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Twitter in academic conferences: Usage, networking and participation over time

Wen, X and Lin, YR and Trattner, C and Parra, D (2014) Twitter in academic conferences: Usage, networking and participation over time. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Twitter is often referred to as a backchannel for conferences. While the main conference takes place in a physical setting, attendees and virtual attendees socialize, introduce new ideas or broadcast information by microblogging on Twitter. In this paper we analyze the scholars' Twitter use in 16 Computer Science conferences over a timespan of five years. Our primary finding is that over the years there are increasing differences with respect to conversation use and information use in Twitter. We studied the interaction network between users to understand whether assumptions about the structure of the conversations hold over time and between different types of interactions, such as retweets, replies, and mentions. While 'people come and people go,' we want to understand what keeps people staying engaged with the conference on Twitter. By casting the problem as a classification task, we find different factors that contribute to the continuing participation of users to the online Twitter conference activity. These results have implications for research communities to implement strategies for continuous and active participation among members. © 2014 ACM.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wen, X
Lin, YRYURULIN@pitt.eduYURULIN0000-0002-8497-3015
Trattner, C
Parra, D
Date: 1 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: HT 2014 - Proceedings of the 25th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media
Page Range: 285 - 290
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1145/2631775.2631826
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 21:58
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 14:55


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