Why are retweets tagged as tweets?

Jun 14, 2013 at 7:08 AM
Hi there,

I have just imported tweets for #corpgov. Here is the how it is tagged in NodeXL:

Tweet 6/7/2013 17:06 RT @Competia: Ha. Google bans Google Glass at its annual shareholders meeting via @svbizjournal http://t.co/ESuLnrPY6v #corpgov

How come this RT is tagged as a 'Tweet' in the Relationship column on the edges worksheet? There were quite a few of these.


Jun 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Thanks for the continued interest in NodeXL.

Currently, NodeXL builds connections among all the authors of tweets collected in a query.

In some cases an author is replied to or mentioned but either they did not tweet or we did not observe the tweet in the query results.

In an upcoming release, we will include users who are mentioned or replied to even if we do not observe their tweet.

In our implementation we mark a tweet as a "mention" if another users @name is included in the tweet. We do not create a "RT" edge (although it is easy to make NodeXL, though Excel, do so).