The SMOL Project

Image credits: Swati Vats for the SMOL project. The Social Media, Online behavior and Language project focuses on online human behavior and computer mediated communication. SMOL is also internet lingo for something that's small and cute. Founding member and PI: Dr. Kokil Jaidka, Assistant Professor, NUS Research Areas: The role of affordances in computer-mediated communication:... Continue Reading →

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The US Twitter landscape isn’t as political as it’s made out to be

Written by Subhayan Mukerjee, Kokil Jaidka, Yphtach Lelkes for Nicolas Berube, La Presse CanadaBased on the findings of our paper, recently accepted in Political Communication Image: LaPresse Canada Were you surprised when you realized that politics isn't the main driver of the US Twitterverse?It’s somewhat reassuring to see that people on Twitter aren’t that different... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Vine vs TikTok

Compiled for Romano Santos, Vice. Image: CC Why do you think Vine was so popular, and why do you think it ultimately failed?  Vine demonstrated the power of unedited raw video in a social media space saturated with text and touched-up selfies. It created a new genre of fast comedy content that is still nostalgically... Continue Reading →

A new SMOL study is live!

This study is for Singaporean university students who regularly use Instagram, and have an Android phone. We would like to invite you to participate in an exciting research study about “Experiments with social media use.” If you stay committed to the research study over three weeks AND complete three short surveys, you will earn a... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow began yesterday

A study of the history of the universe tells us that if the universe's existence was shrunk into the size of an Earth-sized day, then humans are relatively only four seconds old. In the first zeptoseconds of these four seconds, one of our first inventions was a system to measure days, seasons, years, and our... Continue Reading →

The WikiTalkEdit dataset

This paper has had quite an adventure, and it finally has a home. The WikiTalkEdit dataset/paper tests whether the predictors of emotion change in a two-party conversation, are also predictors of behavioral change. The paper tests different language models and provide linguistic insights about the predictors of each kind of change. Inspired by a conversation... Continue Reading →

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