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    • ISSN: 2010-3689
    • Frequency: Bimonthly (2011-2014); Monthly (Since 2015)
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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    • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net
Editor-in-chief
Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
QUniversity, Australia
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJIET. The journal publishes good-quality papers which focous on the advanced researches in the field of information and education technology. Hopefully, IJIET will become a recognized journal among the scholars in the related fields.

IJIET 2018 Vol.8(1): 56-62 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.1.1012

Instant Messaging and Social Networks — The Advantages in Online Research Methodology

Kazeem Oluwakemi Oseni, Kate Dingley, and Penny Hart
Abstract—The use of instant messaging and social networks in the world today is a concept with high esteem. The efforts of many researchers to merge it with various research methods is still a new trend of strong debate. This study will examine the advantages of instant messaging and social networks in online research methodology scenario. With the advent of web-based messaging applications, one now wonder the difficulties researchers face on a daily basis to schedule a one-on-one interview with the potential participants. Instant message apps are surging in popularity across the world as these apps encourage peer-to-peer communications and allow users to exchange instant messages online and through their mobile devices. This study is done using online focus group discussion consisting of five members expressing their views on this novel domain, the important of instant messaging and social networks on research methods as against the traditional one-on-one interview approach for data collection. The results obtained from the focus group discussions highlight the important of the instant messaging and social networks in research methodology as this indicate a new shift and direction in research advancement.

Index Terms—Instant messaging, social networks, online research methodology, data collection.

The authors are with the School of Computing, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (e-mail: Kazeem.oseni@port.ac.uk, Kate.dingley@port.ac.uk, Penny.Hart@port.ac.uk).

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Cite: Kazeem Oluwakemi Oseni, Kate Dingley, and Penny Hart, "Instant Messaging and Social Networks — The Advantages in Online Research Methodology," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 56-62, 2018.

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