Title page for ETD etd-05112011-222646

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Vega, Edgardo Luis
URN etd-05112011-222646
Title Communities of Tweeple: How Communities Engage with Microblogging When Co-located
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Pérez-Quiñones, Manuel A. Committee Chair
Harrison, Steven R. Committee Member
Kavanaugh, Andrea L. Committee Member
  • Social
  • Twitter
  • Information
  • Microblogging
  • Conferences
  • Network
  • Communication
  • Graph
  • Community
  • Influence
Date of Defense 2011-04-22
Availability unrestricted
Most of the research done on microblogging services, such as Twitter, has focused on how the

individual communicates with their community at a micro and macro level; less research has

been done on how the community affects the individual. We present in this thesis some ideas

about this phenomenon.

We do this by collecting data of Twitter users at a conference. We collected 21,150 tweets from

approximately 400 users during a five week period and additionally collected survey data from a

small subset of the tweeters.

By observing users of Twitter, before, during, after a specific event we discovered a pattern in

postings. Specifically, we found that tweets increased the week of the conference and that by

the end of the conference the network was strong. These findings lead us to conclude that

collocation of communities, like conferences, has a substantial effect on online microblogging


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