Results from data mining on 44 million blog posts to be presented
Menlo Park, California — Social media is rapidly changing the way people are communicating on a daily — and sometime minute-by-minute — basis. Joining FaceBook, LinkedIn, or one of the other social networks sites is now de rigueur; and Twitter, practically unknown even a year ago, seems to be everywhere. The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) has been at the forefront of this social revolution, providing a forum for researchers and industry leaders interested in creating and analyzing cultural media.
The 2009 ICWSM program will include presentations that reflect the establishment of the science of social media analysis, covering the key areas of community, behavior and content analysis. Special invited talks will be given by Lillian Lee (Cornell University), Duncan Watts (Columbia University) and Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University), each of whom has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the web, social dynamics, and social media. Continuing an ICWSM tradition, the conference has made a dataset of 44 million blog posts available to researchers in the blog and social media fields, and has invited researchers to submit the results of their explorations on the dataset to the conference and affiliated Data Challenge workshop.
The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media will be held May 17 – 20 at the San Jose Marriott, San Jose, CA. The meeting is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, with support from leading companies in the social media arena such as Google, Microsoft, Nielsen Online, Spinn3r , and Visible Technologies. For information and conference registration, see http://www.icwsm.org/ or contact AAAI at 650-328-3123.
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