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Microblogging in Open Source Software Development: The Case of Drupal and Twitter
July-Aug. 2014 (vol. 31 no. 4)
pp. 72-80
Xiaofeng Wang, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Ilona Kuzmickaja, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Klaas-Jan Stol, Lero--The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Pekka Abrahamsson, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Brian Fitzgerald, Lero--The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Microblogging is a popular form of social media that has quickly permeated both enterprise and open source communities. However, exactly how open source communities can leverage microblogging isn't yet well understood. The authors investigate how Drupal's open source community uses Twitter, a household name in microblogging. Their analysis of group and individual accounts of Drupal developers reveals that they take on similar but distinct roles. Both serve as communicators of essential links to a vast and growing community knowledge base, such as work artifacts, issues, documentation, and blog posts, but community members often express positive emotions when tweeting about work, which reinforces a sense of community.
Index Terms:
Open source software,Social network services,Media,Blogs,Twitter,pervasive computing,Twitter,microblogging,social media,open source software development,Drupal,communication,crowdsourcing,software engineering
Citation:
Xiaofeng Wang, Ilona Kuzmickaja, Klaas-Jan Stol, Pekka Abrahamsson, Brian Fitzgerald, "Microblogging in Open Source Software Development: The Case of Drupal and Twitter," IEEE Software, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 72-80, July-Aug. 2014, doi:10.1109/MS.2013.98
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