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

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Identifying Users Across Social Tagging Systems
Tereza Iofciu, Peter Fankhauser, Fabian Abel, Kerstin Bischoff

Last modified: 2011-07-05


How much do tagging activities tell about a user? Is it possible to identify people in Delicious based on the tags, which they use in Flickr? In this paper we study those questions and investigate whether users can be identified across social tagging systems. We combine two kinds of information: their user ids and their tags. We introduce and compare a variety of approaches to measure the distance between user profiles for identification. With the best performing combination we achieve, depending on the actual settings, accuracies of between 60% and 80% which demonstrates that the traces of Web 2.0 users can reveal quite much about their identity.

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