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Maintained Relationships on Facebook

This past week the Economist published a piece entitled Primates On Facebook that described some research done by the Facebook Data Team. Unfortunately, the article did not include any of the data visualizations, so we thought we would take the…

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Video: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Harry Brignull, a User Experience Consultant, recently mentioned this on the Anthrodesign email list: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2GfOhFZkY8 This is one of the great works of empirical sociology: using a time lapse camera (and an analog clock) to study the flow of people…

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Best paper at HICSS-42! A Conceptual and Operational Definition of “Social Role” in Online Community

A shout out to SMRF collaborators Eric Gleave, Howard (“Ted”) Welser, and Tom Lento – our paper “A conceptual and operational definition of “Social Role” in Online Community” got the best paper award at HICSS-42!  The Hawaii International Conference of System Sciences has featured a great series of mini tracks over the years.  The Persistent Conversations mini track has featured great work on threaded conversations, blogs, chats, wikis, and social media for more than a decade.  This year our paper appeared in the Digital Media: Content and Communication Track.

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With a  very nice letter that puts the award in some context:

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Ten papers out of 515 at the conference were selected for Best Paper Awards.  Many thanks to track organizers Karrie Karahalios and Fernanda Viegas.

A previous paper in 2006 also got best paper: You Are Who You Talk To: Detecting Roles in Usenet Newsgroups, by Danyel Fisher, Marc Smith, and Howard T. Welser

Two years before that in 2004 Fernanda Viegas and I also published a paper at HICSS that got best paper: Newsgroup Crowds and AuthorLines: Visualizing the Activity of Individuals in Conversational Cyberspaces,
by Ferndanda B. Viégas and Marc Smith.

Tom Erickson maintains a great listing of many years of HICSS papers.

Here is Tom Lento receiving the award at the conference in Hawaii earlier this month:

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More Best Papers from this year…

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