Report: Thousands Use George Washington University Libraries’ Social Media Archive Tool Six Years After Debut
From The GW Hatchet:
More than 3,000 users have taken advantage of a tool GW Libraries officials created to help researchers archive and analyze social media posts over the past six years.
Developed in 2013 by a group of software developers, archivists and librarians, the Social Feed Manager collects data from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Sina Weibo – a Chinese blogging website – and exports and organizes the data for researcher use.
Geneva Henry, the dean of libraries and academic innovation, said users can query the archived posts by characteristics like account and keyword. Library officials received a $130,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 2014 to expand the tool’s functionality from Twitter alone to several websites.
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