Web Methods

The internet is becoming an increasingly indispensable part of social research practice, but how often do we stop to think about the characteristics of the online spaces in which we work? Investigating differences in response rates for online surveys across racial and ethnic groups? Questioning the extent to which social media trains internet denizens in the art of self-presentation and how this may affect their responses? Exploring the novel implications of snowball sampling on Facebook? As our research comes to rely more and more on the web to generate data and recruit participants, these questions become increasingly urgent.

Graphic sociology
 considers the demographic profiles of blogging communities using a new dataset from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The rich dataset may help enterprising researchers to address some of these issues.

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