Understanding the geography of society represents a challenge for social and economic sciences. The recent availability of data from social media enables the observation of societies at a global scale. In this paper, we study the geographical structure of the Twitter communication network at the global scale. We find a complex structure where self-organized patches with clear cultural, historical, and administrative boundaries are manifested and first-world economies centralize information flows. These patches unveil world regions that are socially closer to each other with direct implications for processes of collective learning and identity creation.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| July 21 2020
Geographical fragmentation of the global network of Twitter communications
Leila Hedayatifar ;
Alfredo J. Morales ;
Leila Hedayatifar, Alfredo J. Morales, Yaneer Bar-Yam; Geographical fragmentation of the global network of Twitter communications. Chaos 1 July 2020; 30 (7): 073133. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5143256
Download citation file: