[Air-L] Journalist inquiry: Facebook

Matthew Allen M.Allen at exchange.curtin.edu.au
Thu Mar 5 17:41:59 PST 2009

Just asked by a journalist about people doing research USING FB...hasn't got access to air-l so posting on her behalf: Please reply to HER, not me :)


I am a freelance science journalist with an interest in social sciences, and am looking for researchers who are currently using Facebook as a research tool to study sociological questions (in other words, studies *using* facebook, rather than studies *of* facebook).
For example I can imagine it would be an ideal tool for testing the notion of 'six degrees of separation'. It might also be a goldmine of social data from which one might test various theories about how people of various ages behave differently, or people of different educational backgrounds etc. I would be interested to hear of any projects like these that are ongoing; I would also be interested to hear about the difficulties and/or ease of accessing facebook data for such research. Please feel free to contact me on nkjones at gmail.com.


Associate Professor Matthew Allen
Head, Department of Internet Studies
School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Curtin University of Technology
CRICOS provider code: 00301J (WA); 02637B (NSW)
+61892663511 http://netstudies.curtin.edu.au
2009 ALTC Teaching Fellow
Immediate Past President, AOIR

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