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

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Visualizing a Personal Timeline By Adding Multiple Social Contexts
Haewoon Kwak, Yoonsung Hong, Jinyoung You, Sue Moon

Last modified: 2012-05-20


We improve the readability of a personal timeline byweaving multiple social contexts of tweets into a visualization.Our social contexts consist of three dimensions:community membership, key persons, and interestingtweets within a personal timeline. A person is oftena member of several communities, such as a family,a class, or a team, simultaneously. We identify all communitiesthat a user participates in. Labeling a tweetwith a visual representation to indicate what communityit belongs to can help readers to understand why thetweet is written, since different communities are likelyto carry tweets in different contexts. We then discoverkey persons and interesting tweets within a personaltimeline. Our prototype design demonstrates how threesocial contexts work together for visualizing a personaltimeline.


Twitter; community; visualization; timeline; tie strength

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