The Neighbourhoods of #cdnpoli

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Sunday, June 10, 2012 View Count = 1489

The Neighbourhoods of #cdnpoli

Last fall, as part of an initial study into how media (social or otherwise) are covering politics in Canada, we collected hundreds of thousands of tweets from #cdnpoli. What we found was that Canadian political conversations on Twitter are actually quite divided.

With the help of Gephi, an open source data visualization software package, we found four distinct "neighbourhoods" of conversations going on among the top 100 mentioned users in #cdnpoli:

  1. The Ottawa Bubble
  2. The Outsiders
  3. Information Broadcasters
  4. Lightning Rods
(Click here to get the full results and a list of the top 100 mentioned users in #cdnpoli)

But while the groupings were determined objectively based on the number of times a user mentioned another, the labels we gave to each neighbourhood were based on our own perceptions of who was in each grouping.  Because of this, there are always exceptions to how we labelled things.  @cbcalerts, for example, was placed in The Outsiders neighbourhood, even though the CBC is hardly an outsider.  So look through our results and if you can think of better names, let us know in the comments!

Let us know what you think and tweet this to all your friends--and don't forget to tag it with #cdnpoli!

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