When it comes to politics, for example,
The researchers are quick to note that not everyone uses
"You could never do that in the old days when you were running around with a pen and clipboard," said
What emerged in maps of political conversations that the liberal and conservative groups are not even arguing with one another. Rather, they are "ignoring one another while pointing to different web resources and using different hashtags," according to the study.
The telephone polls that take the pulse of the country about everything from politics to race, religion and technology will continue to form the research center's backbone. But
Here are the other five types of conversations:
— People who talk about well-known brands on Twitter tend to be disconnected from one another, focusing only on the topic at hand and not really interacting with each other. The study calls these "brand clusters." One graph, that looked at mentions of Apple, found that users didn't follow, reply to or mention any other person who also tweeted about the company.
— People who tweet from a social media conference, or about another highly specialized topic tend to form tight crowds of people who are connected to one another as followers. There are only a few users who are not connected to at least a few others in the group.
— "Community clusters" happen when several, evenly sized
— "Broadcast networks" are often media outlets or prominent social media figures with a lot of followers who repeat the messages such outlets send out.
The Pew study: http://bit.ly/1h1fEDy
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