Twitter’s big hitters

Peter Laflin, Alexander Vassilios Mantzaris, Desmond J. Higham, Peter Grindrod, Fiona Ainley, Amanda Otley

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We describe the results of a new computational experiment on Twitter data. By listening to Tweets on a selected topic, we generate a dynamic social interaction network. We then apply a recently proposed dynamic network analysis algorithm that ranks Tweeters according to their ability to broadcast information. In particular, we study the evolution of importance rankings over time. Our presentation will also describe the outcome of an experiment where results from automated ranking algorithms are compared with the views of social media experts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2012
EventDigital Futures 2012 - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Oct 201225 Oct 2012


ConferenceDigital Futures 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • twitter
  • big hitters
  • centrality
  • social network analysis
  • dynamic network

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  • Impacts

    Commercial advantage through computational discovery of dynamic communicators in large digital networks

    Desmond Higham (Participant), Ernesto Estrada (Participant) & Peter Grindrod (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce


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    Laflin, P., Mantzaris, A. V., Higham, D. J., Grindrod, P., Ainley, F., & Otley, A. (2012). Twitter’s big hitters. Paper presented at Digital Futures 2012, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.