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An interesting observation that we made while talking with people how they use social media, is that people either use and like Twitter a lot but not Facebook, and vice versa. We are not sure why this is the case. One possible explanation is that using regularly both Twitter and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Project Flanders
We had Nicholas Christakis from Harvard University, that author of the book "Connected", give a talk on "Social Networks Offline" in the Distinguished Lecture Series of our department. It was very inspirational talk and very worth seeing. Here is a link to his TED talk - highly recommended - enjoy!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Project Flanders
One fascinating aspect of Twitter is that different users experience and use the service very differently. Some ways of how Twitter is used that we observed are the following: Broadcasting: Twitter is extremely useful for broadcasting information to a large audience (followers). For example, universities use Twitter in this way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Project Flanders
Who uses Twitter and why? We are trying to understand better the Twitter users. Can we organize Twitter users into Twitter Archetypes, users who resemble each other in how they use Twitter? This is a first attempt at this. We believe that one can identify three Twitter user archetypes: Writers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Project Flanders
We are a research group in the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto. We are interested in online social networking applications such as Twitter. In particular, we are interested in understanding how people use social networking applications and how current services can be improved Ultimately, we would like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Project Flanders
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