Social Media and Information Retrieval

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how information is retrieved from social media applications. Given the sheer volume of information that’s being produced even as I type this post, it can feel overwhelming even to keep up with the relatively small number of blogs and feeds I follow daily. One of the issues is that, while I might find something interesting, I may not have a context or need for that particular piece of information at the moment, and it quickly disappears from view. Given the explosion of search tools for managing social media, I suspect I’m not the only one with this problem. Being able to retrieve things at point of need is becoming increasingly essential, and increasingly difficult. I recently took a more in-depth look at the search engine Social Mention, but there are tons of these tools out there, like Who’s Talkin, Technorati, and Samepoint. Do you use any of these tools? What are your favourites?

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2 Responses to Social Media and Information Retrieval

  1. Dean Giustini says:

    Searching the Social Web for Information: A Half-Day Workshop (207 words)
    Dean Giustini, Obianuju Mollel

    New web 2.0 technologies provide ways for researchers, librarians, and information specialists to engage and interact with global communities of other information producers and consumers. The speed of knowledge creation within new digital communities is having a major impact on the work of information specialists everywhere, especially in supplementing the research in health and medicine.

    This workshop is intended for individuals who want to explore the social web beyond its networking capabilities. Two librarians who use social media will examine key web 2.0 concepts and show how these channels of information relate to the deep web, grey literature and how to mine them for ideas. The instructors believe that learning about the emerging social web space is critical for those who want to learn where to find facts, news and other information in ‘realtime’. Through interactive exercises and case studies, the workshop covers the following:

    · The social web
    · Grey literature and ‘the deep web’
    · Archiving information in a social age: Twitter
    · Grey data
    · Collaboration 2.0; Science 2.0
    · Consumer health 2.0

    By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of the structure of the social web and how to use web 2.0 tools to find and aggregate information from it.

    Searching the Social Web for Information: A Half-Day Workshop (54 words)

    1. Introduction

    2. Defining the Social Web
    a. What is the Social Web?
    b. Collaboration 2.0
    c. Science 2.0
    d. Consumer health 2.0

    3. Searching Beyond the ‘Curated’ Databases

    a. Twitter as a source of ‘real time’ news
    b. Grey Data sources
    c. Archived & curated content in a social age

    4. Case examples

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    References

    * Banks M. Blog Posts and Tweets: The Next Frontier for Grey Literature. http://www.reference-global.com/doi/abs/10.1515/9783598441493.2.217
    * Giustini D. Open Search. HLWIKI Canada. http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Open_search
    * Agichtein E. The Search and Social Media Workshop at SIGIR 2009. http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~hearst/papers/workshop_report_ssm09.pdf
    * How to Search a Social network http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/cond-mat/pdf/0310/0310120v2.pdf
    * Finding High Quality Content in Social Media http://www.mathcs.emory.edu/~eugene/papers/wsdm2008quality.pdf

    Tools

    Backtype – Monitor blogs, blog comments, and conversations
    Blogsearch (Google) – Search the blogosphere via Google
    Evri – Aggregates user-generated content
    CoTweet – Conversation threading & trend monitoring for Twitter
    Collecta – Monitor update streams of news sites, blogs, and social media sites
    Google Alerts – Email updates of relevant search results (great for grey literature)
    Klout – Find influencers based on topic
    Monitter – Search for keywords in real time on Twitter
    Samepoint – Federated searching/ aggregator bringing conversations together from multiple sources
    Social Mention – Real time keyword search across the web
    Technorati – is it a news source, social media search tool – what?
    TweetDeck – Organize Twitter seaches by hashtag, brand, etc.
    Twitrratr – Sentiment ratings for Twitter
    Who’s Talkin – search for conversations on the social web

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