The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The significance of trust to Twitter and its effect on the public/personal opinion divide: a case study

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

It has been documented that Twitter can be used as an
essential method of communication between individuals
and authorities during natural disasters such as floods,
fire and earthquakes. However, this paper studied a
real life incident that started in Twitter environment as
user’s personal opinion, which was disseminated in the
form of a tweet by user. In less than 48 hours, this
unpopular personal opinion provoked criticism from the
majority of Twitter users involved in this case study,
which made it a very concerning public issue. The
purpose of this study is to find out to what extent
people trusted Twitter, in this case why the re-tweet
rate increased so rapidly and why one tweet provoked
wide criticism by involved users. Ultimately, the impact
of a high number of followers on the distinction
between private opinion and public offense leads to the
conclusion that trust plays a tremendous role in social
interactions in Twitter.

Full text not available from this repository.

Citation

Aljohani, Naif R., Basheri, Mohammed and Alfakeeh, Ahmed S. (2012) The significance of trust to Twitter and its effect on the public/personal opinion divide: a case study At ACM Web Science-WebSci12, United States. 22 - 24 Jun 2012.

More information

Published date: 22 June 2012
Venue - Dates: ACM Web Science-WebSci12, United States, 2012-06-22 - 2012-06-24
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 343193
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343193
PURE UUID: 7f12562f-d5da-414a-ad6d-546565f66542

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 02 Oct 2012 10:14
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:23

Export record

Contributors

Author: Naif R. Aljohani
Author: Mohammed Basheri
Author: Ahmed S. Alfakeeh

University divisions


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×