Understanding the Demographics of Twitter Users

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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Every second, the thoughts and feelings of millions of people across the world are recorded in the form of 140-character tweets using Twitter. However, despite the enormous potential presented by this remarkable data source, we still do not have an understanding of the Twitter population itself: Who are the Twitter users? How representative of the overall population are they? In this paper, we take the first steps towards answering these questions by analyzing data on a set of Twitter users representing over 1% of the U.S. population. We develop techniques that allow us to compare the Twitter population to the U.S. population along three axes (geography, gender, and race/ethnicity), and find that the Twitter population is a highly non-uniform sample of the population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
PublisherAAAI Press
Publication date2011
Pages554-557
ISBN (print)978-1-57735-505-2
StatePublished

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Conference5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2011)
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period17/07/1121/07/11
Internet addresshttp://www.icwsm.org/2011/index.php
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