Twitter as a data source: An overview of tools for journalists

Read the full post at Data Driven Journalism.

Journalists may wish to use data from social media platforms in order to provide greater insight and context to a news story. For example, journalists may wish to examine the contagion of hashtags and whether they are capable of achieving political or social change. Moreover, newsrooms may also wish to tap into social media posts during unfolding crisis events. For example, to find out who tweeted about a crisis event first, and to empirically examine the impact of social media.

Furthermore, Twitter users and accounts such as WikiLeaks may operate outside the constraints of traditional journalism, and therefore it becomes important to have tools and mechanisms in place in order to examine these kinds of influential users. For example, it was found that those who were backing Marine Le Pen on Twitter could have been users who had an affinity to Donald Trump.

There remains a number of different methods for analysing social media data. Take text analytics, for example, which can include using sentiment analysis to place bulk social media posts into categories of a particular feeling, such as positive, negative, or neutral. Or machine learning, which can automatically assign social media posts to a number of different topics.

‘Droughtshaming’ hopes to out California water cheats

Read the full story from the BBC.

With water levels at a record low in California, vigilantes are using social media to shame their neighbours into saving more water.

#Droughtshaming – a practice that began online last year – is back again as California enters its fourth summer of extreme drought. Residents who catch their neighbours wasting water are posting pictures and videos, often with addresses, on Facebook and Twitter as well as via apps. (It is the home of Silicon Valley, after all.)

Decoding green Twitter: Secrets for online sustainability success

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Yes, Twitter is great for marketing. It’s also a powerful tool to engage fellow sustainability leaders, which could come with other business perks.

10 top tweeters on sustainable leadership: from Al Gore to Sheryl Sandberg

Read the full story in The Guardian. Who are your favorite sustainability tweeters?

As we launch a new leadership hub, we’ve put together a list of some of the most compelling Twitter users talking about true sustainability leadership.

LinkedIn tips for an effective sustainability message

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Driving sustainability messages home to firms can be challenging. With various platforms at one’s disposal and competing messages hitting target audiences, getting one’s message across can be a thorny task. Despite such challenges, communicating sustainability remains a top priority for leading industry associations and business organizations.

On June 19, the Industry Association Council at the Network for Business Sustainability Canada convened to discuss effective communication activities on sustainability. Facilitated by Ivey Business School Professor of Management Communications Mary Weil, the IAC session explored the merits and implications of traditional and social media communications tactics in elevating sustainability as a key message within industry circles.

64 (And Counting!) Conservationists You Should Be Following On Twitter Right Now

Read the full post at The Dodo.

We’ve compiled some of the best conservationists (individuals, not organizations) and other conservation-minded people who use social media to advance their or others’ research — with the ultimate goal of saving the world’s species. While there is some debate about exactly who qualifies as a “conservationist” in the strict sense of the word, for the purposes of this Twitter list we included scientists who work on conservation problems, communications managers who advocate for conservation, and outspoken supporters who spread the message of conversation around the globe.

(Note: we’re bound to have left some out — tweet @melissa_cronin with suggestions, and we’ll add them to the list.)

You can follow the entire list by clicking here.