Twitter hashtag analysis #justdoit

I used  NodeXL (can only be used in Windows OS) and Gephi to analyze a Twitter Search Network: #justdoit. I am not a super fan of Nike but my roomie is 🙂

In the dataset, each twitter account that mentions the hashtag is a node. If the tweet is a reply to another tweet or a mention of another tweet, an edge is added between these two accounts. Here is how the data laboratory looks like in Gephi (the original datas was generated automatically in NodeXL):

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Here is the first network showing up once I open the data file. This network is meaningless for us, so it needs modifications:

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Then, we need to calculate in statistics. (Details found on Gephi wikipedia

  • Avg. weighted degree: Average of sum of weights of the edges of nodes. (differences: Average Degree: Simply the sum of edges of a node.) We always use avg. weighted degree, I think.
  • Modularity: Measures how well a network decomposes into modular communities.
  • Eigenvector centrality: A measure of node importance in a network based on a node’s connections.

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Then, we need to adjust the nodes min and max size; apply modularity class;

The next step is very important, because we have many communities in the network which are not important for us, so we only show the first three communities:

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Then partition the edge relationship: tweet, reply and mention; Run a layout algorithm – force atlas to get a better layout; show the labels for nodes and run a label adjust algorithm.

Here is my result for the first three communities using #justdoit:




(important steps for creating a beautiful network: statistics,node,modularity,edge,labels,layout)

From the analysis, we can see that nikejapan, nike, and nikewomen_jp are the first three #justdoit communities. Why do Japanese enjoy running this much? What comes to my mind firstly is the book – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running written by a famous Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. It seems that his book has made a hit!


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