I'm interested in the meaning of flag as a verb and interest in this sentence:

Variables can be extracted from social media content that flag an interest, emotion, or attitude of the contributor.


does "interest" mean "people likes" here???

  • I would think that it means what it usually means, ie something that the person is interested in. Jun 17, 2016 at 12:19
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    It means people are interested in. You may be interested in things you don't necessarily like. But should rather ask this question on our sister site, English Language Learners.
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 17, 2016 at 12:20

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To flag something is to mark it as something. You can flag comments that you find offensive, funny, useful etc.

Interest has it's usual meaning here.

Also, does "interest" mean "people likes" here??? is incorrect English. Should be people's likes

Contributor is used to refer to the person who makes the comments in question. He who contributes those comments.

  • so it simply means to mark sth?
    – Mohamed
    Jun 17, 2016 at 12:51
  • Yes, I would flag your comment as weak for example.
    – Darshan Chaudhary
    Jun 17, 2016 at 12:52
  • I'm wondering what contributer means here aswell :S.
    – Mohamed
    Jun 17, 2016 at 12:58
  • So you can flag my comment as not clear. Get it now? :)
    – Darshan Chaudhary
    Jun 17, 2016 at 13:00
  • oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/…
    – Mohamed
    Jun 17, 2016 at 13:01

The author is referring to content on social media that refer to ('flag') an area of 'interest' (as in 'hobbies & interests' e.g. motorcycles) of the author of the content.

For example a post might say 'My sewing project is going well' - the post 'flags' the 'interest' of sewing.

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