Tag Archives: social

U-M study examines Twitter style of India’s PM Modi

By | November 30, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has more than 36 million followers on Twitter, used political humor and sarcasm to become broadly appealing and refashion his political style, according to a U-M study of his tweets led by Joyojeet Pal, assistant professor of information. The study, published in the International Journal of Communication, shows that Modi tweets under nine broad themes: cricket, opposition… Read More »

How social media affects disaster coverage

By | October 11, 2017

Cliff Lampe, an associate professor of information, says there’s a definite connection between social media and how news organizations cover disasters. For example, after Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, stranded islanders flocked to social media to reach families and friends. Facebook groups quickly formed with residents posting photos, updates, and requests for assistance. As… Read More »

Social media in higher ed

By | October 9, 2017

Social media have changed how colleges interact and communicate with the world. Every post paints a picture of what a college is like, who makes up its community, and what’s important to them. It’s a 24/7 job that didn’t even exist a few years ago. For Nikki Sunstrum, U-M’s director of social media, that means constant monitoring of what’s happening… Read More »

Social media “faux friendships” could harm health

By | July 20, 2017

As people spend more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health. Robert Pasick—a psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the Ross School of Business—says the lack of authentic, in-person connections can lead to health problems, or even early death. According to Pasick, social media sites, like Facebook, are giving… Read More »

Assigning meaning to emojis

By | May 29, 2017

Why is 😂  more popular than 😃 ? Why is a person more likely to use 👍  or 😘  to express appreciation ? These represent the types of questions School of Information doctoral student Wei Ai and his colleagues answered when they examined the use of emojis by one million users through more than 1.2 billion messages. The researchers analyzed the relationship of the… Read More »

Kids guide parents on tech use

By | May 5, 2017

Parents can toss out the owner’s manual for that new smartphone or tablet—they can get all the digital assistance they need from their teens. According to Jan Van den Bulck, professor of communication studies at U-M, more children are guiding their parents on how to use digital media, especially newer media forms such as smartphones, tablets and apps. But… Read More »

Rada Mihalcea to present at April 20 WIT CoP

By | April 17, 2017

Thursday, April 20; 3-5 pm; Arbor Lakes North Dome. Have you heard the buzz? Jocelyn Anderson and the Women in IT Community of Practice (WIT CoP) Professional Development Subcommittee planned an exciting topic for this week’s meeting: U-M researcher Rada Mihalcea will discuss semantic analysis and what it tells us about gender preferences in social media. Mihalcea, professor of… Read More »

Trump’s tweets preserved for posterity

By | April 5, 2017

Mr. Trump’s personal Twitter account has found itself at the center of a number of controversies and attracted the attention of traditional media, critics, and supporters alike, says Josh Pasek, a U-M communication studies professor. Now, the National Archives and Records Administration has confirmed that President Trump’s tweets will be preserved for posterity, in keeping with the Presidential Records Act. Traditionally, the president speaks to… Read More »

Text your way to better health

By | April 5, 2017

The U-M Center for Health Communications Research and the National Cancer Institute have developed a text messaging program called Tips4Health that aims to promote healthy habits in people that sign up. The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center is using the service to deliver behavioral interventions for smoking cessation, healthy eating, and physical activity. A text messaging program to encourage colon cancer screening… Read More »

Digital dependencies

By | March 24, 2017

Do you find yourself incapable of controlling an incessant urge to look at your smart phone or other electronic device? You’ve got company. Nearly nine out of 10 Americans report being so tethered to their digital gadgets that they constantly or often check their email, texts, and social media accounts, a new poll shows. The problem may stem from… Read More »

Michigan lawmakers and social media

By | February 23, 2017

Typically, elected officials delegate social media posts to staffers, but that is changing. (President Donald Trump being the most famous example.) Michigan also has a few political social media stars, like Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and retired Rep. John Dingell, who manage their own accounts. Josh Pasek, assistant professor of communications studies, is not sure the trend bodes well for… Read More »

Growing pains?

By | February 12, 2017

Snapchat’s ability to court a young demographic has been one of its defining characteristics and the pillar of its success. But as the company prepares for its stock market debut, the photo and video messaging app’s reliance on users under the age of 25 could also be one of its biggest liabilities. “It’s the rocks many ships have… Read More »

Most popular emojis

By | January 13, 2017

Researchers at U-M and Peking University analyzed 427 million messages from nearly 4 million smartphone users in 212 countries and regions to see if emoji use was universal or differed based on user location and culture. They discovered the most popular emoji worldwide is… face with tears of joy, which accounted for over 15% of total symbols seen in the study.… Read More »

Tweet no more

By | December 15, 2016

Twitter suspended the accounts of several high-profile leaders of the so-called alternative right last month, raising new questions about the largely online movement’s potential for influencing national debate. While the suspensions could damage the movement by limiting its ability to spread its ideology, others believe it could make the alt-right stronger by feeding into its narrative of liberal… Read More »

Texting etiquette

By | November 1, 2016

How big of a role does texting play in your life? If you are among the 97% of American smartphone owners who send at least one text every day, it might be time to take another look at your texting etiquette. According to English professor Anne Curzan, there’s a chance you’re doing it all wrong. For example, the… Read More »