2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) (2016)
Koloa, HI, USA
Jan. 5, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2016
Wikipedia is a central source of information as 450 million people consult the online encyclopaedia every month to satisfy their information needs. Some of these users also refer to Wikipedia within their tweets. In this paper, we analyse links within tweets referring to a Wikipedia of a language different from the tweet's language. Therefore, we investigate causes for the usage of such inter-language links by comparing the tweeted article and its counterpart in the tweet's language (if there is any) in terms of article quality. We find that the main cause for inter-language links is the non-existence of the article in the tweet's language. Furthermore, we observe that the quality of the tweeted articles is constantly higher in comparison to their counterparts, suggesting that users choose the article of higher quality even when tweeting in another language. Moreover, we find that English is the most dominant target for inter-language links.
Encyclopedias, Electronic publishing, Internet, Twitter, Matched filters, Limiting
E. Zangerle, G. Schmidhammer and G. Specht, "Analysing the Usage of Wikipedia on Twitter: Understanding Inter-Language Links," 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Koloa, HI, USA, 2016, pp. 1920-1929.