It’s that time of year when everyone writes either a year-in-review article or a predictions-for-next-year article. The Wikimedia Foundation offered one of their own that showed the remarkable capacity of Wikipedia to support collaborate around current events.
On Monday, October 27 Andy Baio posted an analysis of 72 hours of tweets with the #Gamergate hashtag. With the very best of intentions, he also shared the underlying data containing over 300,000 tweets saved as CSV file. There are several technical and potential ethical problems with that, which I’ll get to later, but in a fit of “rules are for thee, not for me,” I grabbed this very valuable data while I could knowing that it wouldn’t be up for long.