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Researchers Find Tweeting in Cities Lower Than Expected


The study found relatively few entities are responsible for spreading information through a large city.

A new study has found that fewer people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones.

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Researchers at the University of Illinois Coordinated Science Lab (CSL) say they have found that fewer people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones.

The researchers also studied tweeting on an individual level, and found although there are less people tweeting, there are a group of people who tweet extensively, suggesting a concentrated core of more active users that may serve as information broadcasters for larger cities.

Similar to newspapers, a few entities are responsible for spreading information through a large city, and the researchers dubbed these entities "town tweeters."

"We study information flow as a function of city size and density, and this study is different than previous studies from a statistical methodology perspective, able to look not only at ecological correlation but also dig into individual behavior to resolve the ecological fallacy," notes CSL professor Lav Varshney.

From University of Illinois Coordinated Science Lab
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