Social Network Analysis of Twitter Interactions around Technology Conferences

13 Jan 2019 , first release: 11 Jan 2019

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  • Author: Xiao Cui
  • State: ongoing
  • Study programme: Information Technology
  • Degree: Bachelor (B. Sc.)
  • Company: CoSA

Thesis

Industrial technology conferences are used to demonstrate and report on the latest trends in software, systems, gadgets, frameworks, services, solutions, and more. To estimate the future impact of these trends corresponding triggered social network interactions might be a viable data source for evaluation. Trends that trigger more interactions might be more interesting to the audience than trends with less impact on social media channels.

This thesis should exploratively gather and analyze data from the social network Twitter around cloud computing related technology conferences. It should analyze whether it is possible to identify such trends and correlated multipliers. The overall aim is to identify automatically the

  • “hot topics”
  • and relevant multipliers

in a stream of social network interactions around technology conferences. Therefore, the thesis compromises the following tasks:

  • Literature review on sentiment analysis and natural language processing.
  • Literature review on social network analysis (graphs).
  • Comparison of existing NLP and sentiment analysis libraries (usability for the study).
  • Comparison of existing graph databases (usability and necessity for the study).
  • Implementation of a Twitter stream recording solution using Tweepy.
  • Implementation of a sentiment and multiplier analysis solution on recorded tweets based on libraries from the comparisons above.

Additionally, the analysis solution should demonstrate its operational functioning on two concrete case studies (technology conferences about cloud computing and container-based cloud-native platforms). The following technology conferences should be used to demonstrate the operational functioning. It should be considered that the relevant reporting around conferences already starts in the upfront and endures more extended than the events.

  • DockerCon (San Francisco, 29 Apr - 02 May, 2019)
  • KubeCon + Cloud Native Con Europe (Barcelona, May 20 - 23, 2019)

Both use cases are not offensive from an ethical point of view. However, the thesis should also discuss critically how the same tools and techniques could be misused. E.g., national authorities or further actors could observe systematically social media channels to suppress or manipulate public opinions or freedom of media reporting.

Note: Should individual aspects are shown to be too difficult to achieve during the processing of this work, the task can be adapted - after credible proof of difficulty.