My post on the Social Fluency blog today reveals six factors that Gilad Lotan used to analyze Twitter activity surrounding the Tunisian uprising. I had interviewed Gilad previously, regarding unrest in Iran in 2009, and the role that Twitter played.
Below, please find the six factors. I urge you to visit Social Fluency and Gilad's blog to read more on this topic.
- He tapped into Twitter’s API to search on the hashtag #sidibouzid (the name of the province where the protests started), and find out how often it was mentioned during the critical time period.
- Gilad reviewed the volume of tweets for users who were most active on the topic, as well as:
- The reach of key users, i.e. the numbers of followers
- The words in user profiles, to better understand what types of people were joining the fray and when
- He looked at geographic distribution of users over time
- Gilad explored the social graphs of users to understand which ones were part of groups and connectors between groups.