AAAI Publications, Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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A Qualitative Examination of Topical Tweet and Retweet Practices
Meenakshi Nagarajan, Hemant Purohit, Amit Sheth

Last modified: 2010-05-16


This work contributes to the study of retweet behavior on Twitter surrounding real-world events. We analyze over a million tweets pertaining to three events, present general tweet properties in such topical datasets and qualitatively analyze the properties of the retweet behavior surrounding the most tweeted/viral content pieces. Findings include a clear relationship between sparse/dense retweet patterns and the content and type of a tweet itself; suggesting the need to study content properties in link-based diffusion models.


retweet, twitter, user-generated content properties, information diffussion

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