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Evaluating Real-Time Search over Tweets



Ian M. Soboroff, Dean P. McCullough, Jimmy Lin, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis, Richard McCreadie


Twitter offers a phenomenal platform for the social sharing of information. We describe new resources that have been created in the context of the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) to support the academic study of Twitter as a real-time information source. We formalize an information seeking task—real-time search—and offer a methodology for measuring system effectiveness. At the TREC 2011 Microblog Track, 58 research groups participated in the first ever evaluation of this task. We present data from the effort to illustrate and support our methodology.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2012)
Conference Dates
June 4-6, 2012
Conference Location
Conference Title


microblog search, social media, text retrieval conference


Soboroff, I. , McCullough, D. , Lin, J. , Macdonald, C. , Ounis, I. and McCreadie, R. (2012), Evaluating Real-Time Search over Tweets, Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2012), Dublin, -1, [online], (Accessed July 19, 2024)


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Created December 10, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017