In the past few years, the popularity of social media has grown dramatically, with more and more users sharing all kinds of information through different platforms. Companies use social media platforms to promote their brands, professionals maintain a public profile online and use social media for networking, and regular users discuss about any topic. More users also means more data waiting to be mined.

You, the reader of this book, are likely to be a developer, engineer, analyst, researcher, or student who wants to apply data mining techniques to social media data. As a data mining practitioner (or practitioner-to-be), there is no lack of opportunities and challenges from this point of view.

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