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Identifying Communicator Roles in Twitter

Identifying Communicator Roles in Twitter
Identifying Communicator Roles in Twitter
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.
twitter, user classification, influence, web science
Tinati, Ramine
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Carr, Leslie
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Hall, Wendy
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Bentwood, Jonny
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Tinati, Ramine
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Carr, Leslie
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Hall, Wendy
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Bentwood, Jonny
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Tinati, Ramine, Carr, Leslie, Hall, Wendy and Bentwood, Jonny (2012) Identifying Communicator Roles in Twitter. At Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND 2012) Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND 2012), France. 16 - 20 Apr 2012. 8 pp.

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Abstract

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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Submitted date: March 2012
Published date: 16 April 2012
Venue - Dates: Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND 2012), France, 2012-04-16 - 2012-04-20
Keywords: twitter, user classification, influence, web science
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 335268
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/335268
PURE UUID: edab48b4-3f17-48e1-b4df-fd1cdd7672f5
ORCID for Leslie Carr: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-9680
ORCID for Wendy Hall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4327-7811

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2012 11:34
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:11

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Author: Ramine Tinati
Author: Leslie Carr ORCID iD
Author: Wendy Hall ORCID iD
Author: Jonny Bentwood

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