The TwISLE project is CCT’s first attempt to explore the ways in which social media are used by adults for public science discussions. (TwISLE stands for “Twitter and Informal Science Learning and Engagement,” and is our latest project to be funded by the National Science Foundation.)
We will study tweets and retweets from several public institutions—e.g., museums, scientific societies, zoos—and from their Twitter followers, and will develop, test, and validate two research measures. The first will be based on an analysis of the content of tweets, and the other on interviews and surveys of the followers of certain Twitter feeds. We’ll ask those followers about their interest in science information and why they use Twitter to follow science organizations. We hope the measures we develop will help with future research on social media.
More information on the TwISLE project is available from the National Science Foundation's award abstract.