The Koo Dataset: An Indian Microblogging Platform with Global Ambitions


  • Amin Mekacher City University of London
  • Max Falkenberg City University of London
  • Andrea Baronchelli City University of London The Alan Turing Institute



Increasingly, alternative platforms are playing a key role in the social media ecosystem. Koo, a microblogging platform based in India, has emerged as a major new social network hosting high profile politicians from several countries (India, Brazil, Nigeria) and many internationally renowned celebrities. This paper presents the largest publicly available Koo dataset, spanning from the platform’s founding in early 2020 to September 2023, providing detailed metadata for 72M posts, 75M comments, 40M shares, 284M likes and 1.4M user profiles. Along with the release of the dataset, we provide an overview of the platform including a discussion of the news ecosystem on the platform, hashtag usage, and user engagement. Our results highlight the pivotal role that new platforms play in shaping online communities in emerging economies and the Global South, connecting local politicians and public figures with their followers. With Koo’s ambition to become the town hall for diverse non-English speaking communities, our dataset offers new opportunities for studying social media beyond a Western context.




How to Cite

Mekacher, A., Falkenberg, M., & Baronchelli, A. (2024). The Koo Dataset: An Indian Microblogging Platform with Global Ambitions. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 18(1), 1991-2002.