Summarizing Events from Stream of Twitter Tweets

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Twitter users often comment and write tweets about certain global events that interest them. We have invented some methods for choosing the tweets from Twitter that best represent the story and news coverage of an event. The events that we consider here are, 

  1. Facebook IPO in May 2012.
  2. BP Oil Spill in April 2010.
  3. Japan Tsunami in March 2011.
  4. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) 2009-2011.

In order to evaluate our methods, we are asking mturkers to help us choose the summaries that you think best represent the given events. For each event, we have generated 3 sets of summaries by extracting the most relevants tweets for them. You may select a minimum of 1 summary per event up to a maximum of 2 summaries per event.

 

1. Facebook IPO in May 2012

Tweet Date
Summary 1
As IPO Approaches, Facebook Addresses Weaknesses @1Mby1M - http://t.co/RpjiN4Uj April 10, 2012
RT @benparr: May 18 Is the Facebook IPO - http://t.co/wVp7Tk4T May 1, 2012
Now Mark Zuckerberg Is Unlikely To Be On The Facebook IPO Roadshow http://t.co/0ekW3jK8 via @newspin May 5, 2012
Facebook IPO Roadshow http://t.co/Hn0LflIS May 9, 2012
Facebook IPO prices at $38 a share. #FacebookIPO May 17, 2012
@goldenashby had to get that out before Facebook IPO day I'm sure! May 18, 2012
Facebook Goes Public With Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ http://t.co/VJgQCLKb May 18, 2012
Getting all my Facebook IPO news on Twitter. May 18, 2012

 

Summary 2

Facebook IPO on for May 18 May 2, 2012
Facebook co-founder Saverin renounces U.S. citizenship ahead of IPO http://t.co/71M3nbdz May 11, 2012
Social media shares down ahead of Facebook IPO http://t.co/FsegWbch May 17, 2012
facebook announces IPO price is 38 May 17, 2012
Not sure I agree, but it sure is fun to cover RT @jbruin: FB IPO day is better than Christmas May 18, 2012
Facebook Goes Public With Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ http://t.co/VJgQCLKb May 18, 2012
Mark Zuckerberg Made out Nicely in the Facebook IPO http://t.co/Dhu4xWBV #business #money May 25, 2012
RT @FBWatch: Prices of Facebook Stock Since Long-Awaited IPO http://t.co/bS5Gukjs June 5, 2012

 

Summary 3

Facebook reportedly looking at May 17 for IPO http://t.co/J69QN2FF April 19, 2012
Facebook sets $28-35 price range for IPO http://t.co/y65BIVmH May 3, 2012
Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO - http://t.co/66hr6VbW @snipit May 11, 2012
Facebook raises IPO price as offering nears http://t.co/kqciHFtW via @newspin May 16, 2012
Woot it's facebook ipo day! May 18, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO http://t.co/6ukUmucS via @businessinsider May 23, 2012
As IPO Approaches, Facebook Addresses Weaknesses @1Mby1M - http://t.co/gd5XrDgt May 28, 2012
NASDAQ CEO blames CIO over Facebook IPO http://t.co/5fd4139E via @newspin June 28, 2012

Select two out of three that you think best summarizes the Facebook IPO

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2. BP Oil Spill in April 2010

Tweet Date
Summary 1
A Day From Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico http://bit.ly/aGwUuF April 30, 2010
RT @avivao: R/T.@postcarbon: Obama GOES OFF on BP over oil spill http://bit.ly/bnCkfm May 21, 2010
Gulf of Mexico oil spill costs BP $2 billion http://is.gd/cXPwl June 22, 2010
Get your BP oil spill t-shirts for charity! 50% of profit from every item/color/style to @UnitedWayNOLA oil spill fund! http://ow.ly/1TNSB June 30, 2010
The BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster http://bit.ly/c3JdNG July 9, 2010
Deepwater BP Oil Spill http://www.whitehouse.gov/deepwater-bp-oil-spill/ July 28, 2010
RT @BorisS9Gaylord: @earth_girl Way to go Live Chat about the latest news on BP Oil Spill http://lz.ly/1Wug Willing August 18, 2010
BP Oil Spill was Really an Oil-Methane Gas Spill http://bit.ly/eTeMrS March 10, 2011
 
