Singapore University of Technology and Design
8 Somapah Road Singapore
6 December 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Brown Bag Lunch Talks,Others


This talk will present a study about offline vs online friends behavior on Twitter. The emergence of online social networks has presented the world with new means to communicate. Often, social networks are used to stay in touch with acquaintances and old friends. These days they are used primarily to spread news. The spread of fake news on social media is a real world challenge that highlights the importance of research studies that identify who facilitate the spread of certain news. Twitter is the earliest and most prominent example of using social network as a news media. When the prime motivation of a social network changes from making friends to gaining followers and spreading news, does the realm of offline vs online still matter? Does the social science construct that distinguishes friends and strangers still apply to an online realm such as Twitter? I will answer these questions from two perspectives: networking and diffusion of information. The first perspective studies how offline vs online friends follow one another on Twitter. The second perspective studies how offline vs online friends spread news on Twitter. Lastly, I will briefly explain how the distinction between offline and online friends has the potential to help us understand new patterns of information flow among citizens regarding controversial topics such as the protest in HK and South America.

About the Speaker

Felicia N. Huang is a research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Her current research focuses on harnessing diversity of scientific networks to boost innovation. In the past, she studied the behavior of offline vs online friends on Twitter. She received her bachelor’s and doctorate’s degree in Information Systems from Singapore Management University.


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