@Britta Bohlinger

In some ways, this involvement involves both readers and researchers in the research design and potential data-gathering itself (not to mention those who may watch from a distance), and certainly blurs traditional distinctions between the researcher and the (private) process over there, with the phenomenon being studied over here.

While I am exploring this from the framework of autoethnography, I am wondering if there is not something else going on in this as well, something new that technology (such as Twitter or blogs themselves) makes possible that has not really been explored before as it could not exist in this manner?