August 28, 2014

Digital Preservation: Research Paper: “Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?”

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Working Paper

Title

Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?

Authors

Hany M. SalahEldeen
Old Dominion University, Department of Computer Science

Michael L. Nelson
Old Dominion University, Department of Computer Science

Source

via arXiv

Abstract

Social media content has grown exponentially in the recent years and the role of social media has evolved from just narrating life events to actually shaping them. In this paper we explore how many resources shared in social media are still available on the live web or in public web archives. By analyzing six different event-centric datasets of resources shared in social media in the period from June 2009 to March 2012, we found about 11% lost and 20% archived after just a year and an average of 27% lost and 41% archived after two and a half years. Furthermore, we found a nearly linear relationship between time of sharing of the resource and the percentage lost, with a slightly less linear relationship between time of sharing and archiving coverage of the resource. From this model we conclude that after the first year of publishing, nearly 11% of shared resources will be lost and after that we will continue to lose 0.02% per day.

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