ISMB coverage on Twitter? It’s possible there was…

July 31, 2011

(This article was first published on What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Peter writes:

I wonder if part of the drop off is live bloggers moving to platforms like Twitter? I can tell you it seemed like there were almost as many tweets for one SIG (#bosc2011) as for the whole of #ISMB / #ECCB2011, and I personally didn’t post anything to FriendFeed but posted lots on Twitter.

Well, there’s a problem with using Twitter for analysis of conference coverage. Let’s try searching for ISMB-related tweets using the twitteR package:

ismb <- searchTwitter("ismb", 1000)
# [1] 30


If we can't archive, how can anyone else?

30? Are we using twitteR properly? Running the same search at the Twitter website gives roughly the same results, plus this unhelpful message.

I like Twitter – as a real-time communication tool. As a data archive? Forget it.

Filed under: bioinformatics, meetings, R, statistics, web resources Tagged: ismb, twitter

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