Scott Golder, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo A.
Information Dynamics Laboratory, HP Labs
We have analyzed the fully anonymized headers of 362
million messages exchanged by 4.2 million users of Facebook, an
online social network of college students, during a 26 month
interval. The data reveal a number of strong daily and weekly
regularities which provide insights into the time use of college
students and their social lives, including seasonal variations. We
also examined how factors such as school affiliation and informal
online "friend" lists affect the observed behavior and temporal
patterns. Finally, we show that Facebook users appear to be
clustered by school with respect to their temporal messaging
Scott A. Golder, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo A. Huberman. "Rhythms of Social Interaction: Messaging within a Massive Online Network" 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies (CT2007). East Lansing, MI. June 28-30, 2007.
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