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Virtual communities?: the Middle East revolutions at the Guardian forum: comment is free

Kujawski, B. and Abell, Peter (2011) Virtual communities?: the Middle East revolutions at the Guardian forum: comment is free. The European Physical Journal B, 83 (4). pp. 525-529. ISSN 1434-6028

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Abstract

We investigate the possibility of virtual community formation in an online social network under a rapid increase of activity of members and newcomers. The evolution is studied of the activity of online users at the Guardian - Comment Is Free forum - covering topics related to the Middle East turmoil during the period of 1st of January 2010 to the 28th of March 2011. Despite a threefold upsurge of forum users and the formation of a giant component, the main network characteristics, i.e. degree and weight distribution and clustering coefficient, remained almost unchanged.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1434-6028/
Additional Information: © 2011 EDP Sciences, SIF, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 11:08
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39645/

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