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Conference Paper: Can Network Help Chinese Microblogs Diffuse? Analyzing 118 Networks of Reposts About Social Issues in China

TitleCan Network Help Chinese Microblogs Diffuse? Analyzing 118 Networks of Reposts About Social Issues in China
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Issue Date2014
PublisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.com/content/105633/
Citation
The 6th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media (SCSM), Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 22-27 June 2014. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2014, v. 8531, p. 331-341 How to Cite?
AbstractThe use of microblog, i.e. Twitter, in politics and social issues has been broadly studied. But research into the role of microblog in China’s unique socio-political context is still limited and empirical data remain inadequate. In this study, we conceptualize the process of diffusion of microblogs in China as a “social network” and deploy social network analysis to operationalize the network characteristics of such process. Using Sina Weibo’s Open API, we collected 118 networks of reposts related to various social issues in China. While our findings describe the network characteristics of the samples, we reveal that decentralized network is a key contributing factor for diffusion of microblogs in China. The implication of the result is then discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198717
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2005 Impact Factor: 0.402
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.252

 

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dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T09:31:02Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T09:31:02Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 6th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media (SCSM), Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 22-27 June 2014. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2014, v. 8531, p. 331-341en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9783319076317-
dc.identifier.issn0302-9743-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198717-
dc.description.abstractThe use of microblog, i.e. Twitter, in politics and social issues has been broadly studied. But research into the role of microblog in China’s unique socio-political context is still limited and empirical data remain inadequate. In this study, we conceptualize the process of diffusion of microblogs in China as a “social network” and deploy social network analysis to operationalize the network characteristics of such process. Using Sina Weibo’s Open API, we collected 118 networks of reposts related to various social issues in China. While our findings describe the network characteristics of the samples, we reveal that decentralized network is a key contributing factor for diffusion of microblogs in China. The implication of the result is then discussed.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.com/content/105633/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofLecture Notes in Computer Scienceen_US
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dc.titleCan Network Help Chinese Microblogs Diffuse? Analyzing 118 Networks of Reposts About Social Issues in Chinaen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/978-3-319-07632-4_32en_US
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dc.identifier.volume8531en_US
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