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Paper – Social Clicks: What and Who Gets Read on Twitter?

Maksym Gabielkov, Arthi Ramachandran, Augustin Chaintreau, Arnaud Legout. Social Clicks: What and Who Gets Read on Twitter?. ACM SIGMETRICS / IFIP Performance 2016, Jun 2016, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France. 2016. https://hal.inria.fr/hal-01281190 Submitted on 13 Apr 2016.

“Online news domains increasingly rely on social media to drive traffic to their websites. Yet we know surprisingly little about how a social media conversation mentioning an online article actually generates clicks. Sharing behaviors, in contrast, have been fully or partially available and scrutinized over the years. While this has led to multiple assumptions on the diffusion of information, each assumption was designed or validated while ignoring actual clicks. We present a large scale, unbiased study of social clicks – that is also the first data of its kind – gathering a month of web visits to online resources that are located in 5 leading news domains and that are mentioned in the third largest social media by web referral (Twitter). Our dataset amounts to 2.8 million shares, together responsible for 75 billion potential views on this social media, and 9.6 million actual clicks to 59,088 unique resources. We design a reproducible methodology and carefully correct its biases. As we prove, properties of clicks impact multiple aspects of information diffusion, all previously unknown. (i) Secondary resources, that are not promoted through headlines and are responsible for the long tail of content popularity, generate more clicks both in absolute and relative terms. (ii) Social media attention is actually long-lived, in contrast with temporal evolution estimated from shares or receptions. (iii) The actual influence of an intermediary or a resource is poorly predicted by their share count, but we show how that prediction can be made more precise.”

UK company proposes extensive data mining on renters for landlords benefit

Washington Post – Creepy startup will help landlords, employers and online dates strip-mine intimate data from your Facebook page “…Tenant Assured, is already live: After your would-be landlord sends you a request through the service, you’re required to grant it full access to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Instagram profiles. From there, Tenant Assured scrapes… Continue Reading

LeakedSource database of over 32 million leaked Twitter credentials

“LeakedSource is a search-engine capable of searching over 1.8 billion leaked records — an aggregation of data from hundreds of disparate sources. We have been able to accumulate this data over a relatively short period of time through a combination of deep-web scavenging and rumor-chasing. Occasionally these efforts lead to major discoveries…If we come across… Continue Reading

Transportation and Warehousing Sector Drives Nonemployer Business Growth

“The number of businesses without paid employees rose by 831,317 or 3.6 percent to 23.8 million establishments from 2013 to 2014. Businesses without paid employees, such as operating a family-run corner store, acting as a real estate agent, pet sitting, blogging, and snowplowing, are refered to as nonemployer businesses. The transportation and warehousing sector (NAICS… Continue Reading

WSJ – Blue Feed, Red Feed See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side

Blue Feed, Red Feed: “Facebook’s role in providing Americans with political news has never been stronger—or more controversial. Scholars worry that the social network can create “echo chambers,” where users see posts only from like-minded friends and media sources. Facebook encourages users to “keep an open mind” by seeking out posts that don’t appear in… Continue Reading

Links and photos soon no longer counted in 140 Twitter character limit

Bloomberg: “Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages. The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in… Continue Reading

MIT and Oxford researchers document availability of Twitter user location data

Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office May 17, 2016: “Researchers at MIT and Oxford University have shown that the location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts — as few as eight over the course of a single day — can be enough to disclose the addresses of the poster’s home and workplace to a… Continue Reading

Twitter blocks government access to third party data mining service

Via Kevin McCoy, USA Today – “Twitter has moved to block U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a widely used data-mining service it partly owns. The social media company told Dataminr, the business partner that sifts through and provides access to the full output of Twitter’s social media postings known as tweets, that it didn’t want the service provided to… Continue Reading

Electionline – election reform news and information

“electionline.org is the nation’s only nonpartisan, non-advocacy clearinghouse for election reform news and information. It was founded in 2001 by Doug Chapin and supported by a grant to the University of Richmond from The Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2007 the electionline team formally joined The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of Pew’s transition from private… Continue Reading

USPS leveraging social media to target employee misconduct

Via NextGov: “Paid consultants are scheduled to teach agents “Internet reconnaissance” during a three-day June workshop at the office’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters, according to a November 2015 contracting notice. The training will include methods “to identify the target individual/organization’s social media and Internet footprint,” the notice states, referring to government employees, contractors and other companies. “Developing the… Continue Reading

The Social Intranet Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally

IBM Center for the Business of Government – The Social Intranet: Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally, March 2016: “Corporate America increasingly relies on social intranets to leverage employees’ knowledge and foster collaboration in ways that speed up work and reduce costs . While much of the federal government lags behind, some agencies are… Continue Reading

Pew – 5 facts about Twitter at age 10

Pew Research Center – ” The very first Twitter message was sent on March 21, 2006. The microblogging platform was then known as twttr – the vowels came later, after the founders bought the twitter.com domain name. It spent its first few months as an internal messaging system for Odeo, the company that developed it,… Continue Reading