A Summarization Tool for Time-sensitive Social Media

Walid Magdy, Ahmed Ali, Kareem Darwish

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Searching social content in general and microblogs (aka tweets) in particular has been basic and limited, especially for time-sensitive topics. The currently implemented microblog search on sites such as Twitter is based on simple word matching and retrieves the most recent microblogs that match a given query. Furthermore, a user may obtain hundreds or perhaps thousands of microblogs in response to a given query, leading to information overload. We present a new multidimensional microblog search tool that generates a comprehensive report from microblogs instead of a flat list of recent/relevant microblogs for a given query. Reports may include tag-clouds, topic time series, and most popular and funny microblogs, etc. The tool can be configured for monitoring time-sensitive topics using a set of predefined queries. We demonstrate our system on Arabic and English microblog collections. Additionally, we show a special configuration of the system for monitoring the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1156-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameCIKM '12

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