You are Invited: Media, Voters, and Influence: Which Twitter Users Matter? A talk by @lizdubois.

Elizabeth Dubois

You are invited to a public lecture by Elizabeth Dubois titled: “Media, Voters, and Influence: Which Twitter Users Matter?” The talk is part of the School of Information Management Public Lectures series. Talks in this series give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are open to all members of the Dalhousie campus and surrounding community.


Ms. Dubois is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. She is a member of Balliol College and a current Clarendon Scholar. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Dalhousie Social Media Lab and is collaborating with us on some analysis of the #NSpoli and #NSVotes Twitter community. Before joining the OII in 2011 as an MSc student, she completed a BA, Hons. Specialization in Communication at the University of Ottawa, Canada. As a Killam Fellow through the Fulbright Foundation (Canada) in 2010 she studied at American University in Washington, DC. Elizabeth works as a Research Assistant on the ‘Fifth Estate’ project and as a Teaching Assistant for Research Methods at the Oxford Internet Institute. Previously, she served as a communications specialist and researcher in the Parliament in Ottawa. Representing a major Canadian political party she has lead delegations to United Nations talks on climate change and has worked on multiple election campaigns.

Lecture Details

Thursday, October 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Rowe Management Building, Room 3089

Be it the explosion of tweets about Mike Duffy in May 2013, or the consistently growing number of users tweeting about the upcoming Nova Scotia election, the micro-blogging site Twitter has emerged as an interesting site for political discussion, campaigning, and broadcasting. This lecture focuses on identifying the most influential political players on Twitter in Canada considering the cases of #CDNpoli during the spring of 2013, and #NSpoli during the summer and early fall of 2013.

From journalists, to politicians, to bloggers, to the average citizen, the aim of this work is to map out the political playing field on Twitter by seeking out the key players. Various methods of identifying players are compared including measures of network centrality, content analysis of user profiles, frequency of re-tweets, and identification of key issues over time.