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Web 2.0 Metrics

Web 2.0 Metrics

With growing distribution of the social web established press and broadcasting media providers are represented on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. Their activities pursue different strategies and take different shapes, but what they have in common is the search for ways to comprehend the audience's response to what they offer. The audience of the social web is not a passive entity but an active participator. Respective indicators and metrics are on the one hand supposed to clarify the development of coverage and on the other hand explain the significance of the individual offering as compared to other providers.


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Project Description

In order to measure the audience’s activities, social web platform offer various publicly accessible indicators (e.g. the number of Twitter followers, Facebook friends or viewers of a YouTube video). Further there are special monitoring services provided either by the platform itself (e.g. Facebook Insight) or third parties (e.g. twazzup.com).

Due to the dynamics of internet-based communication it often remains unclear

  • which indices can be meaningfully monitored,
  • which type of user behaviour is expressed by a certain indicator,
  • how “real time” indicators (e.g. Twitter’s “trending topics”) can be interpreted as compared to cumulated indicators (e.g. number of YouTube channel’s subscribers), and
  • how the respective figures should be classified in relation to indicators from different media types.

Against this background the Hans Bredow Institute is working on an expert report, issued by the ZDF, which will classify the communication activities in the social web in a general conceptual background and provide an overview of existing metrics and tools.

Project Information


Duration: 2011-2011

Involved persons

PD Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Third party

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

Cooperation Partner

Contact person

PD Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt
Senior Researcher Digital Interactive Media & Political Communication

PD Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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