Divided They Tweet: The Network Structure of Political Microbloggers and Discussion Topics

@inproceedings{Feller2011DividedTT,
  title={Divided They Tweet: The Network Structure of Political Microbloggers and Discussion Topics},
  author={Albert Feller and Matthias Kuhnert and Timm Oliver Sprenger and Isabell M. Welpe},
  booktitle={ICWSM},
  year={2011}
}
In the context of a national election, this study explores more than 69,000 Twitter messages containing mentions of political parties and about 2,500 related user profiles to investigate the network structure of political microbloggers with respect to, first, their party preference and, second, the topics they discuss. We find that political microbloggers tend to follow like-minded peers. Microbloggers in a cohesive group tend to have the same political preferences. In addition, we conduct a… CONTINUE READING

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