Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Just as important as identifying who the source is interacting with, is learning who is interacting with the source. By analyzing this information you will get a better idea of what type of influence this person has on their social media network and who views them as a trusted source.

Similar to analyzing a source’s network by looking at with whom and how they are engaging, you need to look at how the networks are interacting with the source. Again, when examining network interaction it is important ask specific questions as they pertain to a particular social media outlet.

Social Media Outlet Questions to Ask When Gauging a Sources INFLUENCE
Facebook
  • Who are the friends of this person?
  • Who are the people that post comments?
  • Who are the people that seek out and write on their wall?
  • Who are the people re-posting comments or posts?
Balatarin
  • Who is voting for the post?
  • Who are their followers?
  • What topics are people engaging on most often?
  • What type of posts are they commenting on?
Twitter
  • Who is re-tweeting this person?
  • Who are their followers?
  • What are these people tweeting about?
  • Who are the people interacting most often with this person?
  • What topics are people engaging on most often with this person?
LinkedIn
  • Who are the people that they wrote recommendations for?
  • Who are the people in their network?
  • Who has worked for them?
Blogs
  • What blogs or websites mention them?
  • Who are the people that are reposting their blogs?
  • Who are the people that are writing about them?