Social Media Lab Summer Talks

Please join us on Tuesday, July 23, 1-2pm at the Social Media Lab (Faculty of Management, ROWE, Suite 2010, Room 2021) for two great talks at Dal this week. The speakers are Dr, Nesrine Zemirli from King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) and Elizabeth Dubois from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford (UK). Both scholars[…]

Geography of Twitter

Geography of Twitter Networks and Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community [Recently Published Studies]

As part of our ongoing research on how Twitter is being used by scholars and the general public for networking and information dissemination, I am happy to announce the publication of two new papers which I co-authored with my collaborators at the University of Toronto, Dr. Barry Wellman and Dr. Yuri Takhteyev. (Update: the “Geography[…]

Storify.com, where journalism and scholarship intersect

We have previously done some posts exploring how news rooms and journalists are using online social media (OSM) in their work. We have also focused on how scholars are using these tools in their research and collaboration. But where do these worlds meet? Storify.com allows users to: aggregate content across multiple social media sites, arrange[…]


How Newsrooms Use Social Media

Recent uprisings in Africa and the Middle East have been interesting examples of how online social media (OSM) can be used to collect and disseminate breaking news. Twitter in particular, has become indispensable in sourcing timely news.  Aljazeera, for example, is one major news publisher benefiting from these user generated news updates. They have imbedded[…]


MethodSpace.com: A One Stop Shop for Research Methods Scholars

Methodspace is a free scholarly networking site created by SAGE in 2009 for students, scholars, and researchers interested in the area of research methods. The majority of scholars registered to this site are from the United States but there are a significant number of members from all around the world, with members from India and[…]

#2011CanadaGames Online Social Media Campaign takes the Gold!

Canada Games Twitter Network Growth Skyrocketed! If increased participation of sporting fans online is a measure for success, then the organizers of the Canada Games should win Gold! On the eve before the opening ceremony, Thursday, February 10th, the #2011CanadaGames Twitter network consisted of only 181 members. By Tuesday, February 22nd the network had grown[…]