Arab Spring

Online Revolutionary Groups

Adil Al-Busaidi
Ohio University

Introduction

  1. Social Media-Microblogging
  2. RQs
  3. Data Collection
  4. Results
  5. limitations
  6. Conclusion

1. Social Media-Microblogging

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2. Research Questions

  • RQ1a: How does microblogging create and shape online groups?
  • RQ1b. What is the network structure of formed subgroups?
  • RQ1c. What are the main themes of interactions in subgroups?
  • RQ2a. What are the characteristics of major players in each subgroup?
  • RQ2b. How do individual actors with higher levels of indegree structure contribute toward dissemination of protest messages?
  • RQ3. How are collective actions of groups manifested through microblogging interaction?

3. Data Collection

  • By Keyword 'tahrir square' in Ar
  • common method is to use hashtag like #tahrir and #jan25 but not in this study.

3. Data Collection Cont.

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4. Results

  • Tweeting Trends: Oct 16, 2012 GeoMapID2160191a2681


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4. Results Cont.

RQ1a: How does microblogging create and shape online groups?

  1. Events
  2. Media

Formation of Online Groups

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The Role of Events in Forming Groups

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The Role of Events in Forming Groups

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The Role of Events in Forming Groups

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The Role of Events in Forming Groups

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The Role of Events in Forming Groups

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Local Media as Major Actors

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4. Results Cont.

  • RQ1b. What is the network structure of formed subgroups?
  • Density of subgroups = [.013 - .667]
  • Nodes = [3 - 473]
  • Edges = [5 - 5120]

4. Results Cont.

Network Structure

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4. Results Cont.

4. Results Cont.

  • RQ1c. What are the main themes of interactions in subgroups?
    • Tahrir Square as a space of freedom of Speech
    • Tahrir Square as a space of Reference
    • Tahrir Square as a space of Contestation
    • Tahrir Square as a space of reform and change
    • Tahrir Square as a space of collective memory
    • Mobilization of Action
    • Messages of in/Justice

Themes in subgroups

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4.Results Cont.

  • RQ2a. What are the characteristics of major players? TableID21604053835


5. Limitations

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6. Conclusion

Questions

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  • End of Presentation