Dizin Eklenmedi

How Twitter Connects to the Information Sources Network over Time in the Occupy Wall Street Social Movement

Received: 2015-11-05 Accepted: 2015-11-29 Published: 2016-01-20



This paper examines the formation and evolution of the Twitter hyperlink network that occurred in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) social movement. It tests information source genre, nodal popularity and centrality as three explanatory logics predicting the likelihood of tie formation in the information sourcing network of OWS. Analysis of the Twitter hyperlink network identified a group of information sources that are central to the movement discussion on Twitter. The results show that social networking sites and peer-content production sites were more likely to gain connections over time than other information genres, and sources that were initially central in the network tended to maintain their position and increase their connectivity.

Keywords: Twitter sourcing network, OWS social movement, intermedia agenda setting, resource mobilization, network connectivity logics

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