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Abstract

This paper deals with the role of reciprocation in the formation of individuals- social networks. We follow the activity of a panel of bloggers over more than a year and investigate the extent to which initiating a relation brings about its reciprocation. We adapt a standard capital investment model to study how reciprocation affects the build-up of the individual social capital of bloggers, as measured by their links and interactions with others. This allows us to measure the role of content production and relationship building in the dynamics of online social networks and to distinguish between the social networking and media aspects of blogging.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: The role of reciprocation in social network formation, with an application to blogging-

Language: English-

Keywords: Blogs, Friendship, LiveJournal, Reciprocation, Social Capital, Social Networks-

Subjects: L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L82 - Entertainment ; MediaZ - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology ; Social and Economic StratificationC - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models ; Multiple Variables > C33 - Panel Data Models ; Spatio-temporal ModelsD - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D85 - Network Formation and Analysis: Theory-





Author: Gaudeul, Alexia

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/34094/



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