The second annual meeting of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) is over, sadly. The event was actively tweeted with #SIPS2017, so we can use R to explore the tweets related to the conference. In this blog post, I do a small retrospective on the event by accessing and visualizing the SIPS tweets through Twitter’s API.
“Accessing an API” sounds like a big deal, but fortunately there’s an R package for that. I used the rtweet package (Kearney 2017) to download 2829 tweets with the #SIPS2017 hashtag. I saved the resulting data, which can be loaded with the following R command:
Timeline of Tweets
The timeline of tweets reveals that SIPSers were most active on Twitter on Monday, and there’s a clear spike of activity at 6pm on Monday.
Here are the top 5 SIPS non-retweets.
|StuartJRitchie||2017-08-01 20:15:42||107||#SIPS2017 https://t.co/DQaL7KfiE8|
|improvingpsych||2017-08-01 16:46:49||89||Are you experiencing #SIPS2017 fomo? Join us next year: Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 23-27. Save the date & please RT! #SIPS2018|
|TheresaWege||2017-07-31 13:36:44||73||The #SIPS2017 methods syllabus is an amazing resource not only if you teach. https://t.co/VLEEOtTcuC https://t.co/d2nEONvDpD|
|lakens||2017-07-31 22:25:16||60||News at #SIPS2017: APA will adopt open science badges for 90 journals, use PsyArXiv as pre-print server (submit from pre-print to journal)|
|siminevazire||2017-07-31 22:20:27||41||Major announcement #1: APA will allow all journal editors to offer badges for open practices #SIPS2017 https://t.co/KPNw4op7Kf|
Who mentioned who in their tweets?
And finally the obligatory graph: Arrows represent tweets going from someone to someone else.
You’ll find the full source code of this blog post on my GitHub page.
Kearney, Michael W. 2017. Rtweet: Collecting Twitter Data. https://cran.r-project.org/package=rtweet.