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Master defense at Graz University of Technology 2014

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  • 1. TU Graz - IICM 1 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Potential of Twitter Archives Thomas Altmann
  • 2. TU Graz - IICM 2 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives “Twitter helps you create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” (Twitter 2014) Source: https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/266031293945503744
  • 3. TU Graz - IICM 3 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Table of Contents • Overview • TweetCollector • TwitterStat • Demo • Conclusion
  • 4. TU Graz - IICM 4 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Twitter • Tweets • Mentions • Retweets • Hashtags
  • 5. TU Graz - IICM 5 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Twitter Research • Existing scientific research – JAVA 2007, BOYD 2010 • Social network analysis • Wealth of data • Limited access
  • 6. TU Graz - IICM 6 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Research Questions • What value can tweet archives provide? • What value can the context of a tweet analysis provide?
  • 7. TU Graz - IICM 7 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Problems • Retrieving old tweets – Search: no older than six to nine days – Users: no older than 3200 tweets • Search does not find all tweets – Only most popular
  • 8. TU Graz - IICM 8 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Twitter APIs • REST API – Individual requests – Rate limited – Used for search and user timelines • Streaming API – Single persistent connection – Set parameters – Constant real-time stream
  • 9. TU Graz - IICM 9 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TweetCollector - Purpose • Collect tweets – Containing certain words/hashtags – From certain users • Provide access to stored tweets – Basic web interface – Archives accessible through API
  • 10. TU Graz - IICM 10 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TweetCollector - Implementation • Server-side – PHP/MySQL – Uses Twitter Streaming API and REST API – Provides API to access stored tweets • Client-side – HTML/CSS/JavaScript – Create and delete archives – Start and stop archiving
  • 11. TU Graz - IICM 11 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Structure of Tools Source: Own depiction
  • 12. TU Graz - IICM 12 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TwitterStat - Purpose • Twitter Analysis Tool • Analyze TweetCollector archives • Show most active users, most used words/hashtags, … • Provide context by linking original tweets
  • 13. TU Graz - IICM 13 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TwitterStat - Questions Source: Own depiction
  • 14. TU Graz - IICM 14 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TwitterStat - Answers • Possible Answer • Ordered List of results • Every result is a link
  • 15. TU Graz - IICM 15 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TwitterStat - Context • Back to tweets • Check original tweets responsible for results • Provide context for analysis
  • 16. TU Graz - IICM 16 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TwitterStat - API • Access to analysis results • Machine-readable format • Possibility of further usage, e.g. visualization
  • 17. TU Graz - IICM 17 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives TwitterStat - Visualization Source: Own depiction
  • 18. TU Graz - IICM 18 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives LIVE DEMO
  • 19. TU Graz - IICM 19 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Results • What value can tweet archives provide? – Access to tweets too old to be found by Twitter – Analysis needs large corpus of tweets – API to build applications using tweet archives • What value can the context of a tweet analysis provide? – Determine content and sentiment of original tweets – Check if insights gained from analysis correspond with original tweets – See tweets as part of a larger conversation
  • 20. TU Graz - IICM 20 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Conclusion • Goal: Show potential of Twitter archives • Developed: TweetCollector for archiving • Developed: TwitterStat for analysis • Showed: Value in tweet archives and analysis
  • 21. TU Graz - IICM 21 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives Thank You!
  • 22. TU Graz - IICM 22 Thomas Altmann Graz, 3.7.2014 Potential of Twitter Archives References A. JAVA, X. SONG, T. FININ, B. TSENG. Why we Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities. Presented at the Proceedings of the 9th WebKDD and 1st SNA-KDD 2007 workshop on Web mining and social network analysis (2007), 56– 65. D. BOYD, S. GOLDER, G. LOTAN. Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter. Presented at the Proceedings of the 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2010), Hawaii.