Identifying Communicator Roles in Twitter

Tinati, Ramine, Carr, Leslie, Hall, Wendy and Bentwood, Jonny (2012) Identifying Communicator Roles in Twitter. In, Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND 2012) , Lyon, FR, 16 - 20 Apr 2012. 8pp.


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Twitter has redefined the way social activities can be coordinated; used for mobilizing people during natural disasters, studying health epidemics, and recently, as a communication platform during social and political change. As a large scale system, the volume of data transmitted per day presents Twitter users with a problem: how can valuable content be distilled from the back chatter, how can the providers of valuable information be promoted, and ultimately how can influential individuals be identified?

To tackle this, we have developed a model based upon the Twitter message exchange which enables us to analyze conversations around specific topics and identify key players in a conversation. A working implementation of the model helps categorize Twitter users by specific roles based on their dynamic communication behavior rather than an analysis of their static friendship network. This provides a method of identifying users who are potentially producers or distributers of valuable knowledge.

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Keywords: twitter, user classification, influence, web science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 335268
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2012Submitted
16 April 2012Published
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2012 11:34
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:24
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