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Impact of multimedia in Sina Weibo
by Zhao, Xun, M.Sc., Singapore Management University (Singapore), 2013, 36; 1548076
Abstract (Summary)

Multimedia contents such as images and videos are widely used in social network sites nowadays. Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service, is one of the first microblog platforms to incorporate multimedia content sharing features. This thesis provides statistical analysis on how multimedia contents are produced, consumed, and propagated in Sina Weibo. Based on 230 million tweets and 1.8 million user profiles in Sina Weibo, we study the impact of multimedia contents on the popularity of both users and tweets as well as tweet life span. In addition to consider the multimedia impact on popularity, we also compare the user influence in multimedia and text setting. Our preliminary study shows that multimedia tweets dominant pure text ones in Sina Weibo. Multimedia contents boost popularity of tweet as well as users. Users who tend to publish many multimedia tweets are also productive with text tweet. We prove that tweets with multimedia contents survive longer than text tweets. Finally, multimedia contents tend to attract more attention while text maintains discussion. Our results demonstrates the impact of multimedia in Sina Weibo with respect to how it affects the popularity, life span of tweets and the popularity of user. Our result is useful for web developers and microblogging marketers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zhu, Feida
Commitee: Shen, Jialie, Zheng, Baihua
School: Singapore Management University (Singapore)
Department: Information Systems
School Location: Republic of Singapore
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Web Studies, Mass communications, Information science
Keywords: Multimedia contents, Sina Weibo, Social networks, Tweets
Publication Number: 1548076
ISBN: 978-1-303-52380-9
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