Blog 6: Scraping the web for data

By Yuchun Yu

I choose Twitter as the social media platform, now they has millions of users.  Twitter already has a disproportionate influence on the world. Therefore, it attracts a significant number of politicians, journalists, and celebrities. The world is changed by this little blue bird.

What’s more, Twitter is an excellent media platform to ¬†explore people’s ¬†thought, mood, emotion and feeling. Compare to other media platforms , such as magazine, Tv, newspaper and radio, twitter is more easy to communicate people’s ideas and opinions as a social media. Social media led to a new trend to make people have connection around the world wide, which is more interactive.

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I used two search tools, one is from Google, another is from datapipeline, then I¬†searched some keywords about mental health, which is “suicide” and “mental illness”. Mostly, the result is ¬†about people how to deal with their thought of¬†suicide, also some opinions and how to prevent this issue keep happening, including positive and negative thoughts.

The possible visual design of this result, it could be a data visualization,  these are two examples that I found in the book that our tutor provided to us in the tutorial, which are very useful, my visual style could be a bit different from those samples, like the graphic mind map with data base, with illustration to create the best outcome.

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