Meformers vs. Informers

Twitter users represent two different types of “content camps”: a majority of users focus on the “self”, while a smaller set of users are driven more by sharing information. Note that although the Meformers’ self focus might be characterized by some as self-indulgent, these messages may play an important role in helping users maintain relationships with strong and weak ties. Our findings suggest that the users in the “information sharing” group tend to be more conversational, posting mentions and replies to other users, and are more embedded in social interaction on Twitter, having more social contacts. We note that the direction of the causal relationship between information sharing behavior and extended social activity is not clear. One hypothesis is that informers prove more “interesting” and therefore attract followers; an alternative explanation is that informers seek readers and attention for their content and therefore make more use of Twitter’s social functions; or that an increased amount of followers
encourages user to post additional (informative) content.

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From M. Naaman, J. Boase, and C. Lai. Is it really about me? Message content in social awareness streams. In Proc. CSCW’09, 2009.

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About Kyoung Jun Lee
Professor of Kyung Hee Univ.

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