Drug Cartels Using Social Media to Improve their Image

Drug Cartels Using Social Media to Improve their Image

Introduction

In a previous post[1], I analyzed three years of Twitter data from Mexico to corroborate a study by Dr. Antoine Nouvet with the SecDev Foundation. Dr. Nouvet found that Mexican cartel members where increasingly using social media to speak directly with the people of Mexico. This strategy reached an apex in September 2013 when the Cártel del Golfo used social media to publicize their humanitarian aid efforts following Hurricane Ingrid’s mass destruction in many poor areas of Mexico.

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How Social Media Data Mining Can Save Research Time and Money

How Social Media Data Mining Can Save Research Time and Money

Introduction

Antoine Nouvet, a researcher with the SecDev Foundation, has been tracking the increase of social media usage by drug cartels in Mexico. His research has been covered by Vice[1] and the CBC[2], and has spawned many related articles.

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Forget the Crystal Ball: Social Media Can Help Predict the Future

Forget the Crystal Ball: Social Media Can Help Predict the Future

Introduction

In previous articles, I have focused on what Twitter can tell us about people’s past behaviour. While this can be extremely useful, Twitter can also be used to predict future events. In most of these cases, researchers attempt to find a correlation between Twitter activity (such as mentions or sentiment) and some real world outcome. Correlation is a start, but it is not a predictive model.
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Why the First Month of Social Network Usage is Crucial

Why the First Month of Social Network Usage is Crucial

Introduction

Success on social networks like Twitter depends on how many people you interact with. The number of followers is a simple measure of one’s status within the network. Having many followers indicates that your opinion is valued by others. Who you chose to follow (your followings) determines how much value you can achieve from the network. Too few followings, and information is limited to a trickle; too many followings, and you can experience information overload.
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