A Scientific Approach to Tweets and Re-Tweets


(cartoon credit: Jonathan Guyer of The Washington Note)
A short while ago, a space-obsessed friend sent me a CNN clip about what it would be like to fall into a black hole, in case I wanted to break up my Iran coverage with something else.
And then Simon Owens of Bloggasm sent me a genuinely interesting piece about his analysis of Iran election tweeting and re-tweeting. Specifically, he wanted to see over a fixed period of time, how many underlying “tweets” out of Iran were being re-tweeted by others and sent over the network.
The tweets have been overflowing — and a lot is simply overdone. Owens discovered that on average an underlying tweet is re-tweeted 57 times.
Read more here.
— Steve Clemons


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