Predict Whom One Will Follow: Followee Recommendation in Microblogs

Hao Wu, Vikram Sorathia, Viktor K. Prasanna
2012 2012 International Conference on Social Informatics  
Microblogging services such as Twitter and Tencent Weibo have enjoyed drastic popularity in the latest few years. Recommender is essential to those microblogs as a means to find items (users or other information sources such as organizations) that might interest a user to follow. It can greatly improve user experience as well as reduce the risk of information overload might be introduced by irrelevant followees. In this paper, we examine some of the most influential factors that user might
more » ... der in selecting followees, in the hope of recommending interesting items to match each user's preferences. We investigate a large scale microblog data extracted from Tencent Weibo and conduct the evaluation of recommendations based on the guideline proposed by the challenge of Track 1 in KDD Cup 2012. Statistical analysis of the log of user actions regarding to recommendations reflect only about 7% acceptance. Experimental results show the popularity of an item is more attractive to users than other features such as the matching of item category, keywords and the influence of user actions and current followees' acceptance.
doi:10.1109/socialinformatics.2012.74 dblp:conf/socialinformatics/WuSP12 fatcat:nsqpmd7tangyzfyu2yeemvlwbm