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Alvaro Aguado, Pratik Parija

When we are using a social media platform like Twitter, we have the urge to reply to random users that posted something that seems outrageous. Then, we think that by carefully explaining (t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶r̶r̶e̶c̶t̶, I mean…) our point of view, this person will likely change its mind. And just like this step by step will we will fix the world...Okay, who am I kidding. We all know that in reality we end up just getting in a fight online, frustrated and thinking with how doomed the world is. We always say this is the last time, but we get triggered…

We have been using Social Media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter for more than a decade now. But is nowadays when we feel our time in front of the screen is out of control. The more into social media we are, the more lonely we feel. This tends to be the most common cry of the new generations. And yet spend more and more hours in social media platforms. It’s like an addiction! But, can we turn our addictions to social media into something that really improves our human relationships. And best of all, can we incentivize these actions…

If you don’t know the outcome of the 2020 US presidential elections then maybe you shouldn’t continue reading because there are spoilers ahead. But maybe more importantly, where have you been? The whole process has been all over Social Media and it continues on! Joe Biden won according to most projections but we will not really see the official outcome until January 6th when congress counts the electoral votes from the delegates. That said, by December 14th all states might have resolved all their disputes (Hopefully!)

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Cartoon by david rowe for the Financial Review Source

From November 3rd until November 7th the news about the count of votes have…

In our previous post, we explored the idea of Twitter tribes. We did a small example where we sampled friends from our network and explored ideas like similarity. We found that people that follow the similar accounts tend to cluster together. But there are a lot of accounts people follow that seem to show no connection with their friends. This could be due to multiple reasons, but it also begs the question if we can infer the connections of you or your friends based on the other accounts you follow on twitter, and moreover can we infer the type of…

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It’s been known for a while that Twitter has many instances of `tribalism`. Where tribalism means the state or fact of being organized in tribes or groups that only interact with the same ideas and arguments that reinforce what they already believe and dismiss anything that might prompt them to question it. We know what this leads to. Which is that the most extreme version of ideas and ideologies tend to prevail and more prejudices grow strong against other tribes.

But that’s not me or you right? You, like many other twitter users think that you listen to all voices…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown many new retail investors jumped into stock trading given that there wasn’t anything else to do but also because new electronic brokers like Robinhood, TD, Ameritrade, offered lower to no commissions for stock trading. This along with the boredom of staying at home, have been the main drivers of this abnormally high levels in retail trading.

Among these ‘new’ traders, the group that has seen the largest growth are ‘Millennials’. Many used their free time at Reddit where subreddits like r/wallstreetbets lured users into ‘getting…


Business Insights and Analytics Manager at GSK and Phd candidate in Business Data Science at NJIT University

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