Gathering in Digital Spaces: Exploring Topical Communities on Twitter

  • Cate Huston
  • Michael Weiss
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6984)


On Twitter, hashtags allow users to gather around a topic in a digital space, something that has been common since early IRC and internet chat rooms. However there are three important differences when gathering on Twitter: persistence, invitation, and device independence. In this paper, we search for patterns in these digital spaces through the use of visualization to explore the temporal rhythms that emerge.


social networking communities visualization twitter 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cate Huston
    • 1
  • Michael Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.GoogleCanada
  2. 2.Carleton UniversityCanada

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