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The Library of Congress Twitter Archive. -tweet-it-is-library-acquires-entiretwitter-archive/ This month the Library announced that it will be maintaining an archive of Tweets. However, this will not be open on the Internet. Access is likely to be based in the main reading rooms with a 6 month embargo on access. While the Twitter archive will not be posted online, the Library envisions posting selected content around topics or themes In the meantime you might like to know that the Google replay service offers the opportunity to search twitter from February 2010. To try it out, go to the normal Google screen run your search. then expand the web results click “Show options” on the search results page, then select “Updates.” The first page will show you the familiar latest updates. Look for the chart at the top of the screen to view earlier tweets. Interesting results in you try searching for f Nick Clegg

Library of Congress twitter archive New articles on happy celebrity twitterers! Articles on social media Articles on egovernment k+clegg&hl=en&tbo=1&rlz=1R2ADBF_ enGB&ei=3jHMS7X4PIuK_AaK18XcBQ& sa=X&oi=tool&resnum=5&ct=tlink&ved =0CBUQpwU&&tbs=mbl:1,mbl_hs:126 2304000,mbl_he:1293839999

Google Books Bibliography A very useful, regularly updated listing of scholarly English language articles and books about Google Books which is maintained by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. It focuses upon the evolution and social, economic and political aspects of its development. Coverage includes detailed listings of materials relating to


the Google Books settlement agreement.

and American Life project includes links to presentations from several sessions at FutureWeb 2010, in which experts discuss the future of the internet. UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Annual Report 2009 0511_iwf_2009_annual_and_charity_r eport.pdf Reveals the existence of at least 450 distinct criminal ‘brands’ selling images and videos of the sexual abuse of children, worldwide.











Social Software in Academia: Three Studies on Users’ Acceptance of Web 2.0 Services

Who are the happiest celebrities on the planet? bsci10_submission_62.pdf le/0011/22124/who-are-the-happiestcelebrities-on-the-planet.pdf

Analysis into the emotional content of social networking sites such as Twitter. by researchers at Edinburgh university. John Cleese ranked very highly! Historicizing Microblogging tter.pdf Interesting working paper Compares twitter to 19th Century Diaries, written by Lee Humphreys, Assistant Professor Dept. of Communication & Program of Information Science, Cornell University

Fate of the Semantic web 10/Semantic-Web.aspx Latest report from the Pew Internet

Major German study focusing on staff and students from the University Düsseldorf Key findings. Wikipedia is the Web 2.0 application that currently plays the most important role for academic life. It is comprehensively known both to students and academic staff and has caught up with the popularity of Google. Furthermore, it is highly used in academic contexts, students and teachers/researchers use it as an information resource. But this usage is rather of passive nature. Only less than one fifth of students in Survey A have ever edited a Wiki page and 21% of academic wiki users in Survey C describe themselves as passive users. Other Web 2.0 achievements seem to play a minor role in academic work.


Those services which serve entertainment purposes (like social networking, YouTube or Flickr) are widely known to students. Academic staff participants furthermore had a considerable awareness for weblogs, vod- or podcasts, and Twitter. But they mainly use these tools in their leisure time and none of the services is of high or very high significance for more than 50% of those who use these tools. Social bookmarking services and social tagging are not very widely known. Pickard, Alison Jane and GannonLeary, Pat and Coventry, Lynne Users’ trust in information resources in the Web environment: a status report. Technical Report. This study has three aims; to provide an overview of the ways in which trust is either assessed or asserted in relation to the use and provision of resources in the Web environment for research and learning; to assess what solutions might be worth further investigation and whether establishing ways to assert trust in academic information resources could assist the development of information literacy; to help increase understanding of how perceptions of trust influence the behaviour of information users. JISC report page 19 has an interesting table which compares students perceptions of Google searching with their perceptions of searching a library portal. It then raises questions about what can be done by libraries, educators to improve the situation.




Government online 10/Government-Online.aspx latest report from the Pew Internet and American life project 40% of those polled (US citizens) had gone online to get government data. A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right ns/2010/Tale_Two_Blogospheres_Dis cursive_Practices_Left_Right Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. paper comparing the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and Center during Summer, 2008.


All the articles listed in this newsletter are free but did you know you can also search for articles using the library’s subscription databases. |To find out more try our subject guide . ectGuides/media%20and%20comm unication.aspx

Here is one example! Communication Abstracts Find references to journal articles from 1979 onwards.

If you would like more information or individual help in using the library contact Heather Dawson LSE Library

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