[Air-L] Previous Research on YouTube Comments?

Caroline Haythornthwaite haythorn at illinois.edu
Sun Mar 7 07:03:42 PST 2010


To find out who is talking to whom in these comments, you might look at the work by Anatoliy Gruzd that derives the social networks from threaded conversations. His technique uses references within the text to do more than just follow sequences of posts. See,  

http://anatoliygruzd.com/home/?page_id=27

and/or 

http://textanalytics.net/

He recently presented at IR 10 on analyzing blog comments.


/Caroline

---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2010 06:26:03 -0500
>From: Stuart Shulman <stuart.shulman at gmail.com>  
>Subject: Re: [Air-L] Previous Research on YouTube Comments?  
>To: Alex Leavitt <alexleavitt at gmail.com>
>Cc: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>
>At QDAP, in collaboration with personnel at the Smithsonian, we are using
>Context Miner (http://contextminer.com/index.php) to harvest comments about
>climate change videos on YouTube for classification classification using the
>Public Comment Analysis Toolkit (PCAT - http://pcat.qdap.net/).
>
>It turns out these two free software pieces work well together, but, we are
>having to make adaptations to better leverage the meta data in the manual
>annotation process. Decontextualized comments from YouTube are very tough to
>code without following a complete thread though start to finish.
>
>It seems, in this early stage of the research, that one must be fully
>immersed in the cross-references between commenters to make any sense of it
>at all.
>
>Do list members have thoughts on this? Our friends at the Smithsonian are
>interested in finding out what, if anything, contributes to a 'better' or
>'worse' online discussion about the future of the earth. Should we ever
>expect serious deliberation in such a space?
>
>~Stu
>
>
>On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM, Alex Leavitt <alexleavitt at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> To anyone that can provide sources,
>>
>> I am looking for any previous work analyzing the YouTube commenting system,
>> or research on comments in a similar online space where the commenting
>> system is not the primary function of the space (eg., how YouTube is videos
>> > comments). Any help is appreciated!
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Alex
>>
>> ---
>>
>> Alexander Leavitt
>> Research Specialist, Convergence Culture Consortium
>> Comparative Media Studies, MIT
>> http://doalchemy.org
>> Twitter: @alexleavitt
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Caroline Haythornthwaite

Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London (2009-10)

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