A case for Twitter literacy

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Misinformation is rampant on Twitter. As a grad school project, I've proposed to create a Twitter literacy instructional presentation. What do you think? I'd love some feedback.

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A case for Twitter literacy

  1. 1. Evaluating Misinformation on Twitter<br />Brainstorming Ideas<br />By Erica Holt<br />
  2. 2. Topics to Cover<br />How Information Spreads on Twitter<br />How Misinformation Spreads: Moldova Riots<br />Applying Digital Media Literacy<br />
  3. 3. How Information Spreads on Twitter<br />One tweet leads to many more tweets.<br />Credit: http://nctrower.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/twitter-marketing-strategies/<br />
  4. 4. Who Cares?<br />Percent of Americans who have heard of Twitter<br />Source: 2010 Edison Research<br />
  5. 5. Moldova Riots<br />In April 2009, anti-communist protestors organize rallies on Twitter and Facebook, claiming elections were rigged.<br />Violence breaks out.<br />
  6. 6. Moldova Riots<br />A blog, Save Moldova, posts a photo claiming conspirators and policemen are working together.<br />Conspiracy theories run rampant on Twitter.<br />
  7. 7. Moldova Riots<br />A.Did communists manipulate protestors into violence by hoisting an EU flag on Moldovan Parliament?<br />B. Or did real protestors escorted by police hoist the flag in attempt to quell crowds?<br />Credit: France24 International News http://observers.france24.com/en/content/20090409-moldova-riots-beware-misinformation-twitter<br />
  8. 8. The Answer?<br />B. Protesters were responsible.<br />
  9. 9. How Did this Happen?<br />Misinformation spreads on Twitter because:<br />Messages are 140 characters short.<br />It’s easy to “re-tweet” in one click.<br />
  10. 10. What Can We Do?<br />Credit: http://trisharoque.multiply.com/<br />
  11. 11. Detecting Twitter Misinformation<br />Who is the source?<br />Does the source often make similar claims?<br />Has anyone else verified the claims?<br />Has anyone tried to disprove the claims?<br />
  12. 12. A Case for a Final Project<br />Examine the literature: how and why does<br />misinformation spread online?<br /> Analyze other case studies such as Moldova.<br />Create a multimedia presentation on <br />Twitter literacy.<br />
  13. 13. Questions?<br />Contact me: http://www.twitter.com/ericaholt<br />Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oberazzi/318947873/<br />

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