Content Popularity Evolution in Online Social Networks

  • Flavio Figueiredo UFMG
  • Fabricio Benevenuto UFMG
  • Jussara M. Almeida UFMG


Understanding content popularity growth on Online Social Networks (OSNs) is of great importance to Internet service providers, content creators and online marketers. However, most previous studies of OSNs are based on static views of the system, thus neglecting the temporal evolution of the network, and a possible correlation with content popular- ity growth. Moreover, previous analyses also greatly neglect the impact of the referrers (i.e., incoming links from exter- nal sites) on content popularity. We here provide some ini- tial results on the analysis of content popularity growth in YouTube videos. Our study is based on three video datasets, namely popular videos, randomly collected videos, and copy- right protected videos, with distinct characteristics in terms of temporal popularity evolution. We also characterize the different referrers that most often lead users to YouTube videos. Our results shed some light into aspects that impact content popularity growth.
FIGUEIREDO, Flavio; BENEVENUTO, Fabricio; ALMEIDA, Jussara M.. Content Popularity Evolution in Online Social Networks. In: WORKSHOP DE TESES E DISSERTAÇÕES - SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE SISTEMAS MULTIMÍDIA E WEB (WEBMEDIA) , 2011, Florianópolis. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2011 . p. 135-138. ISSN 2596-1683.