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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-19

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 19 December, 2010
  • Ouch. Bears are down. :( #
  • Been working for about three hours so far on revising/editing my dissertation. This is no fun. :( #
  • Google Maps public transport should show Amtrak and Greyhound for long distances between cities. That would be FTW. #
  • Today's activities: Bears watching, dissertation editing, ST:Voy fanfic reading, The Wire watching, McDs for lunch. #
  • Got Canberra Capitals ticket at AIS as was on way to civic. $20 for ticket. $4.95 booking fee. #
  • If you're interested in keeping up with Sport research at UCNNISS, fan them on facebook: #
  • I just ousted Tracey L. as the mayor of Caltex Gungahlin on @foursquare! #
  • It looks like @warne88 's affair with Liz Hurley is worth an additional 902 followers a day beyond the 805 he already gets. #cricket #
  • Between the 13 and 14, Warne picked up 3,724 new followers. #
  • Is it worth it to post an extremely negative critique of the @GWS_Giants social media/web strategy? :/ #
  • Foursquare data: It is yummy! #aleague #
  • Why I've been hesitant to criticize @gws_giants : (rewriting the second half w/ to make less harsh.) #afl #gwsgiants #
  • Had a nice a nice chat with jess from @gws_giants and now I feel less cranky/more optimistic regarding the club. :D #gogiants #
  • This afternoon's task is to get a bunch of Twitter API codes for my Follower run. :D Then maybe more accounts to make more accurate. #
  • I'm always amazed at the amount of random Australian sport data I have. #
  • is an interesting graph re: #AFl / #NRL but really? One person in common? #
  • If Australian government lowering intrrnational student entry requirements, they should lower tuitition to reflect degree value! #
  • Since December 11, @warne888 13,892 new followers. Next biggest gainer? @espncricinfo with 2,296. biggest loser? @BENJI_MARSHALL6 with 8. #
  • One week Twitter change for Australia/New Zealand sport related accounts : #
  • Australian sport Foursquare checkins for December 15, 16, 17 : #aleague #nbl #wnbl #abl #
  • I just ousted @mediaconsumer as the mayor of Australia Post on @foursquare! #
  • Greater Western Sydney Giants and ACT4GWS : #afl #gogiants #
  • My Aus/NZ data collection insanity? I have information about over 400 clubs, leagues, federations, athletes (non-team). Meep? #
  • I just ousted J'Arne D. as the mayor of Big W (Gungahlin) on @foursquare! #
  • Why you don't need to be from Greater Western Sydney to know about the AFL community there: re: @gws_giants #
  • I just unlocked the "Bookworm" badge on @foursquare! #
  • I just became the mayor of AIS Arena on @foursquare! #
  • Weird to hear a national anthem sung before a sporting event and it isn't USA or Canada. #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • Home team down by one at the end of one. Ref seems to call everything and nothing against Capitals. #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • Canberra down by one against Townsville Fire at half. #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • Feels like a lead change every time down the floor! #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • 57-60 at the end of three. Team is down. Hoping for come back. #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • Down 65-70 with 3:33 left… #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • Dowm 71-77 with :19 to go. #canberracapitals #wnbl #
  • Finished with most recent edits to my introduction. On to edits to my lit review. (Fun times on a Sunday night.) #

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Canberra Capitals game on December 19, 2010

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 19 December, 2010

This isn’t really much of a post. I went to the game. It was a lot of good fun. Food options could have been a bit better and I would have liked a more affordable clothing option. (I’ll pay $30 for a t-shirt but the cheapest shirt was $50. That’s outside of my budget.) The team lost, which is sad. Still, I had a good time. Below are a few video clips I took during the game.

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Notes from Dissertation Writing: Sport communities on Australian social network

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 19 December, 2010

My dissertation needs a lot of editing. Luckily, I have two highly educated parents. These parents are also exceptionally nice. I’ve basically roped them into editing my dissertation. They’ve heard about my fandom analysis for about 12 years now. The topic isn’t completely foreign to them. Babbling.

Anyway, they are editing my dissertation and an issue has come up: Where do I explain how specific sport social media communities function? And how do I do this? They’ve made the argument that a lot of this content feels irrelevant and offtopic. It would best be addressed as a separate chapter, after my lit review or my methodology. They think it would be a good idea to talk about world rank, Australian website rank and New Zealand website rank. They think I should talk in general about who uses them, why they use them, how people can interact and form community on these sites. If this is done, I don’t need to be as repetitive with this content inside my chapter. At the same time, I will also help people who are not familiar with various social networks and websites gain familiarity with them: Not everyone in the Australian sport marketing/history/sociology space has the same knowledge expertise that I have and this chapter would bridge that.

On one level, yeah, doing that makes sense. On another level? No. That sort of analysis is often at the heart of my research. This is the existing community and this is how it responds to controversy. Removing that information from inside chapters takes away a lot of the context. I’m also leery to do it because in the chapter, the fact that I’m doing qualitative, contextual analysis can kind of be hidden. I don’t need all the citations for it. If I pull it out, I would likely need to improve the citing of these observations and do a separate qualitative methodology. Again, I’m not sure how to go about doing that. I can kind of tell you how Australia’s sport Facebook community functions but it isn’t universal and it changes when Facebook changes settings. (Except the Wests Tigers don’t behave like the Canberra Raiders who don’t behave like Anna Meares fans who don’t behave like the GWS Giants.) E-Bay’s community of people listing merchandise I haven’t quite figured out yet as I don’t have the data for it. Wikipedia is probably the most consistent but how it functions and its demographics are part of the results. If LiveJournal has a major privacy controversy, it could lead to an exodus of users. This might impact the chapters 9, 10, 11 but the change predates chapters 4, 5, 6. Hence, it makes sense to me to put this information inside the chapter.

There are good arguments both ways. I can see where my parents are coming from. I just am not sure I agree with them. To me, given the different nature of the communities, the explanations need to take place inside chapters. It also feels like the summaries I’d be doing for these sites are part of the conclusions I am ultimately drawing.

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