Mapping communities in large virtual social networks: Using Twitter data to find the Indie Mac community


This paper describes a multi-method approach to delineate a “real world” community of practice from a large N dataset derived from the social networking site Twitter. The starting point is previous qualitative research of a virtual community of independent (“indie”) developers who create software for Apple’s Macintosh and iPhone platforms. Indie developers have been active on Twitter from an early stage on and they use Twitter to sustain interactions between peers, exchange technical information and for viral “echo …

In IEEE International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis