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An analysis of Social News Websites

Virasoro, Diego M. and Leonard, Pauline and Weal, Mark (2011) An analysis of Social News Websites. pp. 1-4. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Abstract

Social News Websites (SNW), such as Digg and Reddit, are a new type of on-line news aggregator where an arti- cle’s visibility (e.g. its position) is determined “democrati- cally” by the users’ preferences (usually by vote). We offer an overview of SNWs in both generic and specific terms, as well as some common venues for variation. Finally we present two main results observed by continuously monitor- ing a Reddit and two more SNWs across a few days. First we observed a strongly cyclical variation in the site’s activity and find that this affects the proportion of articles submit- ted at different time of the day/week that reaches the front page. Second we consider the problem of participation in- equality and study the distribution of authorship, finding it consistent with Zipf’s law.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS1 Computer Science
WS9 Sociology
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:474
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:42
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:11

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