Twitter’s big hitters

Laflin, Peter and Mantzaris, Alexander Vassilios and Higham, Desmond J. and Grindrod, Peter and Ainley, Fiona and Otley, Amanda (2012) Twitter’s big hitters. In: Digital Futures 2012, 2012-10-23 - 2012-10-25.

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    We describe the results of a new computational experiment on Twitter data. By listening to Tweets on a selected topic, we generate a dynamic social interaction network. We then apply a recently proposed dynamic network analysis algorithm that ranks Tweeters according to their ability to broadcast information. In particular, we study the evolution of importance rankings over time. Our presentation will also describe the outcome of an experiment where results from automated ranking algorithms are compared with the views of social media experts.