Announcing the Social Media Research mailing list

January 24th, 2007 is a Google Groups mailing list for people who are doing or interested in research on social media.

What kinds of social media? Well, usual suspects — blogs, forums, wikis, sites for sharing and discussing photos, videos, bookmarks, etc. — as well as new forms yet to be invented.

What kind of research? Our hope is that this list will focus on current topics like the following: natural language processing, information extraction, sentiment detection, opinion mining, bias, text classification, community modeling, detecting spam in social media, tagging, folksonomies, using ontologies, user modeling, recommendations, recognizing trends and buzz, graph analysis, using semantic web technology, FOAF, data blogging, reasoning about trust, modeling influence, social network analysts, event detection, using machine learning techniques and novel applications.

Whew, so what isn’t covered? We hope that the list doesn’t suffer the fate of many, and become just a channel for announcements of conferences, workshops, positions and products. These are valuable, of course, if they are really relevant to social media research. So send them along, if you really think they are relevant to research on social media.

How do I subscribe?
join the group via the web page When you subscribe, you can choose to view the posts online or to get them by email either as they are made, as a daily summary or in digest form. Currently, anyone can join and you need not have a Google account.

Can I just lurk? Sure. The group is set so that any anyone can view the content, but you have to be a member to post. See the discussions at

Is there a feed? Google Groups provides feeds (Atom or RSS 2.0) for both messages and topics. See for the options for out list.

Will the list have a lot of spam? We sure hope not. Some is bound to slip through. And, of course, my important announcement of a call for papers may be your spam. If someone joins to send what we consider to be egregious spam, we’ll ban them. If spam is still a problem, we may resort to moderating new members or even all messages.

Who is running this anyway? The list is currently being managed by members of the UMBC ebiquity research group ( We want the character and function of the group to emerge from the members, however, and see ourselves as the current caretakers. If you want to contact use, send email to

If you think you will be interested, please give it a try. You can always unsubscribe if it turns out not to be useful to you. To start, we’d like to invite new members to introduce themselves via a short message to You might say who you are, what you are interested in and what you are working on now.