Social Networks

Social Networks

Power networks in Congress, Twitter’s crystal ball and iPhone contagion in news from an MIT workshop

By Science News, 15:51 PM June 8, 2011

Information and Decision in Social Networks, MIT workshop in Cambridge, Mass., May 31–June 1, 2011

Twitter’s a lousy soothsayer
If you’re ditching your crystal ball for the oracle of Twitter, think again. Despite analyses suggesting that the volume and content of tweets can predict the outcome of political elections, research using the same techniques finds the social media tool is more like a hazy Magic 8 Ball. Predictions of six 2010 Senate race winners based on Twitter chatter volume an...

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