How Twitter Rumours Evolve

The Guardian has a good analysis of selected rumours that were propagated by Twitter during the London Riots.

They’ve analysed 2+ million tweets based on their hashtags, performed a Levenshtein distance calculation across them all, and interpreted each as being either supporting/opposing/querying the rumour. The result is a moving graphic of how a rumour evolves.

Here’s another post on the London Riots