she’ll give a quick overview of what she’s done with a million tweets from politicians, television audiences, gamers, and activists and invite the audience to discuss what other research could be done with a million tweets.

Hemphill is an assistant professor of communication and information studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her MS in human-computer interaction and PhD in information from the University of Michigan. Her recent work has focused on how users leverage Twitter to influence public and social policy. She is especially interested in how people people marshal information and communication technologies in service of social change and in the ethics and pragmatics of big social data.