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

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Geographic Dissection of the Twitter Network
Juhi Kulshrestha, Farshad Kooti, Ashkan Nikravesh, Krishna P. Gummadi

Last modified: 2012-05-20

Abstract


Geography plays an important role in shaping societal interactions in the offline world. However, as more and more social interactions occur online via social net- working sites like Twitter and Facebook, users can in- teract with others unconstrained by their geolocations, raising the question: does offline geography still matter in online social networks? In this paper, we attempt to address this question by dissecting the Twitter so- cial network based on users’ geolocations and investi- gating how users’ geolocation impacts their participa- tion in Twitter, including their connections to others and the information they exchange with them. Our in-depth analysis reveals that geography continues to have a sig- nificant impact on user interactions in the Twitter social network. The influence of geography could be poten- tially explained by the shared national, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds of users from the same geographic neighborhood.

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