January 18, 2022

New Digital Archive Online: Emory Digital Scholars Archive More than 10 Million Occupy Wall Street Tweets

From Emory University:

Ten million tweets about Occupy Wall Street are now collectively available from Emory.

Emory Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) has collected more than 10 million tweets about the Occupy Wall Street movement and shaped them into visualizations, like word clouds and heat maps.

DiSC scholars and staff unveiled the Tweeting #OWS project, which began in October 2011, on the first anniversary of the street demonstrations earlier this week.


I created an open source application called ‘Twap’ which is short for Twitter Trap.” It can be used by anyone and captures tweets by the specified hashtags,” Turnbull says.

The project was sparked by an online musing “wondering if anyone was saving these tweets on Occupy Wall Street,” says Varner. And it was influenced by social media’s role in Occupy Wall Street, which “captured a lot of people’s imagination,” he notes.

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