Liangjie Hong

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Social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have been a crucial source of information for a wide spectrum of users. In Twitter, popular information that is deemed important by the community propagates through the network. Studying the characteristics of content in the messages becomes important for a number of tasks, such as breaking news(More)
Micro-blogging services have become indispensable communication tools for online users for disseminating breaking news, eyewitness accounts, individual expression, and protest groups. Recently, Twitter, along with other online social networking services such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook and Yelp, have started supporting location services in their(More)
Discussion boards and online forums are important platforms for people to share information. Users post questions or problems onto discussion boards and rely on others to provide possible solutions and such question-related content sometimes even dominates the whole discussion board. However, to retrieve this kind of information automatically and(More)
Users of popular services like Twitter and Facebook are often simultaneously overwhelmed with the amount of information delivered via their social connections and miss out on much content that they might have liked to see, even though it was distributed outside of their social circle. Both issues serve as difficulties to the users and drawbacks to the(More)
Many internet companies, such as Yahoo, Facebook, Google and Twitter, rely on content recommendation systems to deliver the most relevant content items to individual users through personalization. Delivering such personalized user experiences is believed to increase the long term engagement of users. While there has been a lot of progress in designing(More)
In recent years social media have become indispensable tools for information dissemination, operating in tandem with traditional media outlets such as newspapers, and it has become critical to understand the interaction between the new and old sources of news. Although social media as well as traditional media have attracted attention from several research(More)
As online social media further integrates deeper into our lives, we spend more time consuming social update streams that come from our online connections. Although social update streams provide a tremendous opportunity for us to access information on-the-fly, we often complain about its relevance. Some of us are flooded with a steady stream of information(More)
With the availability of cheap location sensors, geotagging of messages in online social networks is proliferating. For instance, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google+ provide these services both explicitly by letting users choose their location or implicitly via a sensor. This paper presents an integrated <i>generative</i> model of location and(More)