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Inside the Beltway: The Badger vote

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Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science researchers coined the terms after studying 100,000 old Tweets from the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada and the 2011 debate over raising the U.S. debt ceiling.

“The study provides solid preliminary evidence in social media for the kind of message influencing that has long been known to exist within traditional media,” the researchers point out, labeling Twitter an “extreme democracy,” among other things.

“As people use social media more as a source of information about the world, it’s important to know the provenance of that information — where it’s coming from and whether it can be trusted,” warns Nick Feamster, who directed the research.

“You might think the information you see is coming from lots of different sources, but in fact it can be part of an orchestrated campaign,” he adds.

POLL DU JOUR

• 51 percent of Americans say that from “what they have seen and heard,” gas prices have gone down.

• 59 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

• 65 percent of East Coast residents, 51 percent of Midwesterners and 20 percent of West Coast residents agree.

• 56 percent of those with annual incomes of more than $75,000 and 41 percent of those earning less than $30,000 agree.

• 39 percent of Americans overall say that gas prices have gone up.

• 33 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 42 percent of Democrats agree.

• 26 percent of East Coast residents, 36 percent of Midwesterners and 70 percent of West Coast residents agree.

• 37 percent of those with annual incomes of more than $75,000 and 47 percent of those earning less than $30,000 agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Washington Post survey of 1,012 U.S. adults conducted May 24-27.

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