Finding the Right Social Media Site for Questions Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2015 ACM. Social media has become a part of our daily life and we use it for many reasons. One of its uses is to get our questions answered. Given a multitude of social media sites, however, one immediate challenge is to pick the most relevant site for a question. This is a challenging problem because (1) questions are usually short, and (2) social media sites evolve. In this work, we propose to utilize topic specialization to find the most relevant social media site for a given question. In particular, semantic knowledge is considered for topic specialization as it can not only make a question more specific, but also dynamically represent the content of social sites, which relates a given question to a social media site. Thus, we propose to rank social media sites based on combined search engine query results. Our algorithm yields compelling results for providing a meaningful and consistent site recommendation. This work helps further understand the innate characteristics of major social media platforms for the design of social Q&A systems.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, Z., Jones, I., Hu, X., & Liu, H.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • August 2015


  • ACM  Publisher