Tag: twitter

Information Flow During Crises

What happens when hell breaks loose on Twitter?  Here is what the data shows.  The Retweet Curve Someone always breaks the bad news and he gets retweeted over time, then he gets copied and these clones get lesser retweets over time.  Then there is a tweet that injects new information in the crises that gets ...

The Handshake Problem

In the past two years, iHub Research has been running Project Umati — an online dangerous speech monitoring initiative. As part of the Data Lab team, we were tasked with translating Susan Benesch framework for hate speech into a machine learning system. This entailed first collecting data via Twitter Streaming API and storing it in a database. That ...

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Capturing Tweets with R

Its been a labor of love trying to capture tweets for analysis via R, for starters R is an open source statistical computing software and perhaps best in its league. Leveraging its prowess in analyzing textual data and in particular tweets is a thing to marvel at, so let’s get on how to setup R ...

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What Happened to Twitter Verification for Masses

A while ago, there was a plan by Twitter to introduce the small tick to the masses, just e-mail a scanned copy of your ID and voila, you are now certified to be truly you. I guess Twitter heeded to the arguments of a certain group of tweeps who argued that the move would render ...

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The Social Media Revolution

Back in 2007 before Facebok and Twitter were household names in the country I was craving for social media interaction, though at that time they word wasn’t coined yet, they were simply referred to as forums or chat rooms, don’t even mention YouTube because we hadn’t discovered fibre yet. One of the challenges that I ...

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