Summary 2
#LindsayLohan - Kevin Costner wants to fight Gulf of Mexico oil spill - http://ow.ly/1qy03t May 20, 2010
Discussing Obama blaming BP for the oil spill : Listen on http://www.fhu.com/player/advice_line_live.html or call in on 1-800-866-8883 June 8, 2010
@GloZell i think you should do a video about what u think about the BP oil spill . June 25, 2010
BP says oil spill costs reach $2 billion http://bit.ly/aztvmZ #bp #oilspill June 29, 2010
@Polymath1776 Keep it up Live Chat about the latest news on BP Oil Spill http://lz.ly/2fS6 Perfect September 21, 2010
Former BP CEO defends sailing during oil spill Reuters: Reuters Former BP CEO defends sailing during oil spill... http://bit.ly/bBwfb6 November 9, 2010
Not All BP Oil Spill Claims Are Fraudulent http://donovanlawgroup.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/the-gulf-coast-claims-facility-limits-bps-liabili February 6, 2011
so the BP oil spill was on 4/20? this day is shit April 21, 2011
 
Summary 3
BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatens Louisiana coast - MiamiHerald.com ReutersBP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill threaten.. http://dld.bz/cXPy May 11, 2010
Obama blames Gulf oil spill on 'breakdown' at BP (at Reuters): http://url4.eu/3j9VE May 25, 2010
Obama: BP 'short-changing' oil spill residents June 5, 2010
Obama vows to 'fight' BP oil spill http://bit.ly/bXe3HA #news #politics #p2 June 16, 2010
Gulf oil spill costs reach $2.65 billion, BP says. http://bit.ly/bTlA9g June 29, 2010
RT @Babii_Buffie: RT @myfabolouslife: BP #JustOfferedLebron free gas for life if he continues to take all the attention off the oil spill July 12, 2010
@Ethecol2 Let me help Live Chat about the latest news on BP Oil Spill http://lz.ly/26Bv Resolute September 10, 2010
A year on, Gulf still grapples with BP oil spill http://ping.fm/P4Q1c April 15, 2011

Select two out of three that you think best summarizes the BP Oil Spill

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3. Japan Tsunami in March 2011

Tweet Date
Summary 1
Video and what you need to know about Japan quake, tsunami http://bit.ly/hYzdQe March 11, 2011
JAPAN QUAKE RELIEF https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194592033908615 March 12, 2011
RT @HeyImAJ: O.O @ the Fukushima nuclear plant March 12, 2011
You mean, 'Don't RT, and the victims won't get it?' RT @bing: For every retweet, @bing will give $1 to Japan quake victims, up to $100K. March 13, 2011
Quake moved Japan 8 feet and shifted Earth's axis!! http://bit.ly/eVwOlH March 14, 2011
Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Follows: Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan http://goo.gl/fb/TbtAE March 16, 2011
Fukushima Japan Nuclear Reactor #jishin #prayforjapan #HelpJapan #hibaku #genpatu #fukushima http://twitpic.com/4etp9f March 30, 2011
Fukushima Vs. Chernobyl: What Does Level 7 Mean?: Though Fukushima and Chernobyl are both level 7 nuclear accident... http://n.pr/hOSYt3 April 13, 2011
 
Summary 2
Quake of 7.3 Magnitude hits Japan - http://tinyurl.com/4swv7dy - #funato #Tragedy #Japan March 9, 2011
RT @Culturizando: Japn aumenta a nivel 7 su calificacin del accidente nuclear de Fukushima http://ow.ly/4ybMy April 12, 2011
Just donated to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal :) April 14, 2011
New Video of Japan Tsunami http://youtu.be/8vZR0Rq1Rfw April 18, 2011
RT @iRebeccaBlacks: Help the Japan earthquake victims by RETWEET THIS #prayforjapan April 22, 2011
Blogged Japan plans tsunami wall at nuclear plant : http://tinyurl.com/6j4yf3a May 9, 2011
NEWShttp://goo.gl/6yjLb EXTREMELY HIGH RADIATION AT FUKUSHIMA (JAPAN 16.03.2011) http://twd.ac/nLqvBB July 21, 2011
RT @BBCWorld: Earthquake hits off Japan coast http://bbc.in/qf6TIP July 31, 2011
 
