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2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2014)
Waikoloa, HI, USA USA
Jan. 6, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2014
pp: 1546-1555
Misa Maruyama , Commun. & Inf. Sci., Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
Daniel D. Suthers , Commun. & Inf. Sci., Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
Scott P. Robertson , Commun. & Inf. Sci., Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
ABSTRACT
Among the diverse forms of communication and information networks found in the Web 2.0 environment, "social" and "informational" communication networks have been characterized in terms of their network metrics. Although Twitter is partly based on relationships between actors, activity has been shown to reflect characteristics of information networks. This study examines activity in Twitter within spaces defined by hashtags on political topics. We gathered our own data on a hashtag associated with the 2012 Hawaii senatorial race and compared our results to those from other political hashtag networks, and to typical social and information networks as well as random graphs. Results show that hashtag-centered reply and retweet networks in this domain do not fall clearly into the social or informational categories. There appears to be a third kind of network associated with political debate. More generally, it may be productive to conceive of communication networks in terms of multidimensional characteristics rather than categories.
INDEX TERMS
Twitter, Communities, Measurement, Communication networks, Educational institutions, Nominations and elections,social media, Twitter, online social networks, online information networks, social network analysis, political talk
CITATION
Misa Maruyama, Daniel D. Suthers, Scott P. Robertson, "Characterizing Communication Networks Associated with Political Hashtags", 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, vol. 00, no. , pp. 1546-1555, 2014, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2014.199
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