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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)
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)
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)
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)
The internet has been blurring the lines between local and global cultures, affecting in different ways the perception of people about themselves and others. In the global context of the internet, search engine platforms are a key mediator be- tween individuals and information. In this paper, we exam- ine the local and global impact of the internet on the(More)
Currently available data about people whose left their home country to live in a foreign country does not adequately capture the standards of contemporary global migration flows. A new trend for migration studies is to study the data from the Internet, either by Social Networks or other data in the WEB. In this study, we collected users data from the social(More)
The analysis of user-generated content on the Web provides tools to better understand users' behavior and to the development of improved Web services. Here, we consider a large dataset of Google+ status updates to evaluate linguistic features among members of distinct social groups. Our study reveals that groups hold linguistic particularities - such as a(More)