On Recommending Hashtags in Twitter Networks

  • Su Mon Kywe
  • Tuan-Anh Hoang
  • Ee-Peng Lim
  • Feida Zhu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7710)


Twitter network is currently overwhelmed by massive amount of tweets generated by its users. To effectively organize and search tweets, users have to depend on appropriate hashtags inserted into tweets. We begin our research on hashtags by first analyzing a Twitter dataset generated by more than 150,000 Singapore users over a three-month period. Among several interesting findings about hashtag usage by this user community, we have found a consistent and significant use of new hashtags on a daily basis. This suggests that most hashtags have very short life span. We further propose a novel hashtag recommendation method based on collaborative filtering and the method recommends hashtags found in the previous month’s data. Our method considers both user preferences and tweet content in selecting hashtags to be recommended. Our experiments show that our method yields better performance than recommendation based only on tweet content, even by considering the hashtags adopted by a small number (1 to 3)of users who share similar user preferences.


Twitter hashtag recommendation systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Su Mon Kywe
    • 1
  • Tuan-Anh Hoang
    • 1
  • Ee-Peng Lim
    • 1
  • Feida Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Singapore Management UniversitySingapore

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