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Social Media Higher Learning; Part II

Written by David Harry   
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 13:03

Papers, Patents and Lectures

In the first instalment we went through a bunch of social media / networking patents from the Big 3 (Google, Microsoft and Yahoo). Ok, the big 3 of search at least. There are certainly other big players in the space, we’ll get to that. This time out we’re going to look at some research papers, patents and even some videos relating to the world of social.

Once more, for the record, these are here to get people thinking beyond the everyday. I am not a social guru, just a search geek that is around patents and papers a lot. If you know of some other good resources, feel free to leave a note in the comments


General Research Papers

(Note; most of these are PDFs)

The Anatomy of a Large Scale Social Search Engine - Vark

Sybil-Resilient Online Content Rating – NY University

Finding the Right Facts in the Crowd: Factoid Question Answering over Social Media – University of Atlanta,

Evaluating authority in a weblog community – Various authors

Stochastic Models of User-Contributory Web Sites - Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

Social Spam Detection - Indiana University


Data Mining

Exploring Social Annotations for Information Retrieval – Various authors

Mining social media communities and content - University of Maryland

Tracking Social Engagement with Content: Deriving Insight from Audience Interaction - PostRank

Trust and Reputation Mining in Professional Virtual Communities - Vienna University of Technology


Twitter related research

Twitter Rank - MYSMU

Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope – HP Research

Ranking Mechanisms in Twitter-Like Forums (video) – MIT

Measuring User Influence in Twitter: The Million Follower Fallacy – Various authors

Why We Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities – UMBC

Analyzing influence on Twitter (video) – Webcology project

Twitter Power:Tweets as ElectronicWord of Mouth - PennsylvaniaStateUniversity


FaceBook Patents

Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network

Systems and Methods for Social Mapping

System and method for tagging digital media

System and methods for auction based polling

Systems and methods for generating a social timeline

Providing dynamically selected media content to a user of an electronic device in a social network environment

System and method for dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network

Social Advertisements and Other Informational Messages on a Social Networking Website, and Advertising Model for Same

(Hat tip to Bill for these patent finds)

Systems and methods for dynamically generating a privacy summary 

Systems and methods for dynamically generating segmented community flyers


Video Lectures

User identification

Identifying the Influential Bloggers - Arizona State University

Influence and Correlation in Social Networks - Yahoo! Research

Social Dynamics in Age of the Web - HP Labs

Finding Influencers and Consumer Insights in the Blogosphere - Seikei University



Challenges in Social Network Data: Processes, Privacy and Paradoxes - Cornell University

Graph Identification and Privacy in Social Networks – Google Tech Talks


Information/Data mining

Finding High-Quality Content in Social Media - Carnegie Mellon University

Graph Mining Techniques for Social Media Analysis - Carnegie Mellon University

Web Search Personalization via Social tagging - University of Potsdam

IR in Social Media (IRSM) - Microsoft Live Labs, Microsoft


Network specific videos

A Large-Scale Study of MySpace: Observations and Implications for Online Social Networks - Texas A&M University

Gesundheit! Modeling Contagion Through Facebook News Feed  - Standford



Can Social Bookmarks Improve Web Search? - Stanford University

Social dimension of social media - Microsoft Research

The Psychology of Social Media - University of Texas at Austin


That’s a wrap

And there we have it. This was a project I started a year ago as a pet interest extension to me my usual search geekiness. If you enjoyed this trail, also be sure to see my posts on getting geeky with your SEO;

SEO Higher learning
White Coat SEO resolutions for the New Year

The main goal of these types of adventures is to hopefully turn others onto getting information from more than the blogosphere. Many times some of the best ideas and approaches I use come from this kind of geeking goodiness. I hope it helps some of you as it has me over the years. Keep these posts handy as I will be adding to them as I come across other goodies. In case you missed it, be sure to bookmark part I as well.


Happy Geeking!!


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