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First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals solely devoted to research about the Internet. First Monday has published 1,587 papers in 243 issues, written by 2,203 different authors, over the past 20 years.

Retweet flows
This month: August 2016
Studying the viral growth of a connective action network using information event signatures
The Arab spring and Occupy Wall Street movements demonstrated that networks of individuals who share interests or grievances could quickly form on social media. This study examines this relationship by using viral information event signatures, which show the changing rate of sharing of a specific message over a period of time. Using exploratory data analysis and multivariate regression to analyze Occupy related tweets drawn from a corpus of over 64 million tweets, this study first provides a parameterized signature model and then uses regression to show that a relationship exists between the shape of the signature and the rate at which key actors gain followers.
Street art
Also this month
Audience constructed genre with Instagram: Street art and graffiti
This paper provides an accessible methodology for mapping audience-constructed genres using the online image-sharing platform Instagram. It uses a method to classify artists who utilize public space in relation to the categories ‘street art’ and ‘graffiti bombing’ based on correlations between an artist’s Instagram follower audience and general ‘street art’ and ‘graffiti bombing’ accounts. By measuring an artist’s audience at different times, this paper provides details on mapping specific audience composition and demographic trajectory.



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