• Computer Science
  • Published in ICWSM 2011

Political Polarization on Twitter

@inproceedings{Conover2011PoliticalPO,
  title={Political Polarization on Twitter},
  author={Michael D. Conover and Jacob Ratkiewicz and Matthew R. Francisco and Bruno Gonçalves and Filippo Menczer and Alessandro Flammini},
  booktitle={ICWSM},
  year={2011}
}
In this study we investigate how social media shape the networked public sphere and facilitate communication between communities with different political orientations. We examine two networks of political communication on Twitter, comprised of more than 250,000 tweets from the six weeks leading up to the 2010 U.S. congressional midterm elections. Using a combination of network clustering algorithms and manually-annotated data we demonstrate that the network of political retweets exhibits a… CONTINUE READING

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