A design and policy proposal for improving the democratic quality of social media Marc Smith…
Our (Vladimir D. Barash, Marc Smith, Lise Getoor, Howard T. Welser ) poster paper, Distinguishing Knowledge vs Social Capital in Social Media with Roles and Context has been accepted and published at the 2009 ICWSM (International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media) conference which will be held in San Jose, California this May 17, 2009 – May 20, 2009.
Social media communities (e.g. Wikipedia, Flickr, Live Q&A) give rise to distinct types of content, foremost among which are relational content (discussion, chat) and factual content (answering questions, problem-solving). Both users and researchers are increasingly interested in developing strategies that can rapidly distinguish these types of content. While many text-based and structural strategies are possible, we extend two bodies of research that show how social context, and the social roles of answerers can predict content type. We test our framework on a dataset of manually labeled contributions to Microsoft’s Live Q&A and find that it reliably extracts factual and relational messages from the data.
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