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Finding Useful Users on Twitter: Twittomender the Followee Recommender

  • John Hannon
  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Barry Smyth
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6611)

Abstract

This paper examines an application for finding pertinent friends (followees) on Twitter. Whilst Twitter provides a great basis for receiving information, we believe a potential downfall lies in the lack of an effective way in which users of Twitter can find other Twitter users to follow. We apply several recommendation techniques to build a followee recommender for Twitter. We evaluate a variety of different recommendation strategies, using real-user data, to demonstrate the potential for this recommender system to correctly identify and promote interesting users who are worth following.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hannon
    • 1
  • Kevin McCarthy
    • 1
  • Barry Smyth
    • 1
  1. 1.CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, School of Computer Science & InformaticsUniversity College DublinIreland

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