A sociotechnical view of information diffusion and social changes: From reprint to retweet

Onook Oh, Nargess Tahmasbi, H. Raghav Rao, Gert Jan de Vreede

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9 Scopus citations

Abstract

This research in progress study explores the role of Twitter during the 2011 Egypt revolution. Drawing on a research method of historians who investigated the role of print technology during the Protestant Reformation in Western Europe during the early 16th century, we explicate the socio-technical implications of information diffusion through retweeting during radical social changes. Through retweet analysis, we identify inseparable dynamics of (1) existence of a few opinion leaders, (2) a large number of supporting individuals, and (3) the emergence of attendant collective sensemaking process as a critical antecedent of radical social changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Pages3686-3696
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 16 2012Dec 19 2012

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Volume5

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period12/16/1212/19/12

Keywords

  • Collective sense-making
  • Information diffusion
  • Print technology
  • Social changes
  • Social media
  • The 2011 egypt revolution
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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