[Air-L] Seeking assistance on a social media research project

Groesch,SN (pgt) S.N.Groesch at lse.ac.uk
Thu Jun 1 16:18:01 PDT 2023

Hey Shannon,

Twitter’s API is still usable. They announced the shutdown a few times, but never actually did it.
Therefore, you could still do that and analyse some tweets. In the free API version, you are limited to 30 days backwards search, though. To do that, I suggest using Python packages like https://www.tweepy.org/.


Student MSc Data & Society
London School of Economics & Political Science

From: Air-L <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org> on behalf of Oltmann, Shannon M. via Air-L <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
Date: Friday, 2. June 2023 at 00:11
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Subject: [Air-L] Seeking assistance on a social media research project
Hello colleagues! I'm mentoring a junior faculty member, located at an undergraduate, teaching-focused institution. As such, my mentee doesn't have extensive research experience (or access), but they are trying to complete a project looking at the intersections of social media, social movements, and motivations for activism (a bit far afield from my own work). Originally, they were thinking of looking into Twitter posts, responses, and engagement in social movements like Black Lives Matter, but with the Twitter API lockdown, this is likely out of reach.

I'm writing to see if anyone has suggestions about how to study the use of social media and how it could influence/shape engagement in (online or offline) social movements. I believe my mentee is open to studying various social media platforms—right now, we're focused on finding something that they can gain access to! Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Happy to elaborate more off-list if interested.

-Shannon Oltmann

Shannon M. Oltmann, Ph.D.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Associate Professor
School of Information Science
College of Communication & Information
University of Kentucky

shannon.oltmann at uky.edu<mailto:shannon.oltmann at uky.edu>

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