A summarization tool for time-sensitive social media

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Searching social content in general and microblogs (aka tweets) in particular has been basic and limited, especially for time-sensitive topics. The currently implemented microblog search on sites such as Twitter is based on simple word matching and retrieves the most recent microblogs that match a given query. Furthermore, a user may obtain hundreds or perhaps thousands of microblogs in response to a given query, leading to information overload. We present a new multidimensional microblog search tool that generates a comprehensive report from microblogs instead of a flat list of recent/relevant microblogs for a given query. Reports may include tag-clouds, topic time series, and most popular and funny microblogs, etc. The tool can be configured for monitoring time-sensitive topics using a set of predefined queries. We demonstrate our system on Arabic and English microblog collections. Additionally, we show a special configuration of the system for monitoring the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2012
Event21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2012 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 20122 Nov 2012


Other21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2012
CountryUnited States
CityMaui, HI



  • elections
  • microblog search
  • retrieval results summarization
  • twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

Cite this

Magdy, W., Ali, A., & Darwish, K. (2012). A summarization tool for time-sensitive social media. In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (pp. 2695-2697) https://doi.org/10.1145/2396761.2398730