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Emerging Leaderships in an Online Community: A Longitudinal Network Analysis

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Title:Emerging Leaderships in an Online Community: A Longitudinal Network Analysis
Authors:Lee, Joyce
Yang, Chin-Sheng
Hsu, Carol
Wang, Jhong-Heng
Keywords:Network Analysis of Digital and Social Media
Online community, networked influence, online discussion forum, social network analysis, content analysis
Date Issued:03 Jan 2018
Abstract:Online communities have brought great benefits to society; however, relatively few of them are successful in sustaining community activities. It is necessary to have a better understanding of the contextual development of online communities. This study adopts the theory of networked influence to address the research objective. Data is collected from an online community which has been in operation for ten years. We investigate the community’s sustainability on a longitudinal basis, focusing on its dynamic temporal development, with regard to how it was formed, became robust, and either declined or was sustained. Adopting social network analysis with a qualitative approach, we identify several types of emerging leaders and how the "relay events" between them had a significant impact on communication prolongation. Their influence is found to extend across discussion entities, resulting in communication homogeneity, and leading to significant network effects that are relevant to participants’ interactions.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections: Network Analysis of Digital and Social Media

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