Social media-related Android (Google Play) and iOS (iTunes Store) app ecosystems
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Description: This dataset provides information about all the apps that are part of the [Facebook], [Instagram], [Snapchat], and [Twitter]-related Android (Google Play) and iOS (iTunes (App) Store) app ecosystems, derived from Google Play (play.google.com) and Apple's App Store (apps.apple.com) on July 14 and 19, 2018 (N = 19,481). They include all app results for the input search queries, as well as all apps related to them, as specified on the app details pages (i.e. ‘Similar’ Android apps or iOS apps ‘You May Also Like’). This information includes: (a) details about each Android or iOS app (N = 998 and 531, respectively); (b) relations of each Android or iOS app, and details about each of the related apps (N = 12,772 and 5,180); and (c) (high-resolution) information graphics created from these sources. Data were collected with the ‘Google Play “Similar” Apps’ and ‘iTunes Store’ tools (Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam). The dataset is deposited for the (open access) journal article: Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., van der Vlist, F. N., & Weltevrede, E. J. T. (2019). Regramming the Platform: Infrastructural Relations Between Apps and Social Media. In C. Gerlitz, A. Helmond, D. B. Nieborg, & F. N. van der Vlist. (Eds), Apps and Infrastructures (Special Issue), Computational Culture – A Journal of Software Studies, 7. Computational Culture. http://computationalculture.net/regramming-the-platform/.
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