The Best Tools for Using Twitter as a Data Source

What are the ethical implications when analyzing social media data? What tools are able to help remedy any false data and information to make your research as authentic as possible? In a post aimed to social scientist looking to use social media for research, Wasim Ahmed help find the best research tool available for analyzing data appeared on social media. He offers tips and examples of using certain tools but also asks what is the best social media site to derive data from. He points to twitter with its unique platform to attract not only industry but academics. 

"We should seek to better understand the types of questions more technical tools can address. Consequently, developers of tools should seek to liaise with social scientists at the development phase, to allow for the possibility of new features based on social sciences research questions." -Wasim Ahmed

 Number (in millions) of monthly active users across social media platforms. (From the original piece located on MethSpace)

Number (in millions) of monthly active users across social media platforms. (From the original piece located on MethSpace)

Wasim Ahmed is a PhD candidate at the Information School at the University of Sheffield and an expert social media consultant at Sonic Social Media (LSE.ac.uk). This post was first featured on SAGE hosted website MethodSpace under the the same title above. MethodSpace is dedicated to giving recent news, and updates on research methods and big data.  


This blog post was written by Philip Patino employee at SAGE Publishing under PR Conventions and Social Science Department. As a SAGE employee he helps manage and edits the SAGE hosted sites MethodSpace and Social Science Space.