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ERIC Number: EJ870451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0163-9269
Exploring the Potential of Twitter as a Research Tool
Ovadia, Steven
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, v28 n4 p202-205 2009
Twitter ( has become kind of a popular culture punch line. It's often used as a shorthand to represent how self-obsessed and self-involved the American culture has become, and while Twitter does lend itself to a kind of needless sharing, it also has some potentially useful features. Twitter is a microblogging service that allows users to post and read 140-character status messages. These short bursts of information, called tweets, can be anything from what someone had for lunch to feedback on a live event, like a presidential press conference. Much of the library literature focuses on Twitter as either a patron outreach tool or as a way to collect patron feedback. However, Twitter offers some functionality that might be especially helpful to librarians in the behavioral and social sciences--functionality that could also prove helpful to faculty researching and/or teaching within those disciplines. This article highlights the tremendous potential of Twitter as a research tool.
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Language: English
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