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With millions of users tweeting around the world, real time search systems and different types of mining tools are emerging to allow people tracking the repercussion of events and news on Twitter. However, although appealing as mechanisms to ease the spread of news and allow users to discuss events and post their status, these services open opportunities(More)
This paper presents a detailed analysis of the Google+ social network. We identify the key differences and similarities with other popular networks like Facebook and Twitter, in order to determine whether Google+ is a new paradigm or yet another social network. This work is based on large-scale crawls of over 27 million user profiles that represented nearly(More)
—In recent years, social media users are voluntarily making large volume of personal data available on the social networks. Such data (e.g., professional associations) can create opportunities for users to strengthen their social and professional ties. However, the same data can also be used against the user for viral marketing and other unsolicited(More)
Hashtags are used in Twitter to classify messages, propagate ideas and also to promote specific topics and people. In this paper, we present a linguistic-inspired study of how these tags are created, used and disseminated by the members of information networks. We study the propagation of hashtags in Twitter grounded on models for the analysis of the spread(More)
Gender plays a key role in the process of language variation. Men and women use language in different ways, according to the expected behavior patterns associated with their status in the communities. In this paper, we present a first description of gender distinctions in the usage of Twitter hashtags. After analyzing data collected from more than 650,000(More)
Article 1 of the United Nations Charter claims " human rights " and " fundamental freedoms " " without distinction as to [...] sex ". Yet in 1995 the Human Development Report came to the sobering conclusion that " in no society do women enjoy the same opportunities as men " 1. Today, gender disparities remain a global issue and addressing them is a top(More)
In this paper, we conduct a study about differences between female and male discursive strategies when posting in the microblogging service Twitter, with a particular focus on the hashtag designation process during political debate. The fact that men and women use language in distinct ways, reverberating practices linked to their expected roles in the(More)
—Owing to the popularity of Online Social Media (OSM), Internet users share a lot of information (including personal) on and across OSM services every day. For example, it is common to find a YouTube video embedded in a blog post with an option to share the link on Facebook. Users recommend, comment, and forward information they receive from friends,(More)
Google+ provides a feature that has been overlooked in social media studies: the possibility of users setting their gender information not only as female or male, but as other instead. In this paper, we discuss this particularity and, more broadly, the issue of non-binary gender roles in the Web. By analyzing a large dataset, we characterize some aspects of(More)