What’s Hot in Software Engineering Twitter Space? — David Lo

Why should we care about Twitter? Well, previous work by Singer et al shows that developers use Twitter in a professional setting:

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In this study, David identified hot topics by finding events, grouping them and identifying the hottest categories. The ultimate goal is to create a domain-specific stream.

To get a set of users, David seeded an algorithm with a list of 100 famous twitterers, like Jeff Atwood and then expanded the set by looking at who they follow. This list is a public Their tweets were mined for 6 months, keyword based. The top-200 events that were outputted by an algorithm (I missed which one) and then manually sorted into categories, with the following results:

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Look at the high value on Java Security updates and Jokes 🙂

There is a preprint available.

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