Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters

Marc A. Smith, Lee Rainie, Ben Shneiderman, Itai Himelboim, The Bamboo Project, Mar 28, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I think that the structure of Twitter (specifically: the fact that wheen you post, you post to an audience of all your pollowers) limits the range of possible types of 'conversatuon networks'. So don't take this post as all-inclusive. Where the value lies, however, in the recognition that very distinct forms of networks can form in an environment where people have conversations, some dysfunctional (such as 'polarized crowds') and others less so (such as 'community clusters'). Via Brent Schlenker.

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