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What is Twitter: News Media or Social Network?

Twitter seems to have grown from a simple platform for exchanging 140-character messages, into a subject matter for case studies seeking to uncover human behavior!

A recent study called: “What is Twitter, a Social Network or a News Media?” by Haewoon Kwak, Changhyun Lee, Hosung Park, and Sue Moon – Department of Computer Science, Korea – tackles this matter in efforts to better understand the popularity of Twitter and the transformation of Twitter since its development up until the present day.

In other words, the main goal of the study is analyzing the topological characteristics of Twitter and its power as a new medium of information sharing.

In order to deduce accurate results, the researchers heading this study crawled 41.7 million user profiles, 1.47 billion social relations, 4,262 trending topics and 106 million tweets.

We begin with the network analysis and study the distributions of followers and followings, the relation between followers and tweets, reciprocity, degrees of separation, and homophily. Next we rank users by the number of followers, PageRank, and the number of retweets and present quantitative comparison among them“.

Conclusions… In Geeky English!

1. Among reciprocated users some level of homophily was observed. In order to identify influentials on Twitter, users were ranked by the number of followers and by PageRank. They found the two rankings to be similar.

From the study: Topics ranked by RT proportion (# of users > 50,000)

From the study: Topics ranked by RT proportion (# of users > 50,000)

Gaza’s #Flotilla — Has Twitter Joined the Censoring Game?

Last night there was a brutal and barbaric attack by the Israeli Defense Forces on a humanitarian aid convey that was making its way to Gaza to protest the siege that has been in place for more than 2 years. The humanitarian aid convey had activists from several nationalities and even included a holocaust survivor.

The biggest ship of the flotilla was surrounded by Israeli naval ships in international waters and boarded by Israeli soldiers whom attacked and killed at least 10 and injured tens of the 600 activists on board of the ship.

There was a huge outcry by people from around the world, and international countries were unanimous in condemning the attacks which might have breached international accords since they took place while the ships were in international waters. On the backdrop of the attacks, it seemed that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, will have to cancel this week’s visit to the USA out of fear of being shamed again by the administration.

So What happened on Twitter?

Israel, Flotilla, Gaza, FreedomFlotilla on Trendistic

Israel, Flotilla, Gaza, FreedomFlotilla on Trendistic

Given that it was breaking news, people took up the cause and started talking about it on Twitter where it would have logically became a trending topic since a lot of people were using the hashtags #flotilla, #Freedom, and #Gaza but then something strange happened. Other tags with less mentions got to be trending, but not those. So speculation ran amok trying to understand what exactly happened and what might have been the reason that not only those tags didn’t trend but if people tried to search for them on the Twitter stream they would get an error.

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