Transient news crowds in social media

Janette Lehmann, Carlos Castillo, Mounia Lalmas, Ethan Zuckerman

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Abstract

Users increasingly inform themselves of the latest news through online news services. This is further accentuated by the increasingly seamless integration of social network platforms such as Twitter and Facebook into news websites, allowing easy content sharing and distribution. This makes online social network platforms of particular interest to news providers. For instance, online news producers use Twitter to disseminate articles published on their website, to assess the popularity of their contents, but also as an information source to be used on itself. In this paper, we focus on Twitter as a medium to help journalists and news editors rapidly detect follow-up stories to the articles they publish. We propose to do so by leveraging "transient news crowds", which are loosely-coupled groups that appear in Twitter around a particular news item, and where transient here reflects the fleeting nature of news. We define transient news crowds on Twitter, study their characteristics, and investigate how their characteristics can be used to discover related news. We validate our approach using Twitter data around news stories published by the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013
PublisherAAAI press
Pages351-360
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 8 Jul 201311 Jul 2013

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Other7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period8/7/1311/7/13

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Lehmann, J., Castillo, C., Lalmas, M., & Zuckerman, E. (2013). Transient news crowds in social media. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013 (pp. 351-360). AAAI press.

Transient news crowds in social media. / Lehmann, Janette; Castillo, Carlos; Lalmas, Mounia; Zuckerman, Ethan.

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press, 2013. p. 351-360.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lehmann, J, Castillo, C, Lalmas, M & Zuckerman, E 2013, Transient news crowds in social media. in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press, pp. 351-360, 7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013, Cambridge, MA, United States, 8/7/13.
Lehmann J, Castillo C, Lalmas M, Zuckerman E. Transient news crowds in social media. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press. 2013. p. 351-360
Lehmann, Janette ; Castillo, Carlos ; Lalmas, Mounia ; Zuckerman, Ethan. / Transient news crowds in social media. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press, 2013. pp. 351-360
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