Today is the day. It’s the launch of the book ‘Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries’, to which I contributed a chapter on using social media for qualitative research.
The book was curated by Kandy Woodfield and is original in that she invited a broad range of social research experts to contribute a blog post each on various methodological issues of using social media for research. What started with a tweet is now a book with 53 chapters, considering issues as broad as scoping your study, to the dark side of using social media in social research. The chapters are short and written in a conversational style… just like a blog post.
I contributed a chapter on ‘Issues to consider when using social media to collect qualitative data’. In this chapter, I identify how the characteristics of social media platforms impact on research design, the type and quality of the data collected, and the approach to data analysis and reporting.
UPDATE: And on the same day that it was published, the book was #1 methodology book bestseller 🙂