The Ultimate Productivity Boost

I checked off everything on the list last week. It wasn’t even down to the line – at 1400h on Friday all that was left was one kickboxing class. I hung out, caught up on some reading, watched an episode of Scrubs and then went out for dinner. And I thought about how it was […]

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Twitter: Influence and Engagement

Introduce myself: my name is Cate and I’m a second year Masters student in Computer Science. There’s all these different parts of Computer Science, but how I like to describe myself is that I try to create things that answer the questions that people haven’t thought to ask. What does that mean? Well, you could […]

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Not (Quite) Having a Meltdown

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. I was told my work didn’t make a contribution, went through a rocky patch with my boyfriend, had loads of events for WISE, including one huge, never been done before one, had the whole job search and resume writing process, wrote a paper in just over a week, […]

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The Importance of Perspective

I read this great article on Study Hacks recently, it’s called Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do and is part of a series he’s doing. In one, he was looking for people who love what they do and I marked it to come back to because that’s me – I love what […]

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Levels of Engagement on Twitter

Levels of Engagement on Twitter

My co-supervisor, Michael Weiss, came up with this diagram expressing the interactions we have with people on Twitter. Direct messaging is the most intimate form of communication, which we cannot track through the API without authentication (and then only for an individual user) as it is private. We have engagement through conversation and retweets, passive […]

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Rediscovering Balance

My life has been out of balance for as long as I can clearly remember. And I know, the most successful women embrace that imbalance but my feeling is that mine has been too far out of balance, or perhaps just too imbalanced in the wrong way. Last semester, I was in so much pain […]

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The Trade-off Between Useful and Interesting

I don’t think I’m cut out for graduate school. I say this as someone who just spent half an hour hiding in the bathroom in tears, so take what follows with a pinch of salt. I’m not giving up quite yet. Today, my supervisor told me my work made no contribution. I admit, that I […]

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Chart Showing Number of Cliques / Follower / Following

You can change around the axis etc however you like. Suggestion: Color: unique colors Size: Number of Cliques Y-axis: Followers X-axis: Following Now press the “play” button at the bottom left of the chart. You’ll see the bubbles change in size. I know it looks like a year, but it’s not – 1903 means number […]

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Applied Clique Finding: Discovering More About Your Twitter Network

Abstract for a talk I’m giving tomorrow some time between 1300h and 1500h at the University of Ottawa. Let me know if you want to attend (slides will be up later). Follower / Following networks are essentially meaningless on Twitter due to the prevalence of spam. However by creating the graphs of conversation networks it […]

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