Twitter: A More Timely Way to Measure Neighborhood Trends?
Researchers have historically measured gentrification through the U.S. Census and other official tallies. However because the Census operates on a 10-year cycle, some changes may not be apparent in the data until long after they have occurred. NC State doctoral student Desiree Dighton thinks social media may provide a more timely observation of gentrification. On Twitter, for instance, she said the conversation is constant and ongoing.