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Title: Rhythms of Social Interaction: Messaging Within a Massive Online Network
Authors: Golder, Scott A.
Wilkinson, D.M.
Huberman, B.A.
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer London, Dordrecht Amsterdam
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Communities and Technologies 2007: Proceedings of the Third Communities and Technologies Conference
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 41-66
Series/Report no.: Communities and Technologies
Abstract: We have analyzed the fully-anonymized headers of 362 million messages exchanged by 4.2 million users of Facebook, an online social network of college students, during a 26 month interval. The data reveal a number of strong daily and weekly regularities and seasonal variations which provide insights into the time use and social lives of college students. We also examined how factors such as school affiliation and informal online “friend” lists affect the observed behavior and temporal patterns. Finally, we show that Facebook users appear to be clustered by school with respect to their temporal messaging patterns. Our results identify previously undetected patterns — and provide large-scale, quantitative evidence in support of existing claims — regarding messaging, studying and socializing among college students.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 12.1007/978-1-84628-905-7
ISBN: 978-1-4471-6239-1
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Michigan State University, USA
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