Representation and communication: challenges in interpreting large social media datasets

  title={Representation and communication: challenges in interpreting large social media datasets},
  author={Mattias Rost and Louise Barkhuus and Henriette Cramer and Barry A. T. Brown},
Online services provide a range of opportunities for understanding human behaviour through the large aggregate data sets that their operation collects. Yet the data sets they collect do not unproblematically model or mirror the world events. In this paper we use data from Foursquare, a popular location check-in service, to argue for the importance of analysing social media as a communicative rather than representational system. Drawing on logs of all Foursquare check-ins over eight weeks we… CONTINUE READING
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