I'm reading papers regarding microblog credibility perception of non-text cues.
Tweeting is believing? Understanding microblog credibility perceptions by Morris et al., 2012
Microblog Credibility Perceptions: Comparing the United States and China by Yang et al., 2013
However, Yang et al. refer to some cues, such as location, number of followers, is a reply as metadata. Metadata is defined as 'data about data', but such cues seem normal data to me.
Examples of cues mentioned:
- author location
- contains URL
- number of followers
- is a retweet
Now I'm confused what exactly does metadata include in microblogs, and what is the difference between metadata and normal data in microblogs.
For example: the number of followers - it's a non-text data. But is it a data or metadata?