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Unlocking the power of Twitter communities for startups
Ana Rita Peixoto (Peixoto, A. R.); Ana de Almeida (Almeida, A. de.); Nuno António (Antonio, N.); Fernando Batista (Batista, F.); Ricardo Ribeiro (Ribeiro, R.); Elsa Cardoso (Cardoso, E.);
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Applied Network Science
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Reino Unido
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Social media platforms offer cost-effective digital marketing opportunities to monitor the market, create user communities, and spread positive opinions. They allow companies with fewer budgets, like startups, to achieve their goals and grow. In fact, studies found that startups with active engagement on those platforms have a higher chance of succeeding and receiving funding from venture capitalists. Our study explores how startups utilize social media platforms to foster social communities. We also aim to characterize the individuals within these communities. The findings from this study underscore the importance of social media for startups. We used network analysis and visualization techniques to investigate the communities of Portuguese IT startups through their Twitter data. For that, a social digraph has been created, and its visualization shows that each startup created a community with a degree of intersecting followers and following users. We characterized those users using user node-level measures. The results indicate that users who are followed by or follow Portuguese IT startups are of these types: “Person”, “Company,” “Blog,” “Venture Capital/Investor,” “IT Event,” “Incubators/Accelerators,” “Startup,” and “University.” Furthermore, startups follow users who post high volumes of tweets and have high popularity levels, while those who follow them have low activity and are unpopular. The attained results reveal the power of Twitter communities and offer essential insights for startups to consider when building their social media strategies. Lastly, this study proposes a methodological process for social media community analysis on platforms like Twitter.
Twitter data,Communities,Social media,Startups
  • Matemáticas - Ciências Naturais
  • Ciências da Computação e da Informação - Ciências Naturais
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Referência de financiamento Entidade Financiadora
UIDB/03126/2020 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
UIDB/04466/2020 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
UIDB/50021/2020 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
UIDB/04152/2020 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
UIDP/04466/2020 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia