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What makes conversations interesting?: themes, participants and consequences of conversations in online social media

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What makes conversations interesting?: themes, participants and consequences of conversations in online social media
Rich media social networks promote not only creation and consumption of media, but also communication about the posted media item. What causes a conversation to be interesting, that prompts a user to participate in the discussion on a posted video? We conjecture that people participate in conversations when they find the conversation theme interesting, see comments by people whom they are familiar with, or observe an engaging dialogue between two or more people (absorbing back and forth exchange of comments). Importantly, a conversation that is interesting must be consequential ? i.e. it must impact the social network itself. Our framework has three parts. First, we detect conversational themes using a mixture model approach. Second, we determine interestingness of participants and interestingness of conversations based on a random walk model. Third, we measure the consequence of a conversation by measuring how interestingness affects the following three variables ? participation in r...
Ajita John, Dorée D. Seligmann, Hari Sundar
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where WWW
Authors Ajita John, Dorée D. Seligmann, Hari Sundaram, Munmun De Choudhury
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