Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference

Extracting Semantic Knowledge from Twitter

Twitter is the second largest social network after Facebook and currently 140 millions Tweets are posted on average each day. Tweets are messages with a maximum number of 140 characters and cover all imaginable stories ranging from simple activity updates over news coverage to opinions on arbitrary topics. In this work we argue that Twitter is
a valuable data source for e-Participation related projects and describe other domains were Twitter has already been used. We then focus on our own semantic-analysis framework based on our previously introduced Semantic Patterns concept. In order to highlight the bene ts of semantic knowledge extraction for Twitter related e-Participation projects, we apply the presented technique to Tweets covering the protests in Egypt
starting at January 25th and resulting in the ousting of Hosni Mubarak on February 11th 2011. Based on these results and the lessons learned from previous knowledge extraction tasks, we identify key requirements for extracting semantic knowledge from Twitter.