Professor, Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Axel Bruns is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi), author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and editor of Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2013), and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, especially in the context of acute events. His research blog is at http://snurb.info/, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See http://mappingonlinepublics.net/ for more details on his research into social media.
As a social media platform, Twitter does not have the most glowing reputation. If you just rely on what you hear about it, you might think Twitter is no more than a hotbed for raging politics and viral campaign hashtags....