Networked solidarity: an exploratory network perspective on Twitter activity related to #illridewithyou

Chamil Rathnayake, Daniel Suthers

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Abstract

This study examines the nature of issue-based Twitter response networks using the hashtag "#illridewithyou. This hashtag was a response of solidarity towards Muslims in Australia after a hostage incident that occurred in Sydney in December 2014. A network of 11293 users that used the hashtag #illridewithyou and their tweets were analyzed to examine the nature of engagement at network, ego, and semantic levels. Results show that although the #illridewithyou network has some characteristics of scale free networks, including a high clustering coefficient, low mean geodesic distance, and degree distribution approximating the power law, it lacks a giant connected component, but rather is structured into local clusters. Citizen participation, as indicated by out-degree, was considerably high in the network, and the topics discussed in the Tweets ranged from religion and empathy to globalism, multiculturalism and peace. Participants are globally connected but active in small clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages2058-2067
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780769556703
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2016
Event49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Kauai, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20168 Jan 2016
https://www.computer.org/csdl/proceedings/hicss/2016/12OmNrMHOd6

Conference

Conference49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS
CountryUnited States
CityKauai
Period5/01/168/01/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • networks
  • response
  • clustering

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