Identifying the Community Roles of Social Capitalists in the Twitter Network

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Labatut V., Dugue N., Perez A.

IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Beijing, China, 17 - 20 August 2014, pp.371-374 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/asonam.2014.6921612
  • City: Beijing
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.371-374
  • Galatasaray University Affiliated: Yes


In the context of Twitter, social capitalists are users trying to increase their number of followers and interactions by any means. They are not healthy for the service, because they introduce a bias in the way user influence and visibility are perceived. Understanding their behavior and position in the network is thus of important interest. In this work, we propose to do so by focusing on the community structure level. We first extend an existing method based on the notion of community role, on three different points: 1) handling of directed networks, 2) more precise modeling of the community-related connectivity and 3) unsupervised role identification. We then take advantage of an existing tool to detect social capitalists, and apply our method to analyze their organization and how their links spread across the network. The specific community roles they hold in the network let us know that they reach to obtain high visibility.