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Big Island, HI, USA
Jan. 6, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2005
ISBN: 0-7695-2268-8
pp: 107b
Susan C. Herring , Indiana University Bloomington
Inna Kouper , Indiana University Bloomington
John C. Paolillo , Indiana University Bloomington
Lois Ann Scheidt , Indiana University Bloomington
Michael Tyworth , Indiana University Bloomington
Peter Welsch , Indiana University Bloomington
Elijah Wright , Indiana University Bloomington
Ning Yu , Indiana University Bloomington
ABSTRACT
The "blogosphere" has been claimed to be a densely interconnected conversation, with bloggers linking to other bloggers, referring to them in their entries, and posting comments on each other's blogs. Most such characterizations have privileged a subset of popular blogs, known as the 'A-list.' This study empirically investigates the extent to which, and in what patterns, blogs are interconnected, taking as its point of departure randomly-selected blogs. Quantitative social network analysis, visualization of link patterns, and qualitative analysis of references and comments in pairs of reciprocally-linked blogs show that A-list blogs are overrepresented and central in the network, although other groupings of blogs are more densely interconnected. At the same time, a majority of blogs link sparsely or not at all to other blogs in the sample, suggesting that the blogosphere is partially interconnected and sporadically conversational.
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CITATION
Susan C. Herring, Inna Kouper, John C. Paolillo, Lois Ann Scheidt, Michael Tyworth, Peter Welsch, Elijah Wright, Ning Yu, "Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "From the Bottom Up"", HICSS, 2005, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2005, pp. 107b, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2005.167
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