Summary 3
Japan hit with 7.2 magnitude earthquake O_o...#crazy March 9, 2011
RT @frankenteen: Here's how you can help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan http://t.co/iuoXszQ March 12, 2011
Fukushima Nuclear Worried #japan March 15, 2011
I really hope the nuclear plant in Fukushima doesn't blow up! March 17, 2011
Fukushima nuclear plant stabilizing http://www.houseofjapan.com/local/fukushima-nuclear-plant-stabilizing March 22, 2011
TEPCO announced Fukushima nuclear plant #1 to #4 would be decommissioned. March 30, 2011
RT @Billy: near Fukushima nuclear plant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9iJ3pPuL8&feature=player_embedded April 9, 2011
I'm sick and tired of worrying about the Fukushima nuclear plant. April 30, 2011

Select two out of three that you think best summarizes the Japan Tsunami

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4. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) 2009-2011

Tweet Date
Summary 1
@newsero Health care now or never, Obama says ... http://newsero.com/226361 May 30, 2009
OBAMA HEALTH CARE http://bit.ly/jk87g June 16, 2009
Obama on TV About Health Care -- Too Much? http://bit.ly/L3XX9 September 18, 2009
Obama on Health Care :This Is Our Moment'http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/11/obama-on-health-care-reform-this-is-our-moment.html November 8, 2009
@JackieABC36 obama did to healthcare what obama did to uk :( January 26, 2010
RT @ResistTyranny: A vote for ObamaCare is a vote for #abortion and #tyranny. #p2 #ocra #sgp #tcot #teaparty March 20, 2010
does obama know that health care passed? June 2, 2010
RT @inhuggermugger Repeal ObamaCare! Repeal ObamaCare! Repeal ObamaCare! Repeal ObamaCare Repeal ObamaCare! Repeal ObamaCare! January 16, 2011
 
Summary 2
New Obama Video... http://bit.ly/6nPaeD Fearmongering for Health Care ... #tcot December 17, 2009
Obama pursing health care changes http://bit.ly/bq98Ac January 28, 2010
Obama says health care overhaul imperative (AP)http://bit.ly/dy5Kqr February 19, 2010
Amped-up Obama pushes health care plan http://bit.ly/bKZT4i #healthcare March 20, 2010
Health Insurance | Understanding How The Ppaca Will Affect Health ... http://bit.ly/bSb5pu June 26, 2010
RT @Sami_Shamieh: U.S. House plan overturning Obamacare halfway there http://bit.ly/aJk5iU #tcot July 7, 2010
Did they tell us that Obamacare was a health care reform bill? http://sodahead.com/poll/1449807/ January 16, 2011
Should the Obama Health Care Law Be Repealed? - NYTimes.com http://bit.ly/hkkHX4 January 20, 2011
 
Summary 3
Watching Obama speak on Health Care September 9, 2009
Obama gives himself a B-plus -- an A-minus if health care passes http://twa.lk/VLjJn December 14, 2009
Obama demands 'up-or-down' vote on health care http://tinyurl.com/ya9er8o March 3, 2010
Obamacare for everyone but Obama. http://bit.ly/97g2XZ #politics #hcr #tlot #tcot March 24, 2010
Why Obama really wanted to reform healthcare #health http://huff.to/ccfV8S May 25, 2010
Is the Obama administration's health care overhaul constitutional? http://ow.ly/19tyF5 October 15, 2010
What is Obama doing now that Obamacare has been declared unconstitutional? February 3, 2011
#TAF #TFB Obama weighs how to cut health care costs http://sns.mx/W4dsy8 retweet please April 19, 2011

Select two out of three that you think best summarizes the Obamacare

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Additional comments on Obamacare: