[Air-L] Sampling and recruiting in Social Networking Services
fred at fredstutzman.com
Thu Jun 18 05:29:49 PDT 2009
The only article I've seen out of a methods journal that deals with
this directly appeared recently:
Ferguson, D. A. (2009). Name-Based Cluster Sampling. Sociological
Methods & Research, 37(4), 590-598.
Drawing on memory, most of the within-SNS sampling I've seen, for
small sample studies, uses either snowball or invitation sampling.
I've also seen use of advertising (both through paid placement and ad
hoc methods - groups, reposting of solicitation). For large-scale
samples, I've seen both randomized and targeted crawling of a SNS.
Mike Thelwall's papers on Myspace provide a good example.
Notably, most of the medium-sized samples involve extra-SNS
solicitation (generally some sort of list-based sample). This is
mainly used for survey research.
On Jun 18, 2009, at 12:05 AM, Monica Barratt wrote:
> Did you ever get a response to this? I'm also interested.
> I'm writing up my experiences of recruiting for research using online
> bulletin board / forums. I also used Facebook but not extensively. I
> there would be some interesting methodological and ethical questions
> consider through these modes of recruitment.
> 2009/2/6 Alexander Semenov <semenoffalex at googlemail.com>
>> Hello everybody,
>> I'm interested in any information about sampling and recruiting
>> people in
>> SNS to participate in any kind of online surveys, panels,
>> etc. After some googling I've found only several blog postings,
>> like this
>> But I wonder whether there are any "serious" articles on the
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Alexander Semenov.
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