Guest editorial: Special issue on information retrieval for social media

Fei Wang, Peng Cui, Gordon Sun, Tat-Seng Chua, Shiqiang Yang
2012 Information retrieval (Boston)  
Information retrieval for social media As is known to us all, media is an instrument on communication, such as newspaper, radio or video. Thus social media would be a social instrument on communication. Kaplan and Haenlein (2010) define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content." The key difference between social and conventional media is the
more » ... er relationships and activities. This clearly poses new challenges to traditional information retrieval technologies including: • Evaluation of item similarities. This is the key for information retrieval. In a social environment, the similarities among items not only involve their contents, but also the users who participate in the life cycle of those items (e.g., post, share, follow, etc.). Moreover, because of the user activities, usually more than one type of items (e.g., image, music, text and video) are involved in a social network, and the information contained in each single item domain is not sufficient (e.g., text in microblogging
doi:10.1007/s10791-012-9199-7 fatcat:6rm4dvxy2be73lam2ufjqucw3a