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Apologies for cross-posting. Given Twitter's prevalence as a go-to dataset for studying social media, I thought my latest study might be of particular interest to many of you, charting Twitter's evolution from 2012-2018 through its 1% stream, from its declining overall tweet volume to its transition from a content platform to a behavioral platform via the shift towards retweeting, as well as the aging of its user accounts and the centralization of its narratives.
The transition of Twitter from a content platform to a behavioral platform via its centralization around elite accounts and the rising retweet density have particular algorithmic and methodological implications for Twitter studies, especially for network analysis.
The study is actually an update on my 2012 and 2015 analyses that extends their findings over the last seven years: