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Arab World: Global Voices Bridges on Twitter by Gilad Lotan

Arab World: Global Voices Bridges on Twitter by Gilad Lotan | Twit4D | Scoop.it
This past year has been eventful to say the least in our merry little Middle East and North Africa region. As a part of our end-of-year coverage we look back at some of the major events we covered during 2011. The following post highlights the role of the Global Voices Online community in spreading information on Twitter during the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

The data that feeds this visualization is taken from “The Revolutions were Tweeted“, an International Journal of Communication article mapping out prominent information flows during the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions. The study uses two datasets of tweets. The first includes 168,663 tweets posted between January 12 and 19, 2011, containing the keyword ‘#sidibouzid' or ‘tunisia'. The second includes 230,270 tweets posted between January 24 and 29, 2011, containing the keyword ‘egypt' or ‘#jan25′.

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Twitter and the riots: how the news spread by James Ball and Paul Lewis

Twitter and the riots: how the news spread by James Ball and Paul Lewis | Twit4D | Scoop.it

An in-depth analysis of a database of more than 2.6m riot-related tweets has revealed the ways in which the network was used during the disturbances. "Politicians and commentators were quick to claim that social media played an important role in inciting and organising riots, calling for sites such as Twitter to be closed should events of this nature happen again. But our study has found no evidence of significance in the available data that would justify such a course of action in respect to Twitter," said Prof Rob Procter of the University of Manchester, who led a team of academics conducting the analysis

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Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis by the Guardian

Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis by the Guardian | Twit4D | Scoop.it

A period of unrest can provoke many untruths, an analysis of 2.6 million tweets suggests. But Twitter is adept at correcting misinformation - particularly if the claim is that a tiger is on the loose in Primrose Hill

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Semiocast — Arabic highest growth on Twitter — English expression stabilizes below 40%

Semiocast — Arabic highest growth on Twitter — English expression stabilizes below 40% | Twit4D | Scoop.it

En octobre 2011, plus de 2 millions de messages publics sur Twitter s'échangeaient chaque jour en arabe, une progression spectaculaire par rapport aux 30 000 tweets quotidiens en arabe en juillet 2010, d'après une nouvelle étude ayant porté sur 5,6 milliards de tweets.

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Data Reveals That “Occupying” Twitter Trending Topics is Harder Than it Looks! by Gilad Lotan

Data Reveals That “Occupying” Twitter Trending Topics is Harder Than it Looks! by Gilad Lotan | Twit4D | Scoop.it

While the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has been gaining momentum, growing in terms of visibility, media coverage and sheer numbers of participants, it has had a difficult time “occupying” the Twitter trending topics (TTs) list. #OccupyWallStreet, the movement’s dominant hashtag, has never once hit the New York TTs list. Similarly, #OccupyBoston has trended all across the world, but never in Boston, which only saw the phrases ‘Dewey Sq’ and ‘Dewey Square’ trend.

Some point the blame at Twitter for censoring content, yet what seems to be happening is purely algorithmic.

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Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach by Jennifer Preston

Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach by Jennifer Preston | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement use Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools to deliver photos and videos from dozen of demonstrations in real time.
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From Tehran to Tahrir: Social Media and Dynamics of Collective Action under Authoritarian Regimes by Zeynep Tufekci

From Tehran to Tahrir: Social Media and Dynamics of Collective Action under Authoritarian Regimes by Zeynep Tufekci | Twit4D | Scoop.it

What role did the new media ecology play in the ouster of long-standing dictators in Egypt and Tunisia as well as the continuing unrest across the region? In this talk, I present data from a large protester survey (n=1050) undertaken in Tahrir during February of 2011 and conceptually examine how the new media ecology, composed of satellite TVs, social media and cell phones, upsets the erstwhile stable dynamics of repression under “durable authoritarianism.” (Data collected by the Tahrir Data Project, run by the Engine Room research collective.) 

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The Revolutions Were Tweeted by Gilad Lotan & others

The Revolutions Were Tweeted by Gilad Lotan & others | Twit4D | Scoop.it

This paper details the networked production and dissemination of news on Twitter during snapshots of the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions as seen through information flows—sets of near-duplicate tweets—across activists, bloggers, journalists, mainstream media outlets, and other engaged participants. We differentiate between these user types and analyze patterns of sourcing and routing information among them. We describe the symbiotic relationship between media outlets and individuals and the distinct roles particular user types appear to play. Using this analysis, we discuss how Twitter plays a key role in amplifying and spreading timely information across the globe.

