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Mining Social Media: Finding Stories in Internet Data Paperback – Illustrated, November 25, 2019
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Q&A with Author Lam Thuy Vo
Why did you write Mining Social Media?
We have become the largest producers of data in history. Almost every click online, each swipe on our tablets and each tap on our smartphone produces a data point in a virtual repository. As more and more people conduct their lives online, and as smartphones are penetrating previously unconnected regions around the world, this trove of stories is only becoming larger.
At present, most researchers treat each social media user like they would an individual subject — as anecdotes and single points of contact. But to do so with a handful of tweets and Instagram posts is to ignore the potential of hundreds of millions of others. Many stories and findings lie dormant in the vast amounts of data produced by everyday consumers because researchers and journalists are still only starting to acquire the large-scale data-wrangling expertise needed to tap them.
Who is this book intended for?
This book is primarily written with researchers in mind, which I will broadly define as social scientists, lawyers, linguists, academics, educators, activists, and journalists. People who have more commercial applications for this kind of research in mind, like marketers or publicists, may also find value in understanding the social web. In terms of skill sets, this book is targeted at people who come with little to no previous programming experience and aims to bring a conceptual understanding of programming to practical exercises for people who are excited to dive into coding for the first time.
What do you want readers to take away from the book?
I want them to feel empowered. Technology and in particular social media plays a huge role in people's lives but few are provided the tools or resources to learn how to better understand it. Learning how to code and how to analyze data, in particular, can seem like a daunting task and I wanted to create a resource that complete novices can use to learn the skills they need to make more sense of social media. Through this book, I hope to show that coding is not just a way to build a bot or to build an app but that it can be a means for exploring one’s curiosity in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology.
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- Publisher : No Starch Press; Illustrated edition (November 25, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1593279167
- ISBN-13 : 978-1593279165
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.53 x 9.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #232,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The information about the practice of mining social media was interesting, but I could have just googled that like I did with the coding.
Top reviews from other countries
The book appears to me to be based upon teaching course material for an audience (I suspect journalism students) who require both Parts. It is just a terrific book for such an audience. There will be other readers, however, such as myself, who seek really the material in Part 1 and are already familiar with most of what is in Part 2. It is not really much a criticism, but I would like to see a much larger Part 1 and I hope in subsequent editions Part 1 is expanded.
All in all, this is a very good book and No Starch Press is to be commended for publishing it. As the Press motto states, "The Finest in Geek Entertainment"!