Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters
BY MARC A. SMITH, LEE RAINIE, BEN SHNEIDERMAN AND ITAI HIMELBOIM
Summary of Findings
Polarized Crowds: Political conversations on Twitter
Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. Six structures are regularly observed: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and inward and outward hub and spoke structures. These are created as individuals choose whom to reply to or mention in their Twitter messages and the structures tell a story about the nature of the conversation.
Access Pew Report page here