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Twitter Japan Quake Tsunami Hits Record 1,200 Tweet Per Minute by Maddy Rowe

Twitter Japan Quake Tsunami Hits Record 1,200 Tweet Per Minute by Maddy Rowe | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Social networking site Twitter as we know acts as a fantastic lifeline between users, be it for sending messages (tweets) between one another or sourcing information. This has been even more apparent in the last few hours when a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the North East coast of Japan.
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Can “Leaderless Revolutions” Stay Leaderless: Preferential Attachment, Iron Laws and Networks by Zeynep Tufekci

Can “Leaderless Revolutions” Stay Leaderless: Preferential Attachment, Iron Laws and Networks by Zeynep Tufekci | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Many commentators relate the diffuse, somewhat leaderless nature of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia (and now spreading elsewhere) with the prominent role social-media-enabled peer-to-peer networks played in these movements. While I remain agnostic but open to the possibility that these movements are more diffuse partially due to the media ecology, it is wrong to assume that open networks “naturally” facilitate “leaderless” or horizontal structures. On the contrary, an examination of dynamics in such networks, and many examples from history, show that such set-ups often quickly evolve into very hierarchical and ossified networks not in spite of, but because of, their initial open nature.
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Visualizing The New Arab Mind by Kovas Boguta

Visualizing The New Arab Mind by Kovas Boguta | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Experts say Egypt is the crystal ball in which the Arab world sees its future. Now that Mubarak has stepped down, I can share the work I've done making that metaphor tangible, and visualizing the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and across the Middle East. It is based on their Twitter activity, capturing the freedom of expression and association that is possible in that medium, and which is representative of a new collective consciousness taking form
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#Sidibouzid Twitter Hashtag: an analysis of the people spreading the news « Giladon-line

#Sidibouzid Twitter Hashtag: an analysis of the people spreading the news « Giladon-line | Twit4D | Scoop.it
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Twitter and perceptions of Crisis-related Stress

Twitter and perceptions of Crisis-related Stress | Twit4D | Scoop.it

The purpose of this research project is to determine which indicators might be present in social media data that could shed light on how populations cope with global crises, such as commodity price volatility or the continuing global economic crisis.

In this investigation, the analysis was limited to publicly available data from Twitter for July 2010 through October 2011 in Javanese/Bahasa Indonesia and English. The topics of focus included the affordability/availability of food, fuel, housing and loans.

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Twitter traffic during the riots by John Burn-Murdoch...

Twitter traffic during the riots by John Burn-Murdoch... | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The Guardian has compiled a unique database of more than 2.5m tweets related to the riots, showing that the majority of surging social media traffic occurred after the first verified reports of incidents in an area...
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200 most influential Twitter users during the riots: are you on the list? by Lisa Evans

200 most influential Twitter users during the riots: are you on the list? by Lisa Evans | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The Guardian has obtained a database of more than 2.5m twitter messages related to the riots.

These messages - unique records of what happened during the August riots, as they happened - have been used in a range of analyses, including how rumours spread and were eventually debunked.

At the Datablog we have been able to identify the twitter accounts that had the most content retweeted. We also found the most frequently-used hashtags.

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Colbenson - Presentación FICOD "Measuring Twitter Revolution"

Presentación de Colbenson Software Factory en FICOD 2011. Se presentaron las posibilidades de anticipar tendencias y acontecimientos mediante el análisis y p...
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Occupy Twitter: Data Reveals Passion by Emily chambliss

Occupy Twitter: Data Reveals Passion by Emily chambliss | Twit4D | Scoop.it
By examining the Twitter buzz from recent weeks, we see uncommon trends that shed light on the driving force of Occupy Wall St.
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Estadísticas de la # spanish revolution en Twitter

Estadísticas de la # spanish revolution en Twitter | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Tools Chameleon, a statistical analysis tool Twitter, has provided the figures for monitoring the # spanishrevolution , held from 15 May.
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e.politics: online advocacy tools & tactics By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media

e.politics: online advocacy tools & tactics By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Nate Silver had a great piece in the Times over the weekend, looking at how clashes with police seem to have driven mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests (a classic example of the principle of “if it bleeds, it leads”). The centerpiece of his article is the chart below, showing the pattern of relevant media hits.

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2011 Japan Earthquake as seen through Twitter

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the northeast region of Japan, causing a massive tsunami and destroying much of the area.
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Social Media as a Social Change Agent By Heather Dougherty

Social Media as a Social Change Agent By Heather Dougherty | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Social media sites are being lauded as enablers and conduits of social change in revolutions across north Africa. But the picture in the US has been slightly different – following the success the 2008 Obama Campaign’s online efforts, there has been some backlash about the real impact of social networking sites for causes.
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Visualization of Egyptian Revolution On Twitter - Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "A visualization of the network of retweets with the hashtag #jan25 at February 11 2011, at the time of the announcement of Mubarak's resignation, is available. The data was collected using Gephi connected to the Twitter Streaming API, converting the users and retweets to...
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[INFOGRAPHIC] How Egyptians Used Twitter During the January Crisis | Mashable

[INFOGRAPHIC] How Egyptians Used Twitter During the January Crisis | Mashable | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Over the past several days, Twitter and other social media platforms have been flooded with links, images and information about the current political crisis in Egypt.Social media intelligence fir
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Twitter Buzz Statistics Quelle Twitter revolution en Tunisie?

Twitter Buzz Statistics Quelle Twitter revolution en Tunisie? | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Promoting and analysing the impact of user generated media and citizen journalism on global news. This site is delivering premimum blogging review and twitter stats with exclusive features like Tweetsmograph and Tw-hit parade
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