Why we twitter: understanding microblogging usage and communities

  title={Why we twitter: understanding microblogging usage and communities},
  author={Akshay Java and Xiaodan Song and Tim W. Finin and Belle L. Tseng},
  booktitle={WebKDD/SNA-KDD '07},
Microblogging is a new form of communication in which users can describe their current status in short posts distributed by instant messages, mobile phones, email or the Web. Twitter, a popular microblogging tool has seen a lot of growth since it launched in October, 2006. In this paper, we present our observations of the microblogging phenomena by studying the topological and geographical properties of Twitter's social network. We find that people use microblogging to talk about their daily… CONTINUE READING
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