Towards understanding twitter use in software engineering: preliminary findings, ongoing challenges and future questions
|Title||Towards understanding twitter use in software engineering: preliminary findings, ongoing challenges and future questions|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Bougie, Gargi, Starke Jamie, Storey Margaret-Anne, and German Daniel M.|
|Secondary Title||Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Web 2.0 for Software Engineering|
|Place Published||New York, NY, USA|
|Keywords||eclipse, linux, mxunit, social media, software development, twitter, web 2.0|
There has been some research conducted around the motivation for the use of Twitter and the value brought by micro-blogging tools to individuals and business environments. This paper builds on our understanding of how the phenomenon affects the population which birthed the technology: Software Engineers. We find that the Software Engineering community extensively leverages Twitter's capabilities for conversation and information sharing and that use of the tool is notably different between distinct Software Engineering groups. Our work exposes topics for future research and outlines some of the challenges in exploring this type of data.
"From this site, we selected the top 30 individuals for the topics Linux and Eclipse. We chose these two topics based on their potential to expose "tweeters" from a large operating system community as well as an IDE development community. We also decided to investigate a project for which all committers use Twitter. Through a colleague, we were informed that the MXUnit project lists the Twitter user names for all eight of its committers. The MXUnit project  is a small, open source ColdFusion test framework that is written as an Eclipse plug-in."