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March 26-28, 2007

A Case Study of Blog Comments in a National Crisis

Noor Ali-Hasan and Lada Adamic

We present an analysis of a comment network in the Kuwaiti blogging community during the two weeks in January 2006 surrounding the death of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. We find a rise in commenting activity corresponding to this event, and use a tag cloud to visualize and analyze this topic and others in the blog posts being commented on. We also present an analysis of the Kuwait Blogs comment network during this succession crisis.


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