Since 2011, I have undertaken an annual survey of Twitter users who post about archaeology topics – be they archaeologists working in the profession, students, ‘amateur archaeologists’ or interested bystanders and participants. The aims of the survey are:
- to gather longitudinal data on how the platform is/has been used as part of public engagement with archaeology online
- to understand how Twitter supports the needs of the archaeological community as a place to discuss and network within itself, professional or not
- to gain insight into the ways in which the practical use of the platform in the archaeological sphere has changed as technological changes make an impact on devices, location of use, use of algorithms etc
- to explore the concepts of archaeological authority, hierarchy and expertise, and find out how these are performed, disrupted and subverted by the use of this media platform.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and there are always surprises to be found in the data itself. The aim of the 2016 survey is to provide a slightly more ‘personalised’ approach to the use of Twitter, alongside the use of social network analysis using hashtags, and specific archaeological topics chosen throughout the period of this project, to contrast with, and complement, this survey. The questions are pretty much the same as previous years, but with a few tweaks to reflect on new developments and refine the question focus.
If you would like to take part in the survey, you can fill in the form found here: https://websurvey.textalk.se/start.php?ID=95709
If you have any questions, get in touch.