Predicting Audience Engagement Across Social Media Platforms in the News Domain

Kholoud Khalil Aldous, Jisun An, Bernard J. Jansen

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We analyze cross-platform factors for posts on both single and multiple social media platforms for numerous news outlets to better predict audience engagement, precisely the number of likes and comments. We collect 676,779 social media posts from 53 news outlets during eight months on four social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube), along with the associated comments (more than 31 million) and the number of likes (more than 840 million). We develop a framework for predicting the audience engagement based on both linguistic features of the post and social media platform factors. Among other findings, results show that content with high engagement on one platform does not guarantee high engagement on another platform, even when news outlets use similar cross-platform posts; however, for some content, cross-sharing posts on a platform will increase overall audience engagement on another platform. As one of the few multiple social media platform studies, the findings have implications for the news domain, as well as other fields that distribute online content via social media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics - 11th International Conference, SocInfo 2019, Proceedings
EditorsIngmar Weber, Kareem M. Darwish, Claudia Wagner, Claudia Wagner, Fabian Flöck, Emilio Zagheni, Samin Aref, Laura Nelson
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030349707
StatePublished - 2019
Event11th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2019 - Doha, Qatar
Duration: Nov 18 2019Nov 21 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11864 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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