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#MOOC Friends and Followers: An Analysis of Twitter Hashtag Networks

  • Eamon CostelloEmail author
  • Mark Brown
  • Binesh Nair
  • Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl
  • Jingjing Zhang
  • Theo Lynn
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10254)

Abstract

In this paper we present results of the initial phase of a project which sought to analyze the community who use the hashtag #MOOC in Twitter. We conceptualize this community as a form of networked public. In doing so we ask what the nature of this public is and whether it may be best conceived of as a social or informational network. In addition we seek to uncover who the stakeholders are who most influentially participate. We do this by using Social Network Analysis (SNA) to uncover the key hubs and influencers in the network. We use two approaches to deriving a network typology - one based on follows and on based on replies and compare and contrast the results.

Keywords

MOOCs Twitter Social network analysis Networked publics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eamon Costello
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark Brown
    • 1
  • Binesh Nair
    • 1
  • Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl
    • 1
  • Jingjing Zhang
    • 2
  • Theo Lynn
    • 1
  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.Beijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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