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 Keywords
Date of Defense 2011-04-22 Availability unrestricted AbstractMost 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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