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PLoS One. 2013 May 29;8(5):e64679. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064679. Print 2013.

The digital evolution of occupy wall street.

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Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. midconov@indiana.edu

Abstract

We examine the temporal evolution of digital communication activity relating to the American anti-capitalist movement Occupy Wall Street. Using a high-volume sample from the microblogging site Twitter, we investigate changes in Occupy participant engagement, interests, and social connectivity over a fifteen month period starting three months prior to the movement's first protest action. The results of this analysis indicate that, on Twitter, the Occupy movement tended to elicit participation from a set of highly interconnected users with pre-existing interests in domestic politics and foreign social movements. These users, while highly vocal in the months immediately following the birth of the movement, appear to have lost interest in Occupy related communication over the remainder of the study period.

PMID:
23734215
PMCID:
PMC3667169
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0064679
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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