Crowdsourcing social circle discovery on Twitter

In a short paper accepted to the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2015), we explored how we can use the lists already created on Twitter to organize content for new users. A list is a way of organizing contacts and content on Twitter; for example, a user might create a list “Data Science” to include the accounts of prominent data-scientists like Andrew Ng and Hilary Mason.  The functionality is available to all users, who can create a list by coming up with a title and selecting list members from the pool of all twitter users. Once a list is created, it can be used to selectively view the tweets of its members. Rather than making every user start from scratch when organizing their friends, we wanted to find a way to use the lists already created by other users to recommend groupings automatically. Continue reading