Paper: Summarizing Microblogs Automatically

ACL ID N10-1100
Title Summarizing Microblogs Automatically
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2010

In this paper, we focus on a recent Web trend called microblogging, and in particular a site called Twitter. The content of such a site is an extraordinarily large number of small textual messages, posted by millions of users, at ran- dom or in response to perceived events or sit- uations. We have developed an algorithm that takes a trending phrase or any phrase specified by a user, collects a large number of posts containing the phrase, and provides an auto- matically created summary of the posts related to the term. We present examples of summa- ries we produce along with initial evaluation.