Investigating the influence of offline friendship on twitter networking behaviors

Youngsoo Kim, Felicia Natali, Feida Zhu, Eepeng Lim

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Abstract

We investigate the influence of offline friendship in three specific areas of Twitter networking behaviors: (a) network structure, (b) Twitter content and (c) interaction on Twitter. We observe some interesting findings through the empirical analysis of 2193 pairs of users who are online friends. When these pairs of users know each other offline, they are more likely to (1) respond to the online gesture of friendship from their friend, (2) share mutual online friends, (3) distribute and gather information in their friend's Twitter network, (4) pay attention to their friend's tweets, (5) post tweets that might be of interest to their friend, (6) post tweets similar to their friend's, (7) respond to their friend's tweet, (8) mention their friend in tweets, and (9) distribute their friend's tweets. Overall, offline friendship drives social networking activities on Twitter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Tung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages736-745
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780769556703
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 2016
Event49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016 - Koloa, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2016-March
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016
CountryUnited States
CityKoloa
Period01/5/1601/8/16

Keywords

  • Networking behavior
  • Offline friendship
  • Online friendship
  • Social network
  • Social network services
  • Twitter

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