Towards a methodology for examining Twitter follower accession

Bruns, Axel, Woodford, Darryl, & Sadkowsky, Troy (2014) Towards a methodology for examining Twitter follower accession. First Monday, 19(4), pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

The analysis of content and meta–data has long been the subject of most Twitter studies, however such research only tells part of the story of the development of Twitter as a platform. In this work, we introduce a methodology to determine the growth patterns of individual users of the platform, a technique we refer to as follower accession, and through a number of case studies consider the factors which lead to follower growth, and the identification of non–authentic followers. Finally, we consider what such an approach tells us about the history of the platform itself, and the way in which changes to the new user signup process have impacted upon users.

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ID Code: 70072
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social Networks, Followers, Timeseries, Methodology, Twitter, Users
DOI: 10.5210/fm.v19i4.5211
ISSN: 1396-0466
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2014, First Monday.
Copyright © 2014, Axel Bruns, Darryl Woodford, and Troy Sadkowsky.
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2014 00:33
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2015 01:49

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