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COMMENT: is Twitter's influence overhyped here?

Just 10,200 individual Tweeters use the #aras11 tag. Adrian Weckler asks whether this means Twitter is just a small group of people talking among themselves.

28th October, 2011
Is Twitter's participation overblown?

Is Twitter overblown as a mass medium? An analysis of Irish Twitter users indicates that there may be far fewer people using the medium for political discussion than has been commonly portrayed.

A Dublin-based research company, Knexsy, analysed tweets over seven days (October 20th to October 27th) to try and gauge the scale of commentary relating to the Irish presidential election on Twitter.

The company measured three ‘hashtag’ topics: #aras11 (the tag most commonly used...

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