Times Up Network Visualizations

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  1. In Gephi when using the filters I began by using the giant component and then the degree change as well. I used degree range 5 -> 5610 which allowed me to create a better visualization. The Times up hashtag has a lot of traffic, specifically from retweets so it was important to adjust the degrees correctly. In the statistics tab my network diameter was 15 and my modularity was at 0.468. When I ran the modularity statists I had 7 communities. The bulk of the content in Times Up comes from tweets therefore the communities are large in size. Continually, my visualization show that the archive is large and continues to grow. There were over fifty thousands tweets in the archive when I created the visualizations. TheJaniceTemple is the most frequent user of the hashtag. She is an activist and curator who dedicates her time to woman right and black empowerment. The visual show the power behind retweets and how a community can be built by highlighting an issue that many people relate with. Celebrities have made a great impact with the Times up movement. Celebrities will tweet in relationship to times up and s the hashtag to add to the conversation. Despite it just being one tweet, the times up hashtag continues to gain steam with retweets and mentions. Through the visualizations you can see that there are two large communities, both of these communities have a lot of retweets which began with celebrity or poplar twitter users. The times up movement is always prevalent on twitter. However, at certain times the tweets spike, like the golden globes for example. The visualizations needed tone filtered out, meaning that the tweets were very much overlapping. Using the no overlap button I was able to see individual users more clearly. However, this overlapping show that there is a lot of retweeting going on and the Times Up hashtag involves adding to the conversation by retweeting more so that creating individual tweets.

 

2. Subgroups

 

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There are 27 usernames in this subgroup some of them are: Endnjustice, powerinnos, a_jutscause, kaseytyndall, lindonk, springsdapper, wme, pbr, fightinjustic33, ashbrsun, terrycrews, phodges7, lynette858.

This group appears to have a few bots, but most of the users seem to be connected through discussion of justice. These users in particular tweet about social injustices and seeking justice at local and national levels. The times up movement is a hashtag that is used to shine light ton mistreatment of women, these users used the hash tag but also seem to be focused on seeking justice for various things.  The times up movement is specifically fighting aslant gender injustice. All users who use the hashtag have other various tweets that aren’t directly related to times up. With this subgroup , they seem to be advocators. Not ever tweet is directly related to justice per say but throughout their feeds there is mention of justice and rights frequently. Even the bots continually retweet and tweet about justice. A few users in his group also work for or were featured on WME which is a an entertainment agency. This part of the subgroup is interesting because WME magazine and the agency purpose is to reduce entertainment and media. Time up has become so prevent in the media and entertainers are beaching part of this issue and conversation. I think it is important to see how times up has reached the entertainment world and individuals who produce media have to address and educate themselves on Times Up, hence the tweets from WME workers.

 

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In this subgroup there are 8 users. The 8 users are: savepl2174455, pennandvirginia, Fredjoh57935135,voiceless_child, novicleftbehind, now_aust, wgarnews, photoandgrime.

In this subgroup, there a few users but they are grouped together because of their tweets about abuse. These users are tweeting about child abuse, domestic abuse and abuse against women in general. Abuse is a major part of the times up movement, women are being mistreated emotionally, mentally and physically. Women have been silenced due to fear, some women have been threatened and some have been been abused. This sub group is grouped together because of their mentions of abuse. This users also use other hashtags like #sexualharrasment and #childabuse. The times up movement is so broad and it continues to expand, the hashtag has started conversation and has given people a voice. This subgroup highlights speaking up and against abuse.

3. Co-Hashtag Map

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Modularity Community

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Hashtags:#Trumpsamerikka #neveragain #theresistance #enough #votethemallout #athiest #impeach45

I focused on this community because it appears to be hashtags from bots or users who are strictly tweeting about our current political situation. We have learned a little bit about bots in class and from what I see these tweets appear to not be from actual users. Bots have been used frequently to push political agenda and add to conversation. Their official purpose is not really defined but it would be ignorant to ignore their place on twitter. These tweets are grouped together because they all are being used to resistant or speak out against the American government. Our current political situation can relate to the times up movement because of Trump’s disrespect towards women and his policies which ultimately affect women’s rights. The times up movement is meant to empower  women and start a open conversation about women’s issues. These other hashtags associated with my own hashtag seek overcoming obstacles that the world is facing under Trump’s rule. Women are a group that has been directly affected by Trump’s rule and Trumps personal life has shown that he disrespects women and has allegedly harassed and assaulted women. These tweets tell a similar story with that of times up, when will enough be enough? The Trump administration has angered people and the times up movement is a way in which people who are angry can voice their frustration. Th epitomes up movement is related specifically to women, but they hashtags show an overall stance of wanting change in America. Yes, with how women are treated, but always with how runs our country and when will humanity no longer tolerate injustice.

 

 

 

 

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My Topic in Social Media: Dominique

A hashtag that encompasses my topic of women’s rights is #TimesUp.  #TimesUp is a movement that was created following the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent Weinstein Effect. Times Up was founded on January 1st 2018 by several big-name Hollywood celebrities, such as Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Natalie Portman, and Shonda Rhimes. The movement is working towards gender quality amongst all industries. The movement includes a legal defense fund that “connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance,” (National Women’s Law Center).

I personally saw the #TimesUp all over my timeline on the night of the 2018 Golden Globes awards. The movement chose this event, one of the biggest nights in Hollywood, to display their activism and unity in the wake of so many career-ending accusations in the industry. Celebrities, many of whom are behind Times Up, wore black to show their support. Later that month another huge event, the Grammys, also promoted a #TimesUp initiative. Stars were encouraged to wear a white rose in solidarity.

Top tweets from the night of the Golden Globes included explanations from Mark Ruffalo and Emma Watson of why they are wearing black:

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#TimesUp is often tweeted along with #MeToo because of their direct correlation. #TimesUp is the action in response to the stories shared with #MeToo. With #MeToo, we see just how many people have gone through sexual assault or harassment in their lifetime, showing how big of an issue this is, and with #TimesUp, we see real change and people standing up and saying enough is enough.

Using the TAGS 6.1 archiving system, I found that the top tweeters for #TimesUp are:

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@darrellbrantle3 only has 41 followers. He mostly just retweets posts that use the hashtag. He retweeted many tweets directed at different celebrities, asking for their help against WME Entertainment after they fired someone for speaking out on discrimination. This is what his timeline looks like:

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This shows how the #TimesUp movement is linked to real life situations and calls for actual change. Many of the tweets that use the hashtag are responding to an article, video or situation that showcase injustice. For example, these tweets are responding to an article stating that Matt Lauer, who was fired for sexual assault, is planning a comeback:Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 6.17.49 PM.png

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These are more examples of tweets that link to articles:

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These tweets are directly calling out various industries for their blatant disregard for women’s rights. This includes journalism, politics and even cheerleading. People express their views under this unifying hashtag. I found that the the tweets were passionate and that people do not hold back. This is especially true on more personal tweets such as these:

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These are some current tweets from the archive:

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I also found that not many tweets got replies, but those that did were usually positive and of people agreeing, for example:

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The most retweeted tweet as of right now is from @UN_Women (It’s count has since gone up since I did the archive):

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Most of the top tweets come from verified accounts, which makes sense since this movement is spearheaded by famous celebrities and activists, like Reese Witherspoon.

Since its founding, Times Up has been a way for people to finally take action and say, TIME IS UP. Time is up on injustice, mistreatment and inequality. It has spread from just the topic of women in the workplace to equality as a whole. The tweets show people standing up for what is right and fighting back, and in turn encourages others to do the same.

 

The #MeToo hashtag has been extremely popular on twitter as it has opened several different conversations about all kinds of social issues. Sometimes, tweet has a lot to do with feminism, either women telling their stories, or discussing the topic and fighting for change. A lot of hashtags can be seen going along with the #MeToo hashtag as well which people are using to draw attention to other social issues.

Conversations are being started all over the internet with the #MeToo movement. You can see that certain tweets and replies are very political and are trying to fight for change. The #MeToo movement is starting to be about several different topics. People are hoping that this hashtag will cause attention of other social justice issues.

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@ReneNowb, who is the most popular tweeter with the #MeToo Hashtag, has the most tweets as seen in the Top Tweeters data. They mainly hashtag at big news names like #BBCNews, #FoxNews, #CNBC and #CBSEveningNews. They also hashtag several social justice topics and embedded certain videos. They want to fight injustices and fight for the rights of several people. They embed tweets, GIFS and other media in their tweets to open conversation about certain Social Justice issues especially having to do with the News.

The next twitter user that tweets #MeToo a lot is @dragonfly369sp who seems to tweet a lot about social injustices towards women in America, Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture. The next is @KaceyKells who claims in her bio, “I love fashion, books and feel concerned with women’s rights #MeToo”, she retweets and tweets several issues relating to the #MeToo Movement.

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#Timesup #LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter and #Immigration are common hashtags that are associated with the #MeToo hashtag. This is because they all fall under the fight against discrimination and people who have been ignored for years. Twitter users seem to tweet these things together as if they were a group, together. They are often grouped together even if the topic has nothing to do with one another. These topics fall together because they are all fighting against social injustices and wanting the world to fight alongside with them. They work together, to see a brighter future and have support for all of the ideas that hide under each hashtag.

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People are often linking to news stories that discuss these social issues. There are several images of political movements that people want others to fight for and better understand. Others are GIFs that might have to do with a poltical movement. All of these have to contribute with something political, because that is what the #MeToo movement is about. Some of these tweets are also images of familiar faces in pop culture and what they are saying about the #MeToo movement, and sharing their own story.

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People are using this hashtag to also get the attention of what they are fighting for, to create more of a conversation. They want this political movement to help their political movement and have more people discuss what is going on with what they are concerned about.

A lot of these tweets are stating something, and when they are it is political towards something else or about feminism and the #MeToo movement itself. The replies all fall under other social justice issues and people agreeing, or disagreeing on certain tweets and ideas. People are tweeting certain links and ideas every hour, as the #MeToo movement has to do with more of politics now then anything else. When people answer certain content, it often that they are agreeing what the tweet has to deal with, and sides a lot with feminism

Blog Post 3 Avery Marz

My Topic in Social Media

In looking at the TAGS 6.1 archive created by Mark my eyes were opened to how broad and widespread body image issues are. Below is a screenshot of my archive page! When I first ran the script it came up with 2,717 tweets.

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Not only is the issue of body image broad, but peoples opinions on the issue and how they deal with the issue are very different. In summary, some people who were tweeting about body image were deeply affected by their own body issues, (here are some examples) ——>

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….. Some were focused on helping people with body issues and some were tweeting about who’s fault body image issues are. These examples are just a few ways in which the key word (body image) was used on twitter within the hour I used TAGS 6.1. The discourse used within the hashtag was very subjective and every user seems to have their own purpose for using body image in their tweets. The difference between users was apparent in the use of the different hashtags by users. Some hashtags like #GOTRstrong were used to promote a organization or lifestyle brand, others like #youarenotalone were used to connect a community of individuals who were suffering with body issues. Another interesting hashtag I came cross was the #everybodycampaign which was trying to start a movement to change the way young teens view their bodies. Some hashtags like #everybodycampaign were trying to change the way people felt about themselves in order to understand and grow as a society. One of the first tweets I came across was by a woman named Diane McCartney, below is her page and tweet that was in my archive.

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This tweet caught my eye because it said “bigger is better” and I thought wow okay this must be a positive/accepting tweet about body image. Comically, I found out that the tweet was really directed towards social media buzz about a balloon. Below is the link which it talks about what was catching people attention with a blown up balloon.

I also looked at a tweet that directed me to a lifestyle site called experiencelife

The “Experience Life” site which is below was tagged in a tweet by GOTR of the Triangle which stands for Girls on the run. Experience Life is a health and fitness magazine. Girls on the run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. This tweet in particular was one that highlighted how powerful a mirror can be in terms of women’s body image. I loved how the tweet included an image that had a warning sign with, “All objects in the mirror are strong and beautiful” The GOTR organization is a great example of positive tweets highlighted acceptance of ourselves and our bodies. Adding the link to the Experience life site adds to the conversation about building a better body image.

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My top tweeter ( @Earthunderglass )

Earthunderglass was very active on twitter, but it was hard to find his tweets about body image. He seemed to use body a lot, but not in regards to body issues or body image.  Instead my top tweeter talked more about about equal pay day and Mark Zuckerberg which are big topics being talked about right now. Below is a screenshot of my Summary tab where I found my top tweeters.

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My second highest tweeter was @ekd1v07  Dr. Emily Kate

Dr. Emily Kate tweeted 9 times within my first archive session. In viewing her page she seems to be helping those struggling with eating disorders. This was very interesting because despite covering this issue I did not highlight eating disorders in my mash-up. This is an important part of the issue and people like Kate are working to prevent women from having eating disorders and finding ways to get through them by developing a community on twitter of those who may be struggling. Seeing Kate’s tweets and page reminded that these issues are life threatening. Even more reason for me to raise awareness and change the way women view themselves!!

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I also came across a tweet that highlighted a big issue within body image struggles. The tweet read, “The weirdest thing about having body image issues is when you “look fine” to other people is them not understanding that the issue isn’t necessarily about how you look but how you feel about how you look. Sometimes its really a persona problem. ” This tweet is spot on, people find it hard to understand when “skinny” people have body issues, but in reality it doesn’t matter how some people perceive their looks, how they feel about themselves with ultimately dictate their happiness. The tweet appeared in my archive as a tweet by the tweeter: MimiSibiya. As you can see below she retweeted this tweet, the tweet is originally form Janelle Moghel @NthabiWabi. This was also cool to see that the conversation and body mage issues was being retweeted and was gaining more traffic with the retweet feature in twitter. This tweet i believe has been retweeted so much because it is relatable, women struggle with this issue because they see themselves a certain way, regardless of how others may perceive them. A big step in the right direction is understanding that everyone has their own view of themselves and solving body image issues does not mean you just tell someone they look fine. This also reminded of one of our readings that talked about Facebook algorithm and twitter’s format. I do believe that twitter has the best format for creating discussion and conversation about topics not in mass media all the time. The retweet button and trending topics are just too tools that elevate twitter above other social media sites. Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 7.17.27 PM.png

Another tweet that caught my eye was by Scott Galloway, the text brought me to his tweet, but the image kept me on his page. The tweet mentioned the effect social media, specifically Instagram, has on teens mental heath, including body image issues. My mash-up included some aspects of social media and its affect on how we perceive ourselves. The image is really intriguing because it used icons of popular social media sights to hide the top part of a children’s head. The image depicts a fact, social media has penetrated our minds. This issue has been heightened by the emergence of social media and like I depicted in my mashup, this issue has been around for a while and isn’t stopping any time soon.

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