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Abstract: The tragedy of the digital commons does not prevent the copious voluntaryproduction of content that one witnesses in the web. We show through ananalysis of a massive data set from \texttt{YouTube} that the productivityexhibited in crowdsourcing exhibits a strong positive dependence on attention,measured by the number of downloads. Conversely, a lack of attention leads to adecrease in the number of videos uploaded and the consequent drop inproductivity, which in many cases asymptotes to no uploads whatsoever.Moreover, uploaders compare themselves to others when having low productivityand to themselves when exceeding a threshold.



Author: Bernardo A. Huberman, Daniel M. Romero, Fang Wu

Source: https://arxiv.org/







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