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Posts Tagged ‘tribes’

You Are What You Tweet: The Science Behind Twitter “Tribes” [STUDY]

In a new study published in EPJ Data Science, scientists from Royal Holloway University in collaboration with Princeton University delved inside the formation of tribe-like communities on Twitter.

The team found that language is an extremely reliable indicator of what communities users belong to, and vice versa – language used in tweets is an accurate indicator of what users might belong to that Twitter community.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Are Tribes Killing Twitter?

Social networks naturally create groups. Delineations between “us” and “them” that are actually quite useful for content curation: after all, if you want to hear about the latest web design news, you’ll most likely want to follow and friend fellow web designers, not necessarily fashionistas or the literary types.

However, Neicole Crepeau at [grow] thinks that these groups – or tribes, as she calls them – are killing Twitter. And it’s not because they’re exclusionary; it’s because they’re too inclusionary, to the point of propping up fellow members even when they’ve lost their Twitter juice.

So are tribes the kryptonite to Twitter’s powers?
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