Content analysis is a method for analysing a user’s content (in online social networks) for providing information about its structure or some attributes.
Content analysis is a research tool used to determine the presence of certain words or concepts within texts or sets of texts. Researchers quantify and analyze the presence, meanings and relationships of such words and concepts, then make inferences about the messages within the texts, the writer(s), the audience, and even the culture and time of which these are a part. Texts can be defined broadly as books, book chapters, essays, interviews, discussions, newspaper headlines and articles, historical documents, speeches, conversations, advertising, theater, informal conversation, or really any occurrence of communicative language.
Because it can be applied to examine any piece of writing or occurrence of recorded communication, content analysis is used in many fields, from marketing and media studies, to literature and rhetoric, ethnography and cultural studies, gender and age issues, sociology and political science, psychology and cognitive science, and many other fields of inquiry.
Content Analysis, Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
Understanding the qualitative and quantitative methods in the context of content analysis, Naorem Binita Devi, 2009