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Finding "the life between buildings": An approach for defining a weblog community

Summary: Finding "the life between buildings":
An approach for defining a weblog community
Lilia Efimova
Telematica Insituut, The Netherlands
Stephanie Hendrick
The Department of Modern Languages-Umeň University, Sweden
Anjo Anjewierden
Human-Computer Studies laboratory, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Abstract. Although weblogs are perceived as low-threshold tools to publish online, empowering
individual expression in public, there is growing evidence of social structures evolving around
weblogs and their influence on norms and practices of blogging. Emerging from connections
between weblogs and their authors, weblog communities often do not have a shared space, clear
boundaries, or clear membership, challenging researchers who want to study them. Initially
intended to be a study in the delineation of weblog boundaries, the scope of defining these
boundaries immediately overwhelmed traditional methods and tools. The problems that arose from
using traditional link mining methods led to an exploration of alternative approaches of defining
these communities. The purpose of this paper is to get an insight into methods of finding "life


Source: Anjewierden, Anjo - Instituut voor Informatica, Universiteit van Amsterdam


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences