journal articles


Tim Highfield (2018). ‘Emoji hashtags // hashtag emoji: Of platforms, visual affect, and discursive flexibility‘. First Monday. doi:10.5210/fm.v23i9.9398 (open-access).

Tama Leaver and Tim Highfield (2018). ‘Visualising the ends of identity: pre-birth and post-death on Instagram’. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1259343


Jean Burgess, Peta Mitchell, and Tim Highfield (2017). ‘Automating the digital everyday’. Media International Australia. doi:10.1177/1329878X17739020.

Peta Mitchell and Tim Highfield (2017). ‘Mediated geographies of everyday life: Navigating the ambient, augmented, and algorithmic geographies of geomedia’. ctrl+z. online (open-access).

Kate M. Miltner and Tim Highfield (2017). ‘Never Gonna GIF You Up: Analyzing the cultural significance of the animated GIF’. Social Media + Society. online (open-access).


Tim Highfield and Tama Leaver (2016). ‘Instagrammatics and digital methods: studying visual social media, from selfies and GIFs to memes and emoji’. Communication Research and Practice. doi:10.1080/22041451.2016.1155332

Tim Highfield (2016). ‘News via Voldemort: Parody accounts in topical discussions on Twitter’. New Media & Society. doi: 10.1177/1461444815576703


Sky Croeser and Tim Highfield (2015). ‘Harbouring dissent: Greek independent and social media and the antifascist movement’. Fibreculture. online (open-access).

Tim Highfield (2015). ‘Tweeted joke lifespans and appropriated punch lines: Practices around topical humor on social media’. International Journal of Communication. (online, open-access).

Tim Highfield and Tama Leaver (2015). ‘A methodology for mapping Instagram hashtags’. First Monday, 20(1).  (online, open-access)


Sky Croeser and Tim Highfield (2014). ‘Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement’. First Monday. (online, open-access)


Tim Highfield (2013). ‘National and state-level politics on social media: Twitter, Australian political discussions, and the online commentariat’. International Journal of e-Governance. doi:10.1504/IJEG.2013.060648

Axel Bruns, Tim Highfield, and Jean Burgess (2013). ‘The Arab Spring and Social Media Audiences: English and Arabic Twitter Users and Their Networks’. American Behavioral Scientist. doi:10.1177/0002764213479374

Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield (2013). ‘Political Networks on Twitter: Tweeting the Queensland state election’. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2013.782328

Tim Highfield, Stephen Harrington, and Axel Bruns (2013). ‘Twitter as a Technology for Audiencing and Fandom: The #Eurovision phenomenon’. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.756053


Tim Highfield (2012). ‘Talking of Many Things: Using Topical Networks to Study Discussions in Social Media’. Journal of Technology in Human Services. doi:10.1080/15228835.2012.746894

Tim Highfield and Axel Bruns (2012). ‘Confrontation and cooptation: A brief history of Australian political blogs’, Media International Australia. doi:10.1177/1329878X1214300111

Stephen Harrington, Tim Highfield, and Axel Bruns (2012). ‘More than a backchannel: Twitter and television’. In Audience Interactivity and Participation: Interview/Essays with academics, Ed. José Manuel Noguera, Brussels: COST Action Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies. [online]


Tim Highfield, Lars Kirchhoff, and Thomas Nicolai (2011). ‘Challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online’, Social Science Computer Review, 29 (3), 340-353. doi:10.1177/0894439310382514

Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Tim Highfield, Lars Kirchhoff, and Thomas Nicolai (2011). ‘Mapping the Australian networked public sphere’, Social Science Computer Review 29 (3), 277-287. doi:10.1177/0894439310382507


Tim Highfield (2009). ‘Which way up? Reading and drawing maps of the blogosphere’, ejournalist, 9(1), 99-114 [online]