This may be the first research study of Twitter – the Microblogging phenomenon…
Why We Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities is part of the Proceedings of the Joint 9th WEBKDD and 1st SNA-KDD Workshop 2007 and available for download.
The Popularity of Micro-blogging (i.e.Twitter) is due to the combined benefits of
–and the ability to share information in the social network.
The Main user-intentions for using Twitter are
–Users generated content includes:Status updates, daily chatter, sharing links/News, etc.
Posting Frequency vs. Number of Followers
Passing this on to Sociology and Geography faculty….
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The funniest thing about twitter is how is was meant to be for status updates, but now people have extended that and found their own use. again the street finds a use for technology, but not what was intended